Among the things San Diego is most famous for (Mexican food, Sea World, Balboa Park, Ron Burgundy), our beautiful beaches definitely top the list. Whether you're a seasoned surfer looking to catch the gnarliest waves, or a photographer searching for that perfect sunset, the sun, sand, and sea is bountiful in our coastal paradise! So whether you're a born-and-bred or a shivering East Coaster dreaming of warmer climates, sink your toes into this list of five San Diego beaches for every activity and personality.
source: UT San Diego
1. Most Famous... Coronado Beach
The beach in Coronado, or "Crown Town" as the locals call it, is the site of the legendary Hotel Del Coronado, where Old Hollywood staycationed and Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like it Hot. It is also listed as a National Historic Landmark and the "#1 Beach in the United States" as chosen by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research. It's the place to see and be seen. At Tijon, our Coronado perfume is a sweet summer scent that combines tropical fruits like coconut and papaya with hints of chamomile and clove for a scent as dazzling as the crown of the city.
2. Most Private and Secluded... Solana Beach
Because of its dramatic bluffs and steep staircases, Solana beach can be a bit difficult to access. The trouble is worth it, though, just for the pristine conditions and breathtaking views (which makes for a lovely ride-by on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train). The Seaside area is a surfer's dream with an outer reef that breaks on big swells, and Fletcher Park is a popular part for picnics and cave-dwelling. Tijon's own Solana fragrance is as unique as its namesake, with crisp notes of ocean rain and eucalyptus spearmint paired with delicate florals of rose and butterfly flower.
source: beach cities real estate
3. Most Stereotypically-Southern-California... Mission Beach
It has a boardwalk and amusement park full of classic, 1920's-era rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Giant Dipper rickety roller coaster. Oh, and there's also the Wave House, where wannabe surfers can learn how to shred on the Flowrider wave-simulation machine. It doesn't get any more SoCal than that.
4. Most Hippie and Groovy... Ocean Beach
The motto around these parts is "Keep O.B. Weird," and it is spoken with pride. Arguably the most progressive and bohemian beach of San Diego. Ocean Beach is majorly dog-friendly and replete with co-ops, organic markets, antique stores, drum circles, smoke shops, and vintage VW vans.
source: UT San Diego
5. Best All-Around... La Jolla
La Jolla Shores is well-known for being one of the best San Diego spots for water sports like kayaking, scuba diving, and parasailing. It's also a great place to marvel at the marine life and go whale-watching or seal-searching. We might be biased being La Jolla business residents, but we think the Shores is one of the prettiest places in town. And our La Jolla scent is one of our most popular fragrances, with fresh citrus notes of bergamot, lime, mandarin, and grapefruit layered over sweet flowers and a sensual base of patchouli, amber, sandalwood, and musk.