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Bed, Breakfast, Beach – Have it all in San Diego!

A summertime trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our famous beaches.

The owners of the eight B&Bs in the Bed and Breakfast Guild of San Diego have the inside scoop on which beach will match your tastes. And many of the inns provide loaner chairs and towels. But remember to bring your sunscreen!

Here’s a sampling of our favorite spots…

Just like in the movies, San Diego’s beaches are white, wide, and wonderful. Coronado Beach takes top honors as it has been named the #1 beach in the country by seaside expert Dr. Beach. Coronado Beach’s gentle waves are great for a refreshing dip and body surfing.  It’s never crowded, but please note that public parking is limited.Coronado’s wide beach at low tide near 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach

Ocean Beach is a laid-back beach community that features a 1971-foot long concrete pier, that’s great for fishing or just strolling in the warm sun.  At the base of the pier, at low tide, you can explore the tide pools packed with shore crabs, hermit crabs, and sea anemones. Ocean Beach is a great place to learn to surf with gentle, low waves. Beginners can rent boards and sign up for lessons at one of the shops along the main beach or on Newport Avenue.

Looking for a lively and youthful vibe? Mission Beach is the place for you. Its three and a half mile long and generously wide boardwalk is great for walking, biking, or rollerblading. Or if people watching is your preferred sport, settle down in one of the many eateries or bars and take in the amazing array of humanity. Most of the action is centered at Belmont Park at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and West Mission Bay Drive. The main attraction at the park is the famous 73-foot tall wooden roller coaster, the Giant Dipper. Catch a ride on it and you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean.

On the north end of town is the La Jolla Cove, San Diego’s best spot for snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving.  The water is calm, providing a safe home for colorful fish. (No flotation devices are allowed.) A little further north is La Jolla Shores, a wide, mile-long cozy beach. The large free parking lot, bathrooms, showers, grassy picnic area, and playground all contribute to its reputation as a great family beach. Surf, kayak, and scuba lessons are all available in La Jolla.

San Diego Beaches near San Diego Bed & Breakfast Guild member locations

San Diego Beaches are great places to learn to surf

Check with your innkeeper for detailed information about parking, services, and other expert advice about our not-to-be-missed beaches!

One final note, September is one of the best months to visit our beaches.  The weather is phenomenal and the crowds are gone!

San Diego Beaches

Our Bed and Breakfast Guild members are located close to many San Diego beaches. San Diego is a top destination for travelers of all ages and wallets. Millions of visitors flock to its numerous amusement parks, zoos, museums, and shopping centers each year. With a near ideal year round temperature, San Diego’s coastline is a priority for travelers to visit. Visitors have a choice in San Diego’s nearly 70 miles of beaches. There is something to be found for nearly everyone. Whether it be surfing, sunbathing, building sand castles, or running with your dog, there is a beach for you in San Diego.

There are approximately 19 main beaches in San Diego for tourists and locals to enjoy. In the southern most part of San Diego, here are just a few of them.

Imperial Beach 

Near the US/ Mexico border is Imperial Beach. Known for its annual US Open Sandcastle Competition, it also offers a great place for swimming and body boarding. With a pier, fishing is a popular hobby here as well as picnic areas, parks, and playgrounds for the rest of the family. Restaurants and shopping are all located near the pier to complete your day at this beach.

San Diego Beaches | Imperial Beach

Silver Strand Beach

If walking miles of white beaches collecting seashells more your speed, Silver Strand State Beach is for you.  Silvery oyster shells cover the beach hence the name Silver Strand.  You can also find clams buried in the sand. This is not the best place to swim or sunbath, or even surf, but you can enjoy 10 miles of bike paths that run the length of isthmus.  Just be sure to stay on the public beach property.  To the north and south of Silver Strand is the military training ground of the Navy SEALS!

San Diego Beaches | Silver Strand State Beach


Coronado Beach

One of American’s Top 10 beaches of the Travel Channel, is Coronado Beach. Views across the bay of San Diego harbor make this a favorite for locals and visitors alike; it is just down right beautiful. There is truly something for everyone here. If romance is what you’re after, stroll along the boardwalk to Hotel Del Coronado, stay for a drink, soak in the atmosphere. If you have a four legged friend, dogs are allowed in some areas of this beach. With its wide beach, this is also a family friendly place to take the kids. Swim the Pacific Ocean, catch a wave at the “Outlet”, and end the night with a bonfire at one of the fire rings.

San Diego Beaches | Coronado Beach

Sunset Cliffs

If surfing and views are what you are after, Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma is the place to go. There is actually no beach for sun bathing or playing and swimming is not recommended. Instead, it offers views of waves crashing on the cliffs and surfers trying to catch that perfect wave. If exploring tide pools is more your style, you can do so by Cabrillo Lighthouse. This is a fun activity for all ages.  There are no amenities including food, bathrooms or lifeguards at this particular beach in San Diego.  Just be prepared if you want to check out Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma.

San Diego Beaches |  Sunset Cliffs

Ocean Beach

Known to the locals as OB, Ocean Beach is home to the longest concrete pier on the west coast. The pier offers great views of the water as well as fishing. The town of Ocean Beach is a casual place great for families, friends, and/or dog lovers. On weekends, or after work, you’ll find dozens upon dozens dogs romping on the sand and in the crashing waves at Southern California’s original Dog Beach with their human companions. If you are traveling with your dog and he/she is able to be off lease, this is a must visit beach for you to enjoy. The amenities at this beach are great too since it offers bathrooms and even accessible off road wheelchairs. Just ask at the lifeguard station during on duty hours for assistance. Swimming and surfing is good at this beach too for those looking to get more than their feet wet.

San Diego Beaches | Ocean Beach

So grab your sunglasses and sun screen, and enjoy what San Diego has to offer. Whatever your goal for going to the beach, just go!  If you enjoy seagulls or pelicans fly by and the crisp smell of ocean air, a visit to a beach can be the highlight of your visit to San Diego.