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A long walk on the beach can be so romantic. Holding hands, feeling the sand under your feet, and soaking in the ocean views is a lot more charming than eating in a restaurant and going to see a new flick in a dark theater. So for your next date, forget the same old dinner-and-a-movie routine. These five secluded beaches by San Diego are way more likely to score you brownie points with that special someone.

1. Windansea Beach

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In La Jolla, Windansea Beach (derived from “Wind and Sea”) has sandstone cliffs, ocean views, and vibrant sunsets that scream romance. The rocky shoreline is also adorned with this quaint tiki hut that you can lay under and watch the fiery colors light up the sky at night.

2. Black’s Beach

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Hidden among the seaside bluffs of Torrey Pines, Black’s Beach provides the perfect, quiet place for you & your lover to escape from the crowds. The shoreline spans from Torrey Pines Beach to Scripps Beach, a few miles north of La Jolla Shores. It’s actually set in such a nice, remote location, the stretch is widely known as one of the top clothing-optional beaches in the country.

3. Sunset Cliffs

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Sunset Cliffs will give you both views and solitude between Point Loma Nazarene University and the Pacific Ocean. You can take trails across the park for a leisure walk together, or follow the steep route down to the popular Garbage Beach, where there are also marvelous tide pools at low tide.

4. Moonlight State Beach

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North of San Diego, Moonlight Beach will give you and your date complete tranquility in Encinitas. The wide & sandy stretch of coastline is popular for swimming, fishing, surfing, and just going for a long, quiet walk. The beach has volleyball & tennis courts available, as well as a snack bar for when you’d like some ice cream

5. La Jolla Cove

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La Jolla Cove is nestled among sandstone cliffs, just beneath Scripps Park. It’s enchanting, but the cove is fairly small, and usually gets too crowded on sunny days. So if it’s possible, try planning your date here early for your best chances at scoring a good spot.

For more date ideas, check out some of these top California beaches to have a picnic.

Beaches on this list

  • Windansea Beach

    Windansea Beach is below Neptune Place in La Jolla at the west end of Westbourne, Nautilus, and Bonair Streets. The name is a shortened version of “Wind-and-Sea” and comes from […]

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  • Black’s Beach

    Black’s Beach is a famous clothing-optional beach below a “gliderport” parking area on Torrey Pines Mesa. Blacks is a combo of Torrey Pines City Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach […]

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  • Torrey Pines State Beach – North Beach

    North Beach at Torrey Pines State Beach is on the north side of the lagoon entrance at Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve. The lagoon and wetlands are excellent for bird-watching. […]

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  • Torrey Pines State Beach – South Beach

    South Beach at Torrey Pines State Beach is just south of the creek mouth that flows from Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve in north La Jolla. There is a large […]

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  • Flat Rock Beach at Torrey Pines

    Flat Rock Beach at Torrey Pines State Beach requires a long walk to get to, but it’s worth the effort. This is a sandy beach below steep bluffs in the […]

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  • Scripps Beach

    Scripps Beach is adjacent to the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in northern La Jolla. The long concrete Scripps Pier is not open to the public unfortunately, but the […]

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  • La Jolla Shores Beach

    La Jolla Shores Beach is a long, wide, and very popular beach in northern La Jolla. Compared to most of the La Jolla beaches which are tucked into gaps between […]

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  • Sunset Cliffs Natural Park – Garbage Beach

    Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a steep hillside park between Point Loma Nazarene University and the ocean. There are boot-beaten footpaths all over the hillside here to explore. The beach […]

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  • Moonlight State Beach

    Moonlight State Beach is a California state park that is operated by the city of Encinitas. This is the main central beach of Encinitas. It has a grass park with […]

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