Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fun and Almost Free Outdoor Activities In San Diego California

By Terry Hunefeld

1. Spend your vacation in the heart of San Diego at a one of the may quality hotels in Old Town. Take the time to explore the many historic sites and shop in a variety of stores that can only be found in Old Town. They all offer different types of unique and delicious items just waiting for you to discover! You may wander through historic buildings (a blacksmith shop, historic stables and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego). At the Southern entrance to Old Town, overlooking San Diego Avenue from the second floor, is El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria. As you enter from a curved staircase with Mexican tile and cactus plants you have a sense of Old Mexico. A short walkway past wonderful, balcony seating and you arrive at the dark but inviting doorway and inside you will find an array of tequila like you won't find anywhere else -1,700 bottles of tequila, some over 100 years old.

2. Visit La Jolla Cove and stop by "the" Cave (via the Cave Store) where you go down a narrow stairway through a manmade tunnel into the mysterious Sunny Jim Cave. The cave's first owner, Sunny Jim, thought he could make a living from his cave, so he hired two Chinese laborers in 1902 to excavate an underground tunnel to the interior of the cave. The workers finished the cave using only picks and shovels and carrying out the dirt with a wheel barrow. Back then the public could only get down into the cave by lowering themselves down a rope. You can also enter the cave from the sea (via kayak) along with the other six ocean-carved caves, but Sunny Jim is the only sea cave in California that you can access from a stairway.

3. On your next trip to San Diego you can be assured of two things: the weather will be amazing and you'll discover lots to do at Seaport Village. Here you can explore 50-plus diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment and find everything under the sun. Hungry? Most any craving can be satisfied here. Dine at any of four restaurants or nibble, snack or chow down at more than a dozen smaller eateries. Surf and turf to burgers and pizza. Ice cream, cookies, popcorn. Whatever. Thirst's covered too-sodas, milkshakes, lemonade, beer, wine, cocktails and, well, too many drinks. One last decision to make: a table inside or out on the deck with a view of the bay?

4. Bike, walk or jog in Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the United States (over 4,235 acres). It's an enormous, scenic waterfront park with minimal commercialization; a rare example of a visionary public amenity not usually seen in SoCal. There is something for everyone here, walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters, scooters, roller-blade-skaters, Volley-ball players, kite flyers, dog owners, model airplane pilots, birdwatchers, sailors, kayakers, rowers, windsurfers, jet-skiers, motor-boaters and joggers. Facilities include boat ramps, marinas, bocce, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, acres of turf, miles and miles of concrete trails and numerous fire rings.

5. Head to one of dozens of San Diego beaches (all free!) where you can swim, body surf, boogie-board, read a book, people watch, collect seashells or just chill. No adult beverages are allowed on San Diego beaches anymore, so you can be assured of a fun, peaceful day at the beach. Sunsets are always magnificent with sparkling postcard-perfect views of the ocean.

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