10. Coronado Beach
Ever since the legendary, haunted Hotel Del Coronado opened in 1888, the beaches in this part of the country have been its fortune. Most predominantly so, the seaside in front of the glamorous hotel has had that role for more than a century. In terms of non-hotel guests, however, the 1.5-mile long Coronado Central Beach has been a staple of tourism in the area. It’s easily found – just look beyond the great houses along Ocean Boulevard. Between December and February, it’s brimming with whale watchers; vice versa, it’s loaded with tide poolers, sand sculptors, boogie boarders, bodysurfers and swimmers.