It's hard to miss the beach when in San Diego. It's visible when driving around town, from the al fresco terraces of many restaurants, and as a backdrop for number of attractions. Tip: Use the ocean as a directional point of reference (west) during your travels. We locals do it all the time.
The beach is the must-do activity when visiting San Diego in any season, because the sun shines almost year-round. Which beach you choose depends on what you'd like to do after stepping on to the sun-kissed sand.
Want to learn how to surf or kayak the La Jolla caves? Head to La Jolla Shores Beach, but arrange a lesson or tour in advance. Don't forget the kids as they'll love the seaside playground there almost as much as frolicking in the sand.
Falling asleep to the rumble of waves is also a possibility (with camping gear) at Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado. Though it's off the main drag, conveniences such as equipment rentals, ample parking and a snack bar keep guests happy.
Naturalists may prefer heading south to Imperial Beach, located near a nature preserve that is home to over 370 birds. It's also home to a popular sand castle building competition in July. Though swimming isn't recommended near the Mexican border, around the IB pier is a go.
Just don't forget to bring a camera. The photos will make your friends mighty jealous.