Top San Diego beaches

SAN DIEGO - San Diego County has an endless supply of surf and sand. Here are our picks for top San Diego beaches.

Mission Bay

If you're looking for a place to take your family and that is central—Mission Bay is the beach for you. There's plenty of sand, grass and calm waters for children to play.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is home to plenty of bars, great restaurants, bike-friendly paths and interesting characters. Even better, it's the home to South Beach Bar and Grille, which serves up its famous fish tacos.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach fits the mold for the stereotypical SoCal beach. It's home to outdoor bars, all types of shops and parties. It also has a great boardwalk for everything from bicycling to walking to skateboarding.

Imperial Beach

If you're looking for a hidden gem, Imperial Beach is likely it. Imperial Beach is home to good surf, fishing and it's rarely crowded. The beach also hosts a farmers market every Friday evening.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is home to plenty of family-friendly adventures in the water. The beach is home to great snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding. But beachgoers should prepare for limited parking; get there early or be prepared to be patient when looking for a parking spot.

Black's Beach

Want to go commando? Within La Jolla Shores but hidden behind sandstone cliffs, Black's Beach is San Diego's only nude beach. Be aware that's there's a hike to and from the beach so bring comfortable shoes and plenty of water.

Carlsbad State Beach

Want to wake up to the sound of waves? Beachgoers can camp at the south-end Carlsbad State Beach or spend the day surfing. With a upper and lower walkways, the uncrowded beach is also a great place for a run or walk.

Fletcher Cove

The secluded cove in the city of Solana Beach is great for a quite getaway and swimming. But if you're a dog owner, know that dogs are not allowed on the sand at this beach.

Seascape Surf

The north San Diego County beach is great place for surfers. Beachgoers can also find nice waters to body-board or snorkel.

Moonlight Beach

This another gem for families looking for a beach. Beachgoers will find space to play volleyball, have a bonfire and a nice playground for children.

Oceanside's Harbor Beach

Oceanside's Harbor Beach is a popular surfing area that also attracts fishers, whale watchers and volleyball players. Oceanside Pier, which was refurbished in 1987, is also worth a walk with interesting characters and stunning views of the surf and sand.

Which other beaches in San Diego County do you recommend? Tell us in the comments.

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