San Diego is a city known for a multitude of attractions, from the warm weather and sunshine to the world famous Comic Con and the gorgeous Gaslamp District downtown. But perhaps one of the largest and most sought out attraction in this great city are the San Diego’s beaches. From family friendly to dog friendly our beaches offer something for everyone. Check out our list of The Best San Diego Beaches 2016!
If you’re looking for a taste of old school Southern California, this is the place. There are two strips of beach to look out for; the first is Ocean Beach proper, the stretch of sand that greets you as you walk down the old Newport Avenue after a coffee or bite to eat at any of the street’s numerous cafes or restaurants. This strip is good for swimming and surfing and you’ll find a lot of families as well as the college age crowd sunning in this area during the height of beach season. The second strip of beach you’ll find all the way to the north end of Ocean Beach. This beach is, literally, for the dogs! If you’ve got a four legged friend this beach is a must. From dawn until dusk this original dog beach has dogs and their owners making friends and making memories. A bit of a free for all as there is no leash needed, so if you get nervous around pups you may want to spectate from afar. Though it really is a great spot to check out if you’re pet friendly!
This Best Beach is a stunner. Lying at the feet of The Historic Hotel Del Coronado, sand and sun are met with class, history and sophistication. With the Hotel Del offering a great patio to grab a bite to eat or a fancy cocktail to enjoy while you stare across the expansive ocean, this spot can be a romantic one, indeed. But families also enjoy different events such as the sand castle competitions that are set on this lovely beach once or twice a year. For an added bonus, Coronado also has a really beautiful dog beach, friendly and remarkably clean considering the masses of pups that run back and forth daily.
Mission Beach is the epitome of California Beach family fun. Stretching out along the boardwalk from Belmont Park, Mission Beach is a terrific spot to lay out and splash around as well. If you’re a fan of the old carnivals, you’ll be delighted by Belmont Park. Belmont opened on July 4th, 1925, as the Mission Beach Amusement Park. For decades, it’s rides, food trucks and carnival games have been a major Mission Beach attraction to young and old, alike. Come for the beach, stay for the park!
Not for the faint of heart, Black’s Beach is a surfer’s paradise, but it’s also home to San Diego’s only nude beach. The southern portion of Black’s is a hot spot for surf; keep in mind that if you plan to shred here, you should be very experienced. Not only is there a danger with the larger and fast breaking waves, the locals can get a little bit aggressive. So know your stuff before jumping in. The Northern portion of Black’s is home to one of the largest nude beaches in the United States and is designated as ‘clothing optional’. This beach made the list for the diehard surfers out there, and for anyone who may be comfortable and enjoy that Brazilian beach lifestyle.
LA JOLLA SHORES
La Jolla Shores is certainly one of the best San Diego beaches if you are looking for a little bit more action on the water. Snorkel with the sharks, kayak with the whales, tour a sea cave, even fly in a seaplane! La Jolla is the spot for those ultimate ocean adventurists!
Probably the most popular beach in San Diego, Pacific Beach was a must on the list of San Diego’s Best Beaches. With three miles of boardwalk, a large smattering of bars, taco shops, cafes and shopping, you’ll find Pacific Beach to be a hot hang out for the college crowds and young adults looking to hang out and catch some of that perfect San Diego sunshine. Hip and happening for the young and the young at heart.
Whatever your tastes, San Diego has some of the best beaches out there. If you don’t believe me, go check them out for yourself! Happy sun and surf!