Are you spending a weekend in SoCal? San Diego is the perfect getaway for a break with friends or family, with countless things to do and experience. It's a favorite weekend vacation spot for many, as it provides a rich and diverse culture, laid-back atmosphere, and pleasant weather year-round for outdoor activities. Here's a suggested itinerary for travelers visiting San Diego for a weekend, full of activities that will leave you with lots of memories and a desire to come back to this coastal California gem.
Day One - Explore by Bike & Wind
After checking into your accommodation, head out and sightsee by bike!
San Diego has been working on infrastructure changes to the city to make it more bike-friendly for active locals and visitors looking to explore and get some exercise at the same time. Check out the Ocean Beach Bike Path, a cycling path that will take you along the coast, or head to Balboa Park, where you can visit different museums as well as the famed San Diego Zoo.
Not far outside Balboa Park, Downtown San Diego is alive and bustling, and it's a great area to continue your cycle in pursuit of something to eat. For lunch in San Diego, you have a never-ending list of options, consider checking out neighborhoods like Mission Beach, East Village, Little Italy and Downtown/Gaslamp to find whatever cuisine it is you are craving. For more ideas on the top spots to eat, visit Eater San Diego’s Restaurant of the Year recommendation - Dija Mara in Oceanside.
A visit to the San Diego Marina is considered a top thing to do for visitors, but don't just snap a photo of the boats - get yourself on a boat!
After a day of using your legs to get around, it’s time to sit and relax, and a boat cruise is an excellent option. Book an afternoon or sunset sailing cruise and admire the shore as the wind takes you along the stunning coastline of San Diego. A local skipper will take the helm and sail you around favorite spots around the bay and harbor, as well as pass by the sea caves and the Los Coronados Islands. Getting out on the water is a must in this city, you’ll gain a whole new perspective on the area and enjoy the waves as you cruise around with an experienced captain.
After a long first day, book yourself on a dinner cruise in San Diego to enjoy a meal onboard. Try a passenger boat trip or book a sunset sail where you’ll get a chance to see whales and dolphins, as well as sea lions near the shore. Whale watching No need to drop big bucks at SeaWorld San Diego when you can see these creatures in the wild instead of cruel captivity.
Day Two - Time for Water Activities
After breakfast, it’s time to head to the waterfront for a day of fun activities out in the Pacific. Watersports in San Diego are an excellent choice for visitors looking to learn a new skill and get the most out of their time in this waterfront city.
San Diego is home to fabulous sandy beaches, stretching far along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, providing perfect locations for fun in the sun. If you’re traveling with your furry friends, take them to Dog Beach, one of the first off-leash dog beaches in the United States. It’s in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, making it easy to access with your pup.
For snorkeling, head to La Jolla Cove, where you can explore and see beneath the surface thanks to the crystal-clear, calm waters. Check out fish and other marine life, sunbathe, and relax in this favorite spot near San Diego.
The best beaches for surfing in San Diego are Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. While there are many more options, these two have great waves and are close to the city, so they are easy to access if you’re just visiting on a short trip and don’t have time for long drives. Book a surfing lesson in San Diego if you've never tried this sport before - a professional instructor will have you riding the waves in no time.
Do you have your PADI certification or have been wanting to try scuba diving for the first time? San Diego is a world-class destination for divers, notably at Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve, also known as La Jolla Underwater Park. Swim through magical kelp forests, descend into underwater canyons and explore sunken wrecks, all easy to access just a few miles from the shore of San Diego. Book a boat dive with a local divemaster, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience during your weekend in San Diego.
Stand-up paddleboarding or SUP is an activity that has grown in popularity in San Diego. It’s easy to learn, and the calm waters of the bay make it a pleasant experience, for everyone from beginners to SUP pros. In addition to paddling yourself around in the waves, you can paddle surf, try SUP yoga, or enjoy a guided tour along favorite spots on the San Diego coast.
Fishing in San Diego is guaranteed to be a fun time, whether you’re an experienced angler or have never tried it before. Professional fishing captains and guides can take you out to catch fish like yellowtail, Dorado, albacore, Seabass, Mackerel and more. Drop in your line and see what you can reel in on a deep sea ocean fishing charter in San Diego! No need to worry about bringing your own bait, tackle, or equipment on a full-service fishing charter, just communicate with your captain about which licenses you'll need for a day of fishing.
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