Where do I start? Obviously,...
Where do I start? Obviously, you have to go to the beach. Not only for the beautiful sandy beaches, but for the relaxing sunsets. The beach cities that line the coast are buzzing with life and you will always fine something to do and places to eat. It's the best place to people watch. Weather is great most of the time. Spring/early summer time has the most cloud cover. (May-gray, June-gloom is what we call it)Have to go to SeaWorld, Coronado, and Old Town. The San Diego Zoo is the best in the world and the adjacent Balboa Park has wonderful parks to have a oinic and museums to stroll through.....just to name a few places Since I have lived here all my life it's all been great. Riding the trolley down to Old Town for the Cinco De Mayo celebration last year was a good time!!
Visit the Beaches - - - be...
Visit the Beaches - - - be aware that San Diego's 70 miles of beaches are like a family of diverse people; each has its own distinct personality. Some are havens for surfers and divers; others are remote getaways; and many are perfect for most any activity.
To check out beach conditions, call 619.221.8884. The following is a brief look at San Diego's many and varied beaches.
- - -IMPERIAL BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Palm Ave. west; continue to Ocean Lane. Known as 'IB,' this wide, sandy beach is popular with area residents, and it is great for swimming, surfing and land activities. The pier area is the site of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition, which occurs every year in July.
- - -SILVER STRAND STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge; continue to Orange Ave.; turn left and continue past the Hotel del Coronado (road becomes Calif. Hwy. 75) to the Coronado Cays.
This scenic beach is named for the small silver shells found along its shore, and the calm, shallow waters are ideal for swimming. This beach is one of the area's most popular tourist destinations each year.
- - -CORONADO MUNICIPAL BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge; follow the signs to Ocean Blvd. One of the county's widest beach, this is a great beach for swimming, boogie boarding and sunset walks along the shore.
- - -SHELTER ISLAND- - -
Shelter Island Dr. southwest of Rosecrans St. Shelter Island features a small beach area with calm waters, a grassy area for picnics, paved walkways and spectacular views of downtown.
- - -SUNSET CLIFFS- - -
Interstate 8 west to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Access is via steep cliffside trails; there are steps in some areas. Strong waves make this a favorite with surfers, fishermen and divers. Swimming is discouraged, but there are beautiful sunset views.
- - -OCEAN BEACH- - -
Interstate 8 to Sunset Cliffs Blvd.; right on West Point Loma Blvd. Coined 'OB' by locals, this family-oriented beach has swimming, surfing, boogie boarding,volleyball and Frisbee areas, and restrooms. Lifeguards are on duty, and there is even an area north of the jetty where dogs are allowed to run free.
- - -MISSION BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Grand Ave. west; left on Mission Blvd. to the roller coaster.
Mission Beach is ideal for swimming, surfing and land activities. The boardwalk is shared by walkers, joggers, skaters and cyclists.
- - -MISSION BAY PARK- - -
There are several entrances, including Mission Bay Dr., Ingraham St., West Mission Bay Dr. and Mission Blvd.
An excellent beach for families, Mission Bay Park features a playground, grassy areas, a well-maintained trail system, calm waters and a visitors center. Sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing are popular here.
- - -PACIFIC BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Garnet Ave.; west to Mission Blvd. Known locally as 'PB,' this is a perfect spot for swimming and surfing, and fishing right off the Crystal Pier.
- - -TOURMALINE SURF PARK- - -
Tourmaline St. in La Jolla.
This small, scenic beach is a favorite with surfers and divers. Swimming, however, is not allowed.
- - -BIRD ROCK- - -
Located at the foot of Bird Rock Ave. in La Jolla. Named for the large white rock just offshore where birds gather, this beach is ideal for diving and surfing.
- - -WINDANSEA BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to La Jolla Village Dr. westbound; left on Torrey Pines Rd.; right at Pearl St.; left on La Jolla Blvd. to Nautilus Rd. A powerful shore break at this beach means it is not recommended for swimming, but Windansea is very popular with surfers.
- - -CHILDREN'S POOL- - -
Coast Blvd. in La Jolla, south of La Jolla Cove. A breakwater keeps the waters here gentle, creating a perfect beach for children. The waters also are a haven for divers because of the many offshore reefs. Watch for seals, sea lions and other marine wildlife lazing on Seal Rock, which is just south of the beach.
- - -LA JOLLA COVE- - -
Coast Blvd. in La Jolla. This small, beautiful beach is tucked between towering sandstone cliffs. Tidepools and caves, with waters excellent for swimming and diving. The grassy area in nearby Ellen Browning Scripps Park is perfect for picnics.
- - -LA JOLLA SHORES- - -
Interstate 5 to La Jolla Village Dr. west; turns into North Torrey Pines Rd. to La Jolla Shores Dr.;turn right on Vallecitos to Camino del Oro. A popular beach with swimmers and surfers, La Jolla Shores also is a great venue for scuba diving, picnics and volleyball. The beach also features the only beachfront boat launch within the San Diego city limits.
- - -BLACK'S BEACH- - -
La Jolla Farms Rd. at Blackgold Rd. in La Jolla. A secluded beach known for its former 'clothing optional' status, Black's Beach is excellent for surfing. Access is via a challenging path from the Torrey Pines Glider Port, or via an easier two-mile walk south from Torrey Pines State Reserve.
- - -TORREY PINES STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Carmel Valley Rd. west.
This narrow stretch of beach is a favorite with swimmers and surfers. There are hiking trails nearby at Torrey Pines States Reserve; take the steps north of Flat Rock. At low tide, you can walk along the shore (about six miles) all the way down to La Jolla Shores.
- - -DEL MAR CITY BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Del Mar Heights Rd. west; right on Camino del Mar; left on 15th St. This wide beach perfect for swimming, surfing and sand activities is popular year-round, but is especially crowded during the summer fair and horse-racing seasons.
- - -SEASCAPE SHORES- - -
Interstate 5 to Lomas Santa Fe Dr. west in Solana Beach; continue to Sierra Ave.
Wide, sandy beaches and excellent ocean waters provide ample opportunity for surfing,surf-fishing, swimming, body boarding, snorkeling, jogging and Frisbee. During the Del Mar racing season, you can often catch trainers walking race horses along the shore here in the mornings.
- - -SOLANA BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Lomas Santa Fe Dr. west. Surfing is good at the north end of this beach; shallow water further south is perfect for swimming. Volleyball courts are available, too.
- - -TIDE BEACH CITY PARK- - -
Interstate 5 to Lomas Santa Fe Dr. west in Solana Beach; continue to U.S. Hwy. 101 and head north about a mile. Local surfers frequent Tide Beach Park because of the Table Top reef that creates excellent surf breaks. This beautiful beach has plenty of tidepools to explore and the fishing, swimming and diving are excellent as well.
- - -CARDIFF STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Birmingham Dr. west; continue to San Elijo Ave.; turn left and head south for about a mile. The reef here forms a tidepool filled with sea anemones and other marine life. Experienced surfers like this area for its strong surf, while snorkelers and scuba divers enjoy the beauty and mystery of the reefs.
- - -SAN ELIJO STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Birmingham Dr. west; continue to San Elijo Ave. San Elijo is mainly for fishing and surfing; there are some good swimming areas. The nearby reef is a favorite with divers and there also is a major campground.
- - -SWAMI'S- - -
Interstate 5 to Encinitas Blvd. west; left on First St. to Sea Cliff Roadside Park; beach access is via a wooden stairway. It is very popular with surfers, especially in the winter.
- - -MOONLIGHT STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Encinitas Blvd. west.
A family-oriented beach perfect for swimming, surfing and fishing; tennis and volleyball courts are available nearby.
- - -LEUCADIA STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Leucadia Blvd. west; park on Neptune Ave. Known by locals as 'Beacon's Beach,' this small beach nearby Seaside Gardens County Park is a favorite with surfers. Leucadia also is great for swimming, diving and fishing.
- - -CARLSBAD STATE BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Tamarack Ave. west; continue to Carlsbad Blvd. A popular beach with good swimming and surfing. The boardwalk here is perfect for walking, bicycling and skating. Many athletic competitions are held here throughout the year.
- - -OCIANSIDE CITY BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Mission Ave. west; continue to Hill St., then head north to Third St. Ramps from The Strand lead to this popular surfing, swimming and fishing beach. Major surf competitions are held here, and the wide sandy area is great for volleyball and Frisbee. At the north end is Oceanside's landmark wooden pier.
- - -HARBOR BEACH- - -
Interstate 5 to Harbor Dr. west, continue to Harbor Dr. S. in Oceanside. Sunbathers love this beach for its soft white sand, shaded picnic area and boat launch. The waters are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing.
Watch for sea lions! They're...
Watch for sea lions! They're hard to spot out on the rocks...until a wave comes in. This one was trying to avoid being swept over the edge. Every once in a while, they lose the battle and get washed over. It's kind of funny to see. They just swim over, climb back up and wait for the next wave! Maybe they actually enjoy the game...
CONVENTIONS BY THE BAY
This is a view of the convention center from Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter. It is here that many people come for business conventions or seminars. It is located within a few blocks walking distance of Seaport Village, the San Diego Trolley, a relaxing park and the Gaslamp Quarter which makes it convenient to plan off hours without much effort.
The size of the building was doubled recently and the roof resembles huge sails, a fitting sight along the bay.
111West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA. 92101
You can see a lot of Spanish (or maybe Mexican to be more exact) influences in San Diego not only in architecture of old buildings at Balboa Park but in architecture of private houses as well.
You can hear a lot of people speaking Spanish, you can see many dark-skin people (Mexicans) and you can even meet Spanish dancers - look at my picture :-).