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A long walk on the beach can be so relaxing, but it’s also pretty refreshing to wander California’s oceanside boardwalks. San Diego County especially has beautiful paved and wooden routes that span the coastline, and the most popular one across Mission Beach also has fun shops and restaurants to check out as well. If you’re near the area sometime, try taking any of these boardwalks to get some fresh air, sunshine and tremendous Pacific Ocean views.

Mission Beach – Pacific Beach Boardwalk

The Mission Beach – Pacific Beach Boardwalk is a concrete walkway that spans for about 3.5 miles from North Pacific Beach to Mission Beach and finally South Mission Beach. Both pedestrians and bikers love this route for its ocean views, plus it has surfing and people-watching opportunities galore, and Belmont Park – a family fun amusement park – near the southern end. Hungry beachgoers can also stop in for a bite to eat at the many local restaurants along the way – like Kono’s Surf Club Cafe – where they serve crispy bacon, thick stacks of pancakes and other amazing breakfast options.


Carlsbad Sea Wall

San Diego boardwalks

Hugging the coastline, Carlsbad Sea Wall is a scenic paved walkway for running, biking and viewing dolphins. It’s an easy mile-long trail between Frazee Beach and Tamarack Beach along the ocean side of Carlsbad Boulevard (a.k.a. Pacific Coast Highway and Historic Highway 101). Your walk can be extended by going north on Ocean Street which leads to many beach access points for Carlsbad City Beach. Walking south takes you on sidewalks behind Warm Water Jetty Beach.


La Jolla Shores

Just behind La Jolla’s sandiest beach at La Jolla Shores a concrete boardwalk spans for most of the way, lined by tall palm trees. Kellogg Park can be found on the other side, with wide open grassy areas, picnic tables and a playground for your little ones. If you want to walk farther consider hopping onto the firm sand and walk north on secluded Scripps Beach.


La Jolla Coast Walk

La Jolla Coast Walk cuts through a quiet residential neighborhood with expansive views of the Pacific. Kicking off near Hospital Point, the boardwalk stretches along seaside bluffs, through grassy areas, past Children’s Pool Beach, Ellen Browning Scripps Park and La Jolla Cove, ending near Park Row.