So are you considering a trip to San Diego, California and you’re on a budget and afraid that you might not have enough cash to really enjoy yourself? Well, don’t worry about that. Having fun in San Diego doesn’t always require that you spend a lot of money if you know where to go and what to see. In fact there are a ton of things that you can do in San Diego that are not only fun but are absolutely free!
The first thing you should know about San Diego is that not only does it have ideal weather all year round but it has 70 miles of incredible beaches that you can explore. So this would be the first thing I would suggest that you do head directly to their many beaches all of which are free to the public. When you get there you will be able to swim, body surf, surf, play in the sand, collect a variety of seashells or just relax basking in the sun. No better way to start off your trip to San Diego.
After spending a day or two basking in the sun at one of their many beaches you might want to visit La Jolla Cove. Here you’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful sunsets over the ocean and trust me, these sunsets will simply take your breath away. Some people consider this one of the most incredible natural settings in the world, so you won’t want to miss it.
Visiting downtown San Diego is another must on your trip. You’ll really enjoy their Seaport Village that offers you hours of free entertainment. Take a leisurely stroll downtown and enjoy lots and lots of window shopping or hanging out in the many grassy areas they have where you can just sit and enjoy all the yachts and ships that pass through San Diego Bay. There’s also plenty of places to choose from to have a nice lunch all while you are enjoying the beautiful views of the bay.
If you love to fly kites you will want to make sure to check out Tecolote Shores located at Mission Bay Park. This is a 4,600 acre aquatic park where people go to fly their kites that is completely free of any trees or wires overhead. This is a great place to take the kids.
Make sure to stop by Old Town where you will be able to explore a variety of historical buildings that will help give you an idea of just what Sand Diego was like over a hundred years ago. If you are a history buff there are plenty of historic places here for you to explore and all free of charge.
If you are looking for even more history then you won’t want to miss Julian. This is a century old gold mining city in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Just go to the Chamber of Commerce and pick up your own self guided walking tour map and you’ll be able to explore this little town on your own. Believe me you will feel like you have stepped into a time machine and traveled back to the late 1800’s. This is a true little gem you won’t want to miss.
If you want to go on a picnic while you are there you can head to Torrey Pines State Beach. Here you can relax and eat while you watch hang gliders do tricks in the strong winds over the coastline cliffes. You can also do some great bird watching while you are there because Torrey Pines is also a State Reserve.
Balboa Park is yet another must see where you can see all the beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and also take advantage of the different things you can do while there. There are 15 museums you can visit while there, daily park tours, organ concerts every Sunday and there are seven different gardens that are all free to the public!
Find out when low tide is and check out Point Loma. I recommend this for anyone who loves to explore tide pools. They have many different tide pools at Point Loma that you can get up close and personal with a lot of different creatures like flowery anemones, shore crabs, spongy deadman’s fingers and even small octopus can be found.
For some really breathtaking views you will want to drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla here you can experience 360 degree views of all of San Diego which includes the curving La Jolla coastline along with Mission Bay. After that you can go to Mt. Helix and here you can see all of the East County communities of San Diego. Just beautiful and worth the drive.
Believe it or not, you not only can experience beautiful sandy beaches but you can also visit the desert when you go to San Diego. Just take a trip to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the scenery instantly transforms into desert landscape. This is a 600,000 acre park and happens to be one of the biggest state parks in the United States. Probably the best time to visit is during the spring when it explodes with color from all the flowers that are in bloom at that time.
The biggest attraction that draws tons of people to the area is The Big Bay. It covers 27 miles of nothing but waterfront and it includes parks, marinas, hundreds of shops and places to eat and miles and miles of bikeways and promenades that appeals to every age and all interests.
As you can see, San Diego has a lot to offer both it’s residents and it’s visitors and you don’t have to break the bank in order to enjoy all that this lovely area has to offer. You can easily travel to San Diego on a budget and have a great time doing so. If you have kids, it’s a wonderful place to take them and they will find hours and hours of fun exploring the beaches and other incredible sites.