The deciding factors on what makes an amazing beach is incredibly subjective, but when it comes to beaches that really offer something in the winter, the list tends to get a little easier to navigate. Even though by the rest of the country’s standards, we’re in warm weather, to us, it’s really feeling chilly out! For anyone who has lived in San Diego, though, we know that some of the best times of the year to hit the beach is in the cooler months.
Blacks Beach is incredible in the winter for one reason, and that’s the surf. Surfers flock from all over to suit up and ride our waves out at Blacks because the tide is perfect, the view in breathtaking, and the reputation is huge. Blacks beach is one mile of surfer’s paradise at anytime, but in the winter it’s definitely a spot to hit with your board. Little side note, clothing is optional here, but we’re thinking it’s a bit cold out for those antics, which is why a winter trip is a good idea for anyone. Just grab your board and focus on the waves!
A great activity, on a winter’s day at the beach, is to bring your dog to a place where everyday they are allowed to roam free while you enjoy a book or toss them a Frisbee. This is somewhat of a “who’s who” amongst upscale dogs, as these frequenters are not your average pound puppies. This is a spot that many locals might not even know about, and it’s worth the drive up to the lush and plush Del Mar to have your dog see and be seen.
Coronado is an awesome place to visit, period, but it’s really a fun place to go when it’s too cold to swim. With The Hotel Del sweeping the entire beach, the boardwalk-style streets with a plethora of shops, and people always out-and-about, Coronado Island is a great way to spend a weekend. Hit up the outdoor bar at the Hotel Del, walk in the cool sand, and sit by the fire pits when the sun goes down. There is never a bad time to visit Coronado Beach!
This is one of the rare beaches where the water doesn’t have to be the main event! With Belmont Park hosting roller coasters, including the famous Giant Dipper, a carousel, and the largest outdoor heated pool, The Plunge, you can pretty much ignore the freezing water and just enjoy the activities!