6 Hidden Beaches in San Diego

Posted by shayadmin on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 8:21 pm


It’s no secret that San Diego is home to one incredible beach after another. With everyone flocking to the beach to enjoy the stunning views, the beaches can get quite crowded. But don’t worry! Our San Diego experts found some gorgeous beaches where you can go enjoy the peace and quiet of the ocean waves. Take a look at six of the best hidden beaches in San Diego:

1. Black’s Beach

Spanning from Torrey Pines Beach to Scripps Beach in La Jolla, Black’s Beach is one of the most famous hidden beaches in San Diego. While well-known, Black’s Beach is very secluded because of its inaccessibility. To get to Black’s Beach, travelers must hike 20 minutes from the intersection of Blackgold Road and La Jolla Farms Road or take a shorter, yet more unstable and steep trail from Torrey Pines Gliderport. Black’s Beach is primarily known for being one of the largest nude beaches in the nation. On the northern, secluded portion of the beach, visitors enjoy tanning without swimwear, while savoring breathtaking ocean views and solitude. Other activities offered at Black’s Beach can include: surfing, hang gliding, paragliding, fishing, and playing with your dogs. If you’re looking for great waves without tan lines and don’t mind the hike, Black’s Beach is the one for you.

2. Moonlight State Beach

A California state park operated by the city of Encinitas, Moonlight State Beach is the main beach in Encinitas. This family-friendly beach is ideal for your little ones because of the safety features and the plethora of activities offered. The slope of the beach leading into the water is not steep compared to other beaches, so playing in the surf is safer for children. Also, lifeguards have a significant presence making the beach even more secure. In addition to the typical beach activities, visitors can enjoy the kids play area, grass park, snack bar, volleyball and tennis courts, picnic tables, and bonfires. Moonlight State Beach is easily accessible from B Street at the west end of Encinitas Boulevard. Although typically very tranquil, Moonlight State Beach can get busy during the summer so bring your family and go early to avoid the crowd.

3. Swami’s Beach

Located at the southern end of Encinitas, Swami’s Beach is famous for its awesome surfing. Despite it being a popular surfing hub, Swami’s Beach is typically surprisingly empty because it is fairly hidden beneath a bluff. To get to Swami’s Beach, take the long stairway along the bluff from the parking lot off of Highway 101. Visit Swami’s Beach to ride some waves, be entertained by local hula hoopers and musicians, explore the tide pools, and enjoy a shaded picnic at the park with an impressive view.   

4. Sunset Cliffs

Known for its stunning views of the cliffs during sunset, the appropriately named Sunset Cliffs is a national park nestled between Point Loma Nazarene University and the ocean. This serene beach is usually quiet enough to hear the ocean waves crash against the cliffs. Aside from enjoying the beautiful view and listening to the sounds of the waves, visitors at Sunset Cliffs enjoy the tide pools, fossils, and trails along the the hillside above the beach. To access Sunset Cliffs, use one of the two free public parking lots. One lot is off Lomaland Drive on the college campus and the other is at the corner of Ladera Street and Cornish Drive. There’s also street parking at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Ladera Street where a stable stairwell leads to the rocky shore below. While Sunset Cliffs has gotten increasingly more crowded over the years, it is still considered one of the more hidden beaches in San Diego. You don’t want to miss the breathtaking views at Sunset Cliffs.

5. Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach lies at the southern end of San Diego between Palm Avenue and Imperial Beach Boulevard. This beach is a peaceful escape from the crowds with beautiful views that stretch on for miles. In addition to the typical beach amenities, Imperial Beach offers a fishing pier, kids play area, and basketball court. There are also two parks directly on the beach: Dunes Park and Portwood Pier Plaza. The best way to get to Imperial Beach is via Seacoast Drive. Visit Tin Fish restaurant at the end of the Imperial Beach Pier for some yummy fish tacos and a beautiful view.

6. Fletcher Cove Beach

Located in Solana Beach, Fletcher Cove Beach is a small, secluded beach and the perfect place to relax after a long day. Within the beach lies Fletcher Cove Park, also known as Pillbox for its history as a WWII Gunnery installation. This beach park features a grass area, basketball court, and picnic tables overlooking the ocean. Fletcher Cove Beach is easily accessible. There is a public parking lot located at the Cove and free street parking. Fletcher Cove Beach is also conveniently located near the Solana Beach train station, providing easy access to visitors traveling to Solana Beach via Amtrak and the Coaster rail lines. Fletcher Cove Beach is the ideal destination for a quiet getaway along the water.


For more information on all things San Diego, take a look at our other blog posts or contact us today!

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Free Fall Activities in San Diego

Posted by shayadmin on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 7:10 pm


From the gorgeous beaches to the buzzing nightlife, San Diego is home to one adventure after another. The best part about San Diego? Exploring the city doesn’t have to break the bank! In fact, there are so many things to do and places to visit that don’t cost a dime. Check out some of our favorite fall activities that are absolutely free!


Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga
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Take a Class at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga

Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga provides the perfect opportunity to unwind from a busy day through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Every Monday evening, Pilgrimage of the Heart offers free meditation with an instructor. They also offer free events open to everyone each month, like a Thai massage open house on November 3rd and a journey into the heart of spirituality on December 16th. Check it out here!



Timken Museum of Art

Visit the Timken Museum of Art

Located in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama, the Timken Museum of Art is known as San Diego’s jewel box of fine art. The museum features a collection of European and American masterpieces that cover over 700 years of history. Every day, the Timken Museum of Art offers free docent-guided tours for people of all ages. You don’t want to miss this cultural experience!



Julian, CA

Explore Julian

Nestled in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains, Julian is a hidden gem full of historic buildings, horseback riding trails, and the best apple pie. Pick up a free map from the Chamber of Commerce and get started on a self-guided walking tour around this historic city today! Plus, take advantage of Julian’s annual fall apple harvest until November. It’s the perfect fall activity for your family and children under 12 are free. The first 250 people each day even receive a free pie server!



San Diego Zoo
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Take Your Kids to the San Diego Zoo

During the month of October, Mission Federal Credit Union is sponsoring Kids Free at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. All children under the age of 11 will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. It’s the perfect time to explore the African Treasure Hunt, listen to fascinating stories from zookeepers, and join in on the fun at their special HalGLOWeen event with your kids!



San Diego beach
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Have Fun at the Beach

With 70 miles of coastline, San Diego is comprised of a wide variety of beaches. Play beach volleyball at Mission Beach, go for a bike ride along Pacific Beach, watch the sunset at Torrey Pines State Beach, or play frisbee with your dog at Ocean Beach… the options are endless! No matter which beach you decide to visit, you won’t go wrong!


Have you fallen in love with San Diego just like us? Contact us today to share your adventures and learn more!

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Top 4 San Diego Workouts

Posted by shayadmin on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 9:44 pm


You’ve still got time to get the Summer body you want! In San Diego, it’s not hard to workout outside between the warm weather and beautiful beaches. San Diego has plenty of trails, hikes, and activities to keep you fit year-round. However, if you’re looking for a little more of a demanding workout, you might want to try one of these great workout studios. The classes are incredible and the after-burn could not be more worth it! Whether you want a relaxing but intensive workout, or you’re looking for an all-out body combat, San Diego has it all! Here are a few of our favorite classes we’ve taken and the kind of workout you get.

1. The Daily Method

Kicking off the list is one of our favorite places to go for a full body workout. The Daily Method studio combines Pilates, yoga and ballet barre classes, to give you a satisfying combination of stretching and firming/toning exercises. This studio focuses on the alignment of your body, and making sure you are getting a good workout while being kind to your body and joints as well! The classes are categorized into different levels, so you can choose how intensive you’d like to take each day. The Daily Method even offers classes for pregnant women!

2. Rush Cycle

Get on the bandwagon and try a cycling class! They’re a reason why this intense type of workout has gained so much exposure and popularity over the last couple of years. Rush Cycle currently has four locations throughout San Diego and even more to come! By joining this studio you are able to choose which classes, locations and instructors you like best. Rush Cycle encourages people of all levels to try a class, because it is one of the best cardio workouts in the area! If you are unsure about this workout, Rush Cycle offers new members a week of unlimited classes for only $25, so you can test it out (but trust us, you’ll want to sign up after realizing the kind of cardio you get in)!

3. Orangetheory Fitness

Quite possibly one of our favorite workouts on the list, OrangeTheory fitness lives up to the hype! You may have heard of this chain fitness studio because they have been opening up more and more locations across America. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just another fitness membership. OrangeTheory classes combine cardio and strength training to help you achieve a workout that not only has your burning calories during the one hour session, but after too! Your OrangeTheory Fitness workout is based on your heart rate, so each individual is doing a workout that is tailored to his/her needs and abilities.

4. Trilogy Sanctuary

Find your inner peace by heading over to Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla! This yoga studio doesn’t offer your typical yoga classes. The kind of workout offered at Trilogy Sanctuary is intense, restorative and cleansing. Visitors and members can choose between a variety of classes that are each designed to achieve a goal. For instance, the heated classes are targeted to heal your muscles, while the vinyasa classes focus heavily on breathing and toning muscles. One of the most popular reasons why so many people love Trilogy Sanctuary is for the lyra and aerial yoga classes! There’s something so calming about being suspended in mid air.

To learn more about San Diego or for more information on North County, get in contact with one of our agents today! We’d love to chat and get to know more about you!

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6 San Diego Dessert Spots To Try Now

Posted by Shay Realtors on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 7:11 pm


San Diego is not only known for the great surf and warm sand- San Diego is also known for the incredible restaurants, bars and desserts – yes, desserts. San Diego is filled with great places to grab a tasty treat after a filling meal. These places are so delicious you might even want to skip to dinner to make sure you have enough room for ice cream, cookies, candy and other creations. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite and most popular places in the area that anyone- local or visitor- has to try!

Cupcakes a la Yola:

With some of the best cupcakes in San Diego, Cupcakes a la Yola is a well-liked spot by many San Diego locals. This cupcakery not only serves some of the richest cupcakes in the area, but also offers some wacky flavors that everyone is dying to try! Some of the flavors include chocolate bourbon pecan, white chocolate orange, lemon coconut and many more!

Chocolat Cremerie:

In desperate need of that chocolate fix? Look no further than the Chocolat Cremerie in the Gaslamp Quarter! This quaint cafe has some of the best chocolate desserts you can possibly imagine and more! Although the Chocolat Cremerie has a breakfast and lunch menu it is most popular for its mouth-watering crepes and homemade pastries.

Baked Bear:

This popular San Diego spot takes ice cream sandwiches to the next level by pairing fresh, homemade cookies with a variety of ice cream flavors and any topping you can think of. The base options include fresh-baked cookies, brownies or donuts. The inside of the sandwich can be one or two of 13 ice cream flavors. The toppings to choose from include sauces, sprinkles, candy bars and some yummy gummies. And to finish it off – the ice cream sandwich can be heated up so it’s gooey and warm to eat! It’s not hard to see why so many San Diego residents love this dessert spot so much!

Extraordinary Desserts:

Nothing is more decadent or beautiful than the masterpieces found at Extraordinary Desserts. This shop serves cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies, candy bars, sorbet, tarts, pies and cobblers. But no matter what you order it is guaranteed to look incredible and taste even better! There are two San Diego locations for this popular spot- Balboa Park and Little Italy. Extraordinary Desserts is also a popular choice for wedding and party catering.


In need of custom cakes, cookies or cupcakes? Azucar specializes in making desserts that perfectly match your vision or party theme! Some of their popular choices include Lego cupcakes, Star Wars cupcakes and surf cupcakes. Azucar also has a beautiful selection of wedding cakes to choose from!
With a list of places you can’t go wrong with, you’ll be needing a “cheat day” everyday! For more advice on restaurants, shops and things to do in San Diego, or to inquire about real estate on the market, get in contact with one of our agents today!

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