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San Diego’s beaches are beautiful, but they sure can get crowded sometimes. How could they not, when the stretches of coastline are so postcard-perfect? It can be a little irritating when all you need is a little peace & quiet by the waves and you’re greeted with crowds of other visitors – but luckily, there are still some sandy spots around the city where you can find a little more solitude. These are just a few of them.

1. Black’s Beach

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Offering silence, solitude and ocean views, Black’s Beach is a gem beneath La Jolla’s tall oceanside bluffs of Torrey Pines. It spans from Torrey Pines Beach to Scripps Beach, about 3 miles north of the more crowded La Jolla Shores. In fact, the beach is set in such a nice, secluded location, the stretch is widely known as one of the largest clothing-optional beaches in the country.

2. Moonlight State Beach

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Moonlight State Beach is as romantic and tranquil as it sounds. Wide and sandy, the beach is great for swimming, fishing and surfing, or just a long, quiet walk by the surf. Volleyball and tennis courts are available, as well as a snack bar for when you’re craving some ice cream.

3. Sunset Cliffs

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You guessed it – Sunset Cliffs near Point Loma got its name from the beautiful cliffs that look even more lovely by sunset. This calm, still park on the coastline is usually so quiet you can hear the ocean waves come crashing in.

4. Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

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Swami’s Beach is a hot spot for surfing on the south end of Encinitas, fairly hidden just beneath a bluff. A long stairway leads down to the shoreline, where you can find lots of great, shaded spots to spread out a blanket and have an old-fashioned picnic.

5.  Imperial Beach

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On the south end of San Diego, Imperial Beach blends a quiet escape from the crowds with oceanfront views for miles. If you’re here by sunset, stop by Tin Fish restaurant near the end of the Imperial Beach Pier and try some of the fish tacos for dinner.

6. Fletcher Cove Beach

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Fletcher Cove will give you a great place to unwind by the ocean in Solana Beach. The small beach park also includes a grassy area, basketball court, and picnic tables overlooking the surf if you’re not looking to get sand in your PB&J.

Have you been to any of these secluded beaches before? Where are some of your favorite places to get peace and quiet in San Diego?

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