8. Hunt for seaglass at La Jolla Cove

Colorful seaglass at La Jolla Cove in San Diego

Collecting seaglass is an enjoyable pasttime for many who live near the beach. However, those from inland states may be unaware of this fun beachcombing activity. The term seaglass refers to former pieces of garbage (beer bottles, old medicine bottles, etc.) which have been turned into shining gems (similar to jewelry) due to the hands of time and nature. While Southern California is not known to be a hotspot for seaglass collecting (beaches in Northern rockier areas often hold the highest concentration and greatest variety of colors), La Jolla Cove beach is surprisingly home to a sizable amount of these colorful jewels. Fittingly, the name La Jolla means “The Jewel” in Spanish.

Quiet morning views at La Jolla Cove in San Diego

While you will not find the rich purple and blue pieces you may find along the rockier beaches in the Pacific Northwest, New England, or even Northern California (check out Ft. Bragg’s Seaglass Beach), you will find nicely tumbled pieces of green, white, and brown (most likely from common beer bottles). As you stroll near the shore, you will notice the pieces of seaglass shimmering amongst the dull rocks. After your first seaglass hunt, you will likely want to start collecting as a hobby as you can turn your treasures into all sorts of unique crafts and jewelry pieces. With breathtaking coastal views, treasured seaglass, natural wildlife sightings, and a range of fun activities to enjoy, La Jolla Cove really is San Diego’s jewel.

9. Bike along the gorgeous Mission Bay Path

A cloudy day along the Mission Bay bike path in San Diego CA

San Diego is an excellent city for fitness & outdoor enthusiasts due to the mild year-round climate, beautiful scenery, and abundance of recreational areas. Biking is a popular pastime for residents and tourists alike as it is a great way to get out into the fresh air, enjoy a leisurely workout, and still take advantage of the wonderful views outside as opposed to using a treadmill at a stuffy gym. The Mission Bay Bike Path is a paved multi use recreational path used by all sorts of fitness buffs and nature lovers including bikers, walkers, joggers, and skate boarders.

Gorgeous views of Fiesta Island from the Mission Bay bike path in San Diego

Because there are many different routes, you can go as little or as far as you like depending on your personal preference. A great place to start your ride is at beautiful Mission Bay Park. Here you will find a tree-lined path and gorgeous views of Mission Bay and Fiesta Island. This portion of the ride is flat with no road crossings. Best of all, it is only several miles long so you can enjoy a laid-back sightseeing ride. Check out this handy Mission Bay trail map to plan your ride.

Have you ever visited any of these San Diego attractions? What are some of your favorite things to do in and around the city? 

More fun things to do in the area

*The Birch Aquarium – One of the top rated aquariums in the US.

*Balboa Park – Urban park home to many biking and hiking trails.

*Seeing a baseball game at Petco Park – Cheer on the Padres.

*Surfing lessons at La Jolla Shores – Learn how to surf via an expert.

*Whale watching and sunset cruises – The best way to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

*Waterfront dining and shopping at Seaport Village – Take advantage of the scenery!

*Authentic Italian dining in Little Italy – Upscale dining & shopping in a lively area.

*Day trip to Carlsbad for the gorgeous beaches and cute downtown

*Coffee at Bird Rock Roasters (excellent drinks here!) – One of the best local roasters.

Tips for a great vacation

*Check Groupon for special deals on attractions, hotels, and restaurants. It’s really easy to find great restaurant deals in a big city like San Diego. Whale watching cruises and discounts to popular attractions like the Belmont Amusement Park are occasionally offered.

*Visit beaches and parks in the early morning hours. The temps will be cooler, there will be less crowds, and it will be much easier to find parking!

*Do not attempt to bike the Mission/Pacific beach boardwalk at night – it is way too crowded! Save this ride for early mornings, preferably on weekdays.

*Head to the panda exhibit first at the San Diego Zoo. First thing in the morning, there will not be major crowds and you will actually get some great photos. As this is the zoo’s most popular exhibit, it gets very packed soon after opening.

*Book hotels and flights in advance for the best deals.