Undoubtedly, you plan to spend at least a little time at the beach while visiting San Diego. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer happy to visit some new waves or just getting your feet wet (pun intended), here are a few of San Diego’s top surf spots.
La Jolla Shores
With protection from the southwest winds, this surfing location is safe for beginners and families. Should you prefer your surf with a little more kick, head down the road to Marine Street Beach for a killer break, known locally as “womp,” or Windansea Beach, which has powerful waves due to steep ocean floor slopes.
Nearby: Walking trails, formal surfing schools
Ocean Beach Pier
Regardless of how skilled you are when it comes to surfing, you’ll be welcomed at this beach, just 10 or so minutes from several cheap SDCC hotels. Waves tend to fluctuate enough for everyone to get their surf on, from beginners to those more accustomed to riding some serious waves.
Nearby: A great burger place, a cafe, an ice cream shop, and board shops
First things first–you’ll need to be an experienced shredder if you want to hang ten here. The surf tends to pound the rocks hard, but it’s a thrill if you know what you’re doing. It’ll take some time to get to know the breaks within the coves here, but that’s part of the fun.
Nearby: Nothing but parkland and residential homes
You’ll run into a decent mix of surf conditions along the area between Dog Beach and 15th Street, and there’s plenty of room for all skill levels here. On hot summer days, you’ll have no trouble finding the prime surfing spots along the Del Mar shore since the adjacent beaches are usually deserted. Del Mar is about 20 to 25 minutes north of most hotels in downtown San Diego, so if you head up to surf consider making a day of it and exploring the quaint, and ritzy, neighborhood.
Nearby: Restaurants (a bit pricy, but great views), a surfing school offering private lessons, and some local boutiques
The main surfing spot here is between the Mission Bay Jetty and Crystal Pier. The surf isn’t spectacular, but you’ll find some good peaks here and there. You’ll also find some decent swells and breaks during the winter months when the crowds are gone.
Nearby: Belmont Park, PB Shore Club, board shops, sportswear shops, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants
Imperial Beach Pier
This surfing spot, also a prime fishing destination when the waters are calm, offers a nice combination of mid-to-high tides. Surf cams on the pier allow you to check conditions before grabbing your board.
Nearby: An RV resort, free parking (mid-week), an ice cream shop, a t-shirt place, and restaurants
Heading to surf in San Diego? Book a hotel room near the SAN airport at the Pacific Inn and you’ll have plenty of room to store your board. You’ll also be able to take advantage of booking discounts and our great low rates. Oh, and we offer free Wi-Fi, fresh coffee 24/7, premium cable channels, flexible dates, 24/7 customer service, and we won’t charge your card until you check in. Interested in inquiring about availability? Call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 who can help you out!