San Diego Outings You MUST Add to Your Summer Bucket List
Summer is almost here and with it comes that coveted San Diego weather - 75 degrees and sunny? Yes please! Fortunately, San Diego pairs the gorgeous weather with an abundance of outdoor activities that allow you to fully enjoy our local paradise. From all-day-beach-days to gorgeous outdoor brunch spots, take your summer to the next level by taking advantage of all SD has to offer.
Whether you are a socal local or just visiting for a weekend, here are the outdoor activities and local spots you must add to your SD summer bucket list!
The Beach (ofc!)
You can't spend a summer in San Diego county without an abundance of quality beach days. Pack up your picnic lunch, bring plenty of sunscreen, and camp out for the day at one of these gorgeous beach locations. Don't forget to bring a volleyball, frisbee, or your magazine of choice to enjoy while hanging out on the sand. Stay til the evening to catch a beautiful CA sunset over the pacific ocean. Here are CCN's favorite places to lay out and soak up some rays:
Moonlight Beach, Encinitas
Tamarack Surf Beach, Carlsbad
La Jolla Shores, San Diego
Sea Grove Park, Del Mar
Farmers markets are a perfect opportunity to not only enjoy a sunny day, but unleash your inner foodie! There is no lack of markets around SD, so whether you are looking for a morning or evening market on a weekend or weekday, there's an option for you. Enjoy some delicious food from a local vendor, pick up fresh fruits and veggies for the week, and treat yourself to a bright bouquet of locally grown flowers. Check out these popular spots to enjoy a sunny and savory summer day:
Del Mar Farmers Market, Del Mar - Saturdays 1 to 4pm
Leucadia Farmers Market, Leucadia (pictured) - Sundays 10am to 2pm
State Street Farmers Market, Carlsbad - Wednesdays 2:30 to 7pm
Little Italy Mercato, San Diego - Saturday 8am - 2pm
There's no lack of hiking spots where you can get out and enjoy nature. From beginners trails to advanced hikes, San Diego offers amazing views of beaches, city, and mountains. A hike is the perfect way to enjoy a healthy activity for your mind and body, allowing you to relax and connect with the beautiful environment around you. Pack up a lunch and enjoy an afternoon at a scenic location. Be sure to bring plenty of water, because summer days can heat up fast! These hikes are sure to fulfill your craving for an outdoor adventure:
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, La Jolla
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego
Sunset Cliffs Park Trail, San Diego
Cowles Mountain, San Diego
Outdoor Brunch Spots
What can make relaxing in the sun even more appealing? Some delicious food and beverages! There's no better way to start the day than with a brunch in the sun. San Diego county does not lack in delicious eateries or coffee spots - making it impossible to narrow down into a concise list. But, here are some of the go-to spots near us. Whether your looking for the perfect cold brew or iced matcha, or a filling breakfast to boost you for the day, these places have you covered:
Pannikin Coffee & Tea, Encinitas
Shorehouse Kitchen, Carlsbad & La Jolla
Cafe Topes, Carlsbad
Full Day Trip!
If you're looking to spend the entire day out and about, there are some spots that you can travel to for an entire day of fun. Don't finish up your SD summer bucket list until you've added these adventures:
Coronado - Perfect for a day at the beach, exploring downtown shops and restaurants, and visiting the historic Hotel Del.
Balboa Park & San Diego Zoo - This is the center for San Diego art and history museums, there are beautiful walks through botanic gardens, and of course the San Diego Zoo!
Padres Game & Downtown SD - Spend the day cheering on the Padres and enjoy a meal in downtown San Diego or drinks in the Gaslamp quarter.
Summer is here, and there is no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in beautiful sunny San Diego County. Add these items to your bucket list to guarantee sun and fun.