Top 8 Things to Do in San Diego


Your guide to exploring San Diego this summer.

by BRENDA KOOPSEN     ★    AUG. 2, 2017

Summer is in full swing, which means two things: sunshine and the beach! Home to amazing food, gorgeous beaches and adventurous attractions, sunny San Diego should be your next vacation destination. Lucky for you, many of the best things to do in San Diego are completely free! Keep on scrolling to find out how to make the most of your trip.

1. La Jolla Cove


Looking to trade in your sandals for flippers? Grab a snorkel and jump in the water at La Jolla Cove. As a prime location for snorkeling and kayaking, La Jolla Cove gives you an up close and personal encounter with marine life.

You can rent gear and join in on kayak tours with instructors who show you the in’s and out’s of the cove. Challenge yourself to find hidden coves by jumping in the water and going for a swim.

Or you can opt to stay dry and explore the area above the water. Whether you’re spotting starfish in the tidepools or watching sea lions and seals bask in the sun, you can always find something to do at La Jolla.

2. Del Mar Fair


Every summer, Del Mar hosts the largest annual county fair in the U.S. from June 2nd to July 4th. The fair is known for its tradition of bringing unique fried foods to the table. From Krispy Kreme chicken sandwiches to fried Oreos, there is something for everyone.

Riding the attractions is hands down the best part of the fair. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go bungee jumping before you hop on the Ferris wheel and watch the sun set over the ocean.

3. Eat, eat, eat!

Drink: Hazelnut Divinity  Better Buzz—Encinitas, CA

Drink: Hazelnut Divinity

Better Buzz—Encinitas, CA


San Diego offers delicious food that you must take advantage of. Stop by Cessy’s in Carlsbad for Mexican food. The California burrito is to-die for.

As an alternative to ice cream, açai bowls from Better Buzz or Sambazon are an absolute must-have. Sorbet covered in granola, honey, strawberries, bananas and chocolate sauce is just one açai bowl option you can choose from.

4. Sunset Cliffs


Imagine this: It’s 7 p.m. and your beach towel is laid out just before the shore while your toes are in the sand. Although cotton candy clouds can be seen from anywhere, the spot to be is right on the beach. With destinations that live up to their names, Sunset Cliffs are known for delivering the best views in the area.

5. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve


For the ultimate hiking experience, check out Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve; it’s the definition of #views. There are multiple trails you can take, some leading you right down to the shore. Grab a water bottle and running shoes, and watch the waves crash as you walk the trails.

6. Shopping


From downtown San Diego to La Jolla’s Westfield UTC mall to small business boutiques, there is no shortage of shopping destinations in San Diego. If you’re looking to cool off, UTC mall even has an ice skating rink.

San Diego is home to many unique shops like Sun Diego Boardshop, which has everything from beach wear to surfboards. Plus, you can never have too many bathing suits!

7. Seaport Village


Located in downtown San Diego on the waterfront, Seaport Village has many attractions. Not only are there shops and street performers, but there are also restaurants that border the water.

Extra bonus: The skyline of San Diego can be seen from behind Seaport Village.

8. Gaslamp District


The Gaslamp District is in the heart of downtown San Diego, and there is always something to do. This is the place to grab a bite to eat before heading out to experience the nightlife.

For a fun ride around the area, hop on a bicyclist cart. Although the ride gets pricey very quickly, it’s an unforgettable experience.



Whether you are soaking up the sun at the beach or exploring each city, you will never have a dull moment in San Diego. Plus, your cute beach photos will do wonders for your Instagram flow.

Tayler Bradford