42 San Diego Visitor Guide Fall/Winter 2016
PACIFIC BEACH AND MISSION BEACH
Bike, walk or skate down the Ocean Front Walk, which spans 3. 5
miles from the north end of Pacific Beach all the way down to
Mission Beach. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants
along the way. Be sure to stop at historic Crystal Pier and at
Belmont Park for a coaster ride.
CORONADO CENTRAL BEACH
The stretch of sand in front of the iconic Hotel del Coronado
is San Diego’s most famous beach. Marilyn Monroe filmed
Some Like It Hot here, and it’s perfect for families, long walks
and seashell collecting. At low tide, explore the tide pools in
front of the hotel, and don’t miss the mind-blowing sculptures
created by the “Sandcastle Man.”
Check out one of the longest piers in Southern California
(it extends almost half a mile
out to sea!), and feel free
to bring your pup to Dog
Beach, one of the country’s
first leash-free beaches.
Play beach volleyball at the
end of Voltaire Street, and
check out the scenic spots at
the end of Newport, Santa
Monica or Brighton avenues.
Along San Diego’s coastline, you’ll find a sweet sandy
spot for every desire, whether it’s adventure, family
fun or a slice of SoCal culture.
This secluded beach at the bottom of coastal bluffs in Solana Beach is a
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach
great spot to swim, surf or kayak. Look for sea anemones in the tide pools
just to the north. Fletcher Cove Park offers up a perfect picnic spot with a
grassy lawn and ocean-view tables. Playground and basketball courts, too.
Parking is a cinch, thanks to a free public lot.
MOONLIGHT STATE BEACH
Located where Encinitas Boulevard ends by the sea, this wide,
white-sand beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, sunbathing,
fishing and seaside recreation. Beachgoers have access to
volleyball and tennis courts, equipment rentals, restrooms,
a snack bar, a playground, fire pits and barbecues.