With 70 miles of open coastline and a Mediterranean climate, San Diego was meant for surfing. The beaches here support every skill level of surfer. Whether you’re fresh from your first surfing lesson, or you’re a seasoned vet, San Diego has a place for you. Here is the ultimate San Diego surf guide.
Beaches for Every Skill Level
There are a variety of beautiful San Diego surf spots here. For the advanced surfer, try the waves at Windansea and Black’s Beach in La Jolla and the Lower Trestles, both local favorites and incredibly busy for good reason. If you’re a beginner, try Pacific Beach, where the waves break softly. Plus, you get parking and bathrooms. Score! It’s definitely one of the best places to surf in San Diego!
Surfing is good during all four seasons, but in this San Diego surf guide, it’s important to know all the season when you’re surfing.
In the winter, northwest swells draw surfers in for the beginning of the season. Things slim out later in the season. Spring is absolutely gorgeous and mild in San Diego. Like the winter, the fall brings nice swells but also colder, unpredictable weather patterns.
Learn to Surf
In order to go to the best places to surf in San Diego, you’ll have to learn how to surf first, if you don’t already know how to. You’ll find surfing schools up and down the coast. Prices for private lessons rarely top $95 for a 90-minute session and group lessons rarely top $65 per 90-minute lesson. Some schools offer discounts on gear rental for the rest of the week, too, which is really handy because you’ll easily get addicted to the sport. A few of our favorite surfing schools include Mission Beach Surfing School, San Diego Surf School, Pacific Surf School, and Ocean Experience.
Not only are there a ton of surfing schools around, but there are tons of places to rent boards and gear. Many of them are family-run operations that have been in business for decades. Staff there are incredibly knowledgeable, which makes being a rookie a lot easier. It’s a lot more fun when you know what you’re doing. So shop around, rent a board and some gear, and ask away. A few of our favorite shops include South Coast Surf Shop, Clairemont, Pacific Beach Surf Shop, and Ocean Beach Surf & Skate.