With miles of coastline pounded by waves, San Diego is a great city for surfing. Beginner or pro, you'll find a beach where the waves challenge your skills and offer thrilling rides.
If this is your first time on a board, head to Oceanside or Pacific Beach. Soft waves mean you'll likely be able to ride the waves successfully, and the friendly neighborhood vibe means you won't be embarrassed if you wipe out. Surf school can give you the skills you need. Another great place for beginners is Tourmaline Surfing Park.
La Jolla's known for its beauty, but its waves don't pull any punches. Surfers with advanced skills will enjoy the challenge. When you've had enough of the waves, explore the quieter waters of the tide pools. Sunset Cliffs is another great spot for advanced surfers, especially late in the day when you can enjoy the views that give the beach its name.
Pick your beach based on the after-surf experience as well as the waves. Some of San Diego's beaches have lively boardwalks or are just a block away from neighborhood shops, bars, and restaurants. Other beaches are less developed, letting you enjoy quiet as your surfing-induced adrenaline calms.
Wherever you head for surfing, head back to Humphreys Half Moon Inn for an evening of fun. The water's in full view when you dine in our restaurant, inspiring thoughts of your next day out on the ocean.