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San Diego County’s Best Beaches

One of the many joys of a luxury stay at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is your proximity to absolutely world-class beaches along San Diego County’s ravishing coastline.

Within easy reach of our haven in the hills here, you can be burrowing those feet in toasty sand, swimming or surfing the Pacific breakers, or blissing out to a fabulous ocean sunset—knowing that premium elegance and hospitality waits to welcome you back to our lavish resort.

Let’s have a look at some of the very best Southern Californian beaches at your disposal as an Inn at Rancho Santa Fe guest!

South Carlsbad State Beach

A short drive northwest on the 5 and a hop, skip, and a jump seaward on the Pacific Coast Highway brings you to this cobble-and-sand stunner. If board-riding calls to you at all, here’s a prime place to do it—but if mere ocean-gazing is more your style, well, that works, too.

Torrey Pines State Beach

If you’re a nature enthusiast, this is one of the best beaches in Southern California without question; we’d even go so far to say it’s one of the best beaches in the country, given the context. Its pretty sands come backed by the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park, a seafront bluff-land named for its endemic pinewoods that also features marvelous coastal chaparral, sage scrub, and lagoon-side saltmarsh. Combine hiking through some of California’s most unique ecosystems with beach-lounging, all along the same pristine coastline.

Cardiff State Beach

Less than a half-hour just about due west of us here at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff State Beach casts a long, inviting sandy ramp into the Pacific surf. There are also tidepools on hand just asking to be explored…

San Elijo State Beach

A little ways north of Cardiff State Beach, San Elijo is an especially pretty strand backed by striking bluffs. Besides marinating on the white sands, swimming the shallows, or surfing the breaks, this is a fine place to go snorkeling or diving—plus, as at Cardiff, easily accessible tidepools lie here.

Pursue a day at the ocean at any of these beaches and we don’t imagine you’ll be disappointed—and yet we’ve only just sampled the top-grade seashores you can appreciate firsthand while you’re staying with us at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Moonlight State Beach, La Jolla Cove—so much more awaits sand-between-your-toes exploration!