Between the smell of burgers and hanging out with friends, you might think a barbecue couldn’t possibly get any better… but it can. Grab some ketchup, mustard and relish, and try heading down to one of San Diego’s beautiful beaches for your next grilling session. It’s a lot more scenic than cooking in your backyard, and post-dinner you can even walk along the water and catch the sunset.
Plus, some beaches don’t just have fire pits – but also grills and picnic tables for the public to use, so you don’t always have to worry about bringing your own equipment. Just a pack of burger patties, buns, and a group of hungry beachgoers who love a great meal with a gorgeous view!
Silver Strand State Beach
Silver Strand State Beach provides a picture perfect setting for a BBQ between the Pacific coastline and San Diego Bay. This sandy stretch of coast has plenty of opportunity for swimming, and a paved parking lot designated for RV camping. During the day, they also have fire pits available to use with your own grill, as well as picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your meal.
Crown Point Park has a nice, grassy area on the beach for both picnics and barbeques, with spectacular views of Fiesta Island and downtown San Diego. You can also find a play area here for your little ones, as well as two basketball courts and a boat launch. See all of the parks on Mission Bay.
Mission Beach is the most popular beach in San Diego, and the opportunities for a BBQ here are plentiful. People love this stretch of coast for its serene ocean views, sandy bay, and three-mile oceanfront boardwalk that runs north towards Pacific Beach and south towards South Mission Beach.
There are both grills & picnic tables available for visitors to use near the north end of the beach. After your meal, we recommend heading over to Belmont Park and playing a round of putt-putt golf, going for a ride on the Giant Dipper Rollercoaster, or just walking around their family-fun attractions.
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Bonita Cove Park
Set on Mission Bay, this sandy beach wraps all the way around Bonita Cove with BBQ grills, picnic tables, volleyball courts and restrooms. Grab a spot during the day for a scenic bayside lunch, or have a BBQ here in the evening and catch one of these vibrant sunsets while you’re grilling.
Ocean Beach is wide and sandy, with fire pits available on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll also find volleyball courts here, tide pools, and the Ocean Beach Pier – which juts out into the Pacific on the south end.