Up and down the coast, San Diego beaches offer a wide array of entertainment for the water baby, the explorer, the sunbather or the athlete. During your visit to San Diego, make sure you pack your car with beach towels, sunscreen, paperback novels and sand castle molds for an adventure on the Pacific Ocean. A favorite among locals for great snorkeling, canoeing or just family fun is La Jolla Shores, located in the heart of the city's most desirable neighborhood. Parking isn't easy, but it's always worth the hike and a fairly short trip from the hotel. Head to North County San Diego for Del Mar, which is enticing even when there aren't any horse races. Hidden along Highway 1, it's easy to mistake these great local beaches as just another pretty view. If you want to check two things off your San Diego bucket list, enjoy a little drive over the Coronado Bridge that'll take you to the Coronado Municipal Beach. While the Hotel Del Coronado sometimes overshadows this island, the white sandy beaches of this location are always a favorite. Just minutes from the Empress Hotel, the Pacific Beach stretches of sand and shore are popular for its proximity to great food, outdoor bars and supreme people watching. Pick a spot on the shore for all-day lounging and ultimate tanning, with the popular boardwalk that's filled year round with bike riders, runners, skateboarders and surfers. For any born and bred San Diego surfer, they'll tell you Tourmaline is the best for riding the waves - but if you're up for a little trek, make your way to Blacks Beach for the ultimate break. And once the sun goes down and the temperature drops, the view from above the beaches at Sunset Cliffs is the ideal way to close your evening.