San Diego & Carlsbad Beaches
Ride the surf or swim in sparkling waters, scuba dive in and snorkel below the waves, kick back with your toes in the sand and bask in the warm California sunshine, or venture out to sea for a day of boating, sailing and fishing. The gorgeous beaches of Carlsbad and San Diego will rejuvenate your spirit and imagination.
Carlsbad State Beach -Located at the foot of coastal bluffs on the North San Diego Coast - just south of the town - Carlsbad State Beach offers five miles of pristine sand beach for sunbathing, surfing, swimming, skin diving, scuba diving, windsurfing, camping, kayaking, boogie boarding, fishing, horseshoes and exploring. The beach and bluffs offer scenic picnic areas overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The boardwalk is perfect for walking, bicycling and skating. Many athletic competitions are held here throughout the year.
South Carlsbad State Beach -Located just 3 miles south of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort on Carlsbad Boulevard, this secluded San Diego beach offers a beautiful stretch of sand for swimming, surfing, fishing, skin diving, picnicking and relaxing on the sand. This popular beach features a stunning bluff-top campground overlooking the ocean with stairs that lead down to the beach
South Ponto Beach -Located along Carlsbad Boulevard at Poinsettia Lane, this small strand of secluded beach is perfect for a family picnic or a game of beach volleyball. Jump in the waves and enjoy the cool blue water of the Pacific Ocean, or catch some rays on the soft golden sands.
Cardiff State Beach -Located on the San Diego Coast, n Old Highway 101, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. The beach is a peaceful spot for swimming, surfing, beach combing and picnicking. For those who love to camp, there are grounds for tent camping.
Cardiff By The Sea -Located north and west of the San Elijo Lagoon and San Elijo State Beach, this beach is a perfect for family outings, swimming, surfing and sunbathing.
The San Elijo Lagoon -An ecological reserve, the San Elijo Lagoon is an excellent spot for bird watching and exploring the tide pools at the south end of Cardiff State Beach. Day-use facilities and a lifeguard station are provided.
Moonlight State Beach Located -a half mile from downtown Encinitas, Moonlight State Beach offers a delightful sandy strip for surfing, swimming, boogie boarding and sunbathing. The beach offers volleyball courts, picnic areas,lifeguard stations, day-use facilities, and public parking.
Leucadia Beach -A stone's throw south of Carlsbad, Leucadia Beach is a lovely, remote destination enjoyed by swimmers, surfers, sunbathers, picnickers, families and fishermen. The beach is more secluded than most, and do not offer day use facilities or lifeguard stations.
Silver Strand State BeachLocated on Coronado Island, Silver Strand State beach offers a 7-mile stretch of beach on the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. One of San Diego's finest recreation areas, the expansive beach is a peaceful destination to swim, jet ski, surf, boat, bike, fish, water ski, picnic and play volleyball.
Day-use facilities are available including showers, restrooms, life guards and parking. Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croake. Camping areas and fire rings for cookouts are provided.
Coronado Municipal Beach -Swim, surf, sail, body board, fish, cookout and sunbathe while soaking in spectacular views of San Diego and the Coronado Bridge. Located on the ocean side of Coronado Island, south of the naval air station, Coronado Beach is a perfect family beach, offering a wide expanse of sand and surf for outdoor adventure and a playground for the kids. Swim, surf, sail, body board, fish, play volleyball, explore tide pools, fly a kite, watch sunsets, lounge in the sun, or bike on the path, In the winter you can watch the whales as they pass by on their annual migration.
Coronado Dog Beach -Located in the picturesque city of Coronado on Ocean Blvd. near Sunset Park, Coronado Dog Beach in Coronado is at the northern end of the beach next to the Naval Air Station. The wide, sandy beach and rolling Pacific surf is the perfect getaway for you and your pooch.
Imperial Beach -Enjoy some water fun in the California sun on the pristine sands of Imperial Beach. Swim, surf, sunbathe, and jog on the beautiful beach, fish off the Imperial Beach Pier or spend the day at one of two wildlife sanctuaries located just south of the beach. For some south of the border adventure and terrific shopping, drive 15 minutes south to Tijuana, Mexico. The pier area is the site of the annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition in July.
La Jolla Beaches
La Jolla Shores -One of the most picturesque beaches in the world, La Jolla Shores is a one-mile, wide sandy beach that is picture-perfect for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing in the gentle waves, which are protected by the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve. Enjoy fun in the sand or venture out into the emerald waters for scuba diving or kayaking excursions. In summer, the waves are gentle, so scuba and surf classes are held on the beach.
The magnificent beach also features parks, picnic areas, a children's playground and a paved boardwalk for running, biking, strolling and rollerblading along the beach. Enjoy a picnic at Kellogg Park, a grassy area with tall palm trees just behind the main lifeguard station.
La Jolla Cove -Discover the beauty of snorkeling and scuba diving in the sparkling waters of La Jolla Cove. Located within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, La Jolla Cove is a world-renowned dive and snorkeling destination and the most photographed beach in Southern California.
The small beach, nestled between adjacent sandstone cliffs, is a paradise for surfers and swimmers. Explore spectacular reefs, caves and a diversity of rich marine life. Enjoy beautiful, colorful sunsets over the ocean and picnics in Grassy Scripps Park adjacent to the coarse sands of the cove beach.
Windansea Beach -One of the most popular beaches for surfing, snorkeling, kayaking and sunbathing in La Jolla, Windansea Beach offers a rocky shore, breathtaking scenery and awesome surf breaks created by underwater reefs. The beach is a hot spot for surfers, who flock to the hard-breaking surf at the shoreline and sunset watchers who perch on the sandstone rocks that divide the beach and offer a secluded atmosphere. Home to the "Sugar Shack," a Polynesian-style hut built in 1947, Windansea beach is a perfect retreat for romantic getaways.
Marine Street Beach -This gorgeous, white sand La Jolla beach is popular with local surfers, body boarders, and beach goers seeking a day of sunbathing and fun. Marine Street is a surf haven with its wicked surf and crashing waves breaking at the shoreline that offers an exciting experience for surfers. Surfers and get short, deep tube rides as the waves hit the steep shelf and unload onto the shore. The beach has lifeguards during the summer and peak weekends.
Children's Pool -La Jolla Children's Pool is a small protected cove for swimming, wildlife viewing and incredible photo opportunities. This beautiful spot is ideal for swimming in the calm, peaceful lagoon, sunbathing, scuba diving, snorkeling and watching the playful California seals and sea lions that come here to bask in the sun and gentle waters. Walk out onto the breakwater for views of the Pacific and to observe the tidal pools teaming with marine life.
Oceanside Beaches -
Oceanside Boulevard Beach -Oceanside Boulevard Beach is perfect for swimming, surfing, body boarding and soaking up the California sun. During the summer, there is an area in front of the lifeguard tower that is designated for swimmers, waders and body boarders only. Be careful of a very large rock that sits in the surf line about 300 feet south of the lifeguard tower.
Harbor Beach -Harbor Beach is Oceanside´s largest and most beautiful beach, offering golden snadsa and blue waters for surfing, swimming, kayaking, fishing and volleyball. The beach offers picnic tables, barbecue grills, gazebos, volleyball courts, a snack bar, lifeguards, fire rings and showers Adjacent to Harbor Beach, the Oceanside Harbor offers a marina and jetties for fishing, whale watching and renting boats.
Buccaneer Beach -Located a mile north of Oceanside, Buccaneer Beach is a small beach for swimming, wading and body boarding. During the summer months, the water in front of the lifeguard tower and between the rocks that border the neighboring homes is designated for swimmers, waders and body boarders only. Located across the street from the beach, Buccaneer Park offers a large grass area, jungle gym, basketball court, picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, shower, and snack bar.
Oceanside Pier Beaches -The popular beach south of the Oceanside Pier is a perfect spot for surfing, body boarding and body surfing and many contests are held at the Oceanside Pier throughout the summer. The wider, more peaceful beaches north of the Oceanside Pier offer large, sandy expanses for playing and relaxing in the sand and surf.
Both beaches offer picnic tables, benches, barbecues, lifeguards, showers, and access to the Oceanside Pier, which is a beautiful place to stroll, sightsee and fish. The pier offers a bait shop, payphones, restrooms and Ruby's, a 50's style diner at the end of the pier. Various events and concerts are held in the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.
Wisconsin Street Beach -Located at Wisconsin Street and The Strand, this narrow, un-crowded beach is a great spot for water sports, like swimming, surfing, and body boarding. When the tide is high, the water comes all the way up to the rocks, leaving very little or no beach at all.
Tyson Street Beach -Walking distance of the Oceanside Pier and Tyson Street Park, this popular beach is great for picnics, sunbathing and swimming.
Del Mar Beaches
Del Mar Beach -Located in the charming village of Del Mar, dotted with friendly cafes, boutiques and restaurants, Del Mar Beach offers miles of picturesque, wide sand beach for playing, surfing and family activities. Enjoy swimming, surfing and body boarding in the blue Pacific, walking along the sandy shore, sunbathing and grunion hunting on this popular beach.
Del Mar has two seaside parks - Seagrove and Powerhouse - with stunning ocean views, picnic areas, playgrounds, lifeguard stations, and showers. Beachgoers can enjoy local eats at Roberto's taco stand overlooking Los Penasquitos Lagoon.
Solana Beach -Bordered by Cardiff State Beach and Del Mar, Solana Beach offers 1.7 miles of beautiful beachfront divided into four beach parks - Fletcher Cove, Tide Beach Park, Seascape Surf, and Del Mar Shores. A haven for local surfers and snorkelers, these beautiful, tranquil stretches of beach are excellent spots for surfing, surf-fishing, swimming, body-boarding, snorkeling, Frisbee throwing, jogging, walking, and picnicking. Beaches offer lifeguards, picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a basketball court atop the bluffs.
Tide Beach Park is known for its large reef, or "Table Tops," and beautiful tide pools. A surfer hangout, Seascape Surf is a wide sandy beach for surfing, swimming, body-boarding, and snorkeling. The small town of Solana Beach is packed with shops, galleries and trendy boutiques.
San Diego Beaches
Sunset Cliffs -Sunset Cliffs offers 68 acres of coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the San Diego shoreline and Pacific Ocean. The coastal park provides paths for strolling and watching beautiful sunsets and a stretch of shore for soaking and surfing in the blue water. The beach is a secluded getaway for hikers and surfers.
Mission Bay -With 4,000 beautiful acres of bay surrounded with miles of bike paths, grassy parks, and playgrounds, Mission Bay is a wonderful place to play in San Diego. Enjoy water sports, row boating, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and bay cruises. Mission Bay has picnic and barbecue areas, showers and lifeguards, during the high season.
Pacific Beach -South of Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach is a beautiful, idyllic destination for year-round sunbathing, surfing, body boarding, swimming, kayaking, and watching brilliant sunsets. Surfers flock here to ride the big ocean swells and enjoy the laid-back vibe. Families can lounge on the soft sands, picnic, fly kites and barbecue.
Pacific Beach offers a 3-mile paved path for biking, rollerblading, skating, walking, jogging and savoring spectacular views. Soak up rays on the beautiful sandy beach then dance the night away at a local club. Indulge in a great dinner at one of the many local restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine from Italian to fresh sushi.
Mission Beach -Beginning at the Mission Bay channel entrance and ending at the north end of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach is part of a 19-mile strip of San Diego beaches called The Strand. A popular hang out with a hip vibe, Mission Beach is known for its festive boardwalk filled with rollerbladers, bicyclists, skaters, and runners.
This 2-mile sandy strip is an oasis for swimming, surfing, body boarding, kayaking, boating, sunbathing, picnicking, volleyball, and building sand castles. Ride the Big Dipper at Belmont Park for the thrill of a beachfront rollercoaster with 1920's nostalgia, play at the Mission Beach arcade or ride to La Jolla on the connecting bike path.