8 beautiful beaches in San Diego County, California

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Tues., Aug. 30, is National Beach Daybut let’s be real — in San Diego, every day is beach day. 🩴

With 17 miles of city-proper coastline and even more superb shorelines spanning San Diego County, local life is straight up beachyand we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Let’s get stoked on eight of our beautiful beaches; we’ll dive into the others soon, there’s just so much sand to cover. 🏖️

Pacific Beach San Diego

PB, from Crystal Pier. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

🏄 Pacific Beach

A hub for swimming, surfing + fishing, PB is beloved by both locals and tourists — therefore it’s always poppin’. Don’t miss the sunset off Crystal Pier, plus loads of cool, small businesses that call this beach town home.

Mission Beach San Diego

The kite game is strong in Mission Beach — and we just want you to be in the loop. | Photo via @gretarizzi84

🛼 Mission Beach

Nestled between South Mission Beach + Pacific Beach, this 1-mile strand is one of the most popular local spots — and home of the historic seaside landmark, Belmont Park. No trip is complete without a bike ride or stroll along Ocean Front Boardwalk, and if we get to wave at Slomo, our day is officially made.

Ocean Beach San Diego

OB is forever a vibe. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

🌊 Ocean Beach

The quirky cousin of San Diego’s shorelines, OB is known for its volleyball scene, rock jetties, 24-hour Dog Beach, and Ocean Beach Pier. The community has also made a name for itself with high-profile annual events like the OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off and OB Oktoberfest, which is coming up on Fri., Oct. 7 + Sat., Oct. 8. Oh, and don’t sleep on the OB Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

La Jolla Shores

Sunset at La Jolla Shores. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

🤿 La Jolla Shores

Named one of San Diego’s best beaches by SDtoday readers, this 1-mile sandy stretch is known for its gentle waves, great scuba diving + tidepools. We love a sunset sesh here — always with a walk down to Scripps Pier for even more pretty sights.

Coronado Beach

The Del + Coronado Beach are the perfect pair. | Photo via @life_adventures_sabrinayockey

🏝️ Coronado Beach

This picturesque beach starts at the famous Hotel del Coronado — so make shore to get those iconic red turrets in your pics. If you’re lucky, you may spot an elaborate creation made by The Sandcastle Man. The shoreline runs north to Sunset Park and across the way is Coronado Dog Beach, a year-round, leash-free spot for Spot bordering Naval Air Station North Island.

Torrey Pines State Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach, as seen from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

⛱️ Torrey Pines State Beach

We like to pack flip-flops and hiking boots for this one. The beach stretches 4.5 miles from Del Mar to Torrey Pines Mesa and is great for surfing, swimming + fishing. The red-hued bluffs take the spotlight during low tide and the beach connects by trail to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve — one of our favorite places for hiking.

Moonlight State Beach

Moonlight State Beach, shining per usual. | Photo via @chris.carabine

🌙 Moonlight State Beach

An Encinitas staple, this stunning shoreline features volleyball + tennis courts, plus watersports rentals and an awesome snack bar just steps from the ocean. Did you know? According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the “moonlight” part of this beach’s name is a nod to when locals used the area for midnight picnics in the early 1900s.

Strand Beach Oceanside

Strand Beach in Oceanside, with the pier peeking. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

🌅 Strand Beach

Oceanside is home to 3 miles of coastline perfect for surfing, fishing, and whale watching. An awesome spot to relax in this North County beach town is Strand Beach, to the right of Oceanside Pier. The family-friendly beach is great for activities + building sandcastles — and don’t even get us started on the sunsets.

Psst: We know these aren’t all of San Diego County’s amazing beaches — but that just means we’ll get to write about the others down the road. We’ll roll out another installment spanning more gorgeous, local shorelines soon. How lucky are we to have so many options? 🏝️

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