Imperial Beach Pier - Beachfront wooden pier features panoramic ocean views. Not too crowded compared to other beaches. Makes for some nice sunset shots during the evening hours.

Best Time – early morning or in the evening.

Perfect for – All

Parking – Free


Hotel Del Coronado - Provides a beautiful Victorian style backdrop and an excellent view towards the beach.   A popular place to go for SD locals as well as tourists, so area can get a bit crowded with "photo bombers"

Best time - early morning (8:00am-9:30am)

Perfect for – All

Parking - Free


Sunset Cliffs (Ocean Beach) – Provides a beautiful view of the ocean and rocky cliffs.

Note: This beach has no public bathroom facilities. 

Best time – Evening (Sunset)

Perfect for – Engagement

Parking – Free (arrive super early because it gets crowded)


Windansea Beach (La Jolla) - The narrow beach is a rocky landscape of smooth sandstone. The distinguishing landmark at Windansea is a palm-covered shack.

Best Time – Morning & Evening 

Perfect for – All

Parking- offers a limited number of parking spaces, street parking is typically widely available.