10 Gorgeous San Diego Beaches You Must See

1. La Jolla Cove Beach

Located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, this beach is sheltered by a rocky point which blocks waves rolling in from the west most of the time and creates a safe swimming environment. Walking along the bluffs, which have a wide walkway above them, you’ll often see seals and birds on the rocks nearby. La Jolla Cove is a very popular beach because it’s so beautiful – so if you need a parking spot, come early.

2. Coronado Beach

Starting at the famous Hotel del Coronado, this pristine beach continues north to Sunset Park. Although this family-friendly beach does get crowded, it’s so large that it’s still possible to find a secluded spot. There are a few free public parking lots near Coronado Beach, but you’ll still want to arrive early if you want a good spot.

3. Pacific Beach

Affectionately referred to as “PB” by the locals, Pacific Beach is a laid back community located between Pacific Beach Drive and the Crystal Pier. Not only is the beach itself gorgeous, but the path above it is lined with charming shops and restaurants. Crystal Pier is a public fishing pier by day and makes a great vantage point for looking at the city and the beach below.

4. Flat Rock Beach

Sweeping bluffs and white sand are what makes this beach so breathtaking. It takes a bit of a hike to reach Flat Rock Beach – from the Visitors Center, grab a map and make a loop hike using Beach Trail and Broken Hill Trail. You can also reach it by walking north from Black’s Beach or south from Torrey Pines South Beach. Climb up the large, flat rock here to see some stunning ocean views.

5. Ocean Beach City Beach

Ocean Beach is a wide sandy beach that has formed at the south side of the San Diego River mouth. Not only is the beach itself beautiful, but the long pier offers some incredible views of the city. Surfing, swimming and sunbathing are all popular here, and the pier is one of the few places in the state where you can fish without a license.

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