Turquoise waters, bright blue skies and squeals of delight from beach lovin’ kids — that’s what summer in San Diego is all about. While there’s no shortage of gorgeous beaches in “America’s Finest City,” there are a few stretches of sand that stand out for their family-friendly perks. Read on for 7 local beaches that will have your whole crew doing the ‘wave.’

Best Beach for a Quintessential Summer Day: La Jolla Shores

They don't call it "The Crown Jewel" for nothing. La Jolla Shores beach is a breathtaking place to spend the day with friends and family. Located on the southern end of La Jolla Underwater Park, this kid-friendly beach offers gentle bay like waters and a sandy ocean bottom for pint-sized swimmers. Kellogg Park, with its awesome jungle gym and swings offers a grassy place to start or end your day. Looking for a local place to grab a bite to eat near the beach? Pop in The Cheese Shop and try one of their mouthwatering sandwiches and a homemade cookie. These days are what summer is all about.

Insider's Tip: Waves at La Jolla Shores are typically the most gentle of all San Diego beaches during the summer months.

Located at: 8300 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla

Photo: Michelle Lee via Flickr

Which San Diego beach is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

––Aimee Della Bitta