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Best Beaches in San Diego for Families

This gorgeous sandy beach provides access to water sports, a small playground, relatively clean (for a beach) bathrooms and showers, and designated surfing and swimming areas. A permanent lifeguard station monitors the beach during the day and it’s a great place to learn how to surf.

La Jolla Shores Beach


Coronado Central Beach is surrounded by the breathtaking Hotel del Coronado and 1.5 miles of majestic shoreline with plenty of sand to lay your towel on. Deposits of mica over time have left the sands with an iconic gold shine, perfect for your next sandcastle building contest.

Coronado Central Beach


This beach has something for everyone to enjoy and it’s staffed with year-round lifeguards. The natural slope of the beach is very gradual, making it easier for kids to play at the shoreline (under supervision, of course), and there is a designated swimming-only zone.

Moonlight Beach


Silver Strand State Beach is one of the best family beaches in San Diego. The California Department of Parks and Recreation also offers neat programming here, including nature walks and the ability for kids to earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Silver Strand State Beach


This beach is surrounded by Powerhouse Park, restaurants, shops, and lots of grassy areas for picnics. There are public restrooms in the towering lifeguard building and other public services are available closer to the park.

Del Mar City Beach


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