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January 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Coronado Island

The Beaches of San Diego

I live in Manitoba. Best part? Space. In every direction. My hometown has one four-way stop; no traffic light. And everybody really does know your name. But, after living on Vancouver Island for over three decades, I do miss the ocean.
So, we booked ourselves into an RV park on Mission Bay, San Diego for a month. Head north or south, only minutes from our campsite are miles of sandy beaches and in January some of them can be like ghost towns.
For those who think 'a beach is a beach' ... nope. They have their own unique personalities and I can't pick a favorite.
Coronado is up there because of it's view back toward Cabrillo National Monument and, of course, the world famous Hotel del Coronado.

Coronado Island

Coronado Island

Coronado Island

Hotel del Coronado

Totally different, yet equally unique is the one-two-three punch of beaches along the stunning La Jolla shore. Windansea Beach is popular with surfers, and the sandstone rock formations make for a cozy spot to sit and watch from.

Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach


Not far away is Shell Beach. It was foggy and the waves were rolling in quickly, but we managed to gather a small treasure trove of sea glass and shells. Momentarily venturing too far from land, I'd forgotten how fierce the pull of the ocean can be when it heads back out to sea. The sand under my feet disappeared and I almost went ass over teakettle into the drink! Good reminder about the power of nature.
Shell Beach
Shell Beach
Shell Beach
Walking distance from Shell Beach is the Children's Pool. No more children actually swim here, but it's a perfect viewing platform for the beach's laziest inhabitants. Harbour seals. The beach is closed yearly from December 15 through May 15 because of pupping season.



Beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla

The edge of Point Loma can boast Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. We caught the end of a wedding here, which obviously is a frequent occurrence...as is the gathering crowd awaiting sunset. As beautiful as the area is, it is also deadly with signs warning of unstable cliffs. 

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs 
Sunset Cliffs



Sunset Cliffs


Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs after a wedding

Sunset Cliffs
And the final beach we made it to during our month-long amazing stay was Scripps. The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier makes this a must-see, at least for me. My goal in life when I was much younger was to become a marine biologist, eventually working at Scripps Institute in San Diego. I had big goals. In the end I settled for taking up scuba diving around Vancouver Island and working on a tv series called 'Safari: Ocean Adventures'. Close, but no cigar.

Ellen Browning Memorial Pier

Ellen Browning Memorial Pier at Scripps

Scripps beach

Scripps beach

Ellen Browning Memorial Pier

Scripps beach

someone with more flexibility and confidence than I!

graffiti painted on wall close to pier

We leave here next week and I will miss San Diego. Not a fan of cities anymore, this one, for some unknown reason, has always made me feel at home. 



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