Camping in La Jolla

La Jolla Camping

Though there is no shortage of great things to do in San Diego, it is always hard to beat the fun you can have simply enjoying nature, friends, food, and family by taking a camping trip. You do not need to go deep into the mountains to have a great camping trip, but for those who have not been camping before it can be confusing to know where to go and what to do: What should I bring? Is it legal to camp on the beach in San Diego? Is there La Jolla Indian reservation camping still available? How do I start a fire?

 Well, don’t worry – here we will go over some of the best ways and places to camp in the La Jolla area.

The Best Campgrounds Near La Jolla

 You might think that La Jolla camping options are limited; after all, La Jolla is part of a major urban area, so why should there be good La Jolla camping grounds? The answer is that the natural beauty in and around San Diego has made it economically feasible for property owners and even government agencies to keep many local areas reserved for La Jolla camping sites. 

La Jolla Indian Campground 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you are asking yourself “Is there camping near me?” you should really be asking yourself questions more along the lines of “What is there to do at La Jolla Indian Reservation?” or “Can you fish at La Jolla Indian Campground?” To answer the first question first, there are too many things to do at La Jolla Indian reservation camping to possibly list. That said, some of the most popular activities are campfires, river tubing, hiking, biking, swimming, and even the longest zip line of its kind in California! The second question people frequently have is about fishing. Not only can you fish, but the fishing is great, especially for panfish, carp, and catfish. La Jolla reservation camping really is a little-known gem.

Santa Fe Park RV Resort

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you have (or rent) an RV and are looking for things to do in North County San Diego, then Santa Fe Park RV Resort is for you. Aside from being close to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and miles of gorgeous beaches, the park itself has almost any amenity that you could think of. They have concrete parking pads, 20 and 30 amp electrical services, and even free satellite TV. The grounds offer everything you would expect a good campground to have – things like picnic tables, barbecues, etc.

La Jolla Shores Park 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ready for a bonfire San Diego? La Jolla Shores Park has six bonfire pits; however, six is not as many as it sounds. These are incredibly popular so if you want to claim a spot (especially on the weekends), be sure to start camping in La Jolla CA early. If you are interested in La Jolla beach camping, it is also worth remembering to bring some charcoal and hotdogs. There are barbecues in the grass near the beach, but be sure to keep your barbecue on the grassy part (barbecuing on the beach itself is not allowed). Also, if you have any furry friends you would like to tag along, they are welcome to be on the beach, but only after 6:00 p.m.

  • La Jolla Shores Park contact information: The beach does not have a phone number, address, or hours; however, if you have questions or concerns, you can contact San Diego LifeGuard Services at (619) 221-8899.

Campland on the Bay

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It does not matter if you are interested in La Jolla beach camping, La Jolla RV camping, or any other type of camping near La Jolla CA, Campland on the Bay needs to be on your shortlist. Aside from the fact that it was voted the best place to camp in the 2019 San Diego City Beat readers’ poll… and the fact that USA Today named it one of the ten best urban campgrounds… and the fact that TravelAwaits named it one of the top five campgrounds of 2020, this campground is just plain old fun. It has every amenity you could imagine: a swimming pool, game room, campfires, basketball court, RV hookups, boat rentals, laundry facilities, and even a skate park. In fact, if there is one complaint that could be leveled against Campland on the Bay, it would simply be that there are so many amenities that it does not even really feel like camping. If you are the kind of person who likes to “rough it” then you will probably want to look elsewhere; however, if you are just looking for a fun and easy camping trip, then this just might be the place for you.

Other Beach Camping Options Available in San Diego

Mission Bay RV Resort

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This RV park overlooks scenic De Anza Cove on the Mission Bay. Aside from the cool calm waters of the cove, visitors will have access to everything you would expect to find at a top-notch RV park: showers, laundry facilities, restrooms, and full electric hook-ups. The sites in the RV park are enormous. They can easily accommodate RVs up to 45 feet long, and even if you do not need all that room, you still get the benefit of all the extra space.

South Carlsbad State Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to get a spot at the campgrounds here, you will need to book far in advance, especially during the summer months. The grounds are located on a bluff above the beach that is eroding away. This means that it is a fantastic location with great views, but it also means that the site will not be here forever. Because it is a state park, you can get free access during the day and there is even a free parking lot just south of the beach. You will, however, have to pay a small fee to camp. There are only about 200 campsites available, so you can expect to have to plan far ahead to get a spot reserved. Once there, though, there is no end to the fun. The site boasts camping, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. There are also premade fire pits, a small store, showers, and even lifeguards. The only downsides to this site are the narrow stairways down to the beach and the fact that dogs are not permitted on the beach itself.

San Elijo State Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Here is another state-run park and campground with most of the amenities you would find at a commercial RV park. There is also a day-use parking area north of the beach; however, there is a parking fee to use it. The beach itself is used primarily by surfers, and there is even a surfing statue that locals call the “Cardiff Kook” that has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in and of itself. You will almost always find the statue dressed up or decorated in one way, shape, or form. One of the reasons it is so popular with surfers is that the surf can get rough, and this, combined with the frequent rip tides, means that only very experienced swimmers should venture into the surf for a swim. The campground has restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and a store. Just like at South Carlsbad, however, dogs are not permitted on the beach area. There is also a Mexican restaurant on the grounds so that you can grab a delicious bite to eat without even having to move your RV.

Silver Strand State Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The final state beach to make the list is Silver Strand State Beach. The beach covers both sides of the Coronado Island peninsula, and there is a nature preserve south of the main entrance that is a great place to walk along the beach. While there are calm waters for swimming and boat rentals for water recreation, there are a few downsides to this site. The first is that the RV park is not much more than a paved lot. This is not the best situation imaginable if you are RV-ing, but it is absolutely a deal-breaker if you want to simply camp in a tent. The other downside is that the beach is bordered by a military base. The base rarely causes any kind of disturbance, but just be sure to keep an eye out for signs and follow any that you see. Parking and camping both cost money, but the activities on the grounds make it worth it. Aside from boating, fishing, and swimming (which you would expect at most any campground), there are also some more unique activities available such as volleyball, kiteboarding, and bonfires.

If you are looking for things to do in north county San Diego, do not forget the wonderful camping and RV sites in the area. There are tons of campgrounds and RV sites, and they each have something unique to offer. La Jolla camping is a quick and easy activity to plan that will have something fun to do for everyone. Be sure to take advantage of your proximity to the coast – it is just too much fun not to! 

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Off-roading in San Diego

Where to Go Off Roading in San Diego?

The freedom of off roading is as vast as the trail enthusiasts travel. The cloud of dust, the burst of adrenaline as your wheels veer close to a decline of a few hundred feet, and the near-vertical view of the bright, blue California sky is in the dream of every off roading traveler. 

Regardless of whether you’re going out for a day trip or to camp, there is nothing more refreshing when the dust settles as you reach the peak of your destination than the view that encompasses multiple states on the horizon. Although California is known for spectacular weather and stunning beaches, there is a complete culture of off roading in San Diego that can offer a lifetime of adventure. 

The Best Off Road Trails in San Diego

Are you looking for waterfalls or mud pits? Either way, here are the best off road trails in San Diego. Some of these trails have earned a reputation, while others are lesser-known and ripe for exploration. From beginner trails to expert adventurers, these trails are ready for you and your friends to rev your engines and experience the exciting majesty that off-roading in San Diego has to offer.  Just make sure you have a winch between you because the chances of getting stuck when navigating the dusty, natural oasis found within these trails is fairly high, regardless of your expertise. 

Otay Mountain Truck Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Otay Mountain Truck Trail is one of the more popular trails to go 4 wheeling in San Diego, as it is a well-maintained beginner’s track. Yet, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its fair share of obstacles. The coolest thing about this trail is that you can see Lyons Peak, Jamul Mountains, Tecate Peak, and Mexico throughout your adventure. There are great sunset views, too, if you’re there at the right time of day. 

Proctor Valley Road Trail

The Proctor Valley Road Trail is one of the best Jeep trails in San Diego due to its rugged terrain. In addition to off roading, bike riders, hikers, and runners use this 7.9 mile-trail. Off roaders like it because it offers a view of beautiful vegetation and flowers in the spring. The track isn’t too long, leaving you with plenty of the day to visit the Jamul Casino or find another trail. (NOTE: The Proctor Valley Road Trail is reportedly closed as of March 2021.)

Palomar Divide Road

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Palomar Divide Road is one of the longest unpaved off roading trails in San Diego County. Throughout your journey, you will trek up to High Point Lookout in Cleveland National Forest, witnessing one-of-a-kind views from Lake Henshaw and Dodge Valley. Commenters on trail review websites regularly mention the views (using adjectives ranging from “nice” to “great.”) Off roaders choose Palomar Divide Road over other OHV trails in San Diego due to its length and beautiful scenery. This trail is 25.1 miles and moderately trafficked, which makes it relatively safe for adventurers.

Smugglers Cave Trail

Smugglers Cove Trail, located in Jacumba, provides a fairly easy ride for the first stretch of dirt road. This road turns into a single track trail area where you will encounter terrain more suited for 4×4 vehicles. Oh yeah–and there is also a cave at the end! Besides the cave and iconically scenic views, you will likely interact with some humongous boulders, as you might expect while off roading in San Diego. If your 4×4 is a pickup truck, it might be a good idea to have a cover to protect the bed between the boulders and the caves to avoid flying rocks or debris. (Here is a great guide to picking truck bed covers to help you get the right shield for your vehicle.) 

Corral Canyon OHV Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Corral Canyon OHV Trail is another one of the more popular ATV parks in San Diego. Besides off roading, you’ll probably find a lot of ATV enthusiasts having fun at this location. For off roading, Corral Canyon offers 13.8 miles of mudding, with moderate clearance. If you’re looking for an adventure-packed medium trail this is a great place to visit. However, when the area experiences rainy weather conditions, the park will close. Just make sure to check if the trail is open before you dive out there.

Anderson Truck Trail

The Anderson Truck Trail in Alpine is far from a one-trip wonder. This option for off road trails in San Diego offers an array of unique views of the El Capitan Reservoir, complete with winding, open paths and plenty of side paths to explore.  Although, for either hiker or off road enthusiast, this trail is rated difficult. Therefore, it is a good idea to earn some experience points before getting this 7.5 miles of lightly trafficked trail underway.

Wagon Creek Falls

Wagon Creek Falls is another great place for ATV riding in San Diego, but it is also great for going off roading. This trail is a little over 12 miles with plenty of scenic mountain views and a waterfall along the way. If you are not that experienced going off roading in San Diego or do not have a vehicle you are sure can traverse steep bouldering, you might want to consider hiking the end. Either way, though, this trail is sure to provide an exhilarating adventure. 

Thomas Mountain Road

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Thomas Mountain Road is another one of the many excellent ATV parks in San Diego, with the addition of camping and breathtaking sunset views. The trail is easy and family-friendly. So, it is also a fun place to camp out or just spend the day off roading. 

Bear Valley Road

Bear Valley Road is another great one of the many off road trails in San Diego. The 12.6 mile-road is sprawling with majestic views of Bear Valley and Cottonwood Valley lining the horizon. Plus, there are plenty of wildflowers along the trail to enjoy in the spring and summer. Off roaders can enjoy this trail, regardless of expertise. However, you want to avoid this trail during bad weather as it can quickly become wet when the road gets wet.

Bee Canyon Truck Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bee Canyon Truck Trail is for the moderately experienced off roading explorer, as the terrain of the 15.5-mile trail can be tricky to navigate. Yet, if you brave this moderately trafficked San Diego OHV trail, you will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and a unique bird-watching experience. 

Sugarpine Mountain OHV Trail

Sugarpine Mountain OHV Trail is a fantastic place to go dirt bike riding in San Diego, along with 4-wheeling and off roading. This 17.6-mile trail is moderately trafficked and accessible all year round. In addition to the main trail, there are also plenty of other trails connected to it, which wind around Silverwood Lake’s perimeter.

Bonita Cove Park

Bonita Cove Park is a gorgeous 11.7-mile loop that offers access to waterways and islets that add to your trip’s adventure. Additionally, this trail is close to the Fiesta Island Trail, making it easy for you to finish one and experience the other all in one trip.

Cedar Creek Road

Cedar Creek Road is getting another lease on life as an adventure spot for explorers. A few years ago, this trail was closed due to a bad fire. Fortunately, in October 2020, the  5.2-mile course was deemed safe to reopen for anyone wishing to go off-roading, walk, hike, or bike. This trail is also a popular spot for nature buffs as the road leads you to the majestic waterfall at Cedar Creek Falls.

Black Mountain Truck Trail

The Black Mountain Truck Trail is another one of the beautiful off road trails in San Diego. This trail is 14.1 miles, with stunning scenery that visitors enjoy all year long, along with wildflowers that sprout in the spring and summer months. This OHV trail is moderately challenging, and don’t forget to check before visiting Black Mountain Truck Trial due to the possibility of seasonal closures.

Boulder Creek Road

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Boulder Creek Road is just southwest of Julian, offering visitors an easy-going off roading experience at most 21 miles long. This trail is great if you are just starting on your off roading adventures or want a gorgeous area to take the family. There are also fantastic mountain views and an easy path, with one trailhead leading to 3 Sisters Falls.  

Double Peak

If you’re looking to get a moderate, steep challenge from off road trails in San Diego, you should visit Double Peak. While this is a great spot for seeing nature and bird watching, it is also a fairly challenging 3.9-mile trail. Another interesting thing about this particular trial is that both dogs (leashed) and horses can go on the trail. Therefore, if you are off roading, be aware that there could be hikers and animals traveling your same route.

Fiesta Island

This trail just sounds like a good time, and even though this is a paved trail, Fiesta Island is a great place to take a ride.  This trail is a family-friendly, wheelchair accessible, heavily trafficked loop of only 4.1 miles, perfect for all experience levels.

Upper Coyote Canyon Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Upper Coyote Canyon Trail is not for beginners. This 17-mile trail has light traffic but difficult terrain. While there are many different scenic views throughout the trail, the rocky, narrow, and often steep passages make it difficult to traverse. Regardless of your experience level or which trail you choose, travelers will be in for a real treat, destined to experience some of the best views in San Diego along their journey. 

Conclusion

Whether you seek adventure and difficult terrain or waterfalls and other amazing sources of California’s finest natural beauty, these trails are perfect for both off roading or walking; as nature enthusiasts count these trails as also being some of the best hikes in San Diego! So, whether you are traveling on four wheels, on foot, or a little bit of both, make sure you check out some (or all) of these spectacular off road trails in San Diego.

San Diego beach in August

San Diego Weather in August

There are many benefits of living in or visiting San Diego, including the comfortable weather year-round. However, some months are better than others in regards to the weather, and August is somewhere near the top of that list.

What Is The Weather Like in San Diego in August?

Unlike most major cities, San Diego is comprised of several unique microclimates. This includes:

  • Desert
  • Mountains
  • Inland valleys
  • Coastal regions

When deciding which part of San Diego to visit, it’s critical to understand the weather patterns associated with each microclimate. Most visitors are interested in the coastal region’s weather, as this is where the San Diego International Airport and many of the city’s top resorts are located.

With that in mind, let’s review some basic statistics associated with San Diego weather in August:

  • Average temperature (high/low): 77°F/67°F
  • Rainfall: 0.39 inches
  • Daylight: 13.5 hours
  • Days of sunshine: 70%
  • Ocean temperature (high/low): 69°F/66.2°F

Below, we go into greater detail regarding these data points, among others.

Is August a Good Time to Visit San Diego?

There are many reasons why August is a good time to visit San Diego, including the following:

  • Temperatures in the coastal region are typically in the high 70s, which is comfortable for most activities. 
  • Rainfall is at a minimum, so you don’t have to worry about precipitation keeping you indoors.
  • Sunshine is plentiful, which is just what you need to enjoy the outdoors.

How Hot is San Diego in August?

As noted above, San Diego temperatures vary based on where you are in the region. If you’re visiting the coast, you can expect average high temperatures of 77°F and lows of 67°F. 

However, as you move further east toward the desert, it’s not uncommon to experience highs around 100°F. 

San Diego Average Temperature in August

With the average high hovering around 77°F, it’s warm enough to spend all day outdoors and cool enough to do so in comfort. Even during the evening and nighttime hours, temperatures very rarely dip below the high 60s.

San Diego weather in August is perfect for dining outdoors, spending the day at a local beach, or hitting a local bicycle trail.

San Diego Humidity in August

The relative humidity in August generally peaks at 80 percent during the morning hours, with it reversing course as the day goes by. By the early afternoon, humidity levels drop to 60 to 65 percent.

With humidity at its highest during the morning hours, you may want to put off outdoor activities until later in the day. 

San Diego Sunshine in August

It may not be sunny all day, every day, but you can expect to soak up the rays at least 70 percent of the time.  When the sun is shining brightly above, there’s no limit as to what you can do during the month of August. 

San Diego Wind in August

When it comes to the average San Diego weather in August, don’t overlook wind speed. In August, there’s generally a constant wind throughout the area. On average, wind speed ranges from 0.1 miles per hour of 5.9 miles per hour. 

During the morning hours when humidity is high, a little bit of wind makes it much more tolerable. 

San Diego Rainfall in August

San Diego is known for a lot of things, but wet weather isn’t one of them. Over the course of the year, there’s an average of 61.8 rainfall days. And on those days, an average of 8.7 inches of rain is accumulated.

August is one of the driest months of the year, with less than an inch of rain falling. So, does it rain in August in California? Yes, it does, but not very often in San Diego. 

San Diego Clouds in August

You can’t talk about the weather in San Diego in August without mentioning cloud cover. In August, you can expect constant cloud cover, with some days overcast from start to finish.

Many days start out with heavy cloud cover in the morning, giving way to party cloud skies in the afternoon and evening hours. 

San Diego Ocean Temperature in August

The average high ocean temperature in August is 69°F. While that’s not the warmest ocean temperature you’ll find in California, it’s still reasonable. Can you swim in San Diego in August? It all depends on your tolerance for cold water.  At 69°F, you can expect a bit of a chill. However, once you settle in, you’ll come to enjoy it. 

Popular water activities in San Diego in August include:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing 

Tip: most of the resorts in San Diego have heated pools, ensuring that the temperature is higher than the ocean. 

San Diego Daylight in August

With an average of 13.5 hours of daylight per day in August, there’s plenty of time to spend outdoors. Starting early in the morning, you can visit the beach for a jog, swim, or to watch the sunrise.

As the evening hours set in, consider booking reservations at an outdoor restaurant. If you time it right, you’ll arrive when it’s light outside and finish after the sun has gone down.

What is there to do in San Diego in August?

A better question is this: what isn’t there to do in San Diego in August? In addition to spending a lot of time outdoors—such as swimming in the ocean and bicycling—there are plenty of indoor activities to consider. 

For example, you can visit one of the many local museums. Or maybe you want to stop by some of the many local shops in and around the city. The temperature in San Diego in August makes it possible to do a little bit of everything, regardless of the day.

What Should I Wear in San Diego in August?

Most of the time, shorts and a t-shirt are just fine. And of course, when visiting the beach, you’ll want to wear your bathing suit. For the cooler morning and evening hours, pants and/or a long sleeve shirt are helpful.  Tip: don’t forget your sunglasses!

Final Thoughts

San Diego California weather in August is just about as good as it gets. It’s not too cool and not too hot. Furthermore, there’s little rain and the winds are generally calm. If you’re seeking a great place to visit in August, America’s Finest City will suit you well!

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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San Diego beach in July

San Diego Weather in July

It’s no secret, Southern California has some of the best weather in the world. San Diego is known as quite possibly the place with the best weather in the area. The summer offers warm, sunny weather that is great for outdoor activities, warm date nights, and plenty of beaches where you can swim or lay out on the sand. With clear skies and some of the most vibrant days around, there is little to complain about when it comes to San Diego weather in July.

What is the Weather in San Diego Like?

The hot days encourage swimming and the warm nights are perfect for eating on an outdoor patio. If the weather wasn’t good enough for you year-round, the July weather in San Diego is near-perfect. It is beautiful out every month of the year in San Diego, but if you’re thinking about visiting the city July is one of the best times of year to do it. You won’t just have many fun things to do, the weather will be gorgeous for your trip. Here is a full rundown of the average weather in San Diego in July.

Is July a Good Time to Visit San Diego?

July is perhaps the best time to visit the city of San Diego. Not only are there so many activities to do, beaches to visit, restaurants to enjoy, and bars to drink at. During the summer the city becomes vibrant, with a laid-back atmosphere that is perfect for vacations, spending time on the beach, and relaxing in the sun with a cocktail. When you want to take a trip to the city of San Diego, you also have all the things to do in north county San Diego where you can visit the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, the upscale neighborhood of La Jolla, and much more.

How Hot is San Diego in July?

While it can get hot in San Diego, the average temperature is moderate. It is warm year-round, but it doesn’t get that hot comparatively to the desert. It is rarely ever cold, but it stays at a moderate and warm temperature during the summer. While it can get quite hot on summer days, you won’t have to worry about it being consistently unbearable in San Diego. When people said that the city has the best weather in the country, they mean it. It rarely gets too hot or too cold. The weather for San Diego in July is simply lovely.

Temperature in July

The average weather in San Diego in July is a high temperature of 76 degrees. While it can be hotter or colder, this is a very reasonable high for the middle of summer. On the other hand, the low temperature is 66 degrees. When you’re asking how hot is San Diego in July? You’ll be surprised how moderate it is. Every day in summer is warm, providing sunny days and cool nights to do all kinds of activities. You’ll be able to do whatever you want outdoors in San Diego during July.

Humidity in July

San Diego in July has a humidity of 82 percent in the morning on average and 64 percent by the early afternoon. If you want to avoid the humidity, you should wait to do your activities like going to the zoo in the afternoon, when the sun burns off the moisture in the air. Since July is the most humid time of year in San Diego, you might encounter some muggy mornings but it usually burns off when the sun is at its peak. While the humidity can be high in July, the temperature isn’t typically hot enough to make it uncomfortable.

Sunshine in July

July is the sunniest month of the year in the city of San Diego. With 300 hours of sunshine, this makes July the best month to vacation in the city. There are 26 days of sun during the month, providing many opportunities to spend time at the beach, out on the water, at the San Diego Zoo, or eating lunch on a beautiful patio. San Diego provides an endless array of awesome things to do. You probably won’t have to worry about the weather on any stay in the city, but especially when you visit in July.

Wind in July

As for the wind, it is nearly constant in July. The wind remains within 0.1 miles per hour of just over six miles per hour. The winds in San Diego aren’t erratic. There can be a coastal breeze of course, but it won’t be enough to ruin your plans. You might want to avoid eating outside on windy days, but overall the hourly wind doesn’t change.

Rainfall in July

There is never much rain during San Diego weather in July. With just about zero rainfall during the month, the city receives 0.03 inches of precipitation one in every four years. When you’re visiting San Diego in July, you won’t have to worry about rain. You’ll be able to do whatever you want outdoors. Whether you want to go for a hike, hit up the Wild Animal Park, go fishing, or lay out at the beach, you won’t have to worry about rain.

Clouds in July

There is, however, a lot of cloud coverage in July. San Diego experiences clouds 12 percent of the month. Having said that, most of the cloud coverage that comes in from the ocean occurs in the morning before the sun burns it off. This is commonly referred to as “the marine layer.” Even when it is cloudy, most of the time it is only part of the day. Keep this in mind for brunch, when you want it to be sunny while you’re having mimosas.

Ocean Temperature in July

While the ocean in California is known for being surprisingly cold, in July the water along the Southern coast is about 68 degrees. You should keep this in mind when you’re planning on going swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. You’ll have the best time when the sun is out and the air is warm. It provides a nice contrast where the water will cool you down as you get out in the ocean.

Daylight in July

One of the best parts of San Diego in July is that there are nearly fourteen hours of daylight at the month’s peak. This large amount of sun provides many hours to do activities outdoors. Combining the sunlight with the great weather and wide variety of things to do in San Diego, July is a great time to visit.

San Diego is an amazing city all the time, but when the weather is at its best you can take advantage of all the things the city has to offer. It is known for the outdoors. With fantastic beaches, places to hike, a world famous zoo, and much more, San Diego is the perfect place to have a warm, sun-soaked vacation. With near-perfect weather in July, there’s no doubt that you will love a stay in San Diego.

 

About the author: A former resident of San Diego, Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and travel blogger who has written for The Slovenia Times, Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and many more.

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Bioluminescence in San Diego

Bioluminescence in San Diego

Imagine how cool it would look if someone emptied out a million glow sticks into a swimming pool. Now imagine that a mad scientist found a way to make the glow sticks inactive until the water was disturbed – in other words, the water would look like normal water until something moved it. Drop a penny in the pool, and it will glow like a comet all the way to the bottom. Well, nature is better than even the maddest scientist out there, and has, over the course of millions of years, cooked-up a natural phenomenon just like the spectacle described above… but on steroids and sprinkled with fairy dust.

The Bioluminescent Waves & Beaches in San Diego

A bioluminescent beach in San Diego, La Jolla
A bioluminescent beach in La Jolla. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

These natural phenomena are called bioluminescent waves, and if seeing these waves in person is not on your bucket list then you either do not know what they are or you are more boring than Ben Stein giving a lecture about the impact stamp collecting has on liquidity in the municipal bond market. Fortunately, you do not need to travel the world over to experience this awe-inspiring site for yourself because it is right in your own backyard. It is not that hard to find a bioluminescent beach in San Diego.

What Is Bioluminescence in San Diego?

Chances are, that even if you have never been to a bioluminescent beach in San Diego, you are already familiar with at least one bioluminescent phenomenon: fireflies. Bioluminescence simply refers to any organism that produces light. There are many different organisms that are capable of bioluminescence, and they can be quite different from one another – for instance, the bioluminescent plankton in San Diego are entirely different from the bioluminescence of fireflies. People travel the world to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon, but the chances are that there is a bioluminescent beach in San Diego near you right now. Before we get into that, however, let’s start with the basics.

What Is a Natural Phenomena 

First, the grammar nerd in me is just screaming to point out that, even though most people say “a natural phenomena,” it should actually be “a natural phenomenon” because “phenomena” is the plural form of “phenomenon.” Okay, I feel better now that I got that out there. In any event, regardless of how you choose to say it, there is still the question of what exactly natural phenomena are.

The dictionary definition is that a phenomenon is simply something that can be seen, heard, felt, etc.; however, in practice, it usually means something that is exceptional or unusual that can be seen, heard, felt, etc. So natural phenomena are simply things that occur in nature that are interesting and exceptional – think a solar eclipse, a cicada emergence, or a tornado.

Is There Still Bioluminescence in San Diego?

The short answer is “it depends.” The presence of bioluminescent algae in San Diego can change drastically from even one day to the next, but they are most common during the spring and summer months. To get an exact answer as to if you can see them right now, your best bet is to look at resources that are updated from one minute to the next. Places like Reddit, news outlets, Facebook, and surf cams are all good bets. Another resource that might be helpful is UC San Diego’s Scripps Institute. They study red tides (which cause bioluminescent waves) and are even working on a forecasting tool so that soon they will be able to predict when the next one will be near you.

 Where to See Bioluminescence in San Diego?

When the San Diego bioluminescent waves are in town, you can likely see them along most of the coast. That said, the best place to see bioluminescence in San Diego is at a beach with as little man-made light as possible. The darker out it is, the better you will be able to see the bioluminescent lights San Diego style. Some good spots would include Torrey Pines, State Beach, Sunset Cliffs, and Solana Beach in San Diego’s North County.

If you would like to learn more about the beaches near you, these links have oodles of information that will help you figure out just where exactly you would like to have your mind blown: La Jolla beaches, Del Mar beaches, Coronado beaches, and Mission beaches.

Bioluminescent waves in San Diego
Bioluminescent waves in San Diego. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

Are Bioluminescent Algae Still in San Diego?

Well, the fact is that there are always some bioluminescent algae in San Diego – it is just that there are not usually enough to put on a show. The kind of algae we want are called dinoflagellates, and, just like all plankton, they are much happier when there is plenty of food and nutrients around for them to gobble up. The nutrients they like can come from currents, upwellings, storms, and even man-made waste.

When the algae find a source of food, they reproduce like bunny rabbits. Their numbers increase so rapidly that they frequently turn the water a reddish color, and for this reason when their population explodes people call it a “red tide.” There are a number of websites that track the water quality of local beaches, and these will tell you if there is a red tide in the area. If there is a red tide, the odds of finding bioluminescence in San Diego go through the roof.

What Is the Best Time to See Bioluminescence in San Diego?

The spring and summer months are the times when it is most likely that you will be able to see bioluminescent waves in San Diego. Bioluminescent algae like warm water, so if you want the very best chance possible, shoot for late summer.

How Long Does Bioluminescence Last in San Diego? 

The length of time the bioluminescent algae in San Diego stick around depends on how long the nutrients they like to munch on last, which, depending on their source, can be anywhere from a week to a month or more. 

How Often Does Bioluminescence Occur in San Diego?

Bioluminescence in San Diego usually happens once every few years. There have been times, however, when bioluminescence in San Diego has happened in sequential years. Though this used to be a rare occurrence, the odds of it happening are actually increasing quite rapidly because of climate change. It is kind of like the consolation prize we humans get for doing such a great job of ruining our atmosphere.  

Bioluminescence is a natural phenomena in San Diego
Bioluminescence is one of many natural phenomena in San Diego. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

A Few Tips

While it is almost impossible to not have a jaw-droppingly memorable experience if you get a chance to witness bioluminescence in San Diego, there are a few things that you will want to consider before heading out. Chief among these is safety. Remember that you are going to purposely try and find beaches that are dark and isolated. 

To make sure that you know where you are going, it is a really good idea to scout out the area you plan on visiting ahead of time in the daylight. Many of the paths along the shore with the best views also just happen to be terrifyingly close to cliffs and bluffs. Just because you put seeing bioluminescence in San Diego on your bucket list, that does not mean that you want to kick the bucket right after you see it! Scouting the area will also help you get to know the best route to take so that you do not get lost.

Assuming you figure out where you are going and how to safely get there, you will almost certainly want to take pictures. I mean, let’s be honest – if you are going to go around telling people you saw the ocean come alive, sparkle, and turn neon blue in the middle of the night, you will probably want proof. 

To get a good picture, you will need to do better than just using the standard settings on your phone. While almost any bioluminescent beach in San Diego is likely to be absolutely spectacular in person, the amount of light that the bioluminescent waves put out is less than your phone is meant to capture. Ideally, you will be able to bring along a standalone digital camera, but whatever you use to take the pictures, the key will be to use a longer-than-normal exposure time. This will allow the camera to collect enough light to truly showcase the beauty of the bioluminescent waves. Just be sure to keep your camera as still as possible because the longer exposure time makes it very easy to get a blurry picture if your camera moves even the slightest bit.

Bioluminescent waves in San Diego are the kind of natural phenomena that people spend thousands of dollars and travel the world to see, so don’t under-appreciate just how lucky you are to get the chance to visit a bioluminescent beach in San Diego. Take your time and soak it in. It is a spectacle that will not only leave you in awe of its beauty, but will also remind you just how amazing this world we live on truly is – and that is something we could all use.

About the author: Ethan Margolis is an academic research librarian and freelance author. He is also a lifelong musician who loves writing and playing all types of music, and especially enjoys the classical guitar.

Photo credit: The beautiful photos of San Diego bioluminescence, including the banner photo, on this page are from local photographer Jeff Bommarito. Check out his website at BommaritoArt.com.

Fishing in San Diego

San Diego Fishing

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish and they go to San Diego where the fishing is always good. That is because when you teach a person to fish, you also teach them about the best places to do it. California enjoys an embarrassment of riches when it comes to world class fishing locations. San Diego boasts some of the best places in a state full of the best places to fish. 

What makes a place good for fishing? Here are a few things to look for:

  • Access to a lot of water
  • Favorable laws for hobbyists
  • Sound regulations for environmental protection
  • An active and vibrant community of like minded people
  • A strong and supportive ecosystem

If you narrow your focus to this handful of items, you will see why San Diego volts to the top of the list of great fishing locations. San Diego fishing is not just a passing fad. People have been fishing in San Diego for ages. In fact, San Diego is one of the world’s premier fishing destinations. 

Yellowtail fishing in La Jolla
Boat fishing in La Jolla can yield yellowtail. IG photo by @slayerangler

Your Full Guide to Fishing in San Diego

In this guide to fishing in San Diego, we will be exploring the best places to fish and the kind of fish you can expect to catch. You will also learn about licensing and even deep sea fishing in San Diego. When you are done reading this guide, you will be ready to pick up a San Diego fishing report along with your gear of choice. 

One of the best things about fishing is how it tends to bring families together. Fishing is great as a solitary experience. But it is amazing when shared with family and friends. Getting outside is a good thing. And learning about nature and appreciating its diversity and splendor is even better. So before you pack up the vehicle and put on your favorite fishing hat, here are a few things you need to know:

Fishing America’s Finest City: Is Fishing Good in San Diego?

Is this a good time for fishing San Diego’s waters? The good news is that no matter when you read this the answer is yes, it is an excellent time for fishing San Diego! One of the reasons for this is the year-round perfect fishing weather. The weather in La Jolla ranges anywhere from mid 60s to high 70s with a handful of exceptions on either end. Weather like this is not only good for the fish, it is good for the person doing the fishing. 

The thing to remember is that fishing is not just a singular event. It can take all day, or several days. A fishing trip consists of more than the time spent angling. It consists of beer runs, or coffee runs if you prefer. You also have to find something to eat during the day. Everyone in the family will need to use the facilities while out fishing. So make sure there are some facilities nearby. There is a whole infrastructure required for a good day (or week) of fishing. San Diego has that infrastructure in spades. With that in mind, here are some of the places to go for the best fishing in the area:

Where to Go Fishing in San Diego

Where can I go fishing in San Diego? This is a common question. It is one thing to know that San Diego is great for fishing, and quite another to know all the great San Diego fishing spots. The best fishing areas in San Diego is a rather subjective call. It depends on what kind of fish you are after. Pier fishing San Diego spots are a good alternative to a deep sea adventure. Searching for fishing near me will surface places to go for the more casual angler. Here are a few locations to check out:

You will find that all of the major San Diego neighborhoods are never far from great fishing. 

Fishing in Diamond Valley Lake
Bass fishing in San Diego’s Diamond Valley Lake. IG photo by @bass_brosfishing

Fresh-Water Fishing in San Diego

For fresh water fishing, try the following:

Diamond Valley Lake

Don’t be frightened off by word of an algae bloom clogging the lake. The cleanup went very well and the area is good for fishing. Bass fishing is good at DVL year-round. 

Chollas Lake

This spot is interesting because it is a kids only fishing spot. They define kids as 15 and under. While exact numbers are not known, this lake is stocked with trout. 1/2 pound is the average weight of each fish. 

Dixon Lake

This is a good choice for catfish and bass lovers. When the water is colder, go for trout. Because the water is clear, you will have to fish more tactically. If the fish can see you, they will be harder to catch. Shad is their meal of choice so stock your bait box accordingly. Dixon boasts another feature worth mentioning: You don’t require a license to fish there. 

When it comes to fresh-water fishing, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to explore. 

Saltwater Fishing in San Diego

Beyond the lakes, there is plenty of fishing to be found. Here are a few examples associated with key neighborhoods and communities:

La Jolla

You don’t need another good reason to visit La Jolla. But if you need just a little more convincing, the fishing should be reason enough. If you like halibut, yellowtail, barracuda, lingcod, and calico bass, La Jolla is your place to be. What’s that? I had you at halibut? That’s good to know. Because this isn’t the only San Diego spot to get it. The kelp line is equally generous as the shore line when it comes to giving up fish to the hungry angler. You can cast your line from a motor boat, canoe, or your own two feet planted firmly on mother earth. Either way, you probably won’t go home empty handed.

San Diego Bay

No one who has seen it denies the scope and grandeur of San Diego Bay. Shore fishing San Diego Bay is fishing nirvana for angling from land or boat. Of the 12 miles of shore, there are no bad spots. The catch of the day could be any of a large variety of species. Try Shelter Island and the Cays for something a little different. The Bay is a great place to find bonefish, spotted bay bass, and of course Halibut. 

 San Clemente and Catalina Islands

Why would you need to bother with the islands when there is so much bountiful shore? Tuna. It is not the chicken of the sea. It is the filet mignon stuffed with caviar topped with truffles of the sea. Perhaps you had tuna last night and have your heart set on a giant yellowtail. Either way, the decadent delights of the deep await.

Drop your line in the drink and it is likely one of the premier, San Diego fishing spots. Tuna fishing San Diego islands is as satisfying whether or not you catch your limit. Where can you fish in San Diego? If there is not a faucet attached to it, you can probably fish in it. Check the signs just to be on the safe side.

What Fish Are in Season in San Diego?

Check the San Diego fishing report or San Diego fishing calendar to know what is in season when you get there. Here is a quick look:

  • Year-round: rock cod, rockfish, yellowtail
  • Spring: blue fin, bonito, calico bass, halibut, wahoo, swordfish, white sea bass
  • Summer: barracuda, durado, marlin, 

There are no fish exclusive to the fall season. But some of the summer fish start in late summer just as some of the spring fish start in late spring. Because there is so little change in the weather from one month to the next, the fishing is relatively consistent all year. There is never a bad time to visit San Diego for fishing. It is always fishing season in San Diego.

Do You  Need a Fishing License in San Diego?

You will definitely need a California fishing license for many of the best spots. But there are still plenty of free fishing San Diego locations if you just want to give it a try without committing too much investment up front. You do not need a license when fishing from any one of the 7 public peers. Licensees must be a minimum of 16 years old. 

  • A sport fishing license for residents is $52.66 and $142.05 for non-residents.
  • It is $7.98 for disabled vets, recovering service members, and low-income seniors. 
  • The license is free for low income Native Americans and people with various types of disability including visual, mobile, and developmental.

There is a 10-day sport fishing license for non- residents costing $52.66. That is the same amount for the annual resident license. You can also get licenses for one or two days at $17.02 and $26.49 respectively. 

How Much it Costs to Go on a Fishing Trip

Deep sea fishing charter out of San Diego
Deep sea fishing charter out of San Diego. IG photo by @tisvlad

You are going to love deep sea fishing in San Diego. A guided fishing trip is great fun for the whole family. Your deep sea charter could last anywhere from three hours to three weeks. You can turn it into a full-blown cruise vacation replete with 5-star meals and lavish accommodations. Prices run the gamut from reasonable to REALLY? 

You can do a day trip off the Coronado Islands for as little as $5,000 for up to 60 people. That’s less than $85 per person. Obviously, the bigger the party, the better the value. It’s not exactly fishing. But if you are in for some great white shark cage diving, you can find a 5-day trip for around $3,500 per person. 15 days will set you back over $5,000. 

Naturally, pricing varies depending on the charter. The long-range charters will usually require a passport. Some require half the charter fee up front. The trips are usually booked out well in advance. So be sure to plan ahead, especially for the longer trips. Usually included are meals like you have never had before. Bait and tackle is provided. Expect the crew to help you with your catch including cleaning and bagging. On the multi-day charters, be prepared to get up early for an incredible breakfast and maybe a giant tuna. Those who sleep late miss out. 

Conclusion

Teach a person to fish and they go to San Diego. Any travel agent will tell you they come from all over the globe. They come by land, sea, and air. They drive past, sail through, and fly over fertile fishing waters to get to the sand and surf of San Diego. One begins to suspect that there is something in the water. And it isn’t just the yellowtail. Come sea for yourself.

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

 

A San Diego beach in June

San Diego Weather in June

There are no shortage of questions to answer when planning a trip to San Diego. However, before you get too far ahead of yourself, there’s one important word to consider: weather. Chances are, if you’re coming to San Diego, you want to take advantage of everything San Diego has to offer, including its many outdoor activities. We typically have somewhere around 150 sunny days a year, and you probably want to be here for some of them. But what if the weather doesn’t cooperate?

What is the Weather Like in San Diego in June?

The weather is just one of the many reasons why June is one of the most popular tourism months in San Diego. During June, you can expect comfortable temperatures (between the high 50s and low 70s, typically) and dry weather, both of which lend nicely to spending as much time as possible outdoors. 

We will say that June is the most humid month of the year, but there’s not usually much rainfall in San Diego during this month.

Is June a Good Time to Visit San Diego?

In simple terms, yes, June is a good time to visit San Diego. However, there’s something you need to know: there’s no bad time to visit America’s Finest City.

No matter when you visit San Diego, there are plenty of things to do both indoors and outdoors. 

What Is June Gloom in San Diego?

You might have heard that San Diego gets more than its fair share of May Gray and June Gloom. Should you be worried? 

June Gloom is used to describe the weather in many parts of California during the late spring and early summer months. It’s characterized by cloudy and overcast skies accompanied by cooler temperatures. 

But on the plus side, even when it’s gloomy, temperatures are comfortable and rain is at a minimum. 

What is There to do in San Diego in June?

It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking fun things to do in North County or taking that special someone out for a date in the city, there’s no shortage of things to do–especially during the month of June!

Here are just a few of the many things to do and places to visit in and around San Diego:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Balboa Park
  • Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
  • San Diego beaches
  • Old Town State Historic Park

Of course, there are hundreds upon hundreds of other ideas, so keep an open mind. 

Temperature in June

While you never know what Mother Nature will bring, San Diego averages a daily maximum temperature for June between 69 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit. On the low end, the minimum temperature is generally in the 60 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit range.

Unlike the earlier months of the year, temperatures warm much more quickly in June. This allows you to start your days earlier, without as many concerns of chilly weather.

Note: the average temperature at the end of June is typically four degrees Fahrenheit warmer than at the beginning. 

The question of “How hot is San Diego in June?” doesn’t have an exact answer, but planning for daytime temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit should put you on the right track. You’ll often see locals wearing a hooded sweatshirt with shorts until July because the morning and evening hours still carry a little bit of a chill.

Humidity in June

When reviewing the weather forecast for San Diego in June, you must also take into consideration the humidity. The temperature is important, but the humidity will affect how you spend your days outdoors.

The relative humidity in June ranges between 65 and 81 percent, with an average of  73 percent. Generally, the humidity begins to fall during the middle of the day, before once again picking up during the late evening hours.

As the most humid month of the year, plan on ways to stay cool if you’re spending time outdoors in June. Even though the temperature is low, the humidity can make it feel much warmer. 

Sunshine in June

There’s no better feeling than enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day, especially in a beautiful place like San Diego.

In June, there’s an average of 14.3 daylight hours, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. 

Of these 14.3 hours, the average sunshine is 11.8 hours per day.

While there’s not as much sunshine in June as there is in July, it’s not far behind. 

Wind in June

June is the windiest month of the year in San Diego, with an average speed of 7.8 miles per hour.

While that may be the highest average of the year, it can make you more comfortable when the humidity level is at its highest. 

Tip: when the wind picks up, head for the beach with a kite in hand!

Rainfall in June

Does it rain in June in San Diego? There’s nothing more disappointing on vacation than rain. Fortunately, when you visit San Diego in June, you’re in luck. June is the month with the least rainfall, with this occurring on an average of 2.7 days. And even when it does rain, it’s not a lot. The average monthly accumulation is only 0.12″.

Clouds in June

June gloom is very real, and you’ll soon realize that if you visit San Diego in June.

On average, you can expect the sky to be clear on nine days of the month, with no more than 30 percent cloud cover.

On the other days, cloud cover is much heavier, often blocking out the sunlight entirely. 

Ocean Temperature in June

There’s a lot to do in San Diego, but spending time at the local beaches is one of the most popular activities.

San Diego beach weather in June lags slightly behind other summer months, as temperatures are generally cooler (and there are more clouds in the air).

The average ocean temperature during June is 64.6 degrees Fahrenheit. To maximize the amount of time you can spend in the water, it’s best to visit the beach during the warmest parts of the day. 

But the question everybody wants to know is: Can you swim in San Diego in June? The answer depends on your tolerance for cold water. Yes, 64.6 degrees is cold, but depending on how you dress and your chosen activity, you may be able to swim in the ocean.

Daylight in June

As noted above, there’s an average of 14.3 daylight hours per day, which lends nicely to spending a good portion of your days outdoors.

For example, you could take a walk on the beach in the morning, have lunch at Balboa Park, visit San Diego Zoo in the afternoon, and still have time to watch the sunset while you eat dinner in La Jolla. 

Final Thoughts

The typical weather in San Diego in June is appealing to those who are seeking comfortable temperatures, little rain, and above average cloud cover.

Now that you know the average weather in San Diego in June, there’s only one question left to answer: Is this the right time for you to visit?

There’s a good chance the answer is yes

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Shore Break Wave At San Diego Beach

Our Favorite San Diego Outdoor Activities

San Diego Outdoor Activities

San Diego is known as one of the most active, fit, and outdoor living communities in the whole country. When the weather is this nice all the time, who wants to stay stuck inside? Over the year's LaJolla.com has had the privilege of covering some of the best outdoor activities in all of San Diego. Take a look at our favorite articles and let us know in the comments what your favorite activity is or which ones we're missing!

San Diego in May

San Diego Weather in May

Are you looking to visit San Diego in May? Great! You couldn’t have picked a better time or a better place to visit. San Diego weather in May elicits words like privilege, pretty, perfection, and paradise. There is something for everyone with easy access to other beautiful and exciting places.

How does 70 °F sound to you? That is roughly the average weather in San Diego in May for the high. Do you enjoy the kiss of a gentle, 60 °F breeze on your morning walk? San Diego weather early May can accommodate your desires. Read on to learn more:

How is the Weather Looking in San Diego in May?

You might think the weather on an average May Day sounds too good to be true. However, May weather in San Diego California really is that good, and way too good to miss. San Diego weather in late May is just as moderate. By way of comparison, it is 69 on a late February evening. There is very little change in the temperature from the coolest to the warmest day. Trip planning could not be easier. If you are wondering if the temperature will cooperate with your vacation plans, history tells us that it will. In this case, past really is prolog. Here are some other things to keep in mind when planning your trip:

Is San Diego Warm in May?

San Diego is definitely warm in May – warm, not hot. For many, the temperature is ideal because it is cool enough to do vigorous exercise outdoors while being warm enough to do nothing at all outdoors. However, we are all still experiencing the realities of COVID. How will that affect your vacation plans?

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover that there are still plenty of things to do in San Diego during COVID. While there are still some safety restrictions in place, many have been lifted. The beaches are open for fun in the sun and waves. Eat outdoors at your favorite restaurants, or grab and go to your favorite picnic area. The vast majority of what you want to do in San Diego is outdoors. This is the perfect time to enjoy the best of what the region has to offer.

Temperature in May

Between 60 ° and 65 ° is the perfect temperature for a morning jog along the beach. If jogging is not your speed, try a bit of yoga or tai chi. Add a cup of your favorite iced coffee beverage and get the morning off to a fast start, or slow start if that’s more for you.

Not a morning person? San Diego California weather in May is just as accommodating at night. That means date night in San Diego is not limited to an evening at the movies. Whether it is romantic excursions or a romantic staycation, San Diego is the place to be. And May is the time to be there.

Humidity in May

In places like the Southeast, humidity can be a real problem. It makes the temperature feel hotter than it really is. What Arizona lacks in humidity, it makes up for in searing heat. How is the weather in San Diego in May with regard to humidity? It averages about 71%. That is nicely offset by the breeze. That means you will still enjoy all there is to do in the North county.

Wind in May

Go fly a kite. No, really. With an average wind speed of 7.9 mph, it is perfect kite-flying weather. And that is just one of the things you can do in this peaceful wind. If you would rather have the kite fly you, grab your windsurfing gear and head to the beach. One of the 5 best surfing spots in the world is located just 30 minutes north of San Diego. You really don’t have to go that far, though, to enjoy some of the best wind sports on the planet.

Rainfall in May

Your chances of rain in San Diego are diminishingly small. Long-term, historical data suggests once every 4 years, San Diego gets roughly 0.08 inches of rain. Honestly, there is no need to pack an umbrella. Make your outdoor special occasion planning with confidence that it will not be called off on account of rain.

What you will get are overcast skies. That is actually a good thing. That means you will be able to see without squinting, and walk around without unfiltered sunlight beating you down. It is a sky you can actually look at and enjoy. Hungry? Have an unforgettable breakfast at The Mission. Head to Tidal for lunch for seafood, gluten-free, vegetarian options, and more. Naturally, you will want to stop by Harney Sushi. In case of rain, you have plenty of places to go.

Ocean Temperature in May

Ocean temperature in May is about 63 °. While that is a bit chilly for swimming, you can enjoy a range of activities from stand up paddle boarding, to surfing, to jet skiing, to kayaking. The possibilities are wide open.

Daylight in May

Expect between 13.5 hours to 14 hours of daylight everyday. So go ahead and grab a full 8 hours sleep because you’re going to need it. The rest of the time is fun in the sun. And for adults, the fun doesn’t end when the daylight fades.

Conclusion: Come for the Weather, Stay for Everything Else

You might have chosen San Diego for you next vacation because of the unrelenting perfection of the weather. Once you get there, you will be tempted to check out housing prices and long-term rentals. You will come for the weather and stay for everything else. San Diego is more than a vacation spot. It is a lifestyle worth living. The weather is just the beginning of what it has to offer.

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

 

One of the best places to take pictures in San Diego

The Best Places to Take Pictures in San Diego

It doesn’t matter if you live in San Diego or are simply visiting the area, there’s one thing that never changes: the beauty that surrounds America’s Finest City.

If you’re interested in taking pictures in San Diego, you’re in luck. No matter where you turn, photo opportunities are calling your name. All you have to do is listen! 

San Diego Instagram Spots To Know About

With approximately one billion monthly active users, Instagram is by far the best place to share photos online. And for that reason, a list of the best San Diego Instagram spots is sure to come in handy. Below, we break down the best places to take pictures in San Diego, along with information to help you decide where to spend your time. 

Tip: Don’t hesitate to share your photos on other social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. 

Where Can I Take Pictures in San Diego?

The better question may be: where can’t I take pictures in San Diego?

You can get beautiful pictures of San Diego in almost every corner of the city. As long as you keep your eyes open, you’re sure to find a handful of opportunities at every stop.

Digging in a bit deeper, let’s examine some of the best general areas for photography:

  • Any beach or ocean
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Petco Park (maybe while you’re taking in a game)
  • Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego photographers—as well as amateurs—enjoy the unlimited opportunities and potential provided by these areas. 

Sunset Cliffs Ocean Beach

When you’re talking about the best places to take pictures in San Diego, you can’t overlook Sunset Cliffs, near Ocean Beach.

The name alone tells you everything you need to know about this popular destination. 

Sunset Cliffs has long been a top attraction in the area, thanks to its 18 acres of parkland located on the ocean bluffs. Add this to the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and you have a winner.

If you’re seeking unique photoshoot locations in San Diego, this is a great place to start. Just make sure you leave plenty of time for all the shots that are available to you. 

View of Coronado in San Diego
Coronado. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

Coronado

It doesn’t matter if you swing by the famous Hotel Del Coronado or take a walk to enjoy the picturesque beaches and water, you’ll find it difficult to put your camera down.

When visiting Coronado Island, it’s likely that you’ll find hundreds of photo spots. You could spend an entire day here and never see everything. 

Not only is Coronado one of the best San Diego photo spots, but it’s also one of the most well-known throughout the world. 

La Jolla

If you thought Coronado has a lot of photo spots, wait until you spend some time in La Jolla.

From its rugged coastline to its walking trails to its wildlife, photos are yours for the taking. 

Maybe you’re looking to snap some of the best La Jolla engagement photos you’ve ever seen. Or perhaps you want to take a few shots of your children or friends. 

It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish, there’s no denying that there are many La Jolla photography spots that will suit your needs. 

Balboa Park

Are you searching for the most Instagrammable places in San Diego? Well, look no further than Balboa Park.

Not only is it a 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park, but it’s also home to theaters, museums, and the San Diego Zoo. Everything you need is right here. 

There’s plenty of open space for photos, as well as gardens and walking paths to add some character and color to your shots.

The Botanical Garden, in particular, is a local favorite for engagement, wedding, and graduation photos. 

If you want a lot of everything—to ensure that you miss nothing—set up your next photoshoot at Balboa Park. You won’t be disappointed. 

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines Golf Course. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

Torrey Pines

Are you a golf enthusiast (or maybe you just watch on TV)? If so, you’re probably familiar with the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.

However, there’s more to this coastal area than the golf course. It’s a well-known community set on more than 2,600 acres.

If you’re seeking San Diego scenic spots for your next photos, head straight for the Broken Hill.

Located within the Torrey Pines State Reserve, this is one of the best places in the city to watch the sunset over the ocean. And for that reason, photos can be magical.

There’s a reason why Torrey Pines is among San Diego’s most-Instagrammed places. But, you have to visit yourself to find out just how much the area has to offer photographers.

Old Town San Diego

Before you ask, yes, Old Town San Diego is every bit as cool as it sounds. There’s something about the ambiance that will keep you in this neighborhood for as long as time allows.

As for photo opportunities, there’s no shortage of places to visit in Old Town San Diego:

  • The entrance of Old Town
  • Old Town State Historical Park
  • Presidio Park 
  • Serra Museum in Presidio Park 
  • Las Casa de Estudillo Museum, Old Town

Along with the above, there’s plenty of unique architecture around the neighborhood, so keep your eyes open.

Flower Fields in Carlsbad

While you can only visit the Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields during the spring months—generally from March to May—it’s well worth it.

During these three months, its flowering fields are open for the public to enjoy. 

It’s become so popular that people from all over San Diego, as well as the rest of the state (and country), make it a point to visit at least once each spring. 

Between the months of March and May, the Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields opens up their lush ranunculus fields to the public. While these fields are only open for a short amount of time, this place is a fantastic attraction for locals and tourists alike.

Note: if you’re seeking cute places in San Diego to take pictures, you’ve found your location. For instance, spring wedding photos at Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields will knock your socks off! 

Seaport Village

Located in downtown San Diego, in close proximity to San Diego Bay, this waterfront shopping and dining complex is home to nearly 100 stores, eateries, and galleries. Add this to its location on the water and abundance of waterfront property, and it’s easy to see why so many people come here to take photos.

What’s better than taking photos while you shop and eat? 

North Park

If you’re a student or young professional in the local area, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. But there’s more to it than restaurants, pubs, live music, and a vibrant nightlife.

North Park is also one of the best places to take pictures in San Diego. 

Day or night, when you stop by this historic neighborhood, make sure you have your camera ready. 

Taking beautiful photos in San Diego.
San Diego is a beautiful place for scenic photography. All of the San Diego photos on this page are by BommaritoArt.com

Final Thoughts on Taking Photos in San Diego

Located on the Pacific coast of California, San Diego is the place to be for southern California pictures

With 325.88 square miles of land and 46.54 square miles of water—plus the Pacific Ocean—you can’t go wrong in this city when taking photos.

The photography trend is booming, and it only takes a few minutes in and around San Diego to see just how true this is. 

So, find your favorite spot (start with the list above), take some pictures, and upload them to social media for the world to see. You might as well share your enjoyment with everyone else!

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Photos by BommaritoArt.com.

 

Stay healthy and happy watching the sunset

Stay Healthy and Happy

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle.

Stay healthy doing yogaYour health and happiness are more intertwined than you may realize. In fact, to answer why is it important to stay healthy means living a happier life.  As a result, it is proven to alleviate pain, combat stress, improve heart health, boost your immune system, and generally have a better quality of life. 

To live a healthier, happier life, we have a few pointers we recommend you to focus on. 

First, you need to begin to believe in yourself. A positive mental attitude helps establish the links between your thoughts and actions and sets a positive neural pathway between happiness. Your healthy activities are the first step. 

Next, it’s the subsequent actions you take that you build upon to develop a rich life in both health and happiness. 

From eating well, drinking water, getting the proper amount of sleep, surrounding yourself with uplifting people, practicing great dental hygiene, and getting enough exercise are some of the best ways to become healthier.

Remember, it’s the actions we create and follow through with that make the habits and change we seek. 

The key is to make a behavioral shift in what you do, and the key to changing your behavior is changing your perspective. Your thoughts become your actions, so change the way you think about your health and set out a plan to act on what you want to become. 

Once you decide to become healthier and to stay healthy, those positive behavioral changes in your life are dependent upon the systems you put in place to support your actions and are crucial to making those behaviors stick with you. 

Newton’s 1st Law of Motion states an object at rest will stay at rest unless an outside force changes its behavior, and an object in motion will continue until an external force causes it to stop. This applies to you living a healthier, happier life because we tend to stay with our actions’ momentum as long as they aren’t acted upon by an outside force. 

A good starting point is to make your behavioral changes publicized. Tell your friends and family about what you want to do and ask them to support you in good times and the bad. 

Ways to Stay Healthy & Things to Do

As discussed with Newton’s 1st Law, we tend to continue doing those things that we have the momentum to continue. That’s because it’s easier to maintain doing something than starting with some new activity or behavior that requires a lot more reliable energy to begin. The key is to start slowly and take small actions that you can build upon over time. 

Behavioral psychologists discuss the process of forming lasting habits as a series of incremental steps that are reinforced with rewards. Their research identifies a few key metrics you need to set-up to make your habits permanent, and they are:

  • Identify your goals
  • Start small
  • Identify obstacles
  • Make them public
  • Have support and accountability
  • Create a reward system

Following these essential tips to stay healthy will help you create a support system to make your behaviors permanent and make it easier for you to stay healthy and happy. This process will help you create a momentum that allows you to maintain the changes you wish to make and build upon the momentum of small gains that, as Newton has proven, bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. 

What to Eat to Stay Healthy

We have all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” That is an absolute truism for a healthier life, and creating a diet that is rich in vitamins and nutrition are keys to stay healthy. 

The CDC recommends a diet that is plant-based with whole-grains, lean proteins such as fish, poultry, and nuts that are low in fats and use “good” sources of fats such as olive oil avocados. 

Among other recommendations are to limit the amounts of refined sugars, keeping within your caloric needs, and drinking proper amounts of water as crucial tips for your dietary health. 

Don’t worry, making a dietary change doesn’t mean it’s all-or-nothing. You can still choose to have an occasional burger, a spaghetti plate, or steak. These could be part of your “rewards” system,  but keep it all in moderation. 

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

As mentioned, drinking an appropriate amount of water is vital for staying healthy, especially as you begin to positively change your behaviors. 

The reason is that water is therapeutic, meaning that it restores and repairs our bodies at the cellular level. 

Benefits of drinking water are:

  • Aids in digestion and weight loss
  • Enhances brain function, including minimizing impact from headaches
  • Regenerates and repairs cellular functions
  • Improves energy
  • Optimizes physical performance

How Does Sleep Affect Your Health

Too often, the first thing we give up on and lack is sleep. The amount and quality of sleep directly impact our moods and energy levels we receive every night. 

Insufficient sleep has been shown to lead to several chronic illnesses, depressed immune systems, increased risk from heart disease and strokes, and many other cognitive and mental health issues

Any plan you have to stay healthy and safe should begin with a good night’s sleep. 

Surround Yourself With Good People

When you’re establishing your goals, you want people that will support you and help you stay committed to those goals. 

There are always going to be obstacles in life. Often you don’t have any direct control over them, but you do have control over who you associate with, so choosing a group of people who can support your goals is crucial for you to stay healthy and happy.

Exercises to Stay Fit and Healthy

Stay healthy and swim in the San Diego waves
Photo By BommaritoArt.com

Low impact exercises are the best solution for anyone looking to improve their overall well-being and stay healthy and happy. 

The correlation between health and happiness with exercise has long been studied, and the best type of activity to consider should consider your age and overall health. 

That said, we have a list of some great exercise options for you to consider below.

  • Swimming: Swimming is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It’s a great cardiovascular exercise that is low-impact and has the added benefit of elevating your moods and boosting your overall mental state.
  • Tai Chi: Another low-impact activity for you to consider Tai Chi is a combination of movements, balance, and mediation that improves your overall fitness levels without being too weight-bearing or stressful on the joints. 
  • Resistance Training: Benefits of resistance training are improved muscular strength and ligaments, increased cardiovascular flow, enhanced bone-density, and caloric expenditure. Resistance training can be done with weights, body-weight, or isometric exercises such as those utilized in yoga. 
  • Walking, hiking, biking: The benefits of walking, hiking, and biking are an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory health. Increased blood flow with a low impact activity allows you to exercise further, longer, without the risk of injury from high-impact activity such as running.  

There are plenty of trails throughout the Greater San Diego area and if you’re ever in or around La Jolla, California, check out our list of some of the top activities for you to explore outdoors.  Even if you’re not in the San Diego area, these suggestions may inspire you to explore your hometown and get some exercise along the way.

Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

Smoking carries an increased mortality rate, and more deaths stem from smoking than alcoholism, HIV, motor-vehicle, and firearm deaths combined. 

In addition to being an ugly habit, smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by 2-4 times the average person. According to the CDC, the risk of lung cancer increases by 25% in men, with women just over 25% higher risk due to smoking, making smoking 90% of all lung cancer deaths.

The Importance of a Health Check-Up

One of the essential steps to stay healthy and happy is to have an annual health check-up. Regardless if you’re looking for options when it comes to women health check up services, such as this cervical health screening from Hologic Women’s Health, or one for men, the goal is to get a health examination regularly.  As one of the most recommended ways to stay healthy, a regular health screening can detect disease or other ailments well before they become a significant problem for you. 

Some of the key benefits to getting a health check-up are: 

  • Reduced risk of serious illness or disease
  • Learning about medical devices that can make your life easier, like a new hearing aid
  • Screen for life-threatening disease
  • Improve quality of life and increased life span
  • Improved relationship between doctor care and patient

Early diagnosis for disease is one of the best ways to minimize the risk that illness may incur, and improved communication between the doctor and patient is another mitigating factor. 

As you’re exploring things to do to stay healthy, getting an exam is essential to ensure that your exercise program is the right fit for your condition and overall health. 

How Does Positive Thinking Help Your Health

As we discussed, our health and happiness are interlinked, and according to the Mayo Clinic, studies show that one of the best ways to stay healthy is through positive thinking. 

The power of positive thinking acts as a motivator for you during difficult times such as when changing behaviors, but also positive thinking has direct impacts on;

  • Lowering levels of depression
  • Lowered levels of stress and distress
  • Enhanced immune system function
  • Better cognitive skills
  • Improved psychological and mental well-being

Whether you’re looking for a significant behavioral change or merely looking to improve your diet and exercise routines, it’s critical to take care of yourself to stay safe and healthy.

Banner photo By BommaritoArt.com

About the author: David Throop is a freelance writer specializing in marketing, health, fitness, and wellness with an eye toward his clients achieving their outcome objectives. When he is not being bitten on the ankles by precocious puppies and children he likes to spend his time outdoors.

Farmer’s Insurance Open

Farmer’s Insurance Open

La Jolla is incredibly proud to host the Farmer’s Insurance Open, a tournament showcasing the best in golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course since the 1960s. This PGA tournament is famous for a reason, and we don’t want you to miss out on any part of it. Read on to discover how to experience the event and the beautiful city of La Jolla surrounding it to the fullest!

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The Tournament

This Southern California stop of the PGA “West Coast Swing” tour moved to Torrey Pines in 1968. It’s been a grand event ever since, featuring some of the biggest names in golf. Local San Diegan Phil Mickelson, who has won 3 times, is a big draw. He’s the local boy playing on his turf, so you’ll see a lot of fans and anticipation around him. Then, of course, there’s golf celebrity Tiger Woods. Having won 7 times between 1999 and 2013, he’s been named champion of this tournament more than any other player.

Tournament Activities & Vendors

Now, you may be here for the golf, but there’s so much more you’ll want to experience. Check out some of the top attractions the tournament sets up for attendees:

The SERVPRO Fan Village

This central point of the tournament is high energy and has an adrenaline-filled atmosphere. In it you’ll find:

The Fringe: A high-energy sports bar

Expo: Golf-lovers heaven where guests can try out latest, pro-level equipment

Birdies for Charity Zone: Learn about charities the tournament supports and how to get involved (This is a really big part of the tournament. Did you know? The tournament has , to date, given away totals of over $26 million dollars to charity!)

The Troutman Sanders Grove

A socializing spot that is home to the:

Grey Goose Lounge: For taking in the tournament with a good cocktail in hand

Beringer Wine Bar: For your antioxidant-filled wine needs

Michelob ULTRA Oasis: For sampling new and unique beers

Vantage Point

A spot in the South Course for getting a new angle on the game

Purchase Tickets

Booking tickets is typically easy and, depending on your allotted time and budget, you can book different numbers of days. Unfortunately, spectators will not be on-site for the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open. An official statement was released. The tournament will be televised on both CBS and the Golf Channel.

Parking

Parking is typically a major issue during the Farmers Insurance Open. Below is our usual advice; however, during the 2021 event, this should not be an issue.

How to choose a lot

There are 2 main lots in the city, as well as ones in neighboring cities that have shuttles to bus you over. These include:

Del Mar Race Track ($20) – Great option for North County residents

Sea World ($20) – Ideal for those in Central & South Bay/San Diego

Scripps Lot A ($30) & Scripps Lot B ($25) – It’s important to note that each of these are only available Saturday and Sunday, not Friday.

Lot A: 10820 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

Lot B: 3506 Cray Court, La Jolla, 92121

Bicycle Lot (Free!): This is a great option. If you live close enough, cruise over by bike. If you don’t, look into driving somewhere within bicycle distance. Take your bike in the car and head over from there.

The address: 10950 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

Surprises to Expect

The main surprise to people can be the parking. Now that’s behind us, let’s head onto what’s permitted and what isn’t. While fireworks, firearms and other weapons are expectedly banned, you may surprised at other things you cannot bring into the tournament. We want to make sure you don’t bring something that seems quite standard and find out it can’t come in. Make sure to leave the following behind:

Folding Chairs are okay but, the carrying bags they come in? Not allowed

Lawn or Oversized Chairs are not allowed

We know your pups would love to enjoy the green, but they’re not allowed, Only service animals can enter

No regular cameras are allowed starting the first day the tournament begins and no video cameras are allowed at any time, prior or post

Backpacks, purses, camera bags or other carrying bags larger than 6” x 6” x 6” are not allowed (Although you are permitted to bring in bags up to 12” by 12” if they are clear/see-through or diaper bags)

One-gallon clear sized bags are permitted

Phones and tablets may enter, but, understandably, must be on silent mode

Umbrellas may enter, but the sleeves they come in may not

Binoculars have the same policy: They may come in, but they’re case cannot

See the full list of permitted and prohibited items at this PGA tournament link.

After-Hours

Once the tournament has come to a halt for the evening, usually around 5 pm, you still have plenty of time in the evening to experience the beautiful La Jolla seaside. Take a stroll by the beach and take in dinner at one of it’s famous restaurants. Learn more about where you’d like to enjoy dinner at our Food Page.

Accommodations

Make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep to prepare for the next day; you want to be well rested for the tournament! La Jolla has many great hotels nearby offering accommodations that are decadent yet laid-back, just like the city’s characteristic atmosphere itself. Learn about our most highly recommended hotels at our blog: La Jolla’s Top 5 Hotels: Why to Book Now.

In Conclusion

This event brings people back year after year for a reason. Between the great tournament itself and the possibilities of the surrounding city combined, we know you’re going to have a great experience.