San Diego’s 10 Best Beaches

10. Large & less crowded – South Carlsbad State Beach. 9. Tidepools – La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Cove is […]

10. Large & less crowded – South Carlsbad State Beach.

9. Tidepools – La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Cove is a tiny beach that is known as the most beautiful beach in San Diego and one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. La Jolla Cove offers views of widelife and is a popular spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. No surfing allowed at La Jolla Cove.

8. Exercising – Mission Beach. From the jetty in Mission Beach t0 the North PB runs a wide concrete boardwalk where you can run, rollerblade, skateboard, or ride your bike. For a more challenging run try the soft sand on the beach. Mission Beach is also home to Belmont Park and the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and the Wave House Bar and Restaurant where you can ride a large artificial wave.

7. Locals favorite – Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Old school concession stand, fire pits, and volleyball courts. Near pier and local seafood and other restaurants and shopping district.

6. Learning to surf – La Jolla Shores. This family beach in La Jolla offers consistent smaller waves to help beginners learn how to surf. See 10 Best Surf Spots in SD for other areas. Considered the #2 family beach behind Coronado Beach.

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