San Diego

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.

Mission Beach

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetClassic 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.

standard2The 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

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWhen 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

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetLa 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.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSound 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.