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Top 5 Ways to Have a Blast at the Beach when You’re in San Diego

Having fun in San Diego often involves beach-related activities, which is no surprise, given the many top-ranked and truly unique public beaches located here. If you’re planning to visit San Diego in the near future, you’ll absolutely want to take full advantage of the city’s many beaches as well as others in nearby communities. Below, the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly San Diego hotels, present five fun ways you can enjoy San Diego’s beaches during your visit.

1. Surfing & Swimming

Cradled by the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is, not surprisingly, deeply entrenched in the surf culture. If you’re an experienced or casual surfer, you can head to your preferred SD beach to get your surf on. Plus, you can rent a board during your visit. Many rental places are right on the beach for added convenience. And with swimming, most San Diego beaches have lifeguards on duty in designated swimming areas.

2. Beach Games, Beach Trails, & Boardwalks

You’ll have a lot of fun when visiting San Diego beaches if you’re into playing volleyball, tossing horseshoes, throwing a Frisbee, or similar activities. As long as you’re respectful of other beachgoers, you’re more than welcome to strike up pretty much any type of beachside game in San Diego. For volleyball, Mission Beach is one of the spots where you’ll find well-maintained nets. The Del Mar Rivermouth by the Oceanside Pier is another popular place for volleyball lovers.

It’s not out of the ordinary to find beach trails that can be easily accessed from some of the beaches in San Diego. Pacific Beach and Mission Beach also have bustling boardwalks that are go-to spots for walking and biking. You’ll find smaller boardwalks that are perfect for casual strolling near many other SD-area beaches as well, including ones in Oceanside, La Jolla, and Ocean Beach.

3. Tide Pooling

The sand indentations known as tide pools, which are created naturally by the action of the tides, can be found along many beaches in San Diego. You’ll be more likely to find smaller sea creatures clinging to rocks in the fall and winter, although you should be able to find some interesting things in the summer, too. Shell Beach, Point Loma, and Ocean Beach are among the better-known tide pooling spots in the area.

4. Scuba Diving

A popular way to enjoy the scuba diving experience in the waters adjacent to some of the San Diego-area beaches is to charter a boat. Some local shops also offer guided tours. The inshore reefs of La Jolla and Bird Rock are among the top diving spots in the SD area. You won’t see colorful tropical fish or coral reefs, but you’ll be treated to rich kelp forests and even some shipwreck remnants.

5. Fishing

San Diego boasts an assortment of beaches with adjacent piers that can be perfect places to fish during your visit here. Some of these locations are known for being home to larger fish like halibut and bass. Popular fishing piers near San Diego beaches include:

• Imperial Beach Pier
• Coronado Ferry Landing Pier
• Oceanside Pier
• Ocean Beach Pier—the longest pier in San Diego County 

If you’re looking for the perfect budget-friendly accommodations for your beach lover’s vacation, book a room at the comfortable Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most affordable hotels near downtown San Diego. Our relaxing, inviting guestrooms feature plenty of space and contemporary décor, and our suites have balconies that offer amazing harbor views. Make your reservation today by calling (619) 223-5544.