The Most Family-Friendly Beaches in San Diego

Grab your sunglasses and get ready to kick off your flip-flops for a family day at the beach! San Diego is home to some of the best family-friendly beaches on the West Coast, offering a safe environment, many amenities, and fun beach activities.


Spend your weekend soaking in the sun with your loved ones at one of these family-friendly beaches!


La Jolla

Enjoy a full day of fun in the sun at La Jolla Shores! Many come here to watch the entertaining sea lions, or to kayak and snorkel around the La Jolla Sea Caves. If you want to grab a bite to eat, there are many local eateries within walking distance. Kellogg Park is nearby and offers plenty of grassy areas, perfect for picnics, playing catch, or just relaxing.

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Del Mar City Beach

We recommend checking out River Mouth and 15th Street where you’ll find volleyball nets, great spots for swimming, and two coastal parks! Powerhouse and Seagrove Parks provide a great environment for friends and family to enjoy a picnic while taking in the view of the beach. The Powerhouse Park features a barefoot-friendly, dog-free area where your little ones can play on swings and slides.

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Mission Beach

Make a splash at Mission Beach where you’ll find calm waves and the beachfront amusement park, Belmont Park. Ride the roller coaster with your little ones, grab a bite to eat, and play arcade games to win fun prizes! There are many family-friendly activities near Mission Beach, making it easy to spend a full day there.

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Coronado Beach

This is one of the most popular family-friendly beaches that offers plenty of opportunities to paddle board, boogie board, and swim. At low tide, explore the tidepools at Coronado Central Beach. The Coronado Ferry Landing offers bike and kayak rentals to make your beach experience an adventure. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to complete your day at the beach.

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Moonlight Beach

Located in Encinitas, this beach offers a family-friendly experience with many amenities, including rentals, and a snack shack. There is also a playground for your little ones to enjoy as well as volleyball and tennis courts to keep the whole family entertained. It’s easy to spend a whole day at Moonlight Beach as it offers everything you need for a perfect beach day!

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San Diego is home to some of the finest beaches, but only a few offer the family-friendly environment that many parents are hoping for. Before heading out, be sure to pack the right sunscreen for your family and don’t forget to reapply! For more activities to do in San Diego, check out the Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.

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