Best Vacation Beaches in San Diego

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A vacation in beautiful San Diego would not be a real vacation without the beach and plenty of sun and fun. recently released its 2014 list of the best vacation beaches in San Diego.

"San Diego is fortunate to have some of the most pristine beaches in the entire world and each one offers a unique feel," says Chris Parks, an editor for

If planning a vacation in San Diego but still undecided when it comes to where to stay and play near the ocean, there are a few beaches that make the cut when enjoying the best the San Diego beach scene has to offer. Beaches in SoCal are a big part of California tourism and a big reason folks visit San Diego – although the 70-degree (average) weather and close-knit communities near the ocean help too. Here are a few of the best beaches in San Diego to visit if for those desiring to meet new people, play a little beach volleyball, surf a little, check out the waves, people watch, build sand castles with the kids, read a book, or just “hang” and spot a few sunsets from the sand! So Duuude (and Duuuudette), have fun and bring the flip flops.

Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach is a quaint spot that is tucked away on its own small island in San Diego. The beach offers stunning views of the sunset for a clean and peaceful environment that is often littered with elaborate sandcastles. Here, travelers can find the Hotel Del Coronado right on the sand, as well as several high-end restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops that are all within walking distance. Visitors will find both helicopters and planes flying overhead throughout the day, as well as an overall quiet location that is often deserted during the week.

In the winter, ice skating is available right on the sand for families to enjoy through the services of the Hotel Del Coronado.

Mission Beach

Known for its delicious pizza slices and wooden rollercoaster, Mission Beach is a family-friendly location that boasts a fun boardwalk and several shops. The location is a place to find break dancers, beach clothes, and carnival rides for a San Diegan beach that offers more than just the sand.

Mission Beach is more popular among college students due to its fun and lively environment that is known as a great place to practice long boarding, tanning, and jogging on the sand. It's often crowded on the weekends, but can be relaxing throughout the week. Lifeguards are also always on watch for those who want to swim or surf for an area that is safe. For more information on Mission Beach, check out

Pacific Beach

For the locals and veterans in San Diego, Pacific Beach is a hot spot that welcomes avid surfers and casual beachgoers who enjoy a casual day spent outdoors. It's a low-key location to visit for a place that boasts plenty of family-owned restaurants on the boardwalk and several clothing boutiques on the neighboring blocks.

A local farmer's market is hosted weekly at the beach for a great place to purchase organic produce, handmade jewelry, and local meat. Live bands and street performers are regulars on the sand for several forms of entertainment.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is an eclectic spot that offers a bohemian and hippie community that is more laid-back than its sister beaches in San Diego. The beach offers warm waters and expansive places on the sand to play volleyball. There are several activities for those who want to explore, between searching for tide pools to looking for shells on the rocks near the water. During the daytime, it's a quiet place to stroll or fish on the pier for a beach that is often visited by both the locals and even European tourists. A section of the beach also welcomes dogs.

The surrounding town is more tight-knit and friendly than neighboring beaches for a green and eco-friendly town that exudes a strong sense of community.

Solana Beach

For those looking to explore an upscale and trendy area, Solana Beach is a beautiful and tranquil location that is rich in the arts. Views of the ocean can be seen from several spots throughout the town for a laid-back destination. Dozens of bars and restaurants are within walking distance from the sand, as well as a few boutiques that sell original clothing pieces.

Solana Beach is most known for its incredible sunsets and calm waters for a location that is best to visit when wanting to lie out on the sand instead of participate in extreme water sports. Although surfers frequent the area, it's not a hot spot for the younger crowd.


Oceanside is an incredibly clean and safe place to vacation for families that are looking to practice a few water sports. Although the beach welcomes thousands of tourists each year, it still has a reputation as a small town and cozy setting with several beautiful cottages that are situated right on the water.

The downtown area can be busy at night with restaurants, theatres, and bars available. Street fairs and parades are also popular for a great place to be entertained while shopping for authentic art and jewelry. Both a farmer's market and sunset market are available every Thursday for a fun place to meet locals.

The pier can also be enjoyed for the fun events hosted, as well as a place where dolphins and whales are often spotted by visitors. For information on Oceanside and all the great reasons why San Diego’s North Shore is a great place to visit, check out California Welcome Center Oceanside and request a visitor’s guide.

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove offers some of the most spectacular views of the water for a place where seals and sea lions are always lounging on the rocks near the cliffs. It makes for a family-friendly spot to kayak, snorkel, climb the cliffs, and take photographs for an incredible beach that is both busy and adventurous. Visitors enjoy the clear waters and clean sand at La Jolla Cove, as well as the patches of grass near the water. Expect to see a marriage proposal or two on the sand during sunset, as it's considered one of the most romantic beaches in the city.

For a full list of fun things to do when visiting San Diego visit San’s things to do, attractions, and tours sections.

About is one of San Diego's oldest and busiest travel and tourism websites, known as the local authority for all things San Diego. The author of this article, Anthony Murphy, is a native San Diegan who truly believes that there is no place more fun and exciting than beautiful San Diego!

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