Beach Cities

San Diego is world renowned for its beaches, and the images on this page will show that although the coast line has changed over the years, people have always be drawn to the sun and sand of San Diego's coast! 

View of Ocean Beach c. 1917 showing what is left of the Wonderland Amusement Park.

In this photo of Mission Beach, a bridge that connected the penisula to Ocean Beach can be seen, which allowed rail cars to bring passengers to the Giant Dipper coaster. 

View of the Ocean Beach-Mission Beach bridge from OB. 

A busy day on Mission Bay, as this image of a sailing regatta shows.  Crown Point and Vacation Isle are in the background.

These three photos are all taken looking north up Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach.  Although undated, the top photo is probably from the 1930s, and the middle one is from the 50s or 60s. The bottom one was taken in 2013.

Excellent aerial footage of the Beach Cities from the 1950s starts around 11 minutes into this video.  
La Jolla as it appeared in the mid 1920s.

Image showing Bird Rock and La Jolla c. 1960.

This photo taken of Del Mar in 1977 appears to show a busy day at the place "where the surf meets the turf."

Three aerial views of the Torrey Pines Gliderport, which is still a premier destination for gliding and soaring enthusiasts. 

Two images of Images of Imperial Beach decades apart.  The top is a mosiac of images taken around 1919, while the lower one shows the growth of the region near NAS Imperial Beach.

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