San Diego Beaches
With over seventy miles of beaches, San Diego has plenty of sandy spots. Some beaches attract surfers and divers, while others are remote getaways. To find out about beach conditions during your visit, call (619) 221-8824.
A few of San Diego's most enjoyable beaches include:
The long, flat beach that runs behind the scenic Hotel del Coronado is a great place for a walk or run. Its clean sand and gentle waves also make it a good place to take the kids. It's busy right behind the hotel, but gets quiet just a short walk away.
La Jolla Cove
The pretty little cove just below the cliffs in lovely La Jolla offers some great tide pools and a sheltered place to sun.
La Jolla Shores
A long stretch of flat sand makes this beach a great place for snapping some afternoon photos, taking romantic walks, building sandcastles, and having picnics.
On the stretch of sand that separates Mission Bay from the Pacific Ocean, this beach features a nice boardwalk and Belmont Park, a classic seaside amusement park.
One of California's beach icons, famous for the Polynesian-style shack that surfers first built here in 1940, Windansea became famous in Tom Wolfe's novel The Pumphouse Gang. It's still a popular place for surfing, but it is not for beginners.
Imperial Beach has a pretty boardwalk and an annual sandcastle contest, but the poor water quality there makes it a bad choice for beach play.