Anchored by the grand Hotel del Coronado, this iconic white-sand beach is a local gem that literally sparkles. Flecked with the gold-like mineral mica, this lustrous beach is arguably San Diego’s most alluring. Gentle waves encourage frolicking in the shore break, while a vast sandy expanse—which never feels crowded—invites sandcastles and kite-flying. The beach was immortalized by Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like it Hot,” and you can play the role of a starlet with a stay at The Del which gains you access to retro, candy-striped loungers and swanky cabanettes plunked on the sand.
San Diego has a lot of beaches. There, we said it. The metropolis and its surroundings boast a whopping 70 miles of beautiful coastline, featuring some of the best beaches not just in California, but on the whole planet. If you’ve ventured towards the so-called Birthplace of California in search of sand, sun and surf, you’re not going to be struggling for results.
Of course, 70 miles of beaches throws up plenty of options, and separating the good from the great is no easy task. Luckily, we’ve done the hard yards (the sunbathing, but that can be dangerous work) and have identified the best of the best beaches in San Diego, for your sun-kissed pleasure. This place has a standard forecast of 70 and sunny, with seemingly perfect weather year-round, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy. San Diego also happens to have a fantastic culinary scene and some seriously good craft beer options, if you weren’t entirely convinced by the whole “America’s Finest City” thing.
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