Beaches

Coronado is consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach and you'll soon discover why. From the wide sandy beaches of Coronado to the hidden coves of La Jolla, there is a spot for you to lay your towel, soak up the rays and even take your pooch for a swim.

Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach

Voted the #1 beach in America by Dr. Beach. ďCoronado Beach in San Diego is a 1.5 mile long, wide sandy beach set against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado with its peaked red roof and classic Victorian architecture, according to Leatherman. ďThe beach is popular for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and beachcombers. The beach is very flat, making it great for skim boarding and walking, and the sand has a silvery sheen because of the presence of mica. Families arrive in the morning, toting umbrellas, beach towels and picnic coolers for an all-day stay. A great team of lifeguards stands watch.Ē Runs along Ocean Boulevard with a back drop of fine homes and mansions. Restrooms and shower facilities. Lifeguards on duty. Tidepools, fishing in front of the Hotel del Coronado. Fire rings, dog run at north end. Free parking on Ocean Boulevard. Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower. Lifeguard hours: 9am-Dusk.
Location: Ocean Blvd and Isabella Ave Coronado, CA
Coronado Tidelands Park

Coronado Tidelands Park

Tidelands Park is a Coronado city park with sports fields, a skate park, and a sandy beach on San Diego Bay. It is located next to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge entrance on Coronado Island. The small beach here has palm trees overhead and the paved Bayshore Bikeway meandering through for bikers, runners, and walkers. Sailboats are tied to buoys offshore and their dinghies are pulled up on the beach at the south end. This is a popular place to put in with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The park has picnic tables and full facilities and a play area for children. Views of the San Diego city skyline and the high bridge over the bay are stunning day and night.
Location: Mullinex Dr and Glorietta Blvd Coronado, CA
Coronado Dog Beach

Coronado Dog Beach

Coronado`s Dog Beach is leash-free year-round on the western part of the beach. It`s marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive to the border of the U.S. Naval Station. For scenery, it doesn`t get much better than this. On one side there`s the beautiful Hotel del Coronado; the Point Loma skyline fills the view to the north. Parking is available along Ocean Boulevard, but it is a rather long walk to the beach from there, so be sure to keep your dog leashed until you reach the beach.
Location: 311 Ocean Blvd and Ocean Drive Coronado, CA
Coronado Ferry Landing Beach

Coronado Ferry Landing Beach

Sandy beach adjacent to fishing/ferry pier. Grassy lawn with sweeping views of San Diego Bay. Restrooms. Parking is free with the exception of several Holidays and special occasions.
Location: 1201 First St., Coronado, Ca. 92118
Glorietta Bay Park Beach

Glorietta Bay Park Beach

Another great spot for breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, the Coronado Bridge and the sparkling bay, Glorietta Park is a favorite for birthday parties and play dates. The park is just south of the Coronado Recreation Center (newly rebuilt) and offers ample parking, a playground and a small sand beach with direct access to the bay.
Location: 1975 Strand Way, Coronado, Ca. 92118
Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach

Located 4.5 miles south of Coronado Village along the Silver Strand. Fire rings, lifeguards, restrooms, showers. An underpass allows access to bayside beach and picnic area and Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact (619) 435-5184 for reservations and fee information.
Location: 5000 California 75, Coronado, CA
Phone: (619) 435-5184
La Jolla Caves

La Jolla Caves

La Jolla Caves Beach is a hidden rocky beach between La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Beach. During low tides you can walk here from La Jolla Shores, but at any time access to this beach is best by sea kayak, SUP, or similar water-based means. Itís a rocky beach that isnít suitable for sunbathing, but the real draw here is the cluster of sea caves at the north end that are accessible at low tides. The much larger caves south of the beach and below the Coast Walk Trail are impressive too, but they canít be reached on foot. Take a guided kayak tour from La Jolla Shores to visit La Jolla Caves Beach and the caves.
Location: 7957 Princess St La Jolla, CA
Torrey Pines State Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach

North Beach at Torrey Pines State Beach is on the north side of the lagoon entrance at Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve. The lagoon and wetlands are excellent for bird-watching. Like Torrey Pines South Beach across the marsh entrance channel the North Beach has a large parking lot with easy access and nice facilities. When the water is deep enough you can swim in the saltwater at the channel, but itís often hardly a trickle, just deep enough for splashing around in. When conditions are safe you can play in the surf here too, but the waves can be up and better suited for surfing which is popular. There are lifeguards on staff in the summer months. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is on the hill above the beach and has hiking trails to many great vista points. The city of Del Mar is just north and La Jolla isnít far away to the south.
Location: Carmel Valley Rd and McGonigle Rd La Jolla, CA
La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores Beach is a long, wide, and very popular beach in northern La Jolla. Compared to most of the La Jolla beaches which are tucked into gaps between rocky points, this one is a monster at over a mile in length.
Location: Camino Del Oro and Calle Frescota La Jolla, CA