What To Do In Your San Diego Vacation | Pacific Surf School

With its tropical climate all year round, San Diego is one of the most popular vacation spots for tourists all over the world. From surfing to sightseeing, San Diego indeed offers plenty of activities you can enjoy with your family and friends.

Here are some of what to do in your San Diego vacation:

Surfing Lessons

Southern California is viewed by many tourists and locals as the most ideal location in the US to learn surfing because of its wide selection of beginner beaches, surf schools and camps that are easily accessible.

As many have discovered and experienced, surfing is not just a sport – it’s also a lifestyle! It is one of the most enjoyable activities that you can start by learning on the beach in San Diego County.

A surfing class or fitness program is going to let you build endurance and strength as you improve your surfing skills. On the surface, it may seem that you’re only positioning yourself on the board as you go through the waves. But, the methods with which the instructor helps you develop are for muscular, cardiovascular, and core strength.

Stand Up Paddling at Mission Bay

Even if you are very well familiar and have had fun water activities in the ocean in the past, stand up paddling offers a whole new set of dynamics and variables that prone paddle surfers have not fully experienced.

Mission Bay is an excellent location to get introduced to SUP and this gives everyone the opportunity to learn in a beautiful location with an amazing sunset. SUP can pose as a challenge at the start, but when you are picking up you can enjoy and have a great time paddling. The best way to learn SUP is to check out a Mission Bay Surfing School that offers paddling lessons and rentals.

Private Lessons: With individual classes, your instructor will be sure to provide you everything you need to learn about stand up paddling. Take advantage of a customized Stand Up Paddling experience at a Mission Bay surf school.

Visiting the Harbor

San Diego has a beautiful harbor. Tourists and locals are always welcome to visit the harbor with its excursions and cruises. Another worth visiting is The Maritime Museum, which has the 4 historic sea vessels including a real Cold War-era Soviet submarine, the “HMS Surprise” (featured in the film Master and Commander), and “The Star of India” (one of the oldest working sail ships in the world).

Ocean Beach

One of the ideal destinations for when you’re on a vacation — and want to immerse in good, local fun in San Diego is the Ocean Beach.

Ocean Beach mostly has small, independent businesses, being Newport Avenue as its main business area. Plenty of has a number of family-owned businesses, some have started back in the 1930s: cafes, restaurants, bars, bookstores, bakeries, and more.

Even when the business district of Ocean Beach have larger stores and malls nowadays, these local businesses still thrive and have become a favorite of some tourists where even the locals to hang out, dine, and shop.

For events, The OB Street Fair still continues to this day. Come check out OB’s Chili Cook-Off and Fireworks Festival. On Wednesdays along Newport Avenue, the street is closed to traffic to hold the OB Farmer’s Market.

Balboa Park

There’s more to do on your San Diego vacation! Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park. This park is home to 17 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

The establishment sitting at a vast location, Balboa Park is one of the most famous and most visited parks in California and a must-see tourist spot on your San Diego vacation. Situated just blocks away from downtown San Diego hotels, Balboa Park has a rich history that is amplified through its magnificent architecture, cultural events, and thought-provoking exhibits throughout the year.

La Jolla Seals

When visiting San Diego put La Jolla on your list. Bring your family and kids and explore La Jolla Cove where you can watch the seals. This place is open all year round. Meanwhile, Casa Beach or the (Children’s Pool) is closed from the fifteenth of December up the fifteenth of May to protect the newly-born seal pups.

Watch the amazing, beautiful seals in the Cove’s rocky settings from a distance – you might even witness a whelping seal! If you don’t see any seals on the Cove’s sandy beach look towards the Seal Rock, where seals mostly hang out.

Normally, seals are seen on the rock during the early sundown, after they have gone out in search of food. To see them closely, a kayak tour is recommended, as it goes right by most of the spots where they are.

The Children’s Pool (beach) is another excellent place to visit the Pacific Ocean wildlife. The surrounding waters are safeguarded as a wildlife reserve and underwater park. Full-on constraints are made to maintain the safety of all marine life within the reserve.

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