If “life’s a beach,” then San Diego is the place to experience life to the fullest. Whether you wish to swim, surf, snorkel, play volleyball or just lie in the sun, there’s a stretch of sand for you along San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline. Here are some of our hand-picked favorite beaches that are closest to our hotel.
Just south of La Jolla Cove is the Children's Pool, a small picturesque beach with a panoramic view, partially protected by a large seawall. The Pool's original intent was to be a fully-protected swimming area for children, but sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall. Today, the beach is popular for numerous sea lions that have made this beach their home; Seal Rock, a reserve for these marine mammals, is located just offshore.
The area's five main spots from north to south include Seaside, a good surf spot with an outer reef called Table Tops that breaks on big southwest swells; Tide Beach, with great sand for building castles and a patch of reef that offers tidepooling; Fletcher Cove, another popular surf spot, and Seascape Beach and Del Mar Shores, both located on the north side of the San Dieguito River mouth.