San Diego is home to many wonderful beaches and beach communities. Depending on what you are looking for each beach community is unique and offers its own attractions. Below are some of the most popular beaches as well as their locations along the coast. San Diego beaches are great to visit any time of year due to their beautiful sunrises and sunsets and year round gorgeous climate.
Perhaps the most popular and most frequented beach in San Diego is Mission Beach which is home to Belmont Park a small amusement park located right next to the ocean. It is located just south of Pacific Beach and has a long stretch of boardwalk next to the ocean where people walk, ride bikes, skateboard, jog, and roller blade. The two mile paved walkway lies between the beach and beach front properties and hotels. There are many choices for eating and many activities to partake in on the beach itself including volleyball, surfing or any activity you can come up with. The beach is totally free and includes all the usual amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, life guards and picnic areas. Due to recent laws alcohol is no longer permitted on the beach but there are plenty of local establishments where you can drink if you so desire.
Mission Beach runs from its south end at the San Diego River channel to just north of Belmont Park. It is located just north of downtown San Diego and Ocean Beach. North of Mission Beach turns into Pacific Beach which is a very popular place to live and go out. There is plenty of night life there and many popular eating establishments.
Just north of Pacific Beach is La Jolla which is home to Windandsea, La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores beach. Windandsea is known as one of San Diego’s best surfing spots and is usually occupied by the most experienced surfers. La Jolla Shores is a great romantic beach to take a stroll on. It is a long scenic beach with great views of La Jolla and the ocean. La Jolla cove is a very small beach and is home to great tide pools and a rocky cave.
If you own a dog there is a great dog beach in Ocean beach which is just south of Mission Beach. There is also surfing and fishing on the pier in addition to local businesses in a very laid back beach community. There is also a more upscale dog beach in Del Mar which is just north of La Jolla.
A great getaway and perfect place for kids is Coronado Island and Beach. It is located just across and south of downtown San Diego. Its beach is known as one of the country’s best and its breathtaking views of the ocean and downtown San Diego are sure to impress you. Enjoy clean sand and light waves or ride a bike along the coast to amazing and relaxing scenery.
Further south is Imperial Beach well known for its U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition which is America’s largest and longest-running sand castle competition. There is fishing off of the pier and surfing as well as all the other usual activities on the beach.
Depending on what type of atmosphere you are looking for San Diego provides just about every kind of beach for your enjoyment and some of the best in the world. With its year round moderate climate it is a great vacation spot to enjoy any time of year.