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Carlsbad

This “village by the sea” overflows with luxury resorts and miles of scenic shoreline

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Coronado

Reminiscent of a small island village, this community encompasses broad views of nearby San Diego Bay

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Del Mar

Historic seaside community packed with charming beaches and luxurious accommodations

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Encinitas

Awaken your spirituality in this trendsetting community of hipsters and surfers

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Imperial Beach

Virtually untouched, this beach community is teeming with ample space for sunning and surfing

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La Jolla

Take your adventurous side to a new level, uncovering hidden treasures of this affluent seaside community

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Oceanside

Escape from big city life within the sandy historic beaches of Oceanside

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San Diego

A large city boasting amazing surf beaches, theme parks and unique entertainment locales

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Solana Beach

With dramatic beaches and hidden enclaves, this community offers a serene destination for beach travelers

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About San Diego County

The San Diego County coastline starts at the border with Mexico and runs north to Orange County. In between are over 100 named beaches with a lot of diversity. Choose a city page to see all of the beaches there.

The city of San Diego is large and it has many coastal neighborhoods that are almost considered cities of their own. Some of the best known waterfront hoods are Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, and La Jolla. Just across San Diego Bay is the island and city of Coronado. South of San Diego is Imperial Beach and beaches near the Tijuana River Estuary. North of San Diego you will find several wonderful coastal cities with fabulous beaches. These north county cities south to north are Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.

The San Diego County coast is home to numerous state park beaches including Border Field State Park, Silver Strand State Beach, Torrey Pines State Beach, Cardiff State Beach, San Elijo State Beach, Moonlight State Beach, Leucadia State Beach, Carlsbad State Beach, and San Onofre State Beach. Several of these include campgrounds near the beach.

Many of the beaches in San Diego County are great for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing with many other activities available too (each beach page lists the top beach activities and amenities). Lifeguard stations can be found on the most popular beaches in the region, and should be staffed during peak times. Several beaches in the county have famous piers to enjoy and the urban beaches have shops and restaurants nearby. There is so much to see at the beaches in San Diego County!

Here is more info on San Diego Beaches.