San Diego beaches just got their report card

Nonprofit environmental advocacy group Heal the Bay's 25th Annual Beach Report Card is out, grading water quality and offering suggestions to make beaches cleaner for the public.

So, which beaches passed, and which beach is headed to summer school?

Beach bummer: As with most enclosed bodies of water, poor water quality goes hand-in-hand with poor water circulation. Three of the top five "Beach Bummers" are enclosed bodies of water including San Diego's very own Mission Bay -- reappearing on the list.

This Year's Top 10 Beach Bummers


  1. Cowell Beach - At the wharf (Santa Cruz County)

  2. Marina del Rey - Mother's Beach (Los Angeles County)

  3. Clam Beach County Park (Humboldt County)

  4. Marina Lagoon (San Mateo County)

  5. Mission Bay at Clairmont Drive (San Diego County)

  6. Stillwater Cove (Monterey County)

  7. Candlestick Point/Sunnydale Cove (San Francisco County)

  8. Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles County)

  9. Cabrillo Beach harborside (Los Angeles County

  10. Huntington State Beach at Brookhurst (Orange County)

Honor roll: Overall, San Diego County scored very well, with 96% of its monitored sites earning A or B marks.

Once again, San Elijo State Park (in Encinitas) made the honor roll with year-round monitored beaches showcasing excellent water quality along with the following:

Cardiff State Beach, Charthouse Parking

Ocean Beach, Ocean Pier

Point Loma, Lighthouse

Coronado, Silver Strand

Source: DiscoverSD

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