Whether you’re looking for a place to share the ocean with your dog or the trendiest surfer spot, you’ll find no shortage of beaches in San Diego!

Where to Find the Best Beaches

Dog Beach

Address: Ocean Beach Bike Path, San Diego

Website: https://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/ob

Dog Beach could not be more aptly named. It is one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. Located in the community of Ocean Beach, it’s a favorite among beach lovers wishing to enjoy the high spirit that comes with the waves. It’s also a priceless experience to see the canine angels interacting with each other.

Pacific Beach

Address: 4440 Ingraham St, San Diego

Website: https://pacificbeach.org

Also affectionately referred to as ‘The Strand’, or ‘PB’ for short. The Beach is a top destination for tourists traveling to San Diego, though more popular with the younger population. There is an abundance of convenient amenities along its north end, so whenever you start to feel strained, grab a snack and rehydrate with a drink before taking in all that the beach has to offer.

Mission Beach

Address: Mission Blvd, San Diego

Website: https://www.sandiego.com/beaches/mission-beach

If you rather a one-stop-destination of a fun-filled day at a beach, then this is the one for you. Mission Beach is considered one of the liveliest along San Diego’s shores. Here beach lovers can enjoy a wide range of activities at the beachfront amusement park from volleyball, skateboarding or hop on one of the beachfront’s roller coasters.

When you have taken it all in, you can grab a drink and a snack and park your flip flops on the sand and soak in the sun’s rich vitamin D.

La Jolla Beach

Address: 1100 Coast Blvd. (at Girard Ave), La Jolla, CA 92037.

Website: https://www.lajolla.com

Located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park is this popular beach destination that is custom-made for families in San Diego. It offers a safe swimming environment with its gentle waves. Here sunbathers can watch sea lions and seals lounging along the cove, birds chirping around and be mesmerized by the turquoise waters. Be sure to discover the hidden charm, La Jolla Cove that’s somewhat shadowed by the curving coastline.

Coronado Beach

Address: 200-298 Ocean Blvd., Coronado CA 92118


This pristine beach stretches from the famous Hotel del Coronado to Sunset Park located north. Run, jog or bike along its walking and biking trails, or simply sit and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this exceptionally attractive and well-maintained beach. Sunbather after lounging all day can also take a trip across the 200-foot tall San Diego-Coronado Bridge, where you’ll be treated to a priceless view of the San Diego skyline.

 Del Mar City Beach



If you’re bringing along little ones and you’re looking for a comfortable, family-friendly beach where you can swim and relax, Del Mar City Beach is a perfect choice.

Black Beach

Address: Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla



Nestled under the bluffs at Torrey pines State Natural Reserve is one of the few gay and nude friendly beaches in San Diego. And if you’re looking for a beach that’s more adult-rated where you can skinny-dip while soaking up the rich vitamin-D then Black’s Beach should be a perfect choice.

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