There’s something for everyone along San Diego
County’s 70 miles of picture-perfect coastline
Best People Watching
This breezy beach’s claim to fame is its
quirky, laid-back vibe. Main drag Newport
Avenue is lined with vintage shops, fun
brewpubs and eclectic eateries. Bringing
Fido? Dog Beach is the place for playing
Best Pet-Friendly Fun
This island in Mission Bay is open to
people and pets alike. Be prepared to see
picnickers, campers, cyclists, dogs of all
sizes, and occasionally horses.
Best for Families
Calm waters are perfect for paddleboarding, and the Mission Bay Aquatic
Center has everything you need for an easy
day on the water. Feeling adventurous?
Take a spin on the Giant Dipper at
Belmont Park, a towering wooden roller
coaster dating back to 1925 and one of the
only four coasters on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Best for No Tan Lines
Tucked away below the Torrey Pines cliffs,
this secluded spot is clothing optional.
Watch hang gliders and paragliders take
off from the Torrey Pines Gliderport above
while you sun.
Watch snorkelers, kayakers and scuba divers taking advantage of the gentle waves.
Visit seals at La Jolla Cove or marvel at
the sea life indoors at Birch Aquarium.
The rooftop terrace at George’s at the Cove
is a great place to watch for the fabled
green flash at sunset.
This lively stretch is filled with waterfront
bars, trendy restaurants and some of the
best spots to watch surfers hang 10. You
might run into rollerbladers, jugglers
and musicians on the boardwalk, and
Tourmaline Surf Park is a popular place for
windsurfers and kiteboarders.
SAN ELIJO STATE BEACH
The coast off Cardiff-by-the-Sea offers
spacious campsites, incredible views and
handy fire pits. S’mores not your thing?
There’s a restaurant, camp store and snack
bar nearby. You’re also close to Cardiff
Seaside Market, famous for its Cardiff
Crack, a tender, flavorful tri-tip.
Check out the caves carved into the cliffs
at this secluded spot in Solana Beach, then
venture into the tide pools just to the north.
This point break in
San Onofre State
Beach draws hard-
core surfers and has
down the beach, Old
Man’s is a perfect
spot for newbies.
Surfers of all skill
levels love this sandy
stretch for its reliable
waves. Multiple surf
breaks along the
coast encourage the
crowd to spread out,
so you’ll have plenty
The waves at this
break at the south
end of Encinitas are
much loved by local
boarders. The unique
name is a reference
to the Self-Realization