San Diego is the eighth largest city in the whole of the United States, and as it is based in California you can guarantee that there are some wonderful family beaches to be seen. In this guide, we will explore the six best family beaches in San Diego.
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Coronado beach is a picturesque beach ideal for all different types of families. Based in a particularly affluent area, the beach was once ranked as the fifth best beach in the whole of the USA. Depending on what time you visit, the beach can be very quiet, which may be ideal for your family. While there may be nothing exciting here for families, if you want to sit back and relax, some would say that you could not find a better beach than Coronado.
La Jolla Shell
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This beach is not what many would define as a ‘normal’ beach, but it is one that you can take your family too if they fancy themselves as the exploring type. If you come when the tide is at its lowest point then you will probably be able to see all sorts of sea life. Just off of the shell beach is the seal rock reserve, which is a huge rock where sea lions and seals rest. Therefore, make sure you bring down some binoculars if you decide to visit the La Jolla Shell.
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For a beach with plenty of activities, the Del Mar has to be at the top of your list. If you want to bring a picnic to the beach than this is accepted because there is a large grass area, situated just above the beach itself. Here you will also find a great playground, where your kids can enjoy relaxing if they get bored with the sand. This beach is safe for children, because there are various lifeguard towers scattered around the beach.
Carlsbad State Beach
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Fortunately, for those that live around this area, parts of the Carlsbad beach remain quiet throughout the year. This beach is so large that it has been designated into different sections, and if you have a young family then you should avoid these; Tamarack, Warm Water Jetty (by the power plant) and Terramar (by the lagoon), because they are known surfing spots, which may not be suitable for families. If you want to go for lunch with your family, stay to the north of Carlsbad beach because this is the only place you will be able to find somewhere to grab a bite. Other benefits of this beach for families are that this is the closest beach to Legoland; there are plenty of toilets and even more importantly dozens of lifeguards that patrol the beach.
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Ocean beach is idyllic for families that want a relaxing visit to the beach. One of the main reasons for this is because of the amount lifeguards you will find scattered around the beach. Another reason is that there are supervised swimming and surfing areas, which means that you do not need to worry about getting in the way of a surfer. Ocean beach pier is one of a few places in San Diego where you can fish without a license, and this means that if you want to take your family fishing for the whole day or just a couple of hours then this is one of the only places to do it without having to apply for a license. On top of this, there is a tackle shop right on the beach front where you can get any equipment that you require.
Silver Strand State Beach
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If you want to go to a beach to do a specific thing (sunbathe, surf, eat, explore) this is not the best beach you can choose; however, if you and your family want to try it all then the Silver Strand State Beach is perfect. On this beach you can swim, surf, sunbathe, eat a picnic and even collect shells, but there are better beaches for each one of these individually. This beach is one of the only places where you can gather oyster shells; in fact, it is the main â€˜attractionâ€™ of the beach. Therefore, if you have a family that enjoys doing things by themselves then make sure you go to the Silver Strand State Beach.
Summary – There are plenty of family friendly beaches in San Diego, but you need to be careful which one you decide to visit. Be warned, some of the ones not mentioned here are rather dangerous and by no means suitable for those with young children. Others act as â€˜hotâ€™ hangouts for young adults, and while there are no rules against you visiting any of the beaches in San Diego, it would probably be better if you steered clear of some of them.