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Best Beach towns in San Diego?

I'm planning to book a weekend home in San Diego on Labor Day weekend. Any suggestions of beach towns to look into in San Diego? I just know La Jolla and Coronado. I'm open to crowds (don't mind the energy), quiet getaways, and hiking/scenic areas. 

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top answer by
Brew from Manhattan Beach

My personal favorite that time of year is Del Mar.  In addition to being an incredible beach town any time of year, with some fun bars and nightlife, from July - September the Del Mar Racetrack is open and running.  Although a lot of locals head of town this time of year (lots of traffic, etc)., for visitors it is an awesome time to be there.  You can spend part of the day at the beach, then ride bikes to the track (or vice versa).  Even if you're not a racing fan, the track is one of the best outdoor bars in the world, with incredible people watching, etc.    The racetrack host's concerts as well.  Labor day weekend features Steve Aoki on Friday night, then a Reggae Fest on Sunday.  All in all, good times.  

Neighboring Solana Beach is also a good spot and La Jolla is one of the more beautiful places anywhere.  

Coronado Island is beautiful too, but I like the northern suburbs much more.

Pacific Beach is a little grungier (not my scene), but some people like it.  

Finally, staying in downtown San Diego in the Gas Lamp district is really fun with tons of nightlife, bars, etc.

One final note, if you stay in another area but want to go to Del Mar, there are complimentary (or very cheap) buses that run from the  Solana Beach Amtrak to the racetrack, so you can head up there for the day if you want to experience it. 

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  1. Del Mar (attraction)
  2. Del Mar Racetrack (attraction)
  3. Solana Beach (attraction)
  4. La Jolla (attraction)
  5. Coronado Island (island)
  6. Pacific Beach (neighborhood)
  7. San Diego (city)
  8. Solana Beach Amtrak (attraction)
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answered by
Brett from Shanghai

Hey Jenny - so a few things on the beaches in San Diego

Coronado Islandis great. I like to ride bikes around the island and stop at different bars and restaurants as well as just hanging out on the beach.

I think the most popular party/fun beach areas are Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Ocean Beach is a little more hippie-ish and home to dive bars and chillax environment. Mission Beach is home to the famous Coaster of San Diego and is a great place to grab a drink right on the water. Pacific Beach is party central - expect a lot of crowds, drinks, and craziness as the night progresses. The best part is, if you are ambitious, you can walk the boardwalk all the way from Ocean Beach and head north to Pacific Beach. Renting a beach cruiser bicycle might be a less exhausting option for the exploration.

For something a little more chill, you can explore the La Jolla and Del Mar beach areas. Generally an older and wealthier demographic live and hang out here. So you will find more upscale shops and restaurants, but it is also very peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. Torrey Pines near La Jolla/Del Mar area is a great park on the coast that is a must hike for visitors in my opinion.

Lastly, you can head up to what's known as "North County" area. That includes the beach areas like Encinitas and Solana Beach. These are super mellow areas and borderline sleepy and boring, but great when you really just want a cool place to relax and hang out.

So that's the general rule - head north and things get more mellow. Hope that helps! Enjoy.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. San Diego (city)
  2. Coronado Island (island)
  3. Ocean Beach (attraction)
  4. Mission Beach (attraction)
  5. Pacific Beach (neighborhood)
  6. La Jolla (attraction)
  7. Del Mar (attraction)
  8. Torrey Pines (attraction)
  9. Encinitas (city)
  10. Solana Beach (attraction)
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Del Mar and Solana Beach are beautiful, quieter options. Pacific Beach for crowds and energy. Ocean Beach for a cultural experience!

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  1. Del Mar (attraction)
  2. Solana Beach (attraction)
  3. Pacific Beach (neighborhood)
  4. Ocean Beach (attraction)
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answered by
Cindy from San Juan Capistrano

You may be interested in the  Del Mar area and hiking along the beach Torrey Pines State Beach.  Or further down the coast for a more Pacific Beach.

PB :)

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  1. Del Mar (attraction)
  2. Torrey Pines State Beach (attraction)
  3. Pacific Beach (neighborhood)
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answered by
Paul from Palm Springs

I would suggest trying Pacific Beach

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