Windansea Beach
Windansea Beach
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A famous beach for surfing.
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McClean Photography
San Diego, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
I love Windansea Beach. It is one of those small gems that is not quite as popular as Ocean Beach or Pacific Beach. I go here for epic pictures, awesome surf and sightseeing. it gets crowded every once in a while just because it is a small area but you will not be disappointed! I am a professional photographer so I attached one of the shots I got there.
Written October 21, 2020
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lisagrue
Madison, WI53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We stayed near the beach for 4 nights over New Year's and our family loved it. Each late afternoon, we would talk down to the beach to play and watch the sunset. Each time was different and wonderful, depending on the surf and tides. We saw anemones and some shells, but mainly dodged the waves and enjoyed jumping from rock to rock to explore. My sons always came back with varying degrees of wet pants, and sometimes mom and dad did too. i also enjoyed walking in the morning; lots of dog walkers in conversation and surfers either coming in or out. A great vibe and not too touristy like La Jolla cove/Children's Beach.
Written January 8, 2020
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Meander49689593204
124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Spent a week at our VRBO home rental at Windansea Beach. Had a wonderful time searching for shells, making sand castles, people watching, ship watching and enjoying the surfers.

Our ages ranged from 3-62 and we all were impressed by the accessibility, cleanliness and pure beauty.

I would’ve liked to see some public restrooms, but I’m sure the valuable real estate made it prohibitive to cover all the beaches.

I recommend Windansea Beach for families.
Written March 14, 2022
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Sara
Flower Mound, TX56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We stayed 5 nights overlooking this beach, just steps away, and loved it. It’s where the kids (8,9,10) wanted to be for a majority of our trip. They loved climbing on the rocks and “jumping” the waves. We did not let them go in the water too far. The waves were huge and close to shore. The sunset and people / surfer watching was an above and beyond cool experience. The area within walking distance was really nice as well.
Written October 19, 2022
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winepair
Lodi, CA190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I rented an Air BNB that was one block from this beach. Went every day and enjoyed watching the waves and surfers. Beach is long and narrow with a strip of sand, but enough to sun bathe. Also watched an incredible sunset from here.
Written November 25, 2020
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BrianC867
San Diego, CA110 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
This is probably the worst beach for surfing in San Diego. If you are recognized as going there all the time, the "locals" think it is OK to harass you and try and run you off. It's not worth the trouble to try and surf here. Let them have their crappy little beach, there are better breaks to be had elsewhere where the "locals" attitude is much more scarce.
Written May 30, 2013
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gaylerae
Rochester, MN39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
We were looking for a good sandy beach to play at with children and this was not it. We visited here in February and there was actually very little sand area and most was getting covered up with water. Even looked at the lifeguard info boards and it wasn't high tide time so maybe it was the time of year? Just big rocks everywhere and even getting down to the rocks on the made staircases was difficult as some of them are in poor condition. Many people were walking their dogs up on the sidewalk above the beach and this is really all this place seemed good for. I will say the view was beautiful. Waves crashing with the turquoise blue colors was magnificent but just not what I was expecting.
Written February 25, 2019
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Libby L
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The beach is relatively empty and serene, because it is a surfing beach. The reviews on here misled me and I just want to warn people. The tide can get very strong and the waves break hard, right into the sand and rocks, as opposed to having a cushion of water to ride upon. I dislocated my shoulder from impact after getting sucked forward, over and thrown down into the sand by a wave. The beach is beautiful, and probably good for sunbathing or more advanced surfing. Don't go in the water for leisure or to body surf, you will be pushed directly into the sand. Quit when you feel the waves pull hard. Paramedics informed me it is probably one of the more dangerous beaches in San Diego and that they have picked up many people from this beach. Not for kids. Not for people who are trying to find a good swim spot.
Written August 21, 2018
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paulcE3081NI
Portland56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
First, this is a surfing beach. The surfers here can be "D***S", very territorial in the water. On the beach, it is fine.
The waves here crash hard, it is the rocks and the contour under the water, it is not a great swimming beach. There are areas to lay out and enjoy the sun, but becareful of the water.
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE WATER!
I have seen people hit from behind by waves and dragged out,
WATCH YOU KIDS!
That being said, it is a classic surf beach and it is a great spot to watch the sunset or just hang out. Go up the beach to the Cove to swim if that is what you want.
Written August 22, 2018
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Mandy D
Austin, TX16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
The sunset here was magnificent and morning waves were equally impressive. The water is gorgeous and clear and the beach was lovely. It's a very popular beach, with limited parking at the end of a residential street, so it's a little awkward to get to and crowded. Even with that caveat, however, highly recommend a visit.
Written January 4, 2015
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