I have always thought of San Diego as, “That sleepy little beach town just south of S. California.” Let’s face it, we are NOT Los Angeles or Orange County. San Diego has it’s own vibe and pace. We are laid back and buzzed on craft beer. We surf, skate, hike, wander, and do “Local” better than most. With that said I offer up some of the best things to do this summer in San Diego courtesy of SanDiego.org.
FREE things to do: Beaches. It’s no secret San Diego is home to some of the best beaches in the world. We offer everything from surf beaches to walking beaches. Kids beaches to adult beaches. A few of my favs include Law St. in Pacific Beach, Coronado, San Elijo, Ocean Beach, and of course Mission Beach.
Balboa Park after Dark. Consistently rated as one of the best urban parks in the country, Balboa Park comes alive at night! Check it out!
Attractions: Where to start? The Zoo and Wild Animal Park? Sea World? Del Mar Races? LegoLand? Belmont Park? Birch Aquarium? Cabrillo National Monument? OK take your pick!
4th of July: San Diego has deep military roots and no one does Independence Day like San Diego! From the parade on Coronado to the massive and synced up fireworks displays, San Diego does the 4th of July right!
Del Mar Horse Racing: There is literally no better place on Earth then opening day at Del Mar. Where the turf meets the surf! Racing starts on July 19th, and in addition to racing be sure to enjoy the several concerts happening as well.
With summer fast approaching, and the weather already cooperating, I thought I’d share some fun little beach areas with you. If you have never heard of IB, you’re not alone! It’s a sleepy little beach town in southern San Diego along the Mexican border. In fact Imperial Beach has the distinction of being the most south-westerly city in the U.S.
According to the City of Imperial Beach web site, ” IB is one of the last untouched beach towns in Southern California, we are known as Classic Southern California®. There is much to see and do in Imperial Beach from swimming or surfing at the beach, to a walking tour of public art, to a nature walk and bird watching experience at the world-renowned Tijuana Estuary or to simply relax and enjoy our beautiful sunsets.
Imperial Beach has also been home to the U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition for 31 years. Unfortunately the 2012 edition has been cancelled and it’s unclear whether this great event will return to IB. This event drew thousands to Imperial Beach each year and some of the most incredible designs were constructed. Click here to see some great photos.
Just north of IB is the Silver Strand State Beach, campground, and aquatic center. This is one of the best beaches in S. California and at its peak season is filled with thousands of happy people! What makes this spot so great is you have the Pacific Ocean to the west and the beautiful San Diego Bay to the east…so you get the best of both worlds. There are four large parking areas and full amenities including restrooms, showers, lifeguards, and even a snack shack! There is a daily use fee, which varies by season, but you can always park across the street in the Coronado Cays for free. One of our favorite activities is riding our bikes over to Loews Coronado Resort and having a drink. You can even take a gondola ride, reminiscent of Venice, through the canals.
Enjoy Imperial Beach!
Mobile real estate has become a hot topic over the past year. I remember back in August of 2009 at Inman Connect San Francisco there was really only one session dedicated to mobile…it was well attended…but flash forward six months to Connect NYC and it was one of THE hot button issues being discussed. I mentioned mobile briefly in a recent post and as I made the trip from San Diego to Orange County yesterday I found myself really enjoying the benefits of being mobile in real estate.
Rather than being stuck inside staring at the walls or avoiding the office gossip, I was able to enjoy the beautiful drive up the coast. The drive north from San Diego to Orange County is one of the best in the country. Filled with quaint beach towns and ocean views, it’s a great way to enjoy the scenery. And of course with my iPhone and laptop I am fully connected to my work realities.
The drive is a mecca of ocean vista’s and beach scenes worthy of any epic drive. There are several spots where you just want to pull over, watch the surfers, and sip your coffee…all while checking e-mail or posting a new blog.
Look, I know if you are in eight feet of snow and 25 degree temperatures it can be hard to comprehend places in the continental U.S. that look like this in late January and early February. But let’s face it…someone has to do it, right? This is why I love real estate in S. California. Not only do we have some great architecture, but we get to enjoy scenes like this on the way to list it!
Ok, it’s getting a tad ridiculous at this point wouldn’t you say? I mean we go from Encinitas to Carlsbad to Oceanside to San Clemente. Talk about inspiration along the way! California is known as the home to beach communities. And the cool part is that each one has its own unique vibe. I love this spot in San Clemente to just chill with the laptop and write, watch the waves, and enjoy the sunsets.
It’s a common known fact the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano every year…and with great buildings like this can you blame them? San Juan Capistrano’s Mission is a great place to soak up history and learn about the founders of California. Not a bad place to sneak in a quick tweet or two either!
And I always enjoy a quick pit stop at Dana Point on the way home. Just stretch the legs, enjoy the views, and maybe send a Facebook update about a new listing to my buyers! Ah, the joys of mobile…why would I ever go to the office again?