Moonlight beach

San Diego Beaches

In our opinion, there’s no place more beautiful then San Diego, California. The weather, the palm trees and nature, and, of course, the beaches!

Here are a few of our favorite San Diego Beaches:

Coronado Beach

A short 20 minute drive from downtown San Diego, this beach is one of our very favorites.  Park along  Ocean Blvd, bring the sand toys and towels and enjoy an afternoon at this gorgeous beach with soft sand that stretches on and on. After, take a short walk to the Hotel del Coronado and get an ice cream cone from Moo Time Creamery.

Coronado Beach

San Diego Skyline Viewpoint

Located along the northeast shore of Coronado, the Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand Bikeway) is a little bit of a beach, fun shops, restaurants, and definitely an impressive view of the San Diego Skyline! We chose to explore it on a Surrey and had a wonderful time eating dinner at a local BBQ place after.

San Diego Skyline viewpoint

Cabrillo Tide Pools

We loved exploring the tide pools at Cabrillo one foggy morning. There was an abundance of crabs, anemones and other sea life. Plan to take your shoes off and get your feet wet! Our children, ages 5, 7 and 10 had a great time!

cabrillo tide pools, san diego

Read more about our time at Cabrillo and Coronado here.

Moonlight Beach

We asked the staff at our hotel what the best beach would be to take our kids and they said Moonlight. And they were right!! We LOVED this beach! With white sand, dolphins swimming in the distance, a playground, beachside grill and free parking, this beach has it all!! We were sad when it was time to go.

Moonlight Beach

Image Credit San Diego Reader

Children’s Pool in La Jolla

Also known as Seal Beach, this beach is protected by a sea wall built in the 1930s. The area was supposed to be a safe place for children to swim, however, over time the area has filled with more sand than anticipated.  The harbor seals gravitate toward the calm water and have completely taken over the area.

You can walk down on the sand to see the seals sunbathing up close, but a rope barrier prevents you from getting too close (for your safety, and the seals. It does stink and the water would be… ahem, hazardous to swim in). If tides and surf permit, it’s also possible to walk out on the sea wall (seen below).  Our youngest was 5 when we went and did great-but be sure to hold young children tightly & supervise at all times when on the sea wall.

What are your favorite San Diego Beaches???  Comment below and let us know!

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