San Diego Beaches Guide – Fun in the Sun in San Diego!
One of our biggest selling points is our properties’ beach access. That said, there are a lot of beaches to choose from in the area! Some want surf, others want to sunbathe, others want to people-watch. To help you choose, here’s a rundown on San Diego beaches.
Starting from the south and working our way north, Coronado Beach is a gorgeous stretch of sand that connects Coronado to the mainland. From most of our rentals, it’s easiest to reach by taking CA-75 to the island and then driving south, rather than going all the way around the bay. It’s a wide beach with glistening white sands. The waters are usually calm here, making it good for young swimmers.
South of SeaWorld’s entrance channel and at the western end of Santa Monica Avenue is Ocean Beach, which bears the name of the beach town in which it resides. It’s biggest claim to fame is its dog run—Ocean Beach is the most dog-friendly beach in San Diego! Dogs can run leash-free; just be sure to keep a close eye on yours. The beach is fine for all the other usual pastimes too, such as surfing (in certain areas), swimming, and sunbathing. Be sure to swim close to lifeguard towers, however, as this beach gets frequent rip currents.
On the other side of Mission Bay from Ocean Beach is Mission Beach. Its famous boardwalk is home to Belmont Park, making it worth the visit even for waterphobes! South of Belmont Park though, Mission Beach is less busy. There’s plenty of room to boogie-board or play volleyball, as well as spots for fishing.
Also called “the Strand” due to its long shape, Pacific Beach sits where Grand Avenue meets the shores. It’s perhaps the most capitalized beach—anything you’d want to find around a beach is probably nearby. Bike rentals, board rentals, and restaurants are all along the Strand. If you’re looking for a beach to be your hangout destination, then this may be your best bet.
Windansea Beach is located near the end of Nautilus Street in La Jolla, this is one of the most popular San Diego beaches for surfers. Note, however, while the rough breaks make great surfing, they make the area hazardous for the typical swimmer. Some sunbathers enjoy the large rocky outcroppings, as they give a sense of privacy to the beach. The scenery breaks from that of the more southern beaches, so it’s worth a visit if you enjoy long walks on the beach.
Stay with 710 Beach Rentals
If you can’t decide on which beach to visit, stay in a 710BR vacation rental and try them all! The majority of our rentals are within at most 10 minutes of one of these beaches, and fewer than 45 minutes from the others. If you’re a beach connoisseur, call 858-598-3137 to set up your vacation today!