Being a San Diego native (an increasingly rare thing these days), I know pretty much everything about this beautiful place I’m lucky enough to call home. There are so many fun things to do in the summer, it’s almost overwhelming! But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Whether you’re day tripping from LA or flying from across the country, if you’re headed to San Diego this summer, here are my favorite things to do:
1. Head to the beach.
Okay, okay. I know this one is super obvious, considering San Diego is known for it’s beaches, but you can’t come here and not go to the beach! Skip the packed touristy beaches and head to dog beach in Coronado (on the very end of the beach where locals bring their pups, and it’s amazing). Or, if you’re looking for a beach party scene, head to Pacific Beach (PB), where you can get your drink on at one of the many beachside bars.
2. Go on a brewery tour.
With well over 100 breweries, San Diego is known for it’s craft beer scene. Spend a day hopping from brewery to brewery- there’s nothing better than an ICB on a hot summer day! My favorites are Ballast Point, Green Flash, Modern Times, and Stone (not my favorite beer, but they have the best patio).
4. Catch a Padres game.
There’s nothing more summery than spending the afternoon at a baseball game! Petco Park is an amazing stadium, and the food scene is INCREDIBLE. Craft beer, Pizza Port, Board & Brew sandwiches, Hodad’s…. the list goes on.
5. Bike around Mission Bay.
Rent some bikes and hit the pavement around scenic Mission Bay. The views are gorgeous! Don’t forget to stop and grab a California burrito along the way, because, why not?! You are in San Diego, after all! There’s a 12 mile route that you can follow here.
6. Catch a sunset at Sunset Cliffs.
This one is super cheesy, but Sunset Cliffs got it’s name for a reason. It’s one of the best spots to catch the sunset in San Diego! Grab a couple beers, bring a blanket, and end your summer day in the best way.
7. Hike Torrey Pines.
This is one of my all time favorite hikes in San Diego (I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a billion times), because the views are absolutely stunning. Get an early start to beat the heat, and pack your swimsuit and a towel so you can jump in the water when you hike down to the beach.
8. Brunch in La Jolla.
La Jolla is one of my favorite places to spend the morning in the summer! My fave spots for brunch are the Cottage (get there early if you don’t want to wait), Brockton Villa (see this post), and Herringbone for $15 bottomless mimosas. Get drinks afterwards at George’s.
9. Bonfire on the bay.
Grab some friends, some firewood, a few blankets, s’more fixings, and you’ve got yourself a picture perfect evening in San Diego. If you have it on Mission Bay, you’ll get an up close view of the fireworks from SeaWorld (without actually having to go to SeaWorld!).
10. Walk around Harbor Island.
Harbor Island has the absolute best views of the San Diego skyline! Go for a late afternoon walk around the island, and end your walk at Coasterra for tacos and margaritas (with the absolute best view of the city).
Of course, there are a million more things to do in San Diego in the summer, but these will get you started on the right foot.
If you live here or have visited, what are your favorite things to do in SD? 🙂