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San Diego is a beautiful and fun city and there’s a lot to do and see. So naturally, there are a lot of amazing places to take pictures in San Diego.

I lived in San Diego for around a decade and love the city, the ocean and the bay, the naturally beautiful cliffs and coastline, and also the relaxed, laid-back community.

It doesn’t hurt that the weather is mostly stellar and perfect, so it’s easy to head outdoors any time of year.

Whether you’re a tourist looking for some must-see places, a pro looking for photo shoot locations, or just a local looking for a great location for photowalk or stunning views, there’s something for you.

Quintessential Cali

You know the image everyone has of California? Sun, sand, beaches and palm trees? You know they probably got that from Baywatch. Which was up in LA. But still – that feel? That’s San Diego for you.

In fact, whenever friends visit from other countries and want to see “California”, I tell them to come down to SD.

Best Photo Spots in San Diego

Below are some of the best places to take pictures in San Diego.

I’ll be adding to this list of best photo spots as time goes on – there’s just so many places for photography in San Diego, it’s hard to keep up. I hope you enjoy it!

Urban

Chicano Park

  • San Diego
  • Shimona Carvalho
  • Urban
Chicano Park is one of those rare photography spots in...
Nature

Cuyamaca Rancho SP

  • San Diego
  • Shimona Carvalho
  • Nature
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park makes a great daytrip from San...
Attraction

Birch Aquarium

  • San Diego
  • Shimona Carvalho
  • Attraction
Birch aquarium is a sweet, little aquarium in La Jolla...
Beach

Windansea Tide Pools

  • San Diego
  • Shimona Carvalho
  • Beach
Skip the museums to photograph some beautiful sea life in San...
Urban

Balboa Park

  • San Diego
  • Shimona Carvalho
  • Urban
Do you get tired of sunsets and palm trees in...
Beach

Surfers at Crystal Pier

  • San Diego
  • Shimona Carvalho
  • Beach
I like to head to the Crystal Pier to photograph surfers...