Exploring San Diego

San Diego’s coastline is a stunning tapestry of diverse beaches, each offering its own unique charm and appeal.

Whether you’re looking to unwind on a serene stretch of sand, immerse yourself in a vibrant social scene, or explore the natural beauty of rugged cliffs and tranquil coves, you’ll find the perfect beach escape here.

Enjoy activities like paddleboarding, hiking, kayaking, or simply basking in the sun while experiencing the best of San Diego’s coastal treasures.

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Popular San Diego Beach Places

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La Jolla

Known for its picturesque coves and upscale atmosphere.



Offers a mix of surf culture and botanical beauty, with popular spots like Moonlight Beach.

Jess walking with tutu at Del Mar Dog Beach

Del Mar

Offers a more upscale beach experience with fine dining and shopping.



Known for its artsy community and family-friendly beaches.



Located on Coronado Island, known for its expansive, golden beaches and historic Hotel del Coronado.



Is a picturesque city known for its palm-fringed beaches, historic wooden pier and vibrant cultural scene.


If you’re planning on visiting San Diego and plan to fly, you will be flying into San Diego International Airport.

This is the only public airport here, and it’s located a few miles from downtown and the city’s popular beaches and you can get around by:

1. Renting a Car (Recommended):

San Diego International Airport offers free shuttle service from its two terminals to the car rental service.

For a hassle-free car rental experience, we recommend using DiscoverCars.com, a reliable platform that provides a wide selection of vehicles to suit your needs.

Renting a car is the best way to get around in my opinion, as it provides the flexibility to explore the city and its beaches at your own pace.

2. Public Transportation:

For those who prefer not to drive, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) provides bus and trolley services that connect the airport and downtown areas to popular beach destinations.

The closest beaches from the San Diego International Airport are Ocean Beach and Coronado Beach (less than 5 miles away).

Additionally, ride-sharing services and taxis are readily available for direct transportation to your desired beach.

What is the weather like in San Diego?


San Diego enjoys sunny weather almost all year round, making it a perfect beach destination.

However, be prepared for the marine layer, a coastal fog that can bring cloudy mornings before clearing up by the afternoon.

The marine layer fog in San Diego is most common in the late spring and early summer, often referred to locally as “May Gray” and “June Gloom.” 

We recommend bringing layered clothing to keep warm.

Things to do in San Diego?

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit San Diego beaches?

San Diego is known for its sunny weather year-round, unlike San Francisco.

While you can enjoy the beaches at any time of the year, the warmest beach weather typically occurs from July to October. 

What are the rules regarding bonfires & alcohol on the beaches?

Bonfires are permitted in designated fire rings at some beaches, however, the San Diego City Council approved a ban on wood-burning fires outside of city-provided rings on beaches.

You can find out more at the California State Parks and Recreation site.

Alcohol consumption is prohibited on all San Diego beaches and adjacent parks and you can view it on Article 6, Code: §56.54

Can I bring my dog to the beach?

There are only a few beaches that are dog-friendly in San Diego.

The few places my sister and I have taken my mom’s dog with us have been Dog Beach in Del Mar, Coronado Dog Beach, and Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.