San Diego County has an overabundance of great beaches, and the fact that all beaches in the State of California are public means that one can enjoy them, providing that one can get to them.
Many wealthy neighborhoods don’t like commoners on their beaches, so they purposely make it difficult for the public to get to the beaches.
The City of Solana Beach is a great example.
Recently I was trying to get to Del Mar Shores beach. I had not been there in about twenty years but knew that there was a beautiful, new staircase leading down to the beach. Finding that staircase without walking up the beach for ten miles proved to be more difficult than I had thought.
I finally found the beach access on a small cul-de-sac:
Although the sign and walkway are quite visible, that picture is from a web site that I browse looking for unique San Diego. The walkway now is overgrown with bushes and trees, and the sign and walkway entrance are obscured by car parking. Thus, if you’re just casually driving by—and no one is going to casually drive by in a cul-de-sac to begin with!—you’ll miss it. In fact, I missed it twice before finding it the third time. Well, my wise old grandmother always said that the third time is the charm!
The walkway goes around two sides of the Del Mar Shores Terrace condominiums. Here’s the second side leading to the beach:
Even though I was there on a weekend, you can see that it wasn’t busy. I’m thinking because no one can find it!
At the end of the walkway is a magnificent view of the beach from the top of 150-foot cliffs:
Then there is the view down the grand staircase:
It’s absolutely necessary to traverse the stairs to get to the bottom so you can see this view of what you just came down:
The “NO DOGS ALLOWED” sign at the beginning of the walkway is confusing because dogs are allowed, albeit only to the south side of the stairs, not the north side.
A walk on the beach provides views of magnificent beachside cliff homes and condominium complexes, as well as the interesting retaining walls that keep them up there.
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