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San Diego Attractions

Are you looking for some fun San Diego attractions during your vacation? Here are the top 5 San Diego attractions you should explore while you are here!

1. Balboa Park

You can enjoy the whole day at Balboa Park by actively exploring activities such as performing arts, dance classes, gardens, museums, and much more. Balboa Park is among the most popular San Diego attractions and has seventeen museums you can see. A few of them include The Museum of Photographic Arts, The San Diego Natural History Museum, and The Fleet Science Center. If that doesn’t catch your interest, maybe the performing arts will. You can watch a variety of musical performances, listen to live music, or laugh your heart out with the comedy shows. If that doesn’t do it for you, join their dance classes! It consists of dancing genres from swing to line dancing. There is even folk and cultural music for those of you who wants to explore the cultural side of San Diego. After all that fun, there is plenty of room to relax by having a picnic at the Balboa Park botanical gardens and enjoying a nice lunch with a view.

For more information visit: https://www.balboapark.org/

Balboa Park


2. Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Reserve will get you off your feet. Here, you can enjoy some nice hiking trails that leads you straight down to the beach. Head down before sunrise and walk along the Three-Fourth Mile Beach Trail that overlooks the stunning view of La Jolla Shores. You can also take the Guy Fleming Trail that offers panoramic views and a variety of plants and flowers. There are plenty of activities and restaurants that can keep you busy all day here at the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

For more information visit: https://torreypine.org/reserveinfo/

Torrey Pines


3. Mission Beach

Want some fun in the sun? Then Mission Beach is where you want to be if you are wanting to play some water-sports or simply just spending time with your loved ones. Here, you can surf the wave, go boogie boarding, swim, surf, volleyball, sport fishing, scuba diving, you name it.  Mission Beach also has a boardwalk that stretches nearly 2 miles if you are fond of biking, walking, or even jogging. Along the Mission Beach Strip, there is an amusement park called Belmont Park for all ages. It has bumpers cars, rock climbing, an arcade, and their infamous roller coaster, The Big Dipper. After a long day, you can relax and let loose by visiting the local restaurants and bars that is known for their friendly and upbeat ambiance.

For more information visit: https://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/mb

Mission Beach San Diego


4. Seaport Village

Seaport Village is the center of entertainment on a fourteen-acre waterfront. You can grab some ice cream from Ben and Jerry and shop in some of the most interesting boutiques that can’t be found anywhere else. This waterfront has fifty-four shops to find whatever you like, seventeen restaurants from casual to fine dining. You can also enjoy a drink or two and watch the sunset with an incredible view.

For more information visit: http://www.seaportvillage.com

Seaport Village San Diego


5. Old Town San Diego

My last recommendation is Old Town San Diego otherwise known as the Old Town State Historical Park. If you want to go back in time then this is the place to go.  This historical park dates back from 1821 to 1872 and is known for their museums, shops, and restaurants. The shops in this area are based on the lifestyles of the Native Americans, Spanish, and Mexicans that you shouldn’t miss out on. Here, you get the opportunity to see a big part of San Diego’s culture and history. If you don’t like exploring on your own, they have a guided walk tour that gives you the opportunity to relive the historical sites in San Diego.

For more information visit: http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com

Old Town San Diego

Rockaway Cottage

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

This cozy, homely, 890 square foot cottage sits bay side near Northern Mission Beach. Recently redecorated and updated, the 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are perfect for a family getaway any time of year. Located only a few steps from the bay, this property also has a private outdoor patio surrounded by a wooden fence, allowing guests to enjoy the privacy of the home.

A wooden gate stands between the local court-side neighborhood and the comfort of this home. Upon passing through the gate, a private patio emerges with outdoor furniture, a gas grill and the main entrance to the cottage.

The cottage opens into a well equipped kitchen with informal seating at a table that also is capable of expanding for a more formal dining experience. A full kitchen is installed in the home, along with a dishwasher.

Next, the bright and comforting living room holds two couches and a smaller chair. Recently redesigned and decorated, the room is nautical themed and also has a fireplace to relax next to in the winter.

The spacious master bedroom is home to a queen a queen bed, a private bathroom and patio access in the back of the house.

The second bedroom contains a queen bed and a private closet along with a window facing towards the bay.

Finally, the third bedroom is perfect for kids, as it has a twin bunk bed with a pull out trundle bed.

Rockaway cottage is the perfect location for a private getaway near the bay. Also, it is within walking distance (2-3 blocks) of restaurants, shopping, surf shops, bars and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

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Rockaway Cottage - Mission Sands Vacation Rentals

San Gabriel Delight

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

This beautiful, 1,300 square foot ocean side vacation rental is located in South Mission Beach, one property off the ocean boardwalk and two blocks from the bay.

A downstairs patio with a grill and patio chairs opens into the entrance way, housing the front door which leads up a handful of stairs into the bright and airy living room. Large windows encompass the living and dining room area, allowing sunlight to illuminate the entire first floor. Modern furniture and bright accent pieces make the room feel vibrant and fresh.

The kitchen bends around the corner of the main entrance and living/dining room area and also features a four-chair bar. There is plenty of space to serve a few cocktails and make a family-style dinner.

All three bedrooms are located upstairs. The master contains a queen bed that faces a large window which opens up towards the ocean. A side hallway leads to the master bathroom and closet.

The second bedroom is located across the hall from the master, featuring a queen and its own bathroom and closet as well.

Lastly, the third bedroom is a den which connects the master and second bedroom. It has multiple long windows facing the ocean and contains a twin-sized fold-out couch.

Finally, the spacious two-car garage is attached below the house, but there is no door leading from the garage to the house.

Overall, San Gabriel Delight is the perfect property to vacation at during the summer. It blends bright spacious rooms with the hint of salt water in the air. Within walking distance of small shops, restaurants and bars, it is also close to Belmont Park and provides access to plenty activities for a family.

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Supporting local family farms is an important part of the San Diego community and agriculture industry. There are over 6,000 farmers in the San Diego area and their produce results in a $1.5 billion dollar market. Farmer’s markets are a great opportunity to boost the San Diego economy while purchasing healthy locally grown produce, plants, crafts and supporting local businesses and vendors.

There are more than 25 certified farmer’s markets in San Diego County. Basically, a certified farmer’s market means that the state of California has approved it and also ensures the produce is grown locally, sold by the grower and meets state quality standards.

Where are the local farmer’s markets to visit while vacationing at one of our properties and what day are they set up?

Pacific Beach Certified Farmer’s Market
Saturday: 8 am – Noon
4150 Mission Blvd between Reed & Pacific Beach Blvd
Pacific Beach, CA 92109
Phone: (760) 741-3763

Pacific Beach Tuesday Certified Farmers Market
Tuesday: 2:00 to 7:00 PM
Bayard St. from Garnet Ave. to Hornblend St.
Pacific Beach, CA 92109

Ocean Beach Certified Farmers Market and Wednesday Night Out
Wednesday: 4:00 to 7:00 PM (October – March)
Wednesday: 5:00 to 8:00 PM (April – December)
4900 block of Newport between Cable & Bacon
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

San Diego County Farmer’s Markets

Jamaica Retreat

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

This beautiful, 1,450 square foot, second-floor vacation rental is located court side in central Mission Beach, around eight houses from the ocean boardwalk and two blocks from Belmont Park.

The vacation rental is newly remodeled, vibrant and the perfect location for a large family getaway. While the property does have four bedrooms, it can sleep eight comfortably. The master and second bedroom both have a queen size bed. However, the remaining two rooms each have a pair of twin beds.

An open kitchen, dining and living room provide plenty of space for a family to relax without feeling cramped and crowded. The carpet is new, as are most of the appliances and furniture.

Additionally, the property has a dishwasher, stove top and oven, washer, dryer and two car garage.

Finally, while the vacation rental does not have air conditioning, the upstairs patio provides plenty of breeze and each room has a newly installed ceiling fan. The balcony overlooks Jamaica Court and also has a nice view of the ocean and boardwalk.

If you are looking for a vacation rental in San Diego, this beautiful large property offers plenty of space, sleeping room and is less than two blocks from the ocean, bay, Belmont Park, shopping, dining and other fun activities.

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Jamaica Retreat

Belmont Park
Mission Beach’s Belmont Park, is one of the area’s premier attractions for those staying with Mission Sands. Having been open since 1925, the park is home to multiple restaurants, bars, shops and rides. However, the main draw is the Giant Dipper Rollercoaster.

The 2,600 foot wooden track runs with two 18-passenger trains along the beautiful beach. Because the park and coaster were so popular and historic, the Giant Dipper was recognized as a National Historic Landmark on July 4, 1990.

Additionally, Belmont Park is home to a giant swimming pool (under construction), two wave riding areas, climbing walls, athletic club, laser tag, an arcade and more.

Looking for a cold beer on the beach, ice cream or lunch/dinner? Take a look at the restaurants the park has to offer. Cannonball, the largest oceanfront rooftop sushi bar in San Diego is perfect for dinner, while North Shore Café is known for breakfast.

Finally, the park is the perfect place for birthday parties, private events and even cabanas to enjoy a romantic sunset.

SD Beer Capital

Looking to pair a sunny vacation along with great locally brewed beer? San Diego, often refereed to as the the “Craft Beer Capital of America,” would be the perfect choice.

Spanning 70 miles of coast line and over 100 licensed breweries, San Diego is home to some of the best beer in the country. Karl Strauss, which opened in 1989, is likely the most familiar name. However, there are plenty of other great breweries such as AleSmith Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Pizza Port and St. Archer Brewing Co.

In fact, 11 different San Diego breweries took home medals from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

Interested in touring multiple breweries at once? There are plenty of public and private tours available throughout the city.

Additionally, there are multiple festivals through out the course of the year, such as the San Diego Festival of Beer, San Diego Beer Week and the San Diego International Beer Festival, which is the largest beer festival on the West Coast.

If you are unable to schedule a trip during one of the city’s many beer festivals, be sure to check out some of the popular breweries below.