Top Five Beaches in San Diego County
With our whopping 70 miles of coastline, it can be difficult to decide exactly which beaches to visit when in San Diego. And unfortunately, it’s hard to decide which spot is the best, thanks to all of the wonderful and unique qualities of our coastline. Not to fear, here is a comprehensive list, starting at the southernmost point of San Diego County, of the top five beaches to visit on your next trip:
Make your way across the breathtaking Coronado Bridge to the secluded island of Coronado. The island is known for its sparkling beaches and the famous Hotel del Coronado. The hotel has served as a landmark on the island since the Victorian era, and still host remnants of its vivacious past.
The beach has a little bit of everything, from kite rentals on the beach’s southern end, to prime fishing spots in front of the Hotel del Coronado. The hotel is a popular destination for royalty and celebrities, so make sure to keep your eyes open for the stars during the day and night while enjoying the island and you’ll see why it is truly on of the finest beaches in San Diego–and one that stretches all the way to Imperial Beach.
Situated close to Belmont Park just minutes away Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach is one of the most crowded beaches in the San Diego. Thankfully, it has the facilities to compensate; with a 4,200 acre waterpark, 27 miles of shoreline, showers, restrooms, fire pits, and plenty of parking!
Mission Bay is premium spot for water sports, so don’t forget to pack up your wake board, surf board, and paddle board. After your done in the water, grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars on the iconic Ocean Front Walk.
La Jolla Shores
Just north of La Jolla Cove, famous for its opportunity to watch sea lions and seals lounging, is La Jolla Shores. La Jolla Shores is an excellent destination for families, with gentle breaks and soft beaches. It’s the perfect for a variety of beach activities for all ages.
Due to its gentle surf, La Jolla is one of the best beaches in the region for surfing, paddle boarding, and scuba diving lessons due to its gentle surf. Take time to explore beautiful Kellogg Park, perfect for an afternoon picnic. Also close to the shores is Stephen Birch Aquarium, one of the best above water places to see some of the coves hidden creatures. It’s truly one of the finest beaches in San Diego!
If you have been waiting to try out a nude beach, stop searching and head down the clothing optional Black’s Beach. Surprisingly, the beach isn’t famous for its views of the moon, but rather, spectacular views of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego’s coastal towns.
The beach is also popular for its surf break and snorkeling opportunities. If you don’t want to go nude, stick to the southern end of the beach and enjoy boogie boarding, jogging, volleyball, tide pooling, and swimming.
Pack up the kids and head north to Encinitas to the popular Moonlight State Beach. This beach is perfect for families with a designated snack area and a snack bar–and deserves high ranking for being one of the top beaches in San Diego!
You will need all the trunk space you can get with all the in/out of water sports there are to do here! From nicely maintained volleyball and tennis courts to swimming and surfing lessons, there is something for everyone.
The perfect car to transport all your sporting equipment and children to the perfect beach day, is the Honda HR-V. The spacious trunk is large enough to sit and enjoy the Summer Concert Series or the annual Wavecrest Woodie Meet. Its sleek body transforms it from a family car to a high performance vehicle, so head out to the city and have dinner at one of the many restaurants. Or watch the magnificent sunsets with the legendary flash of green and the sun drops off the edge of the earth!