San Diego’s Premier Beach Communities: 4 Beach Communities You Need To Visit!

San Diego’s Premier Beach Communities: 4 Beach Communities You Need To Visit!
Melissa
Melissa
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When it comes to San Diego, there is no shortage of beaches. From whimsical to tropical, laid-back to upscale, there is something for everyone who enjoys fun in the sun. Along with the killer surf and picturesque ocean views, each beach city has it’s own unique charm and appeal with a plethora of adventure to behold along the city streets. Read on to discover more about San Diego’s must-see premier beach communities!

Point Loma

Point Loma, San Diego, CA.

Something of a ‘San Francisco of Southern California’, Point Loma’s bay region is home to ships of all sizes, both Naval and recreational. With a widely nautical and Naval presence, Point Loma draws in fisherman and boaters alike. Not prone to enjoying a day at sea by setting sail? The serene ship views and calm water are enough to lure in sight-seers! Known for fine seafood cuisine and comparably quiet atmosphere, Point Loma is the perfect place for sailors and rest-seekers alike. Thinking about learning to sail? A visit to Point Loma exudes just enough nautical appeal to push you out of your comfort zone and into a new hobby!

Pacific Beach

Inside PB Shore Club, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA.

Have brews and beach on the brain? If you’re planning a pub crawl, bachelor party, or the like, look no further than San Diego’s Pacific Beach. Dubbed ‘PB’ by the locals, you’ll find a predominantly younger crowd amongst the crab shacks and pacifico-filled pubs. With the majority of restaurants and hotels lined right along the beach, the convenient access to and from sand and surf-and-turf is second to none. Travel from the beach, restaurants, and back to beach volleyball with ease in PB’s happening layout. Don’t forget to stop by the PB Shore Club for beach views, ocean breezes, and $4 Pacifico’s (pilsner-style beer)!

Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, San Diego, CA.

The essence of old hollywood glamour fills the streets of Coronado. From the historic buildings, to the golden flecks amidst the sand on the beach, Coronado exudes elegance and grandeur. Begin your visit or stay at the fabulous Hotel Del Coronado where you can stay, spa, and dine like royalty. Coronado’s ‘Hotel Del’ is the cornerstone of the city and captures the essence of the upscale quality Coronado has to offer.

Not in the mood to hit the beach? Guests of the Hotel Del are afforded the luxury of visiting the spa or taking a dip in the glorious pool overlooking the ocean. While costs at the hotel tend to be a bit pricier than other nearby establishments, you may opt for visiting the Del for the afternoon for lunch, mimosas, and a day at the beach!

Encinitas

Encinitas, San Diego, CA

Want it all? Then Encinitas, CA is the place for you. With an exceedingly relaxed dining and shopping atmosphere, as well as the most pristine ocean views imaginable, Encinitas is well-equipped for both the relaxation and luxury seeker. Along the 101 Coastal Highway, you’ll find everything you need in terms of shopping, dining, libations and indulging. From the Solterra Wine Bar to the Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar, the 101 houses something for everyone.

Not in need of sustenance? Reinvigorate your mind by taking a stroll around the dream-like meditation gardens. If you visit the beach along Encinitas (and we highly recommend you do), you’ll find a mix of locals and vacationers mingling in the sand and surf amidst a backdrop of seemingly unreal bluffs. See local surfers make their way from the reef to their nearby bungalows and begin to feel right at home in this paradise by the sea.

Time to plan your visit to San Diego!

Whether you’re looking to get away from it all or submerge yourself into the hustle and bustle, San Diego has no shortage of both tranquility and excitement. Choose which of these unique cities is right for your stay, or spend a day at each of these nearby premier communities!

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As a native East Coast girl who now resides in Southern California, Melissa's had her fair share of bicoastal living in the United States. Equipped with an overall sense of wanderlust and a travel...Read more

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