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San Diego in Summer

By Viator, April 2014

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Summertime is the best time to visit San Diego. The weather heats up, the ocean breeze blows cool, and everyone who’s not at work hits the beach. Add to that a healthy festival culture and a town that knows how to have a good time, and you’ve got it made in the San Diego sun. Here’s what’s hot in San Diego this summer.

Over 33 beaches line the San Diego coastline, and by order of the county, all of them are open to the public year-round. For the best of the beaches in San Diego, try Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, or La Jolla. Mission Beach has whale watching, jogging, and the famous Belmont Park with its amusement park rides, and Coronado Beach is both beautiful and famous for being the site of where Marilyn Monroe shot her Some Like It Hot. La Jolla is actually a great day trip because it’s a charming little suburb of San Diego with great restaurants and area shopping, keeping you entertained for hours or days – whichever best suits you.

Come summertime in San Diego, there’s the Coronado Summer Concert Series in Speckels Park which hosts free concerts every Sunday evening throughout the summer. The first and third Sundays also play host to local area artists who display and sell their work by the walkway.

Other great outdoor events in San Diego include the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in June, where thousands of runners unite in Balboa Park to run to various popular San Diego destinations and rock out while bands play at various points along the course. It’s some of the best fun under the southern Californian sun this side of the Mississippi, whether you’re into running or not.

Contributed by Hudson Hornick

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USS Midway Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 233 Reviews

Experience life at sea without leaving port by visiting the USS Midway Museum, San Diego's newest visitor attraction. A visit to this historic naval aircraft ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $18.00

San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

There's no better way to relax and enjoy San Diego! Take in the sights, listen to relaxing music, linger in the sun and visit the captain. Indulge in a lavish ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.51

San Diego 3-for-1 Pass: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Sunny San Diego is home to some of the best family attractions in Southern California, and you can enjoy three of them with this special 3-for-1 pass! Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: San Diego
Duration: Flexible

From USD $151.99

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

Discover San Diego at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1 day pass

From USD $36.00

Go San Diego Card

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

With access to nearly 50 attractions, activities and tours all around San Diego, the Go San Diego™ Card offers something for everyone! Visit the San Diego Zoo, ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 days

From USD $79.99

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

This popular kayak tour will allow you to kayak the La Jolla sea caves and ecological reserve, which boasts an amazing array of scenery and wildlife you can't ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.49

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

The Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour offers you the chance to sample some of the finest cuisine in San Diego’s Old Town! While you explore this ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00

La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Kayak out from La Jolla Shores and watch the magnificent whales as they migrate between Alaska and Baja, Mexico.

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Escape the traffic and enjoy the great outdoors on a guided bike tour along the La Jolla coast, just a few miles north of San Diego. Ride along one of the most ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99

San Diego Surf Lessons

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Learn to surf in one of Southern California’s most beautiful settings – La Jolla Shores. Qualified and encouraging instructors teach year-round surf lessons ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.99

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