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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.