The beach is an integral part of life in San Diego; from starting your day with an energising run along the waterfront to finishing it by watching the sunset in front of a warming fire pit. You really could spend your entire life by the beach and live really rather happily, and in San Diego it is a recreational paradise, with 70 miles of pristine coastline to explore.
How about doing something a bit different and spending an evening under the stars on the beach? Remember to wrap up as warm days can give way to chillier nights as you watch the sun drop below the waves next to the crackle of a fire pit; a truly San Diegan experience.
During the day you’ll also find ample opportunities to enjoy the waters; from paddle boarding and boating to snorkelling and fishing, there really is no end to the list of activities you can indulge in along this coastline. What’s more you’ll also find plenty of fresh fish restaurants with delicious menus – we recommend trying the Marine Room at La Jolla for an incredible meal as the waves lap at the windows of this iconic eatery. Welcome to the good life.
To help you make the most of your time here, we’ve picked three of our favourite beaches… although we would happily while away our time on any of them.
With its distinctly SoCal vibe this is a pretty iconic beach in San Diego. Join in with the locals and bike, rollerblade or simply amble down the boardwalk. Stop for ice creams, fresh fish tacos and cold pressed juices and take in the breathtaking ocean.
CORONADO CENTRAL BEACH
Running alongside Ocean Boulevard, with views of some seriously impressive houses, Central Beach is a hot spot for a bit of beach action. With colourful kites dotting the skyline to the south, you’ll find a vast expanse of white sand – the perfect terrain for volley ball –and sprawling, deep blue ocean that is an aquatic wonderland for swimmers, surfers and sunbathers. It’s ideal for families too, as, like all San Diegan beaches, it’s watched over by lifeguards.
TORREY PINES STATE BEACH
Located at the bottom of a 300 foot cliff edge, you’ll find white and golden sands just asking to be enjoyed. Start your morning with an invigorating hike in the Torrey Pines nature reserve or a gentler jog along the sands, then spend your afternoon lazing along the shoreline. You may even spot some grey whales if you’re visiting during their winter migration to Mexico. Nearby, you’ll find Blacks Beach, a surfer’s paradise with great waves and a seriously chilled out atmosphere. Legend has it clothing is not always de rigueur here… so perhaps not the beach to take kids to.