Happy as a Clam – Clam Digging in San Diego

Clam Digging in San Diego
Clam Digging in San Diego

Try something different – Clam Digging in San Diego

Surfing, snorkeling, biking and playing volleyball are just a few of the fun things you can do while visiting San Diego’s beautiful beaches. Well, now you can add another fun activity to the list: Clam digging! If you’re thinking, “Clam digging in San Diego…really?” Think again.

Clam digging is fun for the whole family and is quite popular on several San Diego beaches. Nestled along the shoreline, deep in the wet sand, you can find Pismo, and sometimes Razor Clams. Some people use a small shovel or rake to dig them up, but it’s definitely more fun and just as easy to use your hands or the heels of your feet. Just wade out into the shallow water and start digging.

The best time to go clam digging is at low tide, so check the tide tables before setting out. And each beach usually has limits on the size and how many clams you can catch, so be sure to confirm first.

Here are a couple of good places to get you started:

  • Silver Strand State Beach is a great family beach on Coronado and is named for the silvery seashells found on the park’s seaward side. Pismo clams are quite common here.
  • Mission Bay at Crown Point Park, located at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Crown Point Drive. This is a great place to dig for clams on low-tide summer days.

If you have a favorite spot already, let us and others know about it in the comments below.

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About Denise

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

I'm a native Southern Californian and grew up spending lots of time on the beach. Not much has changed. My ideal San Diego day involves spending time with my family, soaking in the sun and watching my kids boogie board at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Afterward, we head down to Old Town for fish tacos!

If you were invisible, where would you go?

This would sort of be like having a Harry Potter invisibility cloak. I would probably head over to the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con, bypass the long lines and meander into the famed Hall H. Hall H is the place where the hottest stars talk about their new films and the most anticipated panels of the event usually occur. (Including a Harry Potter panel a few years ago.)

What's your favorite outdoor activity?

Hands down, hiking at Lake Poway. It's close to my home in North County and is surrounded by rolling hills and acres and acres of the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. We usually do the 2.7 mile trail, and I somehow manage to keep up with my two teenagers knowing that each turn holds a spectacular view. We picnic, watch the ducks or sometimes take a spin around the lake on the pedal boats.

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

I'm definitely a burgers and beer kind of girl. Karl Strauss is my favorite downtown place for craft brews, and their burgers aren't bad either.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Island in the Sun, Weezer and Bennie and the Jets, Elton John

4 thoughts on “Happy as a Clam – Clam Digging in San Diego

    • No kidding, just a single clam. How many hours did it take you? Are you single? if not, boil a big pot for soup for the whole family, and add two large ginger roots to make it taste better. Wan

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