Quiet beaches in SD
October 26, 2012 10:33 PM   Subscribe

I'm giving someone a ride to San Diego (downtown) tomorrow and have the entire day free. What is the quietest, least busy, most isolated beach nearby? The ideal would be go a few hours without seeing anyone else but I know that's not possible on a sunny weekend day.
posted by acidic to Travel & Transportation around San Diego, CA (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
What time of day, and what counts as "nearby"? I would tentatively recommend the beaches in Encinitas over the ones that are closer to the San Diego Airport.
posted by rhythm and booze at 11:18 PM on October 26, 2012

Er, sorry, no idea why I assumed you were going to the airport, but since the airport is basically downtown, my questions still stand.
posted by rhythm and booze at 11:29 PM on October 26, 2012

Response by poster: Most likely before noon, but might be any time 8-5. Nearby = 20 minute drive or less.
posted by acidic at 11:33 PM on October 26, 2012

I would try Blacks Beach, which is part of Torrey Pines State Beach up in La Jolla.

Another set of beaches to consider would be the beaches in Point Loma. They aren't meant for traditional recreation, so I would expect there to be fewer crowds there. I enjoyed checking out the tidepools and the lighthouse when I went.

Beaches to avoid: Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Coronado
posted by rhythm and booze at 11:47 PM on October 26, 2012

I was thinking something similar to what rhythm and booze is going for with Point Loma (although I'd call it OB). Along Sunset Cliffs Blvd there's a bunch of little pocket beaches at the base of the cliffs, and some are easily accessible, but not terribly well known. There's one at the end of Bermuda Street with stair access, and another that looks accessible at the end of Adair, both north of where Sunset Cliffs Blvd is open to the ocean on the west side. There may be some similar situations along the west side of La Jolla (not La Jolla Shores) by Coast Blvd or Neptune.
posted by LionIndex at 11:58 PM on October 26, 2012

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