This laid-back beach located at the southernmost point on the
West Coast is a popular spot for surfing, bodyboarding and swimming. Near the Imperial Beach Pier, you’ll find grassy parks,
shopping and dining. In July, award-winning teams showcase
one-of-a-kind sandcastles at the Sun & Sea Festival.
MOONLIGHT STATE BEACH
Located where Encinitas Boulevard ends by the sea, this wide,
golden-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.
LA JOLLA SHORES
A local favorite, this beach is easily accessible (there’s a large lot
with free parking) and flanked by grassy Kellogg Park and a
boardwalk. Have a picnic,
swim, or learn to surf in
the gentle waves. In the
summer and early fall,
you can snorkel with the
harmless leopard sharks
that come in close to
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.
Seals and sea lions love to hang out in this protected cove in La Jolla. Watch
CHILDREN’S POOL BEACH
them swim and sunbathe on Seal Rock from the shoreline or the walkway that
circles the cove, but keep your distance—it’s a federal offense to disturb them.
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