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The Beaches of San Diego, CA

San Diego is known for its great climate, interesting attractions, history, and all the fun things there are to do here! One of which is visiting a beach, and there are certainly many of them here! California's most southern city, San Diego offers beautiful mountain sunrises to the east, and breath-taking sunsets over the Pacific to the west.

The far-reaching white sands of Coronado Beach first gained fame in 1959, when it was featured often in the Marilyn Monroe movie "Some like it Hot." Today it is a chosen favorite because of its expansive beauty-visitors have room to spread out and have some privacy. Not only is Coronado Beach one of the most family-friendly beaches, it is also known for being one of the most romantic. With its beautiful sunsets over the Pacific, it is ideal for a lover's stroll through the sand! It was also voted 4th best beach in the US, as well as "Best Week-end Getaway Beach," by the Travel Channel.

In addition to all you can do at Ocean Beach (like volleyball, surfing, swimming, picnicking, and bicycling), you'll enjoy access with ease to great shopping variety along Newport Avenue. Here, you'll find assorted shops, surf shops, antique stores, eateries, and on the north end of this beach there is even a dog beach especially for your canine buddy to run free!

Mission Beach is located just south of Pacific Beach, and is one of the area's most popular beaches for tanning, horseshoes, surfing, and get-togethers. A prominent residential community rests alongside Mission Beach, and is known primary as a hang-out for locals and the college crowd. At South Mission Beach you'll find a historic roller coaster, and an indoor swimming pool, known as the Plunge. Two famous bars are also on the beach- the Beachcomber and the Pennant, and both are quite popular.

If you're looking for a good location for scuba-diving, La Jolla Shores's summer waves are some of the gentlest in San Diego, making it a perfect spot to scuba dive. Also a good beach to learn how to surf, you'll find many surf camps here, and La Jolla Shores is rich in marine life.

Del Mar Beach sports a famous horse-racing track, and is known for this reason as "where the surf meets the turf." This wide, long beach is great for both beginning surfers and surfing experts. Del Mar Beach Lies north of Torrey Pines Sate Beach, and is popular with swimmers, walkers, surfers, body boarders, and grunion hunters.

The locals refer to it as Black's Beach, its official name is Torrey Pines State Beach. Not only is it one of San Diego's most famous surf beaches, it is also a primarily nude beach. The sand and surf reaches two miles, behind which are magnificent 300-foot cliffs. There is also a Glider Port at the top of the cliffs, which is another major draw of Black's Beach.

Ride the waves, discover the tide pools, play shuffleboard and much more at Solana Beach. Part of the Solana Beach Coastline is known as Fletcher's Cove, and has lifeguards, restrooms, showers, basketballs, and volleyball courts. It's perfect for surfing and body boarding because much of the sand has been eaten away by erosion, and the pounding surf and narrow beach weakens the activity of the ocean.

Take part in the annual sand castle contest at Imperial Beach. San Diego's southernmost beach, Imperial is easy to access, has ample parking, and a variety of restaurants, shops, and boutiques. This beach is great for families, and now features Dunes Park, a new beachfront park with playground equipment, volleyball area and picnic tables.

A very small beach protected by a seawall is the Children's Pool, also called the Casa. Originally it was a fully protected swimming area, now it has been claimed by a family of seals,and swimming is prohibited. Despite this, it is still worth a visit to see the seals basking in the sun.

Considered the nearest equivalent to Venice Beach, Pacific Beach is known for its high-spirited vivaciousness. During the summer months you'll see much action along the boardwalk with rollerbladers, runners, bike riders, as well as the local crowd simply enjoying the ocean. The point where Pacific Drive dead ends into the boardwalk is where you'll find some cafes and restaurants.

Mission Bay Park is a quiet family retreat. Uncrowded and loaded with wide, winding paths, picnic areas, this is a perfect place to spread out with your family and relax. Little ones will enjoy the swings, slides, and merry-g-rounds, or look for sand dollars along the shore. The bay itself is a haven for windsurfers, sailors, jet skiers, and water-skiers.

Windansea Beach has often been featured in many surf magazines. It is home to a notorious shore that is beloved to expert surfers and body surfers, but it can be dangerous for the novice surfer.

Carlsbad Beach stretches for seven miles and has great amenities like showers, restrooms, picnic areas, and convenient parking. The Carlsbad Seawall is a great location to enjoy a sunset or a seaside stroll, and there are also 3 picturesque lagoons here, which are great for bird-watching and nature walks.

One of the most photographed beaches in San Diego is the intimate La Jolla Cove Beach. Its views are simply breathtaking. There are also many shops and restaurants, not to mention great snorkeling. The water is so incredibly clear that you have to see it to believe it.

The pristine beach of Oceanside attracts over 4 million visitors each year. There's no better place to swim, surf, jog, tan, or take a leisurely stroll. There are also various events that take place throughout the year inside the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. The pier is a lovely spot for walking and is a key fishing spot. Ruby's, a 50's style diner is at the end of the pier, and there are also many picnic tables, benches and barbecues. Playground equipment is available for the little ones, and pay parking lots north and south of the pier, as well as parking one block east of Pacific Street on Mission Avenue and Myers Street. Metered parking is available on Pacific Street.

So, if you're looking for a beach, San Diego has many to choose from, loaded with amenities, scenic beauty with ocean views-everything you need if you're seeking fun, romance, shopping, food, or almost anything under the sun!

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