Our 2021 San Diego Summer Bucket List

By Kylee Niederhauser

Here are few things we want to try this summer!

Kayak Fishing with San Dog

At the top of our summer bucket list is an fishing tour with San Dog Kayak Adventures. San Dog provides all of the gear (kayak, rods & reels, turbo fins & paddle, life vest, dry bag & marine radio) and will expertly guide you from the meeting spot to the fishing grounds. They have several locations to choose from, each with varying levels of difficulty and types of fish. They even offer multi-day fishing charters to Ensenada!

San Dog Kayak Adventures | sandog@sandogkayakadventures.com | (619) 800-0998

Fish for Halibut, Corbina, Bass, Barracuda and more with San Dog Kayak Adventures

Taste of Little Italy

A perfect way to kick off the summer is with the 13th annual Taste of Little Italy. Visitors can explore the 48 square blocks of Little Italy while sampling tastes from the area’s award winning restaurants. This year, the event will be held over two days, with two time slots, allowing plenty of room for attendees and minimizing congestion. Tickets can be purchased online for $50 per person in advance, or for $55 after June 15th.

Taste of Little Italy | June 22nd & 23rd, 2021 | info@littleitalyevents.com

Sample the best of Little Italy this June (it’s not all Italian food!)

Home Grown Fun at the Del Mar Fair

No San Diego summer is complete without an annual trip to the Del Mar Fair! And while it may look a little different than years past, many of the crowd favorites will be returning – like the ferris wheel, Agri-land for the kids and, of course, allll the fried food. This year’s theme, “Home Grown”, will add a twist to the fair’s summer concert series which will feature all local artists. The San Diego County Fair will run June 11–July 4 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; the fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

San Diego County Fair | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Pig races are a crowd-favorite each year at the San Diego County Fair

Padre’s Game

Current capacity limits at Petco Park are limited to 33% and 67% in designated seating sections where fans are either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. But, starting on June 17, Petco Park will be open at 100% capacity! Win or lose, Padre’s games are always a good time, but fair-weather fans can still come for the food! The park is loaded with some of San Diego’s favorite eateries like Pizza Port, Hodad’s and even Seaside Market’s Tri-Tip (aka “Cardiff Crack”) Nachos. 😋

San Diego Padres | Schedule | Tickets

Come for the game, and stay for the food, at Petco Park

Movies on the Bay

Catch a free, family-friendly movie on the sand at the Catamaran Resort in Mission Beach. Movies are shown on a large projector screen overlooking Mission Bay every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at dusk. This location is perfect if you’re staying at one of our Mission Beach vacation rental properties (Makai South, Makai North, Rockaway South, Rockaway North) which are just a quick stroll down the boardwalk!

Movies on the Bay | Catamaran Resort + Spa | 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Family-friendly movies on the sand courtesy of the Catamaran Resort in Mission Bay

Cheers to June Gloom

In celebration of California’s “reopening”, Gravity Heights is bringing back their popular Hazy IPA, June Gloom. You’ll find us in their outdoor beer garden this summer sharing plates from their “munchies” menu and sampling from their small-batch craft beers on tap.

Gravity Heights | 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121 | (858) 283-8206

Gravity Heights in Sorrento Valley also sells 4-packs of their June Gloom Hazy IPA to go!

Sunset Paddle Boarding

Watch the sunset while paddle boarding around Mission Bay with WanderSurf Board Company. With lights on each paddle board and expert guidance, you’ll be able to confidently navigate the calm evening waters after the boats have been docked for the day. WanderSurf also offers morning and daytime tours along with both private and group paddle board lessons.

WanderSurf Board Company | 858-877-8430 | jason@wandersurfboardcompany.com

Take a sunset cruise with WanderSurf Board Company in Mission Beach

Beach Bonfire

Public fire pits in Mission Beach are “reserved” quickly, especially in the summer months. They also may be a bit of a walk from your vacation rental, from which you’d be lugging your chairs, beach blankets, cooler, and maybe even your kids. Take the stress out of the experience with Beach Fire Guy! You pick your location and they do the rest – including the clean up. The standard package is the bonfire set-up/tear-down and 3 hours of wood, but you can purchase upgrades like Adirondack chairs, s’mores ingredients, glow-in-the-dark cornhole and even an acoustic guitar player.

Beach Fire Guy | 858-405-6391

Customize your bonfire experience with Beach Fire Guy

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