Favorites by Theme

Best ‘City Beach’ Runs in North America

Running on the beach one of life’s true pleasures. Millions head to the beach for a vacation, but any city that features a major beach is something special. We’ve put together this list of the best beach runs in North America cities. The criteria are that: the beach has to be in or near the city (not in a vacation resort, such as Daytona Beach); one can run on the beach, not just by it; that the beach itself is ‘runnable’ (times of firm, packed sand); and that it be at least one mile in length. Nearly all of these beaches are on the ocean, except for a few runs along major lakes (Chicago, Burlington). The list is in alphabetical order by city. If we had to pick a ‘top five’ in North America:

  1. Miami Beach
  2. The Strand, Los Angeles
  3. Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
  4. La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines, San Diego
  5. St. Pete Beach, Tampa-St. Petersburg

San Juan Running Overview

Puerto Rico

Highlights of San Juan running include two beaches, a tour of lovely Old San Juan, historic Paseo del Morro out to the Fort, and a linear path around Isla Verde. See our separate guide for all the best runs in San Juan.

Comment on this Route/Share a Photo!

Share your feedback on this route and see that of other Great Runs users. Click on the image icon to upload a photo. And please let us know if there are notes or changes we should incorporate!

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments