Our resort hotel is less than a mile from the beautiful San Diego Coastline. The real issue comes when trying to pick which one to visit. Here is our San Diego Hotel’s list of the best beaches in San Diego, especially along our north county.
Feelin’ Beachy? Surfs Up!
Solana Beach Tide pools: You can get here on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Before you walk down to the rocky area you will see an information sign with illustrations of tide pool life. The rocks are actually sedimentary rocks about 45 million years old that contain fossil clams firmly embedded within. Making their home in the pools are: lobsters, octopus, shellfish, crabs, sea urchins, and more! Investigate the natural habitat, and what lives there, with your family and friends. Just make sure you go at low tide.
La Jolla Cove: It has some of the clearest water of all San Diego beaches, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. The gentle lapping waves of La Jolla Cove also make for an enjoyable day of sunbathing, picnicking, or reading a book. Just above La Jolla Cove is Scripps Park, a great place for romping and picnicking while taking in the majestic Pacific Ocean. It’s just off 100 Coast Hwy.
Moonlight Beach: This wide, sandy beach offers swimming, surfing, and fishing. Facilities include volleyball and tennis courts, recreational equipment rentals and a snack bar. The “moonlight” in the name of this beach comes from the fact that local residents used to come to the area for midnight picnics early in the early 1900s. The beach is located west of I-5 on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas.
15th Street Beach in Del Mar
Del Mar City Beach: Del Mar Beach is a great place for swimming, surfing, walking, and jogging. The beach is generally sandy with some cobble stones here and there, and is lined with nice, expensive homes. A popular swimming spot is near the main lifeguard station at 17th Street. Other popular surfing spots are in front of 15th Street and between 18th and 25th streets. Del Mar tide pools are between 9th and 10th streets.
Dog Beach: Attention dog owners and dog enthusiasts! Come visit this beach off Camino Del Mar. Dogs can run wild and free; and so can their owners. This beach is not known for the big waves but the shoreline is still fun to be on. Experience the mixture of raw spirit of the dogs and the pure emotions their companions evoke. This little slice of Dog Heaven is located in Del Mar.
Beacon’s Beach: Between Neptune and Leucadia Blvd in Encinitas, this super-secret beach beneath a 100 foot bluff, is where locals surf at sunrise and hikers swoon at the sunset. This beach also has the notable Red tide to view and lots of seashells to collect on the shore. The locals that come to this beach are very friendly and welcome any passers-by.
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