San Diego has many diverse activities for vacationers: SeaWorld, a world-famous zoo, over two dozen museums, and Legoland all call San Diego home. There are also ample shopping and sightseeing opportunities to be found. Even with all that San Diego has to offer, it is perhaps most well-known for its beaches. Miles and miles of sandy beaches await you in the beautiful Southern California town.
Pacific Beach is part of a group of beaches known as “The Strand”, and is one of the most popular beaches in San Diego. Crystal Pier, a great spot for fishing, watching people, and viewing ocean life, separates Pacific Beach from North Pacific Beach. There are separate areas for swimming and surfing; however, it isn’t a good location for scuba diving. Lifeguards are on duty every day, and there are public restrooms and showers available. This popular beach, and its three-mile boardwalk, boasts over 25 restaurants and 20 bars, in addition to several shops and spas. Pacific Beach tends to draw a younger crowd, and is extremely popular with students enjoying Spring Break.
Be sure and visit Mission Beach, which is located in the middle of “The Strand”. This beach is popular with locals as well as tourists, and can get rather crowded in the summer. Swimming and surfing are at the top of the list of activities available here, but bicycling, playing volleyball, and roller-blading are great options as well. Adjacent Belmont Park offers free parking, moderately priced restaurants, shopping, carnival games, and a roller coaster and rides for smaller children. Lifeguards are on duty year-round, and there are restrooms and showers available. Check out nearby Mission Bay, which offers kayaking and windsurfing.
No trip to San Diego would be complete without a visit to LaJolla Shores and LaJolla Cove. The smaller waves at this quiet beach make it a perfect location for scuba-diving lessons. The beachfront boat launch at LaJolla Shores is the only one that is within the city limits. The small beach at LaJolla Cove, which is bordered by cliffs, is one of the most-photographed beaches in California. Visitors to the cove enjoy great water visibility, which makes snorkeling and scuba-diving a favorite activity. There are great tide pools, which gives visitors an up-close look at aquatic life. Hermit crabs, starfish, small fish, and even a small octopus have been spotted in the tide pools. There are also many seals and sea lions in the area.
Look no further than San Diego for your next beach adventure. From parasailing and scuba diving to relaxing in a beach chair and feeling the wet sand on your toes, San Diego has just what you are looking for in a beach vacation.