beaches to visit during ASCRS 2019

You hung out at Galilei Day, May 4, and booked a couple of wet labs on the weekend. So what will you do with the rest of your time in San Diego? The beach, of course. San Diego is famous for its sand and surf, so choose one of the beaches below for a day trip, or to watch the sunset. Send pics to @Ziemerusa and we’ll post them on Twitter.

For details and directions click on the name of the beach.

1. La Jolla Cove Beach

Located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, this beach is sheltered by a rocky point which blocks waves rolling in from the west most of the time and creates a safe swimming environment. Watch for seals and birds on the rocks nearby. Come early for parking.

2. Coronado Beach

Starting at the famous Hotel del Coronado, this pristine beach continues north to Sunset Park. Although this family-friendly beach does get crowded, it’s so large that it’s still possible to find a secluded spot.

3. Pacific Beach

Affectionately referred to as “PB” by the locals, Pacific Beach is a laid-back community located between Pacific Beach Drive and the Crystal Pier. Crystal Pier is a public fishing pier by day and makes a great vantage point for looking at the city and the beach below.

4. Flat Rock Beach

It takes a bit of a hike to reach Flat Rock Beach – but the sweeping bluffs, white sand, and breathtaking views make it all worthwhile.

5. Ocean Beach City Beach

Ocean Beach is a wide sandy beach that has formed at the south side of the San Diego River mouth. The beach itself is beautiful, and the long pier offers some incredible views of the city.

6. La Jolla Shores Beach

La Jolla Shores Beach, a mile-long beach sits in front of Kellogg Park, which has two grassy areas for picnics.

7. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

A visit to this beautiful spot has to be earned. The descent is so steep that a fixed rope has been installed for safety. The hillside is full of footpaths waiting to be explored, so if you enjoy bluff walks, this is the place to be.

Mission Beach
8. South Mission Beach

You’ll find South Mission Beach at the extreme south end of the Mission Beach Peninsula. This beach is slightly more subdued than some of the others, but it still gets crowded, so join the party as early as possible.

9. Playa Pacifica on Mission Bay

The cove here is known as Leisure Lagoon, and it happens to be the perfect place to relax. This Mission Bay beach is popular with boaters and families.

10. Bermuda Beach

A quiet locals’ beach that’s tucked away in the south part of the Ocean Beach district. Access by stairs at the end of Bermuda Avenue west of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Awesome sunsets await.