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Michele asked

What's the best beach in San Diego?

Looking to go to a beautiful beach to take great pictures and relax. Lesser known beach and less touristy. 

San Diego (California)

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Michael from San Diego

The two most scenic beaches in San Diego are Coronado Beach  (not too touristy in the off-season) and Black's Beach up near UCSD.  The latter is not too accessible -- need to walk down a path to get to it.   Torrey Pines State Park is also quite beautiful, but takes some walking.  


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JR
I agree with Michael's beach choices. Great answer. Michael, since I'm a moderator, I went ahead and added the @symbol to plot these plot these places on the map. Looks better huh?
 

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Clancy
I also agree on all three counts. Torrey Pines is my favorite. Also, if you looking for a sunset/evening beach, try Moonlight Beach (Encinitas). It's packed in the daytime, but lovely at night.
 

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Michele
Those are great suggestions. Thanks!
 

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Samuel
Little heads up, Blacks is a considered a Nudist beach... has been my whole life. your probably fine after 4-5 when people aren't tanning any more. Just a little heads up incase you are planning a family outing. also the surfing at blacks is second to non it's a premier beach but you got a hike ahead of you :)
 

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Samuel
also if you're just in downtown and don't want to drive up north @Sunset Cliffs is named that for a reason its a little community with spectacular Cliffs and some of the most stunning Sunsets you can get!
 
 
 

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Micah from Humacao

For a different look, not beach, but great for beautiful scenery, try Point Loma - taking the road branching off to the right (to far west side of peninsula across from Coronado) when you come to the national park entrance. It will wind down to a parking lot where you can then walk along the shore and enjoy little cave-like openings and tidal pools as well as paths along the shoreline. 


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Micah
The location is not showing properly on the map for some reason as Point Loma is located at the far south west point across the harbor from Coronado.
 

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JR
Hey Micah. I fixed that weird mapping issue. It's in the right place now. Great tip btw!
 
 
 

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James from Maryland

Hotel Del Coronado has historic significance, cool little island, nice views, less tourists. Dog Beach in Del Mar is easy to miss.


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