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SURFING IN SAN DIEGO
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Looking for a southern destination that's fun, easily accessible -- and warmer than Toronto? If you're seeking a vacation centered around physical activity, San Diego is a top choice. As the warmer weather arrives, the city's many nearby beaches begin to come alive with an increasing number of surfers. Whether you'll be attempting to surf for the first time or you're more experienced, a surfing vacation can be a fun and enjoyable experience. Here's a closer look at some of the city's best surfing spots.

There's no shortage of great surfing spots in San Diego. Whether you're visiting for a long weekend or an extended period of time, you'll want to free up some time to visit at least one of these destinations. Most beaches are a short distance from the city. You'll find a mix of more popular (and crowded) beaches along with ones that are more sparsely populated. Some beaches cater to specific experience levels, such as beginners or advanced surfers, while others have more of a variety. If you're heading to San Diego for some surfing, you won't want to pass up the following hotspots:

-  Swami's: when the weather is good, this beach tends to get packed. It's a particularly attractive location for surfers because of a slight bend in the coastline, which allows for some of the best breaks in the area. If you're into bigger waves (and don't mind the accompanying crowds), Swami's is the place to go.

- La Jolla Shores: The waves here are often gentle and rolling, making it ideal for beginners. It's one of the city's more popular beaches and can get crowded during the peak season. Many local surfers and area surf schools take to these waters for learning how to surf or getting in a bit of practice before moving on to more challenging waters.

- Trestles: While this beach attracts mostly expert (and even professional) surfers, the gentle rollers at Old Man's, just down the coast, are perfect for beginners. Be prepared for a lengthy hike from the parking lot to Trestles, though, if you want to surf here.

- Del Mar: If you're eager to find a spot of your own to surf, give this beach a try. It's best known for its exposure to various swell directions. You don't have to battle with the typical summertime crowds here, as people generally spread out along the beach down to the neighbouring Torrey Pines State Beach.

- Black's Beach: This La Jolla-based destination is best suited for experienced to advanced surfers. Paddling out is often a chore and the waves are generally quite large. Experienced surfers call this beach one of San Diego's best for surfing.

- Sunset Cliffs: If you're looking for a relatively tranquil and undiscovered beach, Sunset Cliffs is it. It's hardly frequented by tourists and isn't crowded with surfers like many other area beaches. There are numerous sharp rocks paddling out -- surfers should avoid them.

If you're gearing up for an active California vacation, you'll want to pay attention to the surf report San Diego based sites will put out. Whether you're a beginner or you have a bit more experience, surf reports are valuable resources for determining weather and wind conditions along with air and water temperature. You'll also be able to tell exactly when the tide will be low or high at your beach of choice.

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