San Diego Voted #9 in Trip Advisor’s Top U.S. Beach Destinations

If San Diego is known for one thing, it would be for our gorgeous beaches. And Trip Advisor agrees! San Diego was included in their list of top 10 Beach Destinations in the U.S. Sure enough, 70 miles of pristine coastline and legendary weather, you can enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year.

From expansive sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs, tide pools and everything in between, the beaches in San Diego are as varied as the beach communities that were built around them. And there are so many kinds of beaches to discover: ones perfect for families and dogs; ones coveted by the world’s top surfers; even some that you can enjoy in the buff (although nude sunbathing is illegal!)

Whether digging your toes in the white mica sands of Coronado, roasting s’mores by the fire, playing an intense game of beach volleyball, exploring sea critters in tide pools, or simply relaxing as you’re lulled by the sounds of crashing waves, one thing’s for sure: On any given day at any beach in San Diego, you’ll find a front row seat to a magnificent display of the western sky as the sun descents into the Pacific.

So grab your beach towels, slather on the sunscreen, and get out to explore some of the finest beaches in the U.S.!

Tell us in the comments below, what’s your favorite beach in San Diego? And what is your favorite beach activity?

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About Aki

After living in 8 cities in 4 countries, I adopted San Diego as my home town 10 years ago. Everything I love is here - the Pacific Ocean as my back yard, museums and galleries exhibiting world-class art, endless dining options, the coolest attractions, friendly people, a dynamic business community… the list goes on. And after a decade of living here, there is still so much more to see!

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

As a resident of coastal North County, my perfect San Diego Day always starts with a good surf session. Packing up the family, we’ll head to our favorite beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. After some fun in the sun and surf, we’ll head to Swami’s Café in Encinitas for their famous Acai bowl, then hit the road down south to any of the great San Diego attractions. Maybe a day at the Zoo, or check out some museums in Balboa Park? As an art lover and former gallerist, I love checking out new exhibitions at local galleries in La Jolla or Little Italy.

In the evening (if we can get a sitter), we love seeing live music at any of the great music venues in town. A concert at Spreckels Theater, a show at the Casbah, or an outing to the Belly Up in Solana Beach is always a treat. For dinner, we'll gather up some friends and head out to Stone Brewery Bistro & Gardens, or Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill. What's the best way to cap off a perfect day in San Diego? With perfectly crafted cocktails at Starlite, Craft+Commerce, or Noble Experiment.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Surfing & hiking. I also love yoga, which you can enjoy outdoors in San Diego. And shopping too, it’s officially an outdoor sport here.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

That’s an apples and oranges question... On most days, I’m a linguine and red wine kinda gal. But I’ll go for a good Kobe burger and wash it down with a Hefeweizen.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Archade Fire, Bon Iver and The xx.

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3 thoughts on “San Diego Voted #9 in Trip Advisor’s Top U.S. Beach Destinations

  1. I agree!  Love the beaches here in the winter when it’s not too crowded.  The weather’s been so nice that it was a great beach day last weekend – hopefully this weekend will be the same.

  2. I live in San Diego and I am from Florida. I LOVE San Diego and would not move back to Florida, but Florida’s beaches are MUCH better. The water here is freezing, murky and the sands are just eh. The beaches here are beautiful to look at, but that’s about it.

    • I have to disagree—I also lived in Florida before coming to SD, and while the water is warmer there, so is the air temperature!  The heat, humidity, and bugs in Florida made the beach intolerable for me.   It’s always pleasant weather here, and no bugs!  As for the sand, I used to have to carry mineral spirits in my beach bag to get the tar off my feet from walking on the Florida beaches and I’ve never had that problem here.  I hated having to spray with bug repellent there too.  And while chemicals might keep the mosquitos away there,  no bug repellent works on those little no-see-ums and fire ants anyway!! 

       I mainly lounge on the beach, and don’t swim without a wetsuit or in a pool, so the temp of the water doesn’t bother me. I’d rather swim in a pool where I can see what’s swimming with me!

       I’m fairly certain the surfers prefer it here too—unless it’s just before or after a hurricane, the waves are pretty small and unexciting in Florida.  The heavier surf does tend to make the water murkier, since it stirs up the sand.   Except for the warmer water, SD has far more to offer, in my opinion. 

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