8 Hours Drive from San Francisco
Apr4, whole day driving. Depart 10am from San Francisco, driving along freeway #5 arriving San Diego just before sunset. Slightly more than 8 hours, I think. We didn't even stop over in LA., only a short lunch break at "In & Out Burger" and 2 more short rest as I remembered. Passing through LA was a hassle, so much traffic. I could not imgaine "Stop & go" in freeway before visiting the States!
Visit Cardiff by the Sea and...
Visit Cardiff by the Sea and enjoy a Lobster dinner and bottle of California Chardonnay while the ocean crashes in below you. The weather here is fabulous. The ocean keeps the temp at about 70-80 degrees inland and 60-70 degrees on the coast. The golf couses are spectacular from Torrey Pines to Singing Hills.
Alright, First, you have to do...
Alright, First, you have to do this on July 4th, no other day will do.
Also before you do this, you have to cross the border into T.J. (Tijuana,Mexico for those of you outside the US). While wearing baggy pants buy up all the fireworks you can hide on you (the mexican salesman will be happy to tape bottle rockets to your legs), and smuggle them back over the border.
Now, go back to San Diego- Ocean Beach to be exact, go buy lots of alcohol, and then go attach yourself to one of the large bonfire parties on the beach and wait for the sun to go down. (Here's where the fireworks come in). All you have to do is ask if anyone would like some of your fireworks and I guarantee you will have 20 instant buddies, because let's face it, everyone loves things that explode!
(And don't worry, you won't be the only one with fireworks. Half of the beach was in T.J. earlier that day doing the same thing).
After you've lit 'em all, sit back and watch the professionals light there's off. To the left, they shoot 'em off the pier & to the right, they shoot them off from Seaworld.
After that's done, you can either keep partying on the beach or follow the hoards of people into the neighborhood where there is at least a few parties on each block!
***Bonus - you won't even have to get a hotel room for the night, because you can crash on someone's couch. :)
Disclaimer: It is illegal to transport fireworks from mexico to the US. While they'll probably just take them away from you and make you sign a release form if you get caught, I in no way incourage this kind of illegal activity. I'm just telling you what you could do and what 1000's of San Diegans do every year. :)
The Saturday preceeding Halloween (if it falls on a weekday) is the best time to see everyone downtown dressed up in costume. This year we went to the Monster Bash in the Gaslamp. I went as a Gypsy and my friend Alma took on a turn of the century/masqurade costume.
unless you're downtown or in...
unless you're downtown or in La Jolla, never wear more than a t-shirt and shorts (shoes optional). Most people (in the beach towns anyway), consist of hippies,skaters,punks,and musicians of all kinds. The last thing they want to see is something to remind them that they are having too much fun and need to grow up.(i'm kidding)