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Tips for Visiting San Diego Beaches

Unfamiliar with San Diego and planning to go to the beach? No problem! In fact, most visitors are in the same situation. As a downtown San Diego hotel near beaches, we often give travel tips to our visitors about visiting the local sand and surf. Here are our top three tips for visiting the beaches so you can better enjoy your time in San Diego.

Tip 1: Learn the beaches.

San Diego has 70 miles of coastline which lends itself to numerous beaches. While all offer great fun in the sun, it is important to know which beaches are good for what types of travelers. For instance, Mission Beach has a boardwalk great for families and La Jolla Cove is another option that welcomes families and is ideal for visitors who want to try a surf, snorkel or scuba lesson. Pacific Beach is geared toward the younger college crowd, with many local students living in the area and ample bars and restaurants to choose from. Coronado on the other hand, offers a more upscale experience and is perfect for a romantic beach retreat.

Tip 2. Have a plan.

In San Diego, parking can be difficult. Plan to leave early and research the area surrounding the beach you want to visit. Know where you want to park and where you can enter and exit the beach. A simple Google map search and a few minutes of research could do you wonders and save you time lost and driving around an unfamiliar area. You may also want to make a list of essential beach items so you don’t forget anything when you’re packing!

Tip 3: Know the forecast.

While San Diego generally has warm and mild weather, other days are windier than others. This often isn’t a problem, however if you plan on surfing or are dying to get into the water, this could be a cause for concern. Look into the weather forecast and make sure you have the skills to navigate the water or expected surf conditions.

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