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The Best Beaches in San Diego

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San Diego's sterling reputation for sun and vacation is largely founded on its sunshine and beaches. The rolling surf, the brilliant mornings, the vivid sunsets: You'll find them all here. Seek out the beaches that are popular with surfers for a taste of the lifestyle Southern California is famous for, but don't forget the more secluded coves with tidal pools and seals.
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6600 Neptune Pl, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
When visiting this dramatic, narrow beach in the wealthy La Jolla enclave, take time to admire—and photograph—its single surf shack. One of San Diego’s most important surf-culture icons, the wooden palapa is actually a designated...
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Cardiff, Encinitas, CA 92007, USA
Located north of Solana Beach, this laid-back community is home to picturesque beaches backed by steep sandstone cliffs. San Elijo State Beach offers a peaky surf break and campground overlooking the bluff, where visitors can eat at the original...
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Central Beach, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Backed by historic mansions and a Victorian hotel, Coronado Central Beach recalls a bygone era. Park for free on Ocean Boulevard and make your way past purple-tinged beach grass to the soft sand, which is full of mica that shimmers in the...
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Encinitas, CA, USA
Swami's Beach, off hwy 101 in Encinitas, has some of the best surfing in the nation, especially during the winter months. Due to the competition for the waves, mostly expert surfers and locals are found in these waters. In this photo- Swami's...
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8300 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Adjacent to the San Diego–La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, La Jolla Shores is popular for a variety of water sports—both above and below the surface. Gentle waves, particularly in summer, make this area a great place...
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Silver Strand, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Bicycling the Silver Strand on Coronado is a relaxing way to enjoy a beautiful San Diego day. You can bring your own bike, or rent one. This cycling path is known as the Bayshore Bikeway and runs from Coronado via the Silver Strand to Chula Vista....