Sign at the north end of Silver Strand.
Sign at the north end of Silver Strand.

Silver Strand, or simply The Strand, is a low, narrow, sandy isthmus or tombolo 7 miles (11 km) long in San Diego County, California partially within the Silver Strand State Beach.[1] It connects Coronado Island with Imperial Beach. Together with the Point Loma peninsula it shelters and defines San Diego Bay. State Route 75 (SR 75) runs the length of the strand and is a popular site for jogging and bicycling. The Silver Strand Half Marathon is run along the route each November.[2]

Silver Strand State Beach, which encompasses both the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean sides of the strand, is a little farther off the beaten path of the highly popular beaches in Ocean Beach and Mission Beach, offering more solitude for those who wish to avoid beach crowds. The ocean side of the strand features 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of coastline trimmed with silver shells (thus named Silver Strand).


Northern extreme of the east side of Silver Strand State Beach.
Northern extreme of the east side of Silver Strand State Beach.

The Silver Strand State Beach is just 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south of Coronado on SR 75. The beach offers many activities including camping, surfing, swimming, body boarding, jet skiing, sailing, water skiing, beach volleyball and fishing.[3] There are approximately 130 first come, first served campsites. Park facilities include four large parking lots, which can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. Popular activities at this recreational destination include camping, fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, and picnicking. Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker.[4]

Navy bases

The beaches north and south of the state beach are Department of Defense property. North of it is Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and south of it is Silver Strand Training Complex. Much of the SEALs' training takes place on the beaches.

See also


  1. ^ Silver Strand Training Complex: Environmental Impact Statement. 2011. p. 42. SSTC is an integrated set of training areas located on and adjacent to Silver Strand, a narrow, sandy isthmus separating the San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
    Rough Guides (1 May 2011). The Rough Guide to California. Rough Guides. p. 432. ISBN 978-1-4053-8904-4.
    Gia Danson-Lucy (2008). The Beaches of San Diego: Your Ultimate Guide to the Sun, Sand, and Surf. Vista Pacifica Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-9679452-2-4.
  2. ^ "Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5K". Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  3. ^ California State Parks
  4. ^ California Resort Life

Coordinates: 32°38′48″N 117°08′52″W / 32.64660°N 117.14790°W / 32.64660; -117.14790