Everyday is a good day to hit the beach in San Diego. Mild temperatures, sunny skies and a magnificent coastline are just the beginning. San Diego beaches offer something for everyone – secluded serene spots where the sand goes on for miles, dramatic cliffs perched above crashing waves, rocky tide pools, coral reefs teeming with sea life, beaches for surfers, families, and everything in between. And surrounding each beach is a town that offers a bunch of fun things to do.
Make it a “beach day” with Old Town Trolley’s La Jolla and San Diego Beaches Tour. Hop on for a day of great music, fun stories, a little bit of history, awesome views, and of course the chance to experience four of San Diego’s best beaches and their towns. The Trolley stops at La Jolla, Mt. Soledad, Mission Beach and Old Town. You can get off at any or all of the stops and take your time exploring and enjoying things to do in La Jolla and other great beach towns. Known as the “Jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla offers chic boutiques, upscale shops, restaurants and the most magnificent beaches you’ll ever see. For an experience similar to Coney Island, spend some time at Mission Beach where there’s a boardwalk complete with eateries, hot dog stands, street performers and sun-loving beach goers. You’ll also have a chance to witness the picturesque views atop Mt. Soledad and all the history and majesty of Old Town. Whether you choose to swim, surf, sunbathe, play beach volleyball or snorkel the reef, a day of fun in the sun is in store aboard the Old Town Trolley Beach Tour.
So, if you take the Old Town Trolley Beach Tour, get off at Mission Beach and spend some time at Belmont Park. It’s historic, it’s in a beach town and it’s an amusement park that overlooks the beach! Need we say more? If rides are your thing, you’re in such luck because Belmont Park has it all – from the Giant Dipper that has quick drops, steep hills and sharp curves, the beach blaster that swings you 120 degrees and 60 feet in the air, to the octotron and the control freak that allow you to control the twists, turns, pushes and pulls. There are also bumper cars, laser tag, wave pools, a plunge pool, an arcade, adventure golf, midway games, sky ropes and much more. Eat amusement park junk food, ride the rides and get dizzy with excitement. This is one of San Diego’s best beach town attractions.
A place where gorgeous shores lead to crystal clear waters, Pacific Beach isn’t far from Mission Beach and is a funky, fun place to hang out day or night. There are a few beaches in the area: One where surfers come to test their skills, a quieter, more subdued one where there’s a lifeguard, and ones that have restrooms, bike rentals, great swimming and surfing combined. The area is also home to beach and biker bars, taco stands, hotels, nightclubs and fine restaurants. Something to please everyone’s palate and pace.
La Jolla is one of those places everyone wishes they could live. There are opulent homes, some of the most pristine beaches, excellent restaurants, art galleries, museums and cool cultural attractions. Just a few minutes north of downtown San Diego, this is a place where you could spend an entire day and night enjoying the beach, the people, the food and all the relaxing things to do. Stop in at the Museum of Contemporary Art to view their really cool moving exhibits and their rotating and permanent collections that showcase some of the most promising emerging artists and major talents in the art world. There are a variety of beaches and each offers something different. So if you want to scuba dive, hunt for seashells, kayak into a cave or light a bonfire on the beach, you’re right where you want to be. And, if you take the Old Town Trolley San Diego Beach Tour, you could just hop off and linger as long as you want.
For a less crowded, more serene beach experience, head over to Solana Beach. It’s one of those laid-back beach towns where you can enjoy the sun and surf alongside locals who are as warm as the weather. Be sure to find a spot at Fletcher Cove Park; it’s a favorite among Solana residents for watching the sun make its dramatic departure off of the horizon. Afterwards, head to Pizza Port for their world-famous micro-brewed beer and equally popular pizza and wings. One visit to this quiet beach community and you’ll be transported to a new, relaxed state of mind.
In San Diego, there are 70 miles of coastline that lead to exquisite beaches. The sand and the surf are just the beginning as each one resides in a beach town brimming with fun and unique things to do and see. So when you make it to San Diego, make it a beach day!