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!
Welcome to San Diego…the Winter Wonderland! Well maybe not exactly. But we do offer up a couple of choice ice skating rinks for the Holiday Season. The first is at the Hotel Del Coronado. Ice skating at the beach is a one of a kind experience and with the whether promising to be bright and beautiful through the 1st of the year, you may never have a better opportunity to get this view!
If you are looking for a more urban vibe, then it’s off to Horton Plaza in Downtown San Diego for the Fantasy on Ice rink. Here you can skate right outside in the plaza and enjoy some great views of Downtown and the surrounding skyline. There are also lots of great restaurants, bars and cafes to check out after. Enjoy the Holidays San Diego style!