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: Coronado : Mission Beach : La Jolla : Del Mar : Encinitas & Leucadia : Carlsbad


When you think “San Diego,” think “beaches” — warm, wide, sandy, clean, perfect beaches! From Imperial Beach near the Mexican border to Oceanside in North County, you’re never far from the sea. San Diego’s pleasant climate lures visitors outdoors and into the water. There’s so much to do—swim, surf, snorkel, walk, jog, bicycle, skate... you get the idea.

These are just a few of San Diego’s great beaches. For lots more information, including directions and insider tips, visit

Home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado, this is one of San Diego’s best beaches. Coronado lies across the bay from downtown and boasts the widest expanse of sand anywhere in San Diego County — which means plenty of room to sunbathe and play! The village area near the Hotel Del Coronado features upscale shopping and gourmet eateries.

Mission Beach / Mission Bay / Pacific Beach
This area is a favorite among locals and tourists alike because of its miles of sandy beach and paved bike paths. Mission Beach’s Belmont Park features the Big Dipper roller coaster, plus a host of carnival rides and other activities.

La Jolla
“The Jewel of the Sea” is San Diego’s premier coastal region, complete with a European-style village, upscale shopping, and dining… all just steps from the ocean. Families will enjoy snorkeling in La Jolla Cove or exploring the tide pools. Don’t forget your camera; La Jolla’s coastal scenery rivals anything along the California coast.

Del Mar
Home to the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack and fairgrounds, this quaint village area along Coast Route 101 has beautiful beaches.

Encinitas & Leucadia
These beaches are some of San Diego County’s least crowded. They also abound with shopping and dining opportunities along Coast Route 101.

Home to LEGOLAND® and world-famous flower fields, Carlsbad offers vast stretches of uncrowded beach and a fun village area with shops, restaurants, and a mile-long pathway for walking and riding.

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