Given the warm, sunny weather that persists year-round, it’s no surprise that many visitors choose to spend their mornings and afternoons at the best beaches in San Diego. Whether you want to check out San Diego’s surfing history first-hand or you’re looking for an out-of-the-way beach to relax and sunbathe undisturbed, you’re sure to find a beach to suit your needs!
Explore our featured article on The Best Beaches in San Diego for a taste of all your great options or explore one of our many articles that dive deeper covering the best family beaches, tide pool beaches and much more!
Beginner and expert surfers alike will feel right at home at the San Diego beaches. The La Jolla beaches are an especially popular choice given the area’s long-standing connection to surf culture, but many surfers also ride the waves at Encinitas’ Swami’s beach and the Pacific Beach shores.
If you’re ready to hit the waves, you can rent surfboards and other gear from local shops. Surfing beginners can also take advantage of the many surfing schools in the area.
Cool Off in the Ocean
Need a break from the heat? Take a dip in the ocean!
Some of the best beaches in San Diego for families are also the best for swimming and snorkeling, as they have calm, temperate waters with few waves. Many are protected by the Mission Bay or in a cove so there’s little risk of encountering powerful riptides and other currents.
Enjoy Other Beachside Activities
There’s plenty more to do if surfing, swimming, or diving aren’t your thing! Check out some of the best tide pools, or rent a kayak, stand-up paddle board, or jet ski. Stretch out on the sand for a picnic or some sunbathing, or set up a game of beach volleyball.
Whatever you’re doing, don’t forget to take advantage of great savings for gear rentals and nearby attractions with the Go San Diego pass! You can save even more on the Go San Diego pass if you book via our website.
If you’re planning on staying in the area, book a room at one of the many waterfront hotels. Try the Inn by the Sea which is just steps away from local favorite Windansea beach, or check out another of our picks for the best hotels on the beach in San Diego!