Moonlight Beach is the Best for Beach Volleyball in San Diego
“You’ve got to learn something from each match you play.” -Misty May Treanor
I’m a 15 year-old sophomore girl in high school, and I started playing indoor volleyball in third grade. I fell in love with it! I’ve always played for fun, but when I got to middle school I started playing competitive club volleyball. I got very competitive and was thinking about college volleyball before even thinking about high school. I love team sports, and I made many friends playing volleyball that I still have today.
When I got to high school, I played for the team one year, but by the time I was a sophomore I switched to beach volleyball. I had been playing beach volleyball in San Diego for a couple summers before this, but it was mainly just to keep in shape and have some fun.
Beach volleyball is similar to court, but it is also different in a lot of ways. Instead of a team sport with ten girls, you have one partner. I needed to learn different strategies and relearn many of the things I already knew. For example, I learned how you can use the wind to your advantage. It was difficult, but I was up for the challenge.
Volleyball in Southern California is a very popular sport. Beach volleyball in San Diego, on the other hand, is a sport that anyone can have fun playing. In this city, it is nearly always beach volleyball weather! It is almost always beautiful and sunny out. There are two different kinds of beach volleyball players, competitive and just for fun. Personally, I am both. I am a part of a club beach volleyball team; we have practice three times a week, and we compete in tournaments on the weekends. I also enjoy playing beach volleyball with my friends on the weekends, and the best times ever are over summer. Getting together with friends to play a friendly beach volleyball game is always a good time, and it never hurts having the most experience on the team. I’m only kidding, but beach volleyball is one of the best activities you can do, and the best part is, San Diego is over 50 percent beaches. Del Mar, Solana Beach, La Jolla, Coronado, Cardiff, and Moonlight, are some of the prettiest beaches, and they all include spots where you can play beach volleyball.
In my opinion, the best beach volleyball in San Diego is played at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Although it only includes three courts, it is always set up for you and is in an amazing location. Over summer I had the awesome opportunity to live in a beach house right on Moonlight Beach. I only had to walk a few feet to get down to the volleyball courts and a few more to grab a bite to eat. The people, weather, and vibes were awesome! Another one of my favorite spots is Del Mar Beach. This is where my friends and I basically live on the weekends. We are there from when we wake up to sunset. The volleyball courts are right on the water with the sun shining on you all day.
What I love most about these beaches is everything is in walking distance. If you’re hungry, there are casual and nice places to eat. If you feel like shopping, or maybe you ran out of sunscreen, there are always little boutiques and accessible stores. Beach volleyball in San Diego is a friendly, competitive, fun game that can be played with family, friends, or people who just want to play. So I encourage you to grab a volleyball and some friends and jump into the warm sand. I’d love to hear your feedback on where you like to play or what you liked and didn’t like about my article.