6 Hidden Beaches in San Diego
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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5 San Diego Date Night Ideas
San Diego is a lively city full of exciting activities, great restaurants and fun bars! It’s hard to be bored in this beautiful southern California area. San Diego is even more fun to explore with someone else! Whether you need ideas for a first date, or you want to take your spouse of 20 years outs, these date night ideas are great for everyone! We’ve mixed in some good ideas for day dates and night time dates!
Picnic on the Beach
It doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Pack a picnic and grab a blanket then head down to any of the beautiful beaches at Cardiff-by-the-Sea. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunset, and even though it’s a public area it’s easy for a beach picnic to feel secluded and special. To make things extra romantic you can even pack some wine and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert! This is a popular anniversary date for a reason.
Baseball Game at Petco Park
Classic date idea, but it’s still as cute as ever. With only a few weeks left of the baseball season, get your tickets soon. Grab some cheap tickets, or spend a little more money and get nice seats, and take your date to a baseball game at Petco Park! Regardless whether the Padres are your team of choice or not, it’s still a fun experience and definitely a great way to spend time together. There’s just enough down time to have great conversation, but enough excitement that the date will never get boring. There are plenty of cheap or gourmet dining options at Petco Park, so no need to worry about eating before hand.
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Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
If your spouse has more of a sweet tooth then Hammond’s is the perfect date spot! After a nice dinner, surprise your date with a flight of ice cream at Hammond’s. There are three locations throughout San Diego, so just pick the one closest to you! Hammond’s offers over 300 different flavors of ice cream, so it’s not hard to find something you’ll like! This is one of our favorite ideas for a first date. It’s a great way to end the night!
Kayaking/Paddleboarding at Coronado
Is your partner adventurous? A great way to spend the day together is to rent some kayaks or paddleboards and take advantage of the beautiful beaches of San Diego. Although it is not exactly easy to have back-and-forth conversation on the ocean, this date can easily be finished off with a tasty meal at one of Coronado’s many beach cafes and restaurants.
Day Trip to the San Diego Zoo
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The zoo is not just for younger children. A day trip to one of America’s most famous zoos can be a great day date! Walking around the zoo is not only interesting but also allows the opportunity for great conversation. There are also plenty of eating/drink options at the zoo so you can either plan a meal before, or just rely on those!
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Things to Do in San Diego This Summer
San Diego is great place to be because the weather is awesome, the people are friendly, and there is always something going on! Especially during the Summer, San Diego is a fun place to explore! Whether you’re looking for a more relaxing event, or an adventurous day out with the family, there’s something for everyone. Use this list of events and activities as your ultimate guide for Summer fun! We’ve included a few crowd favorites as well as some events you may not know about!
San Diego Zoo
Although this may seem like an obvious Summer activity for San Diego locals, the San Diego Zoo has much more to offer than most people realize. Aside from it being the largest zoo on the West Coast, the San Diego Zoo offers summer camps, interactive exhibits, private tours, experiences with the animals, and workshops just to name a few. This Summer is the perfect time to visit the zoo. If you have never been, or even if you are a frequent visitor, this is a great time to come because Africa Rocks is taking over this season. Africa Rocks features six new exhibits and plenty of new animals and educational experiences! The San Diego Zoo is a great place to take the kids for the day!
Movies/Concerts in the Park
All throughout San Diego this Summer there are movies and concerts in the park. Depending on where in San Diego you’re located, take a look at your local park or town schedule for a list of which parks are participating, or where the nearest one is! This is a great activity to pack a picnic and bring the kids to. But, it can also be a romantic date night with some wine and cheese!
Whether you have a ticket to the event or you just want to watch the commotion as a bystander, the Comicon is certainly not a weekend to be missed! Taking place the weekend of July 20-23 at the Convention Center in downtown San Diego, Comicon draws in visitors from all over to experience a superhero-filled weekend of excitement. Although buying a ticket to the event is very fun for those who have never experienced it, you can also get somewhat of an experience from simply hanging out around the convention center and watching all of the characters (quite literally) that participate in this event.
Del Mar Races
A day at the racetrack never hurt anyone! The Del Mar Races are one of San Diego’s most iconic events during the Summer! With Opening Day happening on Wednesday, July 19th, there’s plenty of time to get your outfits together and purchase tickets! The Opening Day is a great event to attend, but if you miss that, there are plenty of other fun events throughout the rest of the Summer!
Need a day out with just the adults? The Spirits Festival on August 26th is a fun event and a great day out for the parents! Leave the kids at home and uber to this event, because you will be drinking. Purchasing a ticket for the Spirits Festival gets you unlimited tastings of craft beer and wine from over 50 different vendors. Other food vendors and arts & crafts vendors will be in attendance as well.
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6 San Diego Dessert Spots To Try Now
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!
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.
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!
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!
San Diego City Council Kills Funding For SoccerCity
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The future looks grim for a new soccer stadium in Mission Valley and a convention center expansion. The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Monday night to kill funding for a special election this November on both projects.
But, the election is not dead yet. Soon after the vote, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a statement he would veto the council’s decision. The council would need six votes to override his veto.
“A City Council majority is supporting the unprecedented step of blocking a public election by stripping funding from the budget,” his statement said. “This short-sighted move results in denying the public a vote and getting nothing accomplished for our city. The City Council majority wants to make San Diegans wait for more road repairs, wait to address the homeless crisis, wait to bring back tourism jobs, and jeopardize a chance to get a major league sports franchise.”
The council will still vote on June 12 on whether to add the convention center expansion to a ballot this November, and then vote on June 19 on adding SoccerCity to the same ballot.
The majority of the council voted to remove $5 million for the special election from the fiscal 2018 budget, but offered different reasons for their decision. Four Democrats on the council, including Councilwoman Barbara Bry, said the money would be better spent on things like police overtime.
“I heard you say keep us safe and keep the arts, I heard you ask for more than what you got,” she said. “I adhere to the law and the will of the voters and I endeavor to save the city $5 million.”
Councilwoman Lorie Zapf said she supports holding a special election, but would vote for the budget without the funding because she overall supports the spending plan.
Only Councilman Scott Sherman wanted to keep the funding for the election in the budget. He said removing it went against the will of the people who signed a petition asking for the special election.
“By taking that $5 million off the table for a special election, you are directly denying the people their right to vote,” he said. “And our job as council members once the public speaks is to implement the will of the voter and not our own will.”
If the council votes later this month to not hold a special election, voters will likely weigh in on the projects in November 2018.
Nick Stone, the developer behind SoccerCity, said last month that delaying the vote until 2018 would kill the project because it removes the chance for the city to attract a soccer franchise. His company, La Jolla-based FS Investors, will not pursue its development plan if there is no Major League Soccer team.
In addition to the stadium, FS Investors wants to build homes, commercial space and a river park on the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site.
Along with the soccer stadium proposal, council members were weighing a special election on the mayor’s plan to raise San Diego’s hotel room tax by up to 3 percent. The money would go towards funding an expansion of the convention center, as well as road repair projects and homeless programs.
The plan would need two-thirds of voters to approve it.
More than 200 people signed up to speak either for or against the special election, and before the council meeting supporters and opponents held dueling rallies.
On one side: a coalition of tourism groups and homeless service providers. On the other: the advocacy organization Alliance San Diego and union groups.
Tony Manolatos, a spokesman for the tourism coalition, said the tax increase would also go in part toward funding for the homeless.
“The plan right now is to secure the funding, and then you bring in the service providers, the experts like Father Joe’s and Alpha Project, who are with the coalition and supporting this effort, and you let them figure out, OK, here’s the priority,” he said.
Opponents said a special election would fly in the face of Measure L passed by voters last year, which stated all city measures should be on November ballots when more people vote.
Jerry Butkiewicz with the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Union said the city’s growing homeless population is reason to slow down and wait for a general election.
“Right now, I think most of our citizens would say what we’re doing is not working real well,” he said. “So let’s take a step back, being willing to dedicate time, and take a new look at this.”
The budget will take effect July 1.
Best Breakfast Spots in North San Diego County
Whether it’s a breakfast date or a family outing, this list of unique breakfast places in North San Diego County offers a spot for any occasion. If you have a craving for a French crepe or for a traditional Mexican breakfast dish, you are sure to find any breakfast item at one of these highly-respected restaurants. Browse through their menus to decide which restaurants you’ll visit on your next breakfast outing!
Open for brunch all day Saturday and Sunday, Nutmeg Bakery and Café prides itself on being “predictably unpredictable.” Their brunch menu offers traditional breakfast classics year-round, but they alter the dishes slightly with each season. A pumpkin-spice French toast might be offered in the fall, just to be flavored with fresh strawberries in the spring. It makes for a unique and exciting visit with each stop to the café!
This restaurant has locations around California, so if you’re ever in search for a breakfast spot when you’re away from San Diego, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Broken Yolk Café! If you manage to save up an appetite for your visit, the Broken Yolk Café offers their “BYC Challenge.” Brave diners attempt to eat a dozen-egg omelet filled with mushrooms, onions, and cheese, as well as a 15-inch pizza pan covered with a pile of homefries and two biscuits. It’s free if it is finished within an hour, and the winner receives a free T-shirt and their picture on the Broken Yolk hall of fame wall.
However, normal brunch-goers can find a generous menu of breakfast classics like eggs benedict, stacks of pancakes, and a “create your own omelet” option. Choose one of their tasty breakfast mimosas or create your own latte at their coffee bar!
This specialized restaurant is a favorite among locals. Stop in for a sweet or savory crepe and have a glass of freshly-squeezed juice at their breakfast bar. This quaint breakfast spot is the ideal blend of a friendly, hometown feel and fun combinations of food items. Come by for a sweet Reese’s crepe, complete with actual Reese’s cups and chocolate sauce, or try their chicken pesto crepe, filled with tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. You can’t miss a chance to try one of their popular breakfast concoctions!
Take a trip to France with a visit to this adorable bistro. The head chef of the bistro began his career by opening his own business in Paris and later opened three restaurants in Bordeaux, France, before moving to San Diego to share his culinary talents. Stop by any Sunday for a taste of this delectable blend of French and Italian cuisines. Fill up on one of their bruschetta dishes or try their Croque Madame with a side of garlic potatoes as you sip on a mimosa or Bloody Mary.
This restaurant surely lives up to its name. Opening at 6:30 am daily makes the Incredible Café a favorite for early-risers. Enjoy one of their golden Belgian waffles with your choice of toppings or one of their scrambled egg plates. Healthy food-lovers can also find a delicious dish on their Healthful Choices menu, from their tasty Lox and Bagel to their Grilled Surf or Turf. Enjoy your meal with one of their Bloody Mary’s or sweet mochas with whipped cream.
While more known for their wide array of fine wines, The Barrel Room is a secretly loved spot for Sunday brunch. From chicken chilaquiles to salmon benedict, they have a dish on the menu for any breakfast craving. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with one of their unique mimosa concoctions. Diners can try their champagne with pineapple juice, apple cider, blueberry lemonade, or have it traditionally with orange juice.
You won’t want to hit the snooze button on this delicious café. With an ever-changing menu, visitors can try a new dish with every stop at Snooze. Taste their corned beef hash, famed breakfast tacos, or their breakfast pot pie, topped with homemade gravy and an egg made to your liking. Snooze encourages visitors to create their own custom dishes, so make sure to bring your imagination and an empty stomach when you stop by Snooze for a hearty breakfast!
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Restaurants You Have To Try in San Diego
San Diego is a large area known for the great beaches, friendly community and fantastic food! There are so many amazing restaurants across San Diego, it can be hard to decide where to eat. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite hidden gems and classic picks across the area as well as the top menu choices at these restaurants! After reading about these fantastic places you’ll be drooling and booking reservations!
Centered in La Jolla, Whisknladle focuses on farm-to-table food. Head chef Ryan Johnston has a few restaurants around San Diego, but Whisknladle is one of the most popular for the fun atmosphere and award-winning dishes. The restaurant offers a breakfast/lunch menu and a dinner menu. A fan favorite dish is the Prawn and Calamari Pasta. Any entrée pairs great with the hand-crafted cocktails such as the B.L.O.C. Party, which includes bourbon, cardamom, orange and lemon. The desserts at Whisknladle are to die for- one is better than the next. One of the most popular is the Butterscotch Budino!
A market and restaurant combined, The Fishery, or also known as the Pacific Seafood Company, sells fresh seafood daily as well as offers diners the ultimate seafood experience. Head chef Paul Arias uses top quality products and is constantly adding seasonal and permanent creations to the menu. One of our favorite dishes on the lunch menu are the Mr. Brown’s Swordfish Tacos! Paul Arias also offers Tuesday Tastings for $40 per person!
Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays at Puesto! This restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in San Diego and the atmosphere is fun and lively! Diners like to pair any of the savory tacos with a specialty cocktail of their choosing! Our favorite pair is the Chicken Al Pastor taco, with crispy melted cheese, hibiscus tinga and avocado, with the Puesto Perfect Margarita! This signature margarita uses blue agave reposado tequila and can be mixed with either strawberry or mango! Puesto also offers a kids menu for the little ones!
In search of the best barbeque in San Diego? Look no further than Kiminski’s! Just looking at the menu will have you drooling. Kiminski’s is a great place to go for a big sports game or if you just need some hearty food and a cold beer after a long day! In addition to the restaurant, Kiminski’s also offers catering services and has a food truck! Aside from the barbeque combos, the Amazing Melt Sandwiches are not to be missed- choose between brisket, salmon, pork or chicken, topped with mac n’ cheese, caramelized onions on grilled sourdough bread, topped with more melted cheese.
With a location in both Oceanside and Santaluz, there is no reason you should be booking reservations at Rosina’s this weekend! Rosina’s serves some of the best authentic Italian food in all of San Diego. These restaurants are relaxed and welcome to the whole family! Rosina’s also offers cooking classes to learn how to make some of the fabulous dishes!
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