San Diego’s Most Picturesque Piers

There’s nothing better than taking a sunset stroll along the pier, and enjoying that feeling of walking on water. San Diego’s ocean piers are absolutely perfect for leisurely sunset strolls with a sweetie, bike rides, casting a fishing line, and simply enjoying our near-perfect year-round weather. They’re also the perfect vantage point for admiring the coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Experience it all for yourself and check out some of the most picturesque piers on the west coast below. 


Crystal Pier (0.2 mile)

(Photo: @crystalpiersandiego)

Located just down the boardwalk, Crystal Pier has been an iconic coastal landmark since its 1927 dedication. The public fishing pier requires no license making it a perfect spot to hang out with a line in the water and is also known for its quaint onsite cottages. Enjoy watching surfers ride the waves before perusing the shops and restaurants that dot the Pacific Beach and Mission Beach boardwalk. Please note: the pier is closed at night, so plan accordingly! 

4500 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier (6.1 miles)

(Photo: @thescrippspier)

Not just a pretty pier, the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier is a vital research facility and is an icon of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Research aside, there is no shortage of stunning sunsets and opportunities to see some of San Diego’s native wildlife species. Grab some coffee at nearby cafés or enjoy a day exploring the Birch Aquarium

8650 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037


Ocean Beach Pier (6.2 miles)

(Photo: @visitsandiego

Holding the titles of longest concrete pier in the world and second longest ocean pier in California is Ocean Beach Pier. Located on one of San Diego’s premier surf spots, the pier is a popular spot to walk, photograph, and simply take in the stunning ocean views. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Walking on Water Café to really bask in the moment. Please note that Ocean Beach Pier was damaged in the recent storms and may not be open during the time of your visit. 

1850 Ocean Front St, San Diego, CA 92107


Shelter Island Pier (8.4 miles) 

(Photo: @hnakao53)

Shelter Island is home to some of our sister properties (Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina) as well as one of the most picturesque piers in San Diego, the Shelter Island Pier. The pier is situated on the calm waters of the bay and even has a hidden dining spot, Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle. The combo restaurant and bait shop serves up delicious craft beer and food which you can enjoy while the fish are biting at your line! 

1776 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


Embarcadero Marina Park South Pier (11.5 miles) 

(Photo: @jsloss)

Small but picturesque, the Embarcadero Marina Park South Pier is in downtown San Diego and splits into a “T”-shaped terminus that stretches 300 feet. Enjoy views of downtown, Coronado Island, and the nearby convention center. The adjacent park has basketball courts, bike paths, dining, a band shell, and great fishing — no license required! 

200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101


Imperial Beach Pier (24.3 miles)

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San Diego’s southernmost pier, Imperial Beach Pier is 1,491 feet long and provides sweeping views of the Coronado Islands, Point Loma peninsula, neighboring Mexico, and the majestic Pacific Ocean. The pier is home to the Outdoor Surf Museum which draws in crowds of surfers hoping to catch their next big wave. If surfing isn’t your thing, don’t worry — Imperial Beach Pier is the perfect place to catch the sunset. 

910 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932


Oceanside Pier (33.8 miles) 


(Photo: @marbellaoceanside

While this pier is a bit up the coast, it is most definitely worth the drive! Originally constructed in 1888, the pier is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, go fishing, or watch the surfers. Take in the coastline’s natural beauty and wildlife before enjoying a delicious meal from any of the nearby restaurants. 

310 The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054


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