Beaches / Water Activities, San Diego
Hold onto your hat. The Belmont Park wooden roller coaster is a thrill a second. This is the original built in 1925 and fully restored for safety and called the GIANT DIPPER. There aren't many wood roller coasters around and those that love coasters say this is one great ride. Many other thrill rides and a midway style prevail.
Shops, restaurants, and a great beach, ocean front awaits. This is the place for family fun and a thrill or two. Located in Mission Beach at 3146 Mission Blvd and West Mission Bay Drive just down the road from Sea World. The park opens daily at 11am. Open till 10pm most of the year. Check BELMONT PARK website for exact days and hours for the entire year. Free to walk around and be a looky-loo, if you don't want to join in the fun.
Knott's Soak City is located in Chula Vista which is about 10 miles south of downtown San Diego.
2052 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Though this is a wonderful idea, the park has undergone name changes and owner changes since it's first opening. At present Knotts, of Knotts Berry Farm fame, owns this 32 acre water park. Operating days have been reduced. Memorial Day, (the unofficial beginning of summer) through Labor Day, (the unofficial end of summer) the park is open daily. It is open only on weekends in May and September. Usually open 10:00 am-6:00 pm, sometimes till 7:00 pm.
The price for adults, $25.95 and children, $14.95 gives unlimited, full day activity. They also offer a half-day price if you arrive 3 pm, or later: $15.95 Adult and $11.95 Child (ages 3-11).
There is now a parking fee, $7.00 per car and $12.00 for RV/Bus.
The cost may seem a bit high for this 1950's surf themed water park, but well worth it for the whole family. There are gentle wading pools for the littlest ones and huge scarry water rides for the truly adventurous spirits!
The most impressive rides include, the Balboa Bay Wave Pool--500,000 gallons of water--one of the largest in Southern California, the Coronado Express starts at the height of 78 feet and propells you for a 668 foot ride. On the far left, center of this photo, you'll see the orange and pink addition for 2005. The Pacific Spin! A giant six-story funnel with a fantastic drop. I'll say no more. You have to see it to believe it!
These are a on going project to promote art and beauty along the pedestrian promenade. These lovely pieces of art extends for a half mile along Harbor Drive from the Cruise Ship Terminal to Hawthorn Street. There are on Urban Trees #5. These sculptures are for sale, so they are changing arts pieces regularly.
"San Diego Synergy" ~Kent Kraber
The wildlife found along San Diego’s shoreline and beneath its waters is captured in this stainless steel sculpture. Different varieties of seabirds and fish mesh with sailboats and the fluid curves of wind and water.
"Oops… there goes another rubber tree plant!"~Jim Trask
This whimsical sculpture reflects a line from the famous childhood song "High Hopes." A red ant attempts to scale the giant rubber tree plant constructed of metal and finished in bright primary colors. This artwork will inspire the child in everyone.
"RT-6A89"~ Nicole David
As a child vacationing with grandparents, the artist was first introduced to palm trees. A native New Yorker, now California resident, she has been exploring rubber as a recyclable material and finds it refreshing to see conscious efforts to preserve our environment. Inspired by recycled materials and childhood memory, the artist pays homage to a paradise idea with "RT-6A89
Coastal Species Shuffle"~Tim Schirack
Almost like a board game, this sculpture encourages viewers to interact with it by flipping the panels to reveal a species frequently seen around San Diego. The Harbor Seal, Brown Pelican, Surf Kid and Killer Whale are interchangeable and include brief stories related to San Diego’s water culture. The artwork is made from wood and aluminum.
Contact the Port
3165 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101
Not too off-track. Just drive up the coastal highway stopping at Del Mar, Solona Beach, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia and finally Carlsbad.
You'll see some incredible vistas of the jagged cliffs along the ocean's edge. Bring your camera for some stunning cliffside scenery.
San Diego has a lot of opportunities for wonderful kayaking. Especially in La Jolla and Mission Bay. I paddled around calm Mission Bay and it was great to be out on the water. I also hear that La Jolla is a beautiful kayak trip, but be sure to watch the weather and tides before embarking on a La Jolla trip. Mission Bay is usually pretty calm at all times. If you have a friend to go with, it is fun to get a double kayak (tandem)! There are lots of places that rent kayaks in San Diego, but here are a few links http://www.hikebikekayak.com/Kayak_San_Diego.php
In the evening, while you are in San Diego, watch the sunset and then have a beach bonfire at either La Jolla Shores or Moonlight Beach in Encinitas; get lots of firewood, some chairs to sit on and snacks. What can be better then watching a raging fire while sitting on a beautiful sandy beach. Let your tribal nature come out and play music and dance around the fire!
(if you go to Moonlight Beach, stop at Vigulucci's Italian Restaurant in Encinitas for dinner! Yum.)
Pacific ocean coast beides one of the best roads of California, connecting Los Angeles to San diego.
It passes through many small villages like Newport. Don't take an highway, but follow this road if you have to go to San Diego coming from north, it takes more time but definitely it deserves!!
Jet skiing is a blast! Check out my Jet Skiing Travelogue!!
on the way to san diego, there is an exit called something like a tourist point where some nice pictures can be taken.....
If you travel to San Diego in late Feburary, you'll be able to view the migration of Grey Whales just off the coast.