You deserve some fun in the sun, especially after a long winter, so pack up the RV and head to the bright and beautiful land of San Diego! You’ll never run out of things to do here, so start planning and set aside a decent chunk of time so you can see everything you’d like to see. We recently had members of our social media team travel to San Diego, so here are some of their top recommendations of things to do while visiting. From trails, caves, cafés, camping, and more, this is San Diego at its finest!
Parks and Beaches
When exploring San Diego, a visit to La Jolla is a must! This portion of San Diego features some of the most beautiful and photogenic landscapes in the entire city (and maybe even the country). Ellen Browning Scripps Park is so gorgeous, in fact, that it was named the most photographed spot in San Diego, according to AAA Magazine, and by looking at that stunning beach, sprawling green grass, and palm trees, we can see why!
If you’re in for a swim, or want to go snorkeling or diving, La Jolla Cove is the perfect spot. Or if you’re looking for a more secluded and quiet walk along the beach, Black’s Beach is gorgeous and tranquil. Just be warned: The north portion of Black’s Beach is clothing optional, so you more conservative explorers or those with children beware! La Jolla is also home to the infamous children’s pool, which is surrounded in controversy thanks to the seals that have taken over the beach. This may be a spot to avoid, and may even be closed if you visit during pupping season.
If you’d like to see San Diego’s most beautiful caves too, La Jolla is the place! There are several gorgeous caves along the coastline, unfortunately all but one of these are only accessible by boat travel. Sunny Jim Sea Cave is the only cave accessible by land, and you must explore it! Enter through the Cave Store and descend into the lovely caves where you’ll be dazzled by beautifully colored rocks, which get their colors from mineral deposits. Make your way out to the shoreline, where you can hike to the picnic area, observe some seals and other marine wildlife, and enjoy all the beauty around you! If you want to see more, book a kayak tour and you’ll be able to see more of the caves and other sights of San Diego!
Torrey Pines State Park Natural Reserve
Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the nature of San Diego with a visit to Torrey Pines State Park Natural Reserve! The restrictions of what you can do and what you can have in this park is pretty restrictive, but the views make it worth it. After you check out the visitor center and museum to learn more about the reserve, hit the incredible hiking trails, then relax on the beach to cool off. If anything, make sure to head out to Broken Hill to watch the sunset. When the glow of the sinking sun hits the chiseled sand cliffs, you’ll be left absolutely breathless!
Don’t miss out on a visit to Coronado Island! Alright, so it’s actually a peninsula, but you can always take the ferry across San Diego Bay to get more of an island effect, and what you’ll find here is sure to please. As you exit the ferry, stay a while and enjoy some shopping and food at the Ferry Landing and Tidelands Park, with over 30 shops, restaurants, and galleries. Take a walking tour and discover beautiful downtown, then check out the stunning Hotel del Coronado, which features incredible Victorian-style design and dates back to 1888. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness a dog surfing competition!
Camping—Silver Strand State Beach
Not only is Silver Strand State Beach an incredibly lovely spot to visit, you can camp here and be close to all the beauty of Coronado Island! RVs up to 40 feet are welcome, with electric service available, restrooms, a snack bar, and more. You may even be able to snag a gorgeous oceanside site if you make your reservations well in advance! If you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for some surfing lessons, and be sure to visit the Crown Cove Aquatic Center.
San Diego’s Most Mouth Watering
When you get hungry while exploring this beautiful city, you won’t have to go far for some of the best food you’ve ever had in your life! These restaurants are our great recommendations, but feel free to explore around the hundreds of delectable places in San Diego.
As one of San Diego’s most highly rated restaurants with thousands of positive reviews, you definitely won’t be disappointed when you eat at Phil’s BBQ! The portions are large, the prices are low, and the flavors are absolutely delicious! Man Vs. Food’s Adam Richman has even visited Phil’s to take on their delicious ribs. Be warned: This is a popular restaurant and there will probably be a wait. Stick it out though, it’s totally worth it!
San Diego Donut Bar
Love donuts? Love beer too? Why not have both? At the San Diego Donut Bar, you can! This incredible bakery has been lauded as the Number One Donut Shop by USA Today, MSN, Thrillist, and many others. Please, try to contain yourself as you browse their Instagram gallery, which features endless drool-worthy confections and brews. Talk about the perfect brunch!
For delicious Mexican food in a chill modern atmosphere, the Blind Burro is the place to be. Their tasty dishes are as beautifully modern as they are flavorful, making it an experience to remember, unless you have one too many of their amazing margaritas, that is!
Set Up Camp
San Diego Metro KOA
You really can’t go wrong with a KOA! Set up camp at San Diego Metro KOA and you’ll be mere minutes from some of San Diego’s most popular attractions! Stay during the summer months and you may be tempted to spend all your time at this incredible resort-style campground, complete with activities like laser tag, a rock climbing wall, a café (which even offers craft beer and wine tastings), hayrides, arts & crafts, and so much more. You can even purchase discounted tickets to local attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, LEGOLAND, and more. Check out their website for more information!
Mission Bay RV Resort
Another place that you must visit is Mission Bay, and when you stay at the Mission Bay RV Resort, you’ll have it made! It’s a stay with a view, with the beautiful city scape on one side and access to beautiful Mission Bay on the other. It’s big rig and pet friendly, and also close to several fun attractions! It’s a gated campground with security guards staffed 24 hours, so you’ll have peace of mind and a beautiful stay!
Ready for your San Diego getaway? This beautiful city is always buzzing with fun, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of all the incredible things to do, sights to see, and food to eat here! You probably won’t be able to see everything in one trip, and with beauty and fun like this, you’ll definitely want to come back!
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Have you visited San Diego before? Leave us a comment with your top recommendation of places to visit, or let us know what you’re looking forward to on your trip!