Mission Beach | Sunset Cliffs Natural Park | La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks
Disclaimer: Almost every time I visit a new city I am ready to pack my bags, get on a flight, & leave Columbus. Every city is my new favorite city. But San Diego – truly, this is the ONLY place I would actually be willing to relocate from Ohio. The people are friendly, cloudy days don’t exist, & the average temperature is 70 degrees. When you visit San Diego, prepare to fall in love.
Classic California beach life. The sun is always shining, the waves are always turning, & the people are always outside, enjoying the action. Rent a bike & cruise down the extra wide boardwalk or grab a skate board & bring your dog.
The sand is clean and soft & there is SO much to do on Mission Beach -rollerblading, fishing, little restarants, cute shops, colorful homes, even an amusement park.
This wooden roller coaster named Giant Dipper was built in 1925 – right on the beach! The beach goes on for miles (and is actually a sandbar) so relax, take a walk, & see where Mission Beach leads you!
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
When I booked my trip to San Diego, a stop at Sunset Cliffs was #1 on my to-do list. Here, beautiful cliffs overlook a crashing shoreline that is to-die for. The cliffs are spectacular & the lazy, sun-seeking seals are a great photo-op (just don’t get too close.) Take time to venture down a few of the cliffs to really take in the atmosphere.
Did you know? As long as you bring your own wood, & extinguish it before you leave, you can have a bonfire on Sunset Cliffs! How fun.
La Jolla Sea Cave Kayaks
La Jolla is a hilly, seaside, affluent neighbordhood in San Diego, California. The beach is beautiful & surrounded by coves that help to keep the wake calm. Enjoying San Diego’s perfect climate includes exploring the Pacific Ocean coast – which is best done in Kayak! The La Jolla Kayak tour guide was funny (cute), professional, & knowledgable. In addition to exploring SEVEN caves, we saw sea lions, leopard sharks, pelicans, & more. The water was clear. Truly, you could see the ocean floor.
Sound scary? I agree. I watch shark week & normally would never sign up for something like this. I must have been in la la land because I signed up. But thank goodness I did! This was the best way to experience California’s surf culture, observe dozens of marine animals, & step out of my comfort zone by exploring the open ocean. This was the highlight of my trip. If you visit San Diego – which you better – you HAVE to get in the ocean.