5 Can’t-Miss San Diego Activities

By Vanessa Howard

If you’re looking for sunshine, amazing food, and endless outdoor activities then San Diego, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, should be at the top of your must-visit list. The city is famous for its stunning beaches, perfect weather, and countless outdoor activities. With well over 100 days of sunshine a year, you’re sure to fall in love with this coastal city. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or a month, you won’t run out of exciting things to do.

Best Time To Visit San Diego

The average temperatures in San Diego are in the mid-70s, making it a fantastic destination no matter the time of year. Outdoor activities are very rarely impacted by weather, although temperatures can drop slightly during the winter months. You can visit San Diego at any time of the year for warm temperatures and sunshine. 

Where To Stay In San Diego

The Rockaway House

This Mission Beach duplex can be rented as individual units (Rockaway North with 1 bedroom/1 bathroom and Rockaway South with 2 bedrooms/1 bathroom) or in combination to sleep up to 8 guests. Staying at The Rockaway House, you’ll be just steps from the Mission Beach boardwalk. This 1930s beach cottage of Rockaway South is full of charm and is perfect for your next beach getaway. Upstairs, Rockaway North is thoughtfully designed and inviting. Whichever space you choose, you’ll love the bright interior and the coastal boho vibes that Rockaway offers.

Makai Mission Beach

Another fantastic option in Mission Beach is Makai, Hawaiian for “towards the sea.” You can’t beat the ocean views in this cheerful and bright duplex unit. With sunny and welcoming interior spaces, thoughtful amenities, and an absolutely unbeatable location, you’ll love staying at Makai. Makai North is a spacious one bedroom, and Makai South is a two bedroom. The space comfortably sleeps 8 if you rent the entire duplex. Makai also offers garage parking and complimentary beach access, as well as provides beach towels, an umbrella, chairs, and sand toys. Book this cheerful duplex beach house, Makai, right away!

Did you know that The Rockaway House and Makai are next-door neighbors? So groups traveling with up to 16 guests can rent out both duplexes – perfect for multiple groups of families traveling together as you’ll be close by but everyone still has their own space to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

5 Can’t Miss Things To Do In San Diego

1. Hit The Beach

San Diego has so many amazing beaches to enjoy! Whether you want to relax and sunbathe or play in the water, San Diego has the perfect beach for you! There are a few beaches that you can’t miss on your next trip to San Diego…

Mission Beach 

La Jolla Cove 

Seal Beach 

Coronado Beach 

Sunset Cliffs 

2. Eat All The Food

San Diego has truly exceptional dining options and is the perfect destination for foodies. From stylish and elegant dining rooms to casual beach eats, you’ll love the variety and creativity that this coastal city has to offer. Make sure to try San Diego’s signature dish of Baja Fish Tacos paired with a bright local brew. Here are some can’t miss restaurants in San Diego…

Ironside Fish & Oyster (Seafood)

The Taco Stand (Tijuana Style Tacos)

Puesto Mission Valley (Lux Taco Market) 

The Mission (Brunch) 

Craft & Commerce (Gastro Pub) 

Cesarina (Italian) 

Trust (Wood Fire Farm To Table)

If you’re staying in Mission Beach, you can also check out this post for our Mission Beach Dining Guide!

3. Visit Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo

Balboa Park is consistently rated one of the top attractions in San Diego. This 1,200 acre historic and cultural park is brimming with beautiful gardens, historical buildings, and walking paths. You’ll also find museums, theaters, and the famous San Diego Zoo. This incredible zoological park is home to 3,700 animals of more than 650 different species and subspecies. The San Diego Zoo is incredibly popular and it’s recommended that you visit on a weekday opposed to a weekend, if possible. 

4. Check Out The Gaslamp Quarter

In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, you’ll discover a spectacular blend of Victorian Age buildings and modern architecture. Enjoy eclectic galleries, rooftop bars, gastropubs, and exciting nightclubs. If you are looking for nightlife in San Diego then the Gaslamp Quarter is for you. Take in a comedy show at American Comedy Co. or go dancing at Moonshine Flats for a fun night out on the town!  

5. Visit Coronado Island

Head to Coronado Island for a day filled with charming specialty shops, open-air museums, and palm lined walking paths. You’ll find a variety of dining options including freshly caught seafood and bright California cuisine. Relax and unwind in the waterfront park, fish off the pier, or build sandcastles at the beach. If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, consider a bicycle tour around the island, hopping in a kayak, or exploring the island on a segway. 

Pack your bags and come stay at an Arrivls Vacation Rentals Property for your perfect beach getaway to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life. San Diego has so much to offer that you won’t want to leave this amazing destination. These 5 things to do in San Diego are just scratching the surface of all that San Diego has to offer.

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