From San Onofre to Imperial Beach, the shoreline along San Diego’s majestic, sparkling coast and bays can be enjoyed year-around. Take your pick from wide, sandy beaches packed with amenities to more secluded shores tucked below sea bluffs. Below are beach communities and bays. Click on a link to see beach listings and a description for that location.

Beach Guide
San Diego’s best beaches for family & kids, romance, walking, and overall. San Diego beaches with amenities, like campgrounds, playgrounds, and tide pools

Beach Directory to all the beaches along the San Diego Coast, San Diego Bay and Mission Bay.

A small community within Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea has two beaches, Cardiff State Beach and San Elijo State Beach.

The Carlsbad coast is about 5 miles long, with two major state beaches: Carlsbad State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach.

Coronado City Beach is an extra wide beach that stretches for about 1.5 miles, between the Hotel del Coronado and North Island Naval Air Station.

Del Mar
Del Mar City Beach stretches from 15th Street near Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park northward to the cliffs at Dog Beach.

Encinitas, which includes Leucadia and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, has about 5 1/2 miles of coastline, with 3 state beaches and 5 small beaches.

Imperial Beach
The sands of Imperial Beach City Beach is a popular hangout for families. The main attraction of the beach is Imperial Beach Pier.

La Jolla
The La Jolla coast can be divided into two distinct areas: The area south of Del Mar and Torrey Pines; The La Jolla peninsula.

A small community within Encinitas, Leucadia has three beaches. The main beach is Beacons.

Mission Bay
Mission Bay has several sandy beaches around its periphery and two islands. Each beach offers a different view of the bay and mood.

Mission Beach
The surrounding funky homes and shop, the boardwalk, and Belmont Park largely define the beach culture.

Ocean Beach
This is a wide city beach about one mile long. The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is located at the south end.

Oceanside has about 3 1/2 miles of sandy beaches. A familiar landmark that can be seen from all the beaches is Oceanside Pier.

Pacific Beach
The Pacific Beach – Mission Beach coast is a continuous stretch of sandy shoreline about four miles long. The beaches are popular with the younger crowd.

San Diego Bay
San Diego Bay has a handful of sandy beaches, mainly in Coronado. Two other beaches are in Chula Vista and Shelter Island.

San Onofre
This beach is located about half way between Coronado and Imperial Beach. The ocean side of The Strand is rather isolated and free of development

Silver Strand
This beach is located about half way between Coronado and Imperial Beach. The ocean side of The Strand is rather isolated and free of development

Solana Beach
Fletcher Cove Beach Park, the town’s main beach, is a small, sandy beach set within a secluded cove. The city has some smaller more isolated beaches, too.

South Mission Beach
The city beach is more subdued than the neighbor beaches to the north. Like its neighbors, its sands are frequented by a younger crowd.

Torrey Pines
About 4 1/2 miles long, Torrey Pines State Beach is a wide, sandy beach between Del Mar and La Jolla.