Best San Diego County Beaches for Walking

Except for Harbor Beach and Coronado City Beach, the best time to walk is at or near low tide. At high tide, water can come up to bluffs.

Beach Cities


Harbor Beach
Long and wide sandy beach. Walk from north jetty to south jetty. Next to Oceanside Harbor. Beautiful view of boats entering and leaving harbor.


Carlsbad State Beach
Miles of sandy beach. Walk from south jetty at Tamarack Ave to Frazee Beach near Carlsbad Village and beyond. Option: Walk to Carlsbad Village from beach.

South Carlsbad State Beach
Walk from south jetty near campground northward along this pleasantly secluded, sandy beach.

South Ponto Beach
Walk from south jetty, southward for miles along pleasantly secluded sandy beach.


Moonlight State Beach
Miles of sandy beach in both directions. Walk south to Del Mar Dog Beach. Walk north to South Ponto Beach jetty.


Del Mar City Beach
Miles of sandy beach. Walk north to Dog Beach and beyond. Walk south to Torrey Pines State Beach and beyond.


Torrey Pines State Beach
One of most interesting beach walks. Walk south along beach beside tall cliffs. Hawks and Peraguine can sometimes be spotted along cliffs, where they make their homes. Walk north to Del Mar City Beach.


Blacks Beach
San Diego County’s only nudist beach and most isolated beach. Very long stretch of beach, secluded by tall cliffs, connects with La Jolla Shores at the south and Torrey Pines State Beach at the north.

La Jolla Shores
Walk from Kellogg Park, northward to Scripps Pier and beyond. Enjoy Dike Rock Tide Pools near the pier.


North Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach
Mission Beach
South Mission Beach

3 1/2 miles of sandy beaches. Walk under Crystal Pier.


Ocean Beach
Walk from Ocean Beach Pier to Dog Beach. Next to Newport Ave Shopping District.


Coronado City Beach
Walk along wide, sandy resort-style beach from Hotel Del Coronado to Dog Beach at north end. Beautiful views of Las Coronado Islands and Point Loma Peninsula.

SIlver Strand State Beach
Miles of secluded sandy beach. Part of beach is next to campground. Beautiful views of Las Coronado Islands and Point Loma Peninsula.


Imperial Beach
Sandy beach on both sides of Imperial Beach Pier. Shops and restaurants nearby.