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San Diego's perfect weather and miles of boardwalks and park trails make it the perfect place for jogging, biking, or swimming.
Cheap Rentals, located at both 3685 & 3221 Mission Blvd in Mission Beach, rent bikes, roller blades, boards, and wet suits
for $6 hour, $12 half day, or $15 whole day. You can explore
MISSION BAY PARK is the largest man-made land/aquatic park in the United States with 26 miles of Shoreline, including 19 miles of Sandy Beaches and 6 miles of wide Boardwalk for jogging/biking/strolling to watch the beautiful sunsets. The Park is located North of Route 8, West of Route 5, within the Pacific Beach and Mission Beach areas. There are two large water areas separated by Crown Point: Sail Bay and Fiesta Bay. Sail Bay is designated for sail boats, wake boards, surf sailing, kayaking, rowing. Fiesta Bay is where the motorized action happens with yachts, boats, Jet Skiis, etc. Rental facilities for any water sport activity are located all around the park. For you Birders, the 40 acre Northern Wildlife Preserve in Fiesta Bay and the 200 acre wetland along the southern border of the Park, is world renowned for thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds and waders. Sea World is located in Mission Bay Park and during the summer has wonderful fireworks displays every night over the Bay. There is a designated Kite Flying area and a Model Boat Pond. Picnic areas, grassy knolls, life guarded beaches, barbecue pits, bathroom/shower facilities are located throughout the park and of course the popular Southern California fire rings (80 in number) are spread along the shoreline for your evening enjoyment. For the more adventuresome Surfers, the Pacific Ocean is one block over from Sail Bay and it has its own 6 mile Boardwalk along its sandy beaches. Boardwalk is also a nice place to bike, with plenty of places to stop for a cool drink or dip in the ocean.
Parasailing is a unique way to see San Diego. San Diego Parasail Adventures, located in Mission Bay Park, is tucked under the overhang of another building's roof, ask for directions when you call. If there is morning fog when you first arrive, don't worry, the crew will wait for it to clear before setting sail. This is to give you a better view. The boat ride out to sea is pleasant and relaxing, and the captain and his single crew mate are hilarious as they explain the flying procedure. They will immediately put your group at ease with their witty banter. You can parasail together with a partner or solo. Either way, you will float hundreds of feet up in the air, giving yourself a 360 degree view of the beach and the surrounding communities. At $64.94 a person it's pretty costly for six minutes in the air, but the experience is worth it!
Visitors and locals alike can spend an enjoyable sunny afternoon kayaking in the La Jolla Cove. A number of outfitters in the La Jolla Shores vicinity both rent sit-on-top sea kayaks (one and two passenger models) and take guided tours of the cove. Beginners are encouraged to start with the guided option for a number of reasons: 1. Getting past the break takes a bit of skill, and the guides can demonstrate and supervise the technique. 2. the guides know the way to the beautiful caves that you can explore in your kayak, and they are of particular help in advising on the current that must be negotiated in order to enter the cave safely. 3. The guides can locate the underwater elements in the Cove that are worth seeing, such as the shark breeding area, the reefs with their rich underwater neighborhoods, and the kelp beds, which are so thick and dense that you can hop out of your kayak and float effortlessly on top of the water, fully supported by the kelp plants. Contact the outfitters and surf shops, such as La Jolla Kayak (858) 459-1114, located at 2199 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores, for guided tours and equipment rental. A wet suit top is recommended in cooler air temperatures and/or overcast days, as the water temperature is not particularly warm.
Torrey Pines State Reserve has great hiking trails with spectacular views of the ocean! It's a must! http://www.torreypine.org/
Del Mar Fair- locaed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the state fair comes once a year, usually three weeks before July 4th, lasting until July 4th. If you are in town during this time, it's a must do! This fair is a large one with rides, food, games, entertainment, animals and a special little kid area! It's so much fun! http://www.sdfair.com/
Dog Beaches- there are several dog beaches in San Diego but I have only been to Coronado, by the naval base, and Del Mar ( about a block south of Hwy 101 and Via De La Valle). These beaches are fun to go to with your dogs or with children who love dogs! At the dog beach in Del Mar, you have to find get a parking ticket to place in the car for street parking.
Balboa Park- http://www.balboapark.org/
Motorcyclists - One thing California has is some great roads for riding, both wide and open and ( my preference) tight and twisty, so bring along your bike if you can, but if you can't South Bay Sportbike Rentals will be happy to deliver a bike from their L.A base for the hard riders, or if not Eaglerider ( www.eaglerider.com)has branches all over California. They rent late-model Harley Davidsons, Honda and BMW motorcycles for riders of all skill set: beginners to the seasoned veterens.. EagleRider also offers guided tours that include two meals, they book all the hotels, and the motorcycle rental. If you don't want to be part of a guided tour, they can also get you a self-drive tour (includes hotels and motorcycle rental) for you to travel at your own pace.
Random Events - San Diego has many different events that take place in the sunny weather as well as in the happening nightlife downtown. It would be a shame to come to San Diego and not know that there was an Art Walk in a nearby community or even a large launch party that celebrities might attend. There are a couple of resources for you to find this information out 1) Shindy.tv where you can see videos of what places look like in San Diego and what the events entail as well as upcomming events. 2) Signonsandiego.com will also assist you with what you need. This city is full exciting things happening, dont miss out!