Best San Diego County Beaches for Families & Kids

Beach Cities

OCEANSIDE
Harbor Beach

Probably the widest beach in San Diego County, followed by Coronado City Beach. Plenty of sand. Features include a children's playground, restrooms, a snackshop, a sheltered picnic area and fire rings. Overnight camping. Dining in nearby Oceanside Harbor.

 

Pier View North
Just north of Oceanside Pier along The Strand, less crowded and more relaxed atmosphere than Pier View South. Sheltered picnic area, restrooms. MacDonalds and Rubys Diner located at the pier with more dining in nearby downtown Oceanside. Easy walking distance to pier and Pier View South.

 

Pier View South
Just south of Oceanside Pier, along The Strand. Most crowded beach in Oceanside. Restrooms. MacDonalds and Rubys Diner located at the pier with more dining in nearby downtown Oceanside. Easy walking distance to pier and Pier View North.

 

CARLSBAD
Carlsbad State Beach

A pleasant sandy beach between Tamarack Ave and Carlsbad Village. Carlsbad Seawall, a paved walking path, separates the beach from the highway above. Restrooms. Dining in Carlsbad Village.

 

South Carlsbad State Beach
A wide sandy beach south of the campgrounds and north of the jetty. Restrooms available at the campgrounds. Dining in nearby Leucadia.

 

South Ponto Beach
A wide sandy beach south of the jetty in Carlsbad. Restrooms available near parking lot. Dining in nearby Leucadia.

 

ENCINITAS
Moonlight State Beach

Located in Encinitas, this beach is secluded, yet easily accessed from a nearby parking area and neighborhood streets. Moonlight State Beach has a children's playground, snack bar, picnic area, small grassy park, fire pits, volleyball courts, and a permanent life guard station.

 

SOLANA BEACH
Fletchers Cove

Secluded sandy cove below the bluffs. Within easy access to Fletcher Cove Park, which includes a children's playground, basketball courts, eating area, grassy area, and restrooms. Dining in nearby Solana Beach.

 

DEL MAR
Del Mar City Beach

South end is next to Powerhouse Park, which has a large grassy area, children's playground, and restrooms, with dining at two restaurants on the beach and in nearby Del Mar Village. Further north, the beach is lined with expensive homes. Restrooms and Life guard stations located at intervals, with access to streets. North end is Dog Beach. No restrooms.

 

DEL MAR - TORREY PINES
Torrey Pines State Beach

South of Del Mar, this beach has parking lots and restrooms at the north and south ends. Closest dining is along Carmal Valley Road and in Del Mar.

 

LA JOLLA
La Jolla Shores

Located next to Kellogg Park, which has a chldren's playground, restrooms and a large grassy area with picnic tables. Permanent life guard tower. The surf is typically more gentle than at other beaches along the coast. Dining on nearby streets.

 

La Jolla Cove
A small, secluded sandy beach, the cove is a popular spot for swimmers, snorklers and scuba divers. Currents can get strong. Next to the beach is Ellen Browning Scripps Park, a large grassy area with picnic tables, a scenic walkway, and restrooms. Dining in nearby La Jolla Village.

 

PACIFIC BEACH
North Pacific Beach

Located just north of Crystal Pier, this beach is more secluded than the beaches to the south. A boardwalk and grassy palisades runs parallel to the beach atop the short bluffs. Access points and restrooms located at various intervals. Dining near pier and along Mission Blvd, and Garnet Ave.

 

Pacific Beach
A popular beach south of Crystal Pier. One block from Mission Blvd. A boardwalk runs parallel to the beach. Funky shops, hotels, restaurants are located along the boardwalk. Permanent life guard tower and restrooms just south of pier. Dining on boardwalk, Mission Blvd, and Garnet Ave.

 

Mission Beach
One block from Mission Blvd and MIssion Bay. A boardwalk runs parallel to the beach. South end of beach is located next to Belmont Park and a grassy park, restrooms and a permanent life guard tower. Dining on nearby Mission Blvd, Ventura Place, Boardwalk and Belmont Park.

 

South Mission Beach
Secluded beach in a quite, pleasant residential neighborhood with beach rental property available. A boardwalk runs parallel to the beach. At south end near the jetty and Mission Bay inlet,are restrooms, a grassy park, sand volley ball, and fire rings along the Mission Bay inlet. One block from Mission Blvd and Mission Bay.

 

OCEAN BEACH
Ocean Beach Park and Dog Beach

Ocean Beach Park is located just north of Ocean Beach Pier and next to downtown dining and shops. Restrooms and fire rings available. Permanent life guard tower. Dog Beach is located next to Mission Bay inlet, where dogs can go unleashed.

 

CORONADO
Coronado City Beach

Just north of Hotel Del Coronado. This is a wide, resort-style, sandy beach with permanent life guard tower, restrooms. One of best family beaches in the county. Voted one of best beaches in USA. Beautiful views of Las Coronado Islands and Point Loma. Dining at Hotel Del Coronado and nearby Orange Avenue shopping district. At north end is Dog Beach, along with picnic area in Sunset Park, volleyball nets, and restrooms.

 

Silver Strand State Beach
A long, isolated sandy beach between Coronado and Imperial Beach. Beautiful views of Las Coronado Islands and Point Loma. Restrooms available. Campground at north end of beach. A few blocks from Mission Bay. No dining in the area.

 

IMPERIAL BEACH
Imperial Beach

North and south of Imperial Beach Pier. Next to beach is Dune Park, a grassy area with a children's playground and restrooms. Also nearby is Pier Plaza at the foot of the pier, with informal dining and shops. Permanent life guard tower. Dining on the pier, Pier Plaza, and nearby business district.