In 2012, National Geographic named Encinitas as one of the World’s 20 Best Surf Towns – the only Southern California town to make it onto the list. Sure, the city lures many because it’s home to the legendary Swami’s, but it’s not the only place in and around San Diego to catch a wave.

We’ve put together a list for you. Feel free to click on the links to learn more about each spot.


1. Beacon’s Beach 948 Neptune Ave.

2. D Street – 450 D St. (Between Moonlight Beach and Swami’s)

3. Grandview Beach 1700 Neptune Ave.

4. Moonlight Beach – 400 B St.

5. Ponto – Carlsbad Blvd.

6. Seaside 2504 S Coast Hwy 101

7. Swami’s 1298 S Coast Hwy 101


8. Cardiff Reef/Suckouts In front of the river mouth that leads into the San Elijo Lagoon

9. Pipes San Elijo State Beach

10. Tabletops South of Suckouts


11. Tamarack At the foot of Tamarack Avenue




12. Outlet  – Near the North Island Naval Air Base




13. Del Mar/15th Street 1-5 Del Mar Heights, North to 15th Street




14. IB Pier 10 Evergreen Ave.




15. La Jolla Shores Beach Camino del Oro

16. Windansea Beach Below Neptune Pl.

17. Scripps Pier Adjacent to UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography


18. Ocean Beach Pier 5078 Niagara Ave.




19. Oceanside Pier The Strand N.




20. Tourmaline Surfing Park 600 Tourmaline St.

21. Pacific Beach Boardwalk End of the boardwalk at 974 Thomas Ave.

22. Law Street 601 – 671 Ocean Blvd.


23. Sunset Cliffs Sunset Cliffs Blvd, South till the end




24. Trestles San Onofre State Beach

25. Cottons North of upper Trestles

26. Old Man’s The southern end of San Onofre State Beach


27. Black’s Beach Southwest of Torrey Pines Gliderport



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