Choices of things to do in San Diego include eating Mexican food, going south of the border to Tijuana, Mexico, going to Sea World or the zoo, and beaches. Going to Southern California without visiting one of its many scenic beaches, whether for relaxation, water sports, volleyball, or sunbathing would be missing out on a truly special experience. This is a guide to beachy things to do in San Diego.
La Jolla Cove, located at 1100 Coast Boulevard, is one of the most authentic Pacific Ocean experiences in existence. The spot is especially popular for commercial photography, and is next to popular picnic spot Grassy Scripps Park. Scuba diving and snorkeling are especially popular at La Jolla Cove, with its coarse sand and great water visibility. Visitors can also walk to the nearby attractions in the La Jolla community, which includes a variety of dining and shopping choices.
Swimming in the Pacific Ocean is considered safe, especially when a lifeguard or other experienced swimmer is present. The lifeguard stand is staffed year-round, with its most extensive hours during the summer months. Surfing is not permitted, due to strong rip tide currents. Sometimes scuba diving is restricted when the currents are particularly powerful, to protect the safety of those engaging in water sports.
La Jolla Cove offers public restrooms and showers, but unlike many Southern California beaches is not wheelchair accessible. However, Scripps Park is accessible and offers a walkway and ocean views for the disabled.
Windansea Beach is another one of the most beautiful things to do in San Diego. Located at 6800 Neptune Place, this spot has separate water areas reserved for swimmers and surfers. However, lifeguard staffing is usually seasonal, making Windansea Beach not a wise choice for lone swimmers.
The scenery at this beach is worth any cautions or hassles, because of the views and surf breaks created with the reefs under this part of the Pacific Ocean. Due to the reefs, the city of San Diego advises those going in and out of the water to be cautious because along with the natural beauty comes an increased risk of injuring the neck or spine. There are also no public restrooms and showers, and scuba diving is strongly discouraged due to the surf breaks and reefs.
Going to a beach is one of the best things to do in San Diego, and with a little bit of planning and caution, can be the most special part of any trip to Southern California.