The Best Beach Photography Spots in San Diego
One visit to San Diego and it’s easy to see why it has been called “America’s Finest City.”
It has it all: perfect year-round weather, miles and miles of beaches, the Pacific, awesome food and beer, a world famous zoo, great-looking people…and it’s a stone’s throw from Tijuana, Mexico.
Oh, and one more thing: it’s one of the most photogenic cities you’ll ever come across. There are countless places where you can get Instagram-worthy photos, but since the beaches are among the area’s main attractions, following are some of the best spots for beach photos in San Diego.
Scripps Pier at La Jolla Beach
Beachgoers and photographers often consider La Jolla the best beach in San Diego. You can capture wildlife, hang gliders, and of course, spectacular sunsets. A prominent feature of La Jolla is Scripps Pier, a narrow concrete structure that juts more than 1,000 feet into the Pacific. While it’s not open to the public, it provides endless possibilities for striking photos. Stand right under the pier for the most dramatic shots. Tip: Twice a year – usually in May and August – the sun sets directly between the legs of the pier from the vantage point of someone standing under it.
This island in San Diego Bay has more than a few great vistas. From Coronado Beach, you can get some great photos of the San Diego skyline. It’s a short walk from there to Coronado Tidelands Park – a perfect location to grab some striking photos of the Coronado Bay Bridge. Shoot both the bridge and skyline at sunset for some unforgettable photos. Also on the island is the historic Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888 and the second largest wooden structure in America. A gorgeous Victorian hotel, sand dunes, and the Pacific? You pretty much can’t take a bad picture there.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
The beach and rock formations at Torrey Pines are about as picturesque as it gets. Impressive sandstone bluffs absolutely glow in the setting sun, and an expansive beach in front of them means you can stroll and shoot in just about any direction and get fantastic photos. Hike the trails above the beach for breathtaking views of the entire landscape. In the southern part of the park is Broken Hill, an almost otherworldy setting by the Pacific that simply bursts with color; odd rock formations, trees, sea, and sky all combing for brag-worthy photos of your time in San Diego.
Sunset Cliffs Park
With a name like Sunset Cliffs, you know this is a great spot for photos. These sandstone cliffs are a breathtaking sight at any time of the day; the setting sun makes it shimmer with an almost iridescent glow. The golden bluffs juxtaposed against the cerulean blue waters of the Pacific make for unforgettable photo ops. And it couldn’t be easier – just park your car in one of the lots, walk a few steps, and start shooting. Just south of the cliffs is Point Loma, one of the best seaside communities within San Diego.