Top 10 San Diego Beaches

San Diego BeachesSan Diego is blessed to have 70 miles of splendid coastline that provides some of the most majestic San Diego beaches for you to explore. Additionally, for people on a budget, beaches hold so many free things to do in San Diego that you will not feel like you are limiting yourself in any way. However, due to such a vast variety of beaches scattered over different parts of town it may be difficult to decide which one to visit, especially if you are pressed for time.

Do not despair, below we break down some major characteristics of top 10 San Diego beaches:

1. Mission Bay San Diego Beach is ideal for long leisurely promenades along really long boardwalks that stretch along the waterfront in the area. An abundance of shopping and restaurant options create a tourist haven. If you have toddlers in tow, calm waters of the Bay are perfect for frolicking in the water for the little ones.

2. La Jolla Cove Beach activities are included in the most romantic things to do in San Diego for a very good reason. Crystal clear waters make for a perfect day of swimming, snorkeling or even diving. If you prefer more laid back activities, you can spread a blanket and enjoy a romantic picnic while enjoying the views of the ocean and each others company.

3. Coronado Central Beach located on the Coronado Island off San Diego has been named many times the most family friendly location for swimming, water games, outdoor exploration and dining. Located in a very close proximity to downtown, this beach location is blessed with clean waters perfect for swimming and mild wave activities.

4. Swami’s in Encinitas is one of the most hard to reach San Diego beaches that are frequented by surfers literally from all over the world. The wave activity here is more appropriate for low to moderate skilled surfers.

5. Windandsea Beach is proclaimed to be surfers’ paradise for high tidal waves right at the shoreline. The beach provides minimalistic amenities and is more suitable for beach bums and surfers than families with children.

6. Black’s Beach is for true “nukes” at heart, this is the way locals call people who like to bare it all. This is one and only beach in San Diego that allows no clothing in public. Go ahead and enjoy skinny dipping without any risk of paying a fine.

7. Del Mar City Beach is by all means the nicest beach in San Diego with long sandy stretches perfect for playing in the sand, picnicking and playing beach sports.

8. Mission Beach is perfect if you favor beach sports. The beach grounds offer a lot of volleyball nets where versatile crowds mingle and play beach volleyball.

9. If you brought a dog with you on vacation and want to let him enjoy San Diego Beaches as much as you do, head straight to the Ocean Beach. A small area at the Ocean Beach is reserved strictly for dogs to be set loose for their owners’ delight.

10. Imperial Beach is considered one of the “best kept secret” beaches in San Diego. Imperial Beach is also place where annual Sandcastle Competition takes place. Beautiful sceneries make for perfect strolling and shell collecting but unfortunately not for swimming due to the heavy pollution that is leaking from the Tijuana River.