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Best Beaches in San Diego

You’d be hard-pressed to visit the beautiful seaside city of San Diego, California without spending some time relaxing and enjoying the sun on the beach! San Diego proper has 17 miles of coastline and a multitude of beaches for visitors looking for all types of experiences and amenities. From cool, refreshing waves and breathtaking views of the ocean, to vast recreational areas, you’re sure to find your vacation bliss when you visit one of the many San Diego beaches.

Mission Beach

With its oceanfront access and close proximity to Belmont Park, Mission Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Diego, particularly during the summer. This sandy oasis spans over a mile in length and is located at the center of the Golden Strand, between Pacific Beach and South Mission Beach.

There are all types of recreational activities available on Mission Beach, including sunbathing, swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, bicycling, skateboarding, Frisbee, and over-the-line—a game that was invented on Mission Beach!

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is located just north of Mission Beach and south of Crystal Pier. This beach is also an extremely popular summer destination. Take a leisurely stroll amongst the cyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrians on the three-mile boardwalk and you will find that there are numerous shops, restaurants, and bars for your pleasure. Like Mission Beach, Pacific Beach is great for swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, and sunbathing, as well as fishing.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is a mile-long sandy beach and has the gentlest waves of all of the San Diego beaches. Because of its close proximity to the marine refuge area of the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, fishing and removal of objects from the area is prohibited at La Jolla Shores.

However, La Jolla Shores is well-known for its ideal conditions for swimming, scuba diving, surfing, and boating. In between excursions into the ocean, you can play beach volleyball, have a picnic, and warm yourself by one of the fire pits. You can also browse the many shops nearby and revel in the relaxed atmosphere of the area.

La Jolla Cove

Tucked away between sandstone cliffs, La Jolla Cove is a small beach just south of La Jolla Shores and features stunning, picturesque oceanfront scenery. In fact, it is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California, so don’t forget to bring your camera when you visit! La Jolla Cove is great for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and exploring tide pools. Unfortunately, surfing, boogie boarding, and kayaking are not allowed, as the cove is part of the marine refuge area and these swimming devices could potentially harm marine wildlife. For this same reason, fishing and the removal of anything from the area are also prohibited.

Ocean Beach

Situated just south of Mission Beach and northwest of downtown San Diego, Ocean Beach is one-mile-long, with several rock jetties in between. Here, you can bask in the sun or the flow of the fire pits, or go swimming and surfing.

The north end of the beach has an area for beach volleyball, as well as Dog Beach—San Diego’s only 24-hour beach for dogs. While standard dog laws apply on other portions of Ocean Beach, you can take your dog off-leash here as long as you are able to maintain control of them and clean up afterwards.

On the south end of the beach, you’ll find the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier for fishing or taking a scenic walk. You do not need a fishing license to fish from the pier, but limits on what you catch are enforced. There is a bait shop at the end of the pier for fishing supplies, and if you don’t catch anything, you can always grab a bite to eat at the Ocean Beach Pier Café!

710 Beach Rentals is Your Gateway to San Diego!

At 710 Beach Rentals, we are committed to making sure that you have the best San Diego vacation possible. Our reservation specialists can tell you more about the best beaches in San Diego and other cool places to visit when you book one of our luxury vacation rentals today! We have an extensive portfolio of vacation rentals, including our condos in Pacific Beach.

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