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Published: September 4th 2019
With 70 miles of picturesque beaches, San Diego is truly a seaside paradise for tourists. And what better time than the fall season to explore its amazing beaches when everything from the temperatures to the hotel prices and tourist density goes down. While La Jolla and Mission Bay have been prominent beaches in the area, there are plenty of other coastal stretches where you can spread your sheets and bask under the shining sun.
Extending from the international boundary to the North County coastline, here are some of the hidden beaches of San Diego that will surely leave you stunned.
#1 Border Field State Park
This splendid beach gets its name from its location along the Mexican Border towards the southwest corner of the US. The Border Field State Park encompasses about one and a half-mile of breathtaking views of gorgeous sand dunes and houses the largest salt marsh habitat in entire South California. Here, visitors can enjoy a number of activities including sunbathing, birdwatching, family picnics, and even horse riding.
#2 Stan’s Beach
Stan’s beach, situated towards the south of Coronado beach next to the Coronado Shores Condos, is named after the late Stanley Searfus – a popular surfer of the area who was given the title of “the Ambassador of the Sea”. Stan’s beach is also luxury travel agent in Aurora Colorado
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#3 Sunset Cliffs
Being one of the most loved amusement sites on the Point Loma peninsula, Sunset cliffs stretch for over a mile and offers a breath-taking view of sandstone cliffs, arches coves, and caves. Moreover, the fiery red and bright orange tones of the sunset striking the coastal water is truly a vision to behold. That's not all, the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park at the foot of the mounds has a classified beach with some amazing tide pools. The perfect time to have fun at this coastal haven is during the low tide.
#4 Mission Point
As a part of Mission Bay – the largest man-made aquatic park in the world – Mission Point is a center of activity for kids and adults alike with plenty of soft sand and smooth green parks. From sunbathing to swimming, picnicking, cycling, and kite-flying, there’s an array of activity you can get participate in to spend an amazing time here.
#5 South Mission Beach
A more exclusive yet expensive alternate for escaping the density of tourists and the holidays vibe at the Mission and pacific Beach is the South Mission Beach. Being sparsely crowded, you can easily find yourself a spot in the open white sands to lay down your sheets, lodge your umbrellas and escape the hustle of the city life. There’s also a basketball court along with some volleyball courts you can use to get your pulse high or simply enjoy the action as you lay back under the summers’ sun.
#6 Black’s Beach
Black’s beach is located at the bottom of the 300 feet high hills of the Torrey Pines in La Jolla. This fine beach gets its name from the Black family that owned a horse farm overlooking the seaside. Accessing the beach by climbing the sharp cannon trails is a tad bit difficult, but the beauty of the exquisite two-mile beach is worth every challenge. The southern side of the beach is a popular site for surfers while it also attracts nudists and the LGBT community who generally gather towards the north of the Glider Port trail.
#7 South Ponto Beach
Another great beach you should visit in San Diego is the South Ponto Beach situated right on the Historic Highway 101, towards the south of Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad. Big sand dunes are a characteristic of this spacious and isolated beach and you will find visitors indulging in exciting activities such as bike riding playing volleyball. Surfing lovers can also hang ten at Ponto’s distinct peaks instead of dealing with the closeout wave nightmares on the South Carlsbad State Beach towards the north.
#8 Seaside State Beach
One of the hidden treasures of San Diego's North County is the beaches in Encinitas, and Seaside State Beach is one of those. Although it runs right next to Highway 101, the Seaside State beach is not too crowded which makes it amazing for swimming, surfing or simply enjoying a day out with your family. Moreover, it's also an ideal location for beachcombing and discovering tidepools.
To learn more about what San Diego has to offer, including holiday packages and vouchers for restaurants, shops and more, check out the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org.
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