Places To Relax in San Diego

The city of San Diego is a lively, busy city where people come to from all over the country to enjoy the many attractions the city has to offer. The city can get a bit too busy sometimes so if you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing vacation it is best to choose an ocean view vacation rental in a serene surrounding where you will not be disturbed by the big city’s hassle. 

Where To Stay for Relaxing in San Diego

There are plenty of charming small, beach towns for places to relax in San Diego, each with its own personality and perks. According to your preferences, you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Here are the top 4 cities we recommend you to check out when planning your trip:

Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Cardiff by the Sea
Cardiff-by-the-Sea. IG photo courtesy of @katelyn.gardener

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a world-class surfing destination known to have almost perfect weather, located in a serene natural environment, it’s almost like a peaceful oasis, perfect for a relaxing getaway. 

The area in and around Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a very spiritually rich area where you can find various hidden gems such as beautiful natural sceneries, soothing meditation spots, stunning sunset-watching spots, and others. 

The best thing is that even though it is located in such a beautiful natural environment, you can also easily reach the city of San Diego (just 20 minutes) if you want to check out some of its attractions too.

 

 

 

Encinitas

Swami's Beach in Encinitas
Swami’s Beach in Encinitas. IG photo courtesy of @billyy.martinez

The city of Encinitas is the parent city of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. It was founded in 1986 and brought together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain, and Leucadia to create a single city rich in history and steeped in tradition.

Spreading across six miles of Pacific coastline, the city of Encinitas represents a unique blend of old-world charm and sophistication and new-world culture. Its beaches are coveted by locals as hidden gems. 

The city is alternately known as the “Flower Capital of the World,” because of its extensive collection of unique nurseries and gardens, most extensive of which is the San Diego Botanic Garden.

 

 

 

Solana Beach

Solana Beach
Hanging out in Solana Beach. IG photo courtesy of @courtneyadrian

Located along the north coast of San Diego, Solana Beach is a quiet refuge with family-friendly beaches that has a mellow, small-town feel, making it one of the best places to relax in San Diego.  The charming, seaside community is approximately a 30-minute drive from downtown San Diego. 

Besides gorgeous bluffs overlooking the ocean and a serene shoreline, Solana Beach boasts one of San Diego’s top shopping districts, locally as “The Avenue with Everything.” If shopping is your way of relaxing then this is something you should definitely check out.

 

 

 

La Jolla

La Jolla
‘Wild tide’ in La Jolla. Photo courtesy of @bommaritoart

La Jolla is a seaside community best known for its beaches, rugged coastline, and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The moment you arrive here is the moment you’ll realize that you’ve made a great choice for your vacation destination.

There are many reasons why La Jolla is one of the best places to relax in San Diego, including the fact that there are a variety of outdoor activities that will put your mind at ease. 

For example, imagine the peace that comes with laying on the beach as the sun sets (or rises) in the distance. 

As you plan your vacation, start by making a comprehensive list of places to stay in La Jolla. With no shortage of options—ranging from hotels to vacation rentals—you’re sure to find something that suits your wants, needs, and budget.

While there’s no limit on the number of outdoors activities in La Jolla, don’t stop there. You’ll also fall in love with the world-class dining, museums, and variety of local shops.

No matter how you define a relaxing vacation, La Jolla has you covered. 

 

 

 

Tips for Relaxing Things To Do in San Diego

Yoga class at Sunset Cliffs
Yoga class at Sunset Cliffs. IG photo courtesy of @mindbodybadass

Go on a morning walk by the ocean and admire the sunset in the evening

Every trip to San Diego should have some time spent on a morning walk by the ocean, being a great way to set up your mood for the day. Watching the sunrise above the ocean’s waves is a truly spectacular view and the fresh morning ocean air is very good for your body.  When you return to your housing, you are bound to be in a more relaxed state and ready to start your day.

Enjoying the sunset from a beautiful ocean view setting will help you relax and unwind after a busy day of fun activities. Let go of any worries and just be in the present and let the beauty of nature inspire you and bring you to a place of stillness.

 

 

 

Meditate in a charming natural setting

If you are aware of the benefits of meditation then you know it can be a very powerful tool to reach a state of complete relaxation. Meditation quiets your mind, relaxes your body and brings your mind, body and soul into alignment. Besides, when you add the soothing power of nature’s beauty you are bound to have a profoundly relaxing experience.

Treat yourself with a day at the Spa

A little pampering is something we all need, every once in a while, and when is the perfect time to do this if not when going on vacation? A day at the Spa is one of the perfect relaxing things to do in San Diego to let go of any stress or negative feelings for a state of deep relaxation. A spa experience can have many beneficial effects:

  • improves sleep quality
  • relieves muscle and joint pain
  • improves circulation and helps prevent varicose veins
  • helps your body eliminate toxins
  • releases built-up stress
  • helps with weight loss

Now do you see why San Diego hosts nearly 35.1 million visitors each year? Now do you see why approximately 1.4 million people call this city home? 

From a morning walk on a local beach to a day at the spa, you don’t have to look far for things to do on your next San Diego vacation. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can find a place to relax and enjoy your surroundings. 

When you combine all the activities above with enjoyable weather year round, you’ll find it difficult to leave “America’s Finest City” at the end of your trip.  

And should that be the case, it may be time to look into moving to San Diego. There are single family homes, condos, and townhouses for sale in and around the city. By making a purchase, you’ll be able to enjoy the area day after day—and that should put a smile on your face. 

Hopefully, this brief guide will come in handy when looking for places to relax in San Diego for having that peaceful getaway.

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