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San Diego’s Best Beaches for Babies

By April 19, 2015February 21st, 2020No Comments

Bring your giggling baby to their first beach trip in the San Diego area. There’s plenty of options for family-friendly areas that offer a young child space to play, squeal and soak up the sun. Skip the bustle of L.A. or San Francisco for now and instead enjoy a family vacation with a more laid-back ambiance. San Diego’s fun foodie scene, friendly locals, and public spaces all make for a wonderful experience that both you and your baby will love.

La Jolla

With rolling, gentle waves and a kid-friendly atmosphere, La Jolla is a great first introduction to San Diego beaches. Babies can splash in the surf, then take a break at Kellogg Park next door that boasts large grassy areas for lounging. If you feel like wearing your baby you can stroll the one-mile stretch of sand with ease.

Coronado Beach

It takes a little trip outside San Diego to reach this beach – but it is well worth it. Pack plenty of sunscreen for you and the little one, as the sun shines bright year-round on this beautiful beach. Well-loved by couples and families alike, its popularity is due to tons of room to stretch out on the sand and easy waves for learning to surf, body board, or swim.

Pacific Beach

You won’t find miles of sand at this beach, but you will discover plenty of things to see and do. If you and your baby like to be a little more active, this area in Mission Bay is a much younger crowd and ideal for people watching. The seafood places and shops along the beach and street are fun to poke in and out of for a quick meal or to pick up some souvenirs. When it’s time to actually hit the water, try North Pacific Beach for a quieter scene that includes lifeguard duty and changing facilities onsite. There are tons of showers and stalls for easy access and outfit swaps during the day.

Other Places in San Diego with Babies

Your baby will need breaks from the beach and the sun frequently, as San Diego and its surrounding sandy shores can be busy. Luckily, there are some accommodations in the area that provide amenities and perks to keep you and your squirmy little one comfortable. The Westin San Diego is a fine place to begin the search downtown. Not only are the rooms large enough and offer cribs for a cozy overnight, there are also child care services if you’d like some assistance.

Outside of San Diego is the Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa for some luxury and relaxation. They have three pools on the property and one is for children only. The resort provides options for nautical excursions, spa treatments, and plenty of dining possibilities as well.

If looking for alternatives, you can also stay on Silver Strand Beach, which welcomes RVs and campers to stay right on the water’s edge.

Bring your beautiful baby to San Diego and have a wonderful time in one of California’s most vibrant cities.


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Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Twitter @Crooked_Flight

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