It’s hard to avoid the beach when you vacation in La Jolla. We’re surrounded by not one but several beautiful beaches, all with their own unique attributes and experiences. Windansea Beach in south La Jolla, for instance, is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It’s perfect for surfers, marine biology enthusiasts, and it even has its own claim to fame. Thinking about visiting Windansea beach while you’re here? Here are a few fun facts and things you should know about the place.
One of the biggest draws to Windansea Beach is surfing. While the south part of the beach is great for bodyboarding, you can catch some thrilling waves on the northern side. Surfers like the legendary Butch Van Artsdalen, Skip Frye, and Mickey Munoz have all surfed here. There’s also an annual surf competition, Windansea Surf Contest, hosted by Windansea Surf Club, to be found here. Whether you like to surf yourself or watch others ride the big waves, surf lovers have historically loved Windansea and continue to come back. Read more here…
Founded in 1916, the San Diego Zoo was a pioneer establishment when it came to “cageless” animal exhibits. Today, it’s home to over 3,500 animals, all in natural enclosures. Conservation is the name of the game these days, and the zoo works with over 300 conservation scientists around the world.
This massive zoo is an attraction that draws people from all over the country. Maybe you’ve been planning a trip to the San Diego Zoo for some time, or maybe it just occurred to you to visit while you’re in town. Whatever the case, here are a few tips to get the most out of your zoo trip. Read more here…
Let it never be said of a San Diego vacation that there’s simply not enough to do. There are plenty of attractions that everyone knows about — the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the beach, and Balboa Park. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything San Diego has to offer. If you’re looking for attractions off the beaten path, the area certainly has you covered. Here are a few of our favorite San Diego attractions that might not make the first few pages of a tourism brochure.
Old Town itself is a fairly popular San Diego attraction. This historic park marks San Diego’s first settlement from 1769. At the time, it was no more than a mission and a fort, so the park gives tourists an interesting glimpse into how far the city has come, as well as delicious margaritas. But that’s not all there is to Old Town. Here you can find Victorian Village, full of elegant, colorful Victorian homes to delight architecture buffs and history buffs alike. This gives visitors a sense of walking through San Diego in the late 19th century. You can even stop in for tea. Read more here…
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a large nature reserve in La Jolla that is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, some rare, in a protected habitat. It’s a beautiful place to hike, with gorgeous views of cliffs overlooking the ocean alongside forest and greenery. Looking for more reasons to visit Torrey Pines this year? Here are a few of our favorite reasons.
You Can Fly
In addition to the beautiful nature trails, there’s also the Torrey Pines Gliderport, set on a cliff overlooking the water. Here you can take a class in hang gliding and take an instructional flight in a hang glider yourself over the edge of the cliff and down to the shore. Read more here…
If you’re visiting San Diego this summer, it’s hard to avoid Balboa Park. The 1,200-acre the urban cultural park is home to the San Diego Zoo, the Summer Shakespeare
Festival, and 17 different museums. The question about Balboa Park is less
whether to visit it but what you should do with the limited time of your trip.
Fortunately, we have you covered. Here are our recommendations for what to do
when visiting Balboa Park.
Have a Picnic
It’s a beautiful park with exciting views all around, so why not take
the time to enjoy them with a picnic. You can bring your own picnic supplies
and camp down in one of the areas that allow food, or you can go to Panama 66
if you didn’t plan ahead. There you can order a glass of wine or a craft beer
and borrow a picnic blanket, camping next to the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden.
When you finish your picnic, you may want to visit the sculpture garden itself. Read more here…
Traveling to San Diego for the first time? It can be a delightful place to spend a summer vacation, or even just a break away from your typical work routine for a convention, wedding, or a family get-together. But as with traveling anywhere else, you don’t want to go into it blindly. Take some time to research San Diego and any traveling tips you might need to make sure it’s the trip you want and that you’re not put off by unexpected hang-ups. Read more here…
What vacation is complete without getting brunch somewhere in the city you’re visiting? There’s something about brunch that seems to be the ultimate “treat yourself” meal — even more than dessert sometimes. It’s also a great time to meet up with friends before starting your next round of vacation and sight-seeing adventures. Read more here…