With gentle waves and miles of pristine beaches, San Diego is the ultimate California location for oceanfront fun. The city's ‘year round sunshine, world-class surf and dog friendly shores draw visitors from everywhere to enjoy a day at the beach, whether they're looking for soft sand, rocky cliffs, teeming tidepools, or a vibrant social scene. With miles of coastline and so many fabulous things to do, San Diego is the perfect destination for a California beach vacation.
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Bikes, Boards & Brews
Tuesday Farmer's Market
Annual Charity Bocce Tournament
Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
Picnics & beachcombing
Surfing & swimming
Fishing & boating
Shopping & dining
Pacific Beach Activities
In addition to great beachside activities like swimming, sunbathing, the town is filled with fun things to do. Explore shops, restaurants and bars along the boardwalk, rent a bike, check out one of the many festivals, or visit the weekly farmer’s market. Pacific Beach also offers a vibrant nightlife culture that caters to college students and the younger set.
Mission Beach Activities
For a low key day of fun in the sun, visit Mission Beach. You can enjoy classic beach activities like swimming, surfing and sunbathing, plus fun recreation like horseshoes, beach volleyball, and bicycling. Be sure to see the weekend Skate This! club performances before heading off to enjoy the abundant restaurants, bars and nightclubs or the fun rides at Belmont Park.
What is the best dog-friendly beach in San Diego?
Located at the northern end of Ocean Beach, Dog Beach is a 24-hour off leash destination where dogs can roam and play.
What are the main things to do at Coronado Central Beach?
Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities, including surfing, paddle boarding, sunbathing, swimming, exploring the tide pools during low tide, and nighttime bonfires.