San Diego Blog Pin

San Diego is “America’s Finest City” for a reason.  Between the quick access to the desert, mountains, and beaches, plus year-round 70-degree weather, this city has so many outdoor adventure possibilities.  San Diego is a big, widespread city with so much to do so it’s hard to decide what things are worth seeing or doing, especially if you are looking for nature, outdoor adventure, and great food. If you’re looking for something more than just walking around towns and shopping, this blog will help you find cool hikes, the best beaches, and fun rock climbing.  So without further ado here is a guide to the fantastic city of San Diego for outdoor adventure.

Best Beaches and Towns:

Cardiff by the Sea

Encinitas is a super hipster, somewhat yuppie, surf town that consists of dozens of foodie restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and surf shops like Ripcurl and Hansen’s. If you like spending your days walking around and eating in cute towns head here, but if you’re looking for some nice views and great waves, head a minute south to Cardiff-by-the-Sea and San Elijo State Beach, a 2 mile stretch of beautiful beach and pristine reef.

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This is one of the best beaches in San Diego due to the amazing surf break, moderately low crowds, and the proximity to the Cardiff town center which is a quick five minute walk just across the highway. 

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Our favorite surf break in front of the campground at San Elijo

I highly suggest you spend your day here swapping between surfing, chilling, and walking across the street for donuts, brews, and acai bowls. Don’t miss the foodie spots across the street like VGs donuts, Sambazon Acai Cafe, and The Lost Abbey Confessional Brewery. 

Pacific Beach

This beach town holds an odd mix of the young, hipster scene mixed together with what us locals call the “PB crazies”.  But don’t let this eclectic mix deter you from experiencing the amazing views, fun ambiance, and retro surf vibes here.