Abondoned

Sometimes things are just forgotten...

Not actually abandoned - it is now dormant.  It looks like two large breasts with big nipples.

Plagued with problems, Wikipedia has an interesting article.

The LA Times published a must read article about the dangers of this nuclear plant.

Old Pacific Highway, Pendleton, CA 92058

  • San Dieguito Air Field (1920)

  • Del Mar Municipal Airport (1938)

  • U.S. Naval Air Facility Del Mar (circa 1943)

  • Decommissioned (1945)

  • Del Mar Airport Closed (1959)

"Take a plane, take a train, take a car"

In 1955 you could take a DC-3 from Burbank to Del Mar.  This abandoned airport was once a base for blimps that flew anti-submarine patrols along the West Coast.

Grand Avenue Overlook, Del Mar, CA

In the 1960s, San Diego proposed to expand what is now known as State Route 163, the Cabrillo Freeway, through Balboa Park to an 8- to 10-lane freeway. Public protest stopped the freeway from expanding more than its existing four lanes, but not before a portion of the SR 163/I-5 freeway connection began construction.

State Route 163 and Interstate 5, San Diego, CA  (location is approximate)

Fletcher Cove is Solana Beach’s main central beach park located a couple blocks west of the intersection of Highway 101 and Loma Santa Fe Drive. The cove is also known locally as Pillbox, a nickname for the World War II concrete gunnery installations on the bluff.  I cannot find information about the pillbox history.  If you have something to share, email me at Steve@Cardinalli.com.

111 S Sierra Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Not truly a ship nor a building, the Navy's first and last "landship" is now abandoned due to clerical issues.

4325, 4461 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Amusements Parks

Belmont Park is San Diego’s beachfront amusement park and boardwalk offering something for everyone since 1925. Find the info you need to plan your day, whether it’s filled with adventure-packed activities for the whole family or laid-back beachfront dining and drinks with friends.  Free parking and admission.

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

LEGOLAND has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including, LEGO NINJAGO World! Ninja work to become masters of the ancient art of Spinjitzu and demonstrate all that they have learned on the interactive LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. This interactive, cutting-edge, technological marvel allows riders to control animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice. Inside LEGOLAND, you can enter a world of knights and princesses to conquer the Dragon Coaster. Kids can drive their own cars at Driving School. Make new friends at LEGO Friends Heartlake City.

One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind family experience at SeaWorld® San Diego, with awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides, and amazing shows. Ideally located on nearly 200 acres in Mission Bay, SeaWorld San Diego is an ocean adventure unlike any other. Their park is about animals, exciting rides and family-friendly entertainment. From the rush of the ray on our Manta roller coaster to the awe-inspiring and playful dolphins in our Dolphin Days show, there is something for everyone at SeaWorld San Diego-a real, amazing adventure.

500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

Occasionally I get a hold of discounted tickets.  If you would like to be on a recipient list, email me at Steve@Cardinalli.com

 

Amphitheaters

San Diego County is no stranger to the arts and has several Amphitheaters supporting local and world wide artists.

Experience live music on the Bay.  

Construction begins September 2019 with the first performance the Summer of 2020.  (as of August 15, 2019)

Located behind the San Diego Convention Center

Construction on the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater (OAT) began in 1939. It provided campus with a 4,280-seat assembly site, along with fill for a land bridge across the canyon which, for the first time, connected the main campus with the gymnasium. The facility was also financed by the Works Progress Administration ($124,287), supplemented by $51,587 from the state. Although construction began in 1939, the effort progressed slowly. Forty thousand cubic yards of earth had to be moved (despite the fact that it was constructed in a natural canyon), and there were weather-related delays. The theater was finished in time for dedication during the 1941 Founder's Day celebration.

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182

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Indians of the acorn culture were the first inhabitants of Kit Carson Park. The park was named after Christopher (Kit) Carson, the famous scout who guided Captain John C. Fremont over the Sierra Nevada Mountains during a government exploration expedition. The park sits in a valley that is approximately five miles west of where Kit Carson fought in the Battle of San Pasqual. A historical monument commemorating the battle is located on Mule Hill, one mile southeast of the park.

3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025

Located at the Market Creek Plaza.

Once the site of an abandoned 20-acre factory at the heart of the Diamond Neighborhoods, Market Creek Plaza is now a diverse community focal point, incorporating cultural traditions, arts, and entertainment with necessary products and services.

310 Euclid Ave.  San Diego, CA 92114

The city-owned-and-operated venue in Vista went from being a field of dreams to becoming one of Southern California’s most spectacular entertainment spots, with year-round programming and creative opportunities for rental space. But it took more than 30 years for the Moonlight to become what it is today and like the shows we present, it’s a story we love to tell.​

1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084

2050 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, California 91911


Former names:

  1. Coors Amphitheatre (1998-2008)

  2. Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (2008-12)

  3. Sleep Train Amphitheatre (2012-17) 

  4. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (2017-18)

301 The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054​

Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach offers camping, swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.

2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007​

Did I miss an amphitheater? Let me know by emailing me at Steve@Cardinalli.com​.

 

Aquariums

and other sea life / ocean / marine related topics...

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps Oceanography scientists on climate, earth, and ocean science and includes interactive elements.

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education on coastal resource conservation, and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages.

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr. Chula Vista, CA 91910

The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

8622 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Did you know you can get the same seawater that aquarists use at the Birch Aquarium to fill your own saltwater aquarium?  The seawater tap at the Keck building (8861 Shellback Way, La Jolla, CA 92037) is open to the public 24 hours a day.

Fun Fact: The Garibaldi is California's State Marine Fish.

You may also enjoy a visit to Sea World.


You can visit sea life in person by visiting a Tide Pool.

You can also SCUBA and Snorkel in San Diego County.

 

Art

My goal here is to list art that doesn't fall under categories such as museums, galleries or statues.  This is stand alone or collections displayed in the public.

Come experience Artist Alley shops and destinations at this new weekly event with virtual reality, escape room puzzles, art and pop-up vendors. Happening Saturdays, the free and family-friendly Artist Alley Interactive is hosted by Gypsy Soul Dreaming, The School of Hard Locks Escape Room and The Grid.

Between N Coast Hwy & N Freeman St and Pier View way & Mission Ave.


  • ArtWalk San Diego

The mission of the festivals remains the same as in 1984…to make the opportunity of collecting original artwork accessible to everyone.  The fun, festive atmosphere of our three public events include live music, interactive art activities for families, and delicious food and beverage choices.  Each of the three events has its own unique palette of art and activities, and its own unique atmosphere/venue.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend these unforgettable events.  Once you visit our festivals, you’ll want to come each year to add to your art collection! 

With longer days starting mid-March, the Carlsbad Village Association is pleased to announce the return of a much beloved event. Originally called Thursdays on the Coast, the new Carlsbad Village Art Walk will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning March 24th from 5pm to 8pm in collaboration with Cruising the Art Scene held at the Village Faire Shops. This self-guided tour will introduce you to the wonderful stores, galleries, and even restaurants throughout the village that feature art by local and regional artists.

To help with the self-guided tour, brochures will be available throughout the village at participating locations, the Visitor’s Center, and hotels complete with an easy-to-follow map identifying each Art Walk location and where music or demos will be taking place. The brochure will also indicate what type of art each participating location will be featuring (photography, sculpture, mixed media, etc.) to better help you customize your walk.

For more information or brochure, visit Carlsbad-Village.com.

Carlsbad Village, CA

The Chicano Park Murals  is the largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States. The construction of Interstate 5 and San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge intersection led to the displacement of many Barrio Logan residents. Chicano Park was formed underneath that intersection after a peaceful 12-day occupation by those residents who remained. The murals tell a story of Hispanic life and history.

Located under Highway 75 at Interstate 5 in San Diego.

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  • Kraken Tree

The Kraken Tree was a tree in Carlsbad that died.  The property owners, instead of cutting it down, commissioned to have it turned into a work of art known as the Kraken Tree.

This is a private resident, please be respectful. 3180 Monroe St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

The Surfing Madonna is a 10 by 10 feet mosaic of the Virgen de Guadalupe created by artist Mark Patterson. It was covertly installed in Encinitas by Patterson and his friend Bob Nichols, who posed as construction worker during the installation. The city declared that the artwork was to be considered graffiti because of the illegality of its installation. Patterson came forward to accept responsibility for it, and was fined $500 and ordered to pay approximately $6,000 for the art's removal. It was removed in 90 minutes, and Patterson was allowed to keep the art.

The response to the installation was divided: while some members of the Catholic and Latino communities took issue with it, others felt that it symbolized their Mexican heritage. The art is now in place across the street from where it was originally installed. It inspired a 501c3 non profit founded by Mark Patterson and Bob Nichols called "Surfing Madonna Oceans Project". Since the inception of the non-profit in 2013 the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project has donated well over $100,000 to local ocean/beach/park and humanitarian programs.

Located at: Surfing Madonna Park at Leucadia Pizzeria, on the corner of Highway 101 and Encinitas Blvd.

See Also Sky Art.

I encourage you to share unique and publicly displayed are in San Diego County and I may add it to this website.  Steve@Cardinalli.com

 

Architecture

San Diego County is home to many unique buildings.  Below is a short list.  I invite you to tell me about your favorite improvement.


The California Tower, the soaring, intricately detailed, portion of the California Building, is an icon of San Diego, and can be seen from miles around.

Balboa Park, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, was not the building that architect Carleton M. Winslow had envisioned in drawings in 1912.

Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3, San Diego, CA 92101

Congregation Beth El is a Conservative synagogue whose mission is to create a home for every soul by offering a variety of Jewish experiences to nourish the mind, heart, and spirit, while being a caring Jewish community.

8660 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

The San Diego–Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is a prestressed concrete/steel girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego with Coronado, 

Highway 75

Fallen Star is an art installation by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on the grounds of the University of California San Diego. It is a cottage perched at an angle off the edge of the main Jacobs School of Engineering building.

UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093

Geisel Library is the main library building of the University of California San Diego Library. It is named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel. Theodor is better known as children's author Dr. Seuss.

UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093


  • Horton Plaza (torn down in 2020)


Horton Plaza, not to be confused with its adjacent namesake Horton Plaza Park, is a five-level outdoor shopping mall located in downtown San Diego known for its bright colors, architectural tricks, and odd spatial rhythms. It stands on 6.5 city blocks adjacent to the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter.

324 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

Hotel del Coronado is the quintessential beachfront Coronado, CA hotel resort destination. Nestled on 28 stunning oceanfront acres, The Del is conveniently located just across the bay from downtown San Diego and its many attractions, and only a 15-minute drive from the San Diego International Airport.

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in The Californias, a province of New Spain. Located in present-day San Diego, California, it was founded on July 16, 1769, by Spanish friar Junípero Serra in an area long inhabited by the Kumeyaay people.

10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Founded in 1798 by Padre Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, successor to Padre Junipero Serra, Mission San Luis Rey was named after St. Louis IX, King of France, who lived during the 13th century. The history of the San Luis Rey area reflects five periods of occupation: Luiseño Indian, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization, American Military, and Twentieth Century Restoration.

4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057


  • Mushroom House


Built in 1968, it was originally called the Pavilion and could be accessed from the cliffs above via a nearly vertical tramway running almost 300 feet down the cliff.  This is a 2 mile round-trip hike through a canyon with stunning views.

9400 La Jolla Farms Rd, San Diego, CA 92037 


  • Old Point Loma Lighthouse​


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The centerpiece of your health care system is the new Palomar Medical Center Escondido, accredited by The Joint Commission. The 740,000-foot 11-story hospital facility opened in 2012. The medical center features 288 private single-patient rooms, 44 emergency and trauma rooms and 11 operating rooms. The 56-acre campus will expand in phases - up to double its current size - to meet the developing needs of North San Diego County's growing community.

2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029

Pier 32 Marina is San Diego’s finest marina. Tenants will enjoy first-class boater amenities and state-of-the-art marina facilities.

3201 Marina Way, National City, CA 91950

By boat, enter at Sweetwater Channel at green buoy #39.

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  • Pine Valley Creek Bridge

    (aka Nello Irwin Greer Memorial Bridge)


is a reinforced concrete box girder bridge that 450 feet tall and 1,691 feet long.  This is one of the highest bridges in the United States.

Interstate 8 over Pine Valley Creek in Pine Valley.

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy on the corner of India & W. Fir Street, The Q by Jonathan Segal is a 7-story mixed-use building featuring 29 apartment units, office spaces, and restaurants.

750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101

On a quiet street of quaint beach houses and mismatched cottages, you’ll suddenly find yourself confronted by the incongruous sight of two seemingly enormous boats – most definitely in dry dock since they’re situated two blocks back from the beach.

726 and 732 Third St, Encinitas, CA 92024

Every cure has a starting point. The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. Its internationally renowned and award-winning scientists explore the very foundations of life, seeking new understandings in neuroscience, genetics, immunology, plant biology and more.

10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Latter-day Saints are a temple-building and temple-loving people. It has been so from the earliest days of the Church. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord declared that "my people are always commanded to build [temples] unto my holy name" (D&C 124:39-40).

7474 Charmant Dr, San Diego CA 92122-5000

The San Diego Public Library is a popular destination that connects our diverse community to free educational and cultural resources that will enrich their lives. With 6.6 million visitors, the Library is the largest cultural institution in San Diego that offers FREE programming.

330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

The Santa Fe Depot in San Diego, California, is a union station built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to replace the small Victorian-style structure erected in 1887 for the California Southern Railroad Company

1050 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

This five-story, zero energy mixed-use building sits in the shadow of the new Central Library and houses the Quigley Architectural offices. The "juicy joint" block is animated by San Diego's bright sun and protects a series of balconies and bay windows meant to encourage an interactive "conversation" with the street. 

416 13th St, San Diego, CA 92101

This project was built on a triangular lot considered un-buildable for many years. The remnant lot sits near the beach in the neighborhood of multimillion dollars homes. Part of the extreme challenge was convincing the City that a viable home was even possible on this miniscule site. Using many efficiency techniques found on sailing vessels with many built-ins, the 840 square foot home sits on a 1,200 square foot lot with surprising ease and livability.

203 23rd St, Del Mar, CA 92014

Price Center is a student center located in the center of the University of California San Diego campus, just south of Geisel Library. As one of the largest student centers in the country, Price Center serves more than 30,000 visitors a day.

UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093

The Villa Montezuma is a magnificent Queen Anne Victorian mansion located in the Sherman Heights Historic District just off the 5 freeway, near downtown San Diego, California. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Villa Montezuma, aka the Jesse Shepard House, was built in 1887 by master architects Comstock and Trotsche.

1925 K St, San Diego CA 92102

Tell me about your favorite architecture and I may add it to this list.   Steve@Cardinalli.com

 

Astronomy

Visit the American Meteor Society for the latest meteor shower updates in San Diego County.


https://www.amsmeteors.org/tag/san-diego/

Treat yourself or your family to a truly inspiring and personalized tour of the cosmos above Borrego Springs with the power of a large telescope and one of America's favorite celestial tour guides.  This is one journey you won't soon forget!

All Night Sky Tour inquiries and reservations are handled by email only.


  • Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs is one of 22 communities worldwide designed as a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association.  It is the first and only community in California and the only one near ​a large population.

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Palomar Observatory, located atop Palomar Mountain in north San Diego County, California, is a center of astronomical research owned and operated by Caltech. The Observatory is home to three active research telescopes: the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope, the 48-inch (1.2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope, and the 60-inch (1.5-meter) telescope. Research at Palomar Observatory is pursued by a broad community of astronomers from Caltech and other domestic and international partner institutions.

35899 Canfield Rd, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

 

Balboa Park is so large and diverse, it's the only park on this site that has an entire section dedicated to it.  

I encourage you to read the history to start your exploration.

Below is a list of activities to will keep you returning day after day:

  • 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden

  • Alcazar Garden

  • Australian Garden

  • Balboa Park Carousel

  • Balboa Park Miniature Train

  • Botanical Building and Lily Pond

  • Cabrillo Bridge

  • California Native Plant Garden

  • California Tower

  • Casa del Rey Moro Garden

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza

  • Civic Dance Arts

  • Comic-Con Museum

  • Desert Garden

  • El Cid Statue

  • Escape The Nat...Botanic Panic!

  • EthnoBotany Children’s Peace Garden

  • Fleet Science Center

  • Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve

  • House of Pacific Relations International Cottages

  • Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

  • Japanese Friendship Garden

  • Live Entertainment

  • Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

  • Marston House

  • Marston House Garden

  • Mingei International Museum

  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree

  • Mountain Bike Trails

  • Museum of Photographic Arts

  • Old Globe, The

  • Photographic Arts Building

  • Palm Canyon

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum

  • San Diego Art Institute

  • San Diego Automotive Museum

  • San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation

  • San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

  • San Diego Floral Association

  • San Diego History Center

  • San Diego Junior Theater

  • San Diego Mineral and Gem Society

  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • San Diego Museum of Man

  • San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)

  • The San Diego Museum of Art

  • San Diego Youth Symphony

  • San Diego Zoo

  • San Diego Zoo Botanical Collection

  • Sefton Plaza

  • Spanish Village Art Center

  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion

  • Starlight Bowl

  • Timken Museum of Art

  • Trees for Health Garden

  • Veterans Memorial Garden

  • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

  • Walking Trails

  • WorldBeat Center

  • Zoro Garden

Visit the Balboa website for more information.

Located in the heart of San Diego.

 

Beaches

San Diego County has 70 miles of coastline!

Tip: Stingrays swim in the same waters and lay still on the sand in the water.  Shuffle your feet when in the water and it will scare the rays away.

​Blacks Beach is named after the Blacks family, who once owned a horse farm on the cliffs overlooking the beach.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037


1100 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109 


Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007


Located from Carlsbad Boulevard, Highway S21 at Pine Ave. to Cannon Rd. in Carlsbad.

This San Diego beach features camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

Carlsbad Blvd at Poinsettia Ln in Carlsbad.


The Children's Pool is a small beach partially protected by a seawall. The original intention was to create a fully protected swimming area, but in recent years sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall.

This is a popular beach for scuba divers because of the reefs just offshore. These same reefs can create very strong currents and other hazards, particularly in high surf conditions.

Village of La Jolla, CA 92037


Set against the backdrop of storied and iconic Hotel del Coronado, featured in Marilyn Monroe’s 1958 film “Some Like it Hot,” Coronado is the quintessential San Diego postcard experience and a great place for a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family beach vacation. The long sandy beaches here are special and literally sparkle, thanks to the mineral mica in its golden sand, which is one of the reasons Coronado is consistently voted one of America’s finest beaches by The Travel Channel, Dr. Beach, and many others.

Coronado, CA 92118


D Street Beach is one block south of Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, CA. As the name suggests the beach access is at the west end of D Street. The street ends at a nice viewpoint looking out over the ocean where surfers ride in on long rolling waves.

450 D St, Encinitas, CA 92024


(Dogs are allowed but you should check their website for the rules.)

North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014


(Dogs are allowed but you should check their website for the rules.)

29th Street to Solana Beach border, Del Mar, CA 92014

(Dogs are allowed but you should check their website for the rules.)

Powerhouse Park to Torrey Pines State Beach boundary, at 6th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014

The Original Dog Beach in San Diego, CA is nationally famous and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. It is a landmark in the community of Ocean Beach at the end of I-8 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Dog Beach is a special place where people and pets, beach lovers and surfers celebrate the spirit of Ocean Beach, one of Southern California's last true beach towns.

Ocean Beach, CA 92107


Fiesta Island, a large peninsular park located within Mission Bay, is a popular location for charity walks and runs, bicycle races, time trials and other special events. It is also the home of the annual Over-the-Line tournament.​

From Interstate 5, take the Sea World Drive exit and head southwest, then make a right onto East Mission Bay Drive, then turn left to Fiesta Island. There is free parking throughout the island.


Fletcher Cove is Solana Beach’s main central beach park located a couple blocks west of the intersection of Highway 101 and Loma Santa Fe Drive. The cove is also known locally as Pillbox, a nickname for the World War II concrete gunnery installations on the bluff.

111 S Sierra Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a steep hillside park between Point Loma Nazarene University and the ocean.  Garbage Beach, has a steep access route down the sandstone cliff directly below the lower parking lot.  This route follows a broken drainage trough and is so steep at the bottom that a fixed rope is used for safety.

Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Ladera St, San Diego, CA 92107

Harbor Beaches extra wide sand makes it ideal for walking, jogging, and sunbathing. There are volleyball courts, sheltered picnic areas and a playground, all on the sand. The beach is a popular surfing spot, especially near the jetties. At both ends of Harbor Beach are jetties, which are popular fishing spots.

N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054

Imperial Beach is known for its 3.5 miles of uncrowned, white sand beaches and big waves.  Set off with a magnificent wooden pier and views of both downtown San Diego and the Coronado Islands, Imperial Beach is ideal for swimming, jogging, sunbathing, world-class surfing and sand castle building.

Elder Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

The waters surrounding the Cove are part of the 6,000 acre La Jolla Underwater Park, which includes an Ecological Reserve. This means there is ample wildlife, such as seals, barracuda, opaleye, giant sea bass, baitfish and orange garibaldi.

1100 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037

La Jolla Shores is a sandy beach approximately 1 mile long located in the community of La Jolla. In summer, waves at this beach are usually the most gentle of all San Diego beaches  .

La Jolla Shores is adjacent to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Fishing and removal of objects from this area is prohibited and possession of game is unlawful.

La Jolla, CA 92037




  • Leucadia (Grandview)







  • Moonlight Beach







  • Mission Beach - North







  • Mission Beach - South







  • Ocean Beach - North







  • Ocean Beach - South







  • Oceanside Pier Beach







  • Pacific Beach







  • San Elijo State Beach







Seascape Sur Beach is a long sandy beach below the high bluffs in Solana Beach, CA. The gradual slope of the beach makes it wide at low tide and narrow (or all wet) at high tide.

501 South Sierra Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Sandy space with ocean & bay shorelines offering fishing, swimming & picnicking, plus RV camping.

5000 CA-75, Coronado, CA 92118

Sunset Cliffs is a neighborhood in the Point Loma community of San Diego, California. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Ocean Beach on the north, Catalina Blvd. and Santa Barbara St. on the east, and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park on the south.

The area is named for the sheer cliffs which border the ocean. There are surfing spots below the cliffs. The cliffside trails are popular for walking and for watching the sunset, but are undeveloped and can be dangerous. Falls from the cliffs have resulted in deaths and injuries.


These are cliffs, not a beach!  This is not an area for someone to explore if you are massively out of shape!


Swami's is an area in San Diego County that contains Swami's Beach and other local attractions. The beach, also known as "Swami’s Reef'" and "Swamis", is an internationally known surfing spot, a point break located in Encinitas.

1298 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024


Torrey Pines State Beach is a coastal beach located in the San Diego, California community of Torrey Pines, and is located south of Del Mar and north of La Jolla. Coastal erosion from the adjacent Torrey Pines State Reserve makes for a picturesque landscape. It is a local favorite among surfers and remains a quintessential Southern California beach.

N Torrey PInes Rd at Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92037 

The rocky shore of Windansea Beach is perhaps best known for its beautiful scenery and surf breaks created by underwater reefs.

Much of Windansea experiences moderate to severe shore break, a condition on steep beaches which results in hard breaking surf right at the shoreline. This makes it a popular location for surfing, however, swimmers should enter and exit the water carefully to prevent potentially serious injury.

Sandstone rocks act as partitions along the beach offering a secluded atmosphere for sunbathing.

6600 Neptune Pl, La Jolla, CA 92037



​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.


Do you have a local secret about your favorite beach that will make a visitor's experience better?  Tell me about it by sending an email to Steve@Cardinalli.com

 

Boating

Sand Diego County has a variety of beaches, bays, kays and lagoons with every variety of boating available.

This section is in the process of being built.  Come back soon for more boating info and links.

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

SEE ALSO:

  • Kayak

  • Stand Up Paddle Board

 

Breweries

San Diego County has over 200 Breweries.

SD Beer is Brought to you by The San Diego Brewers Guild and they are absolutely the best resource for San Diego County Breweries.


I would love to list all the breweries here, but the truth is SD Beer can't be beat.

Cheers!

By the way...  Have you heard of the Free Beer Band?

 

Bridges

The Cabrillo Bridge, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, was the first cantilevered, multiple-arched bridge to be built in Southern California. It is nearly 1,500 feet long and nearly 125 feet high.

 ​El Prado in Balboa park, San Diego, CA 92101


The San Diego–Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is a prestressed concrete/steel girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego with Coronado. 

Highway 75

  • "Crab Carillon" Music Bridge

Grab a stick and walk across this bridge.  While your at it, hit each rail and it will play a tune.

25th Street over Highway 94 in San Diego

  • Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge​

  • Goat Canyon Trestle

  • Lake Hodges Bridge


  • Lilac Bridge

Almost 700 feet long and 122 feet above I15 .  The bridge was cast in place with many engineering calculations were worked out onsite.

Lilac Rd at I15, Escondido, CA 92026

  • Pine Valley Creek Bridge (aka Nello Irwin Greer Memorial Bridge)

450 feet tall and 1,691 feet long.  This is one of the highest bridges in the United States.

Interstate 8 over Pine Valley Creek in Pine Valley.

236 feet long and 60 feet tall. Built in 1905, this is one of few remaining wooden trestle pedestrian bridges in San Diego.

Quince Street (between 3rd Ave and 4th Ave) San Diego, CA 92103. 

5.5-mile walking loop crosses seven bridges.

Starts on the east side of Park Blvd. and Village Place at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.

The suspension bridge was designed to provide pedestrian passage across a deep canyon, which isolated developing neighborhoods from the newly-built streetcar lines on Fourth and Fifth avenues. From Hillcrest, visiting the bridge is a scenic and comfortable stroll.

W Spruce St (between Brandt St and Front St), San Diego, CA 92103

  • Sweetwater River Bridge

 

Camping (tents and RV parks)

The Full Story

This San Diego beach features camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

Carlsbad Blvd at Poinsettia Ln in Carlsbad.

Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach offers camping, swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.​

2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007​

Sandy space with ocean & bay shorelines offering fishing, swimming & picnicking, plus RV camping.

5000 CA-75, Coronado, CA 92118

 

Carousels

San Diego County has a variety of carousels that will keep you going around and around for hours.

The 1910 Balboa Park Carousel, adjacent to the San Diego Zoo, is a menagerie of animals and all but two pairs are original with hand-carved European craftsmanship.  Also original are the hand-painted murals surrounding the upper portion of the carousel and the military band music.  This carousel is one of the few in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride.

Park Blvd at Zoo Pl, San Diego, 92101


The Liberty Carousel, located near the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, is an antique reproduction made with such attention to detail that it transports riders back to the golden age of Carousels. 

Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020


For kids and kids at heart, our colorful Conservation Carousel features 60 ride elements to choose from, many of which replicate rare and endangered animals. You can ride a giraffe, rhino, zebra, cheetah, and more

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027


Hand-carved in 1895 and still delighting kids and adults alike, this attraction features 54 animals and two horse-drawn chariots.

849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Did I miss any?  Tell me about it be emailing me at Steve@Cardinalli.com.

 
 

Cemeteries

This is not your ordinary list of cemeteries.  There has to be something unique about these to make this list.

  • Buena Vista Cemetery

Although this cemetery is no longer there and now has a Hunter Steakhouse on top of it, it's listed because the history is curious.  No burials are recorded after 1920 and the cemetery ceased to exist in 1969.  It is rumored there are still bodies there.  It is also rumored that bodies were unearthed when the steakhouse was being built.  Furthermore, it is rumored the steakhouse is haunted.  Hunter Steakhouse is also listed in the Haunted section.

1221 Vista Wy, Oceanside, CA 92054

San Diego's second oldest cemetery, El Campo Santo, dates back to 1849 with the burial of Juan Adams.

Burials continued through 1880, consisting of early San Diegans from varied backgrounds.

In 1889 a horse-drawn streetcar line was built through part of the cemetery, which later became San Diego Avenue. 


The cemetery deteriorated over the years. In 1933, the San Diego Historical Society restored El Campo Santo as accurately as possible based on an early photograph and early descriptions. They built an adobe wall, reset markers, rebuilt paling enclosures, and placed a plain white cross in the center of the plot.
In 1942 it was finally paved over, leaving at least 20 graves under the street and sidewalk and 13 graves under Linwood Street.

For all this history, El Campo Santo's a shrunken version of what it once was, squeezed smaller by Old Town's rapid turn-of-the-century development. Mallios guesses that the cemetery's original boundaries were pushed in roughly 20 feet, leaving bodies buried outside the new cemetery walls, set in place in the 1930s. If you walk just outside El Campo Santo's front gate, there are small brass circles that say "Grave Site" embedded in the concrete sidewalk. Just above the sidewalk is a plaque: "Remembering the more than 20 men, women and children who lie buried beneath San Diego Avenue. "Only one guy, a state Assembly member, was exhumed and re-buried within the cemetery's new boundaries.

2410 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

  • Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

There is a cemetery in the middle of Rancho Santa Fe Rd in San Marcos.  The San Diego Union-Tribune has a great article about it.

Rancho Santa Fe Road median at the intersection of Meadowlark Ranch Road, San Marcos, CA 92078.

Tree-shaded lawns & paths make up this picturesque park, which sits atop a 19th-century cemetery.

1521 Washington Pl, San Diego, CA 92103

Seaport Village is a popular location for shopping and dining along San Diego‘s beautiful waterfront by both tourists and locals. Winding cobblestone paths connect shops together and foster areas for street performers or buskers. Whether your in the mood to shop, eat, get your fortune told, ride a 100 year old carousel, or even fly a kite, Seaport village offers a little bit of something for everyone including paranormalists.

What many people never fathom is that underneath the general area known as Seaport Village, likely lies San Diego’s oldest graveyard. Dead Man’s Point or Punta de los Muertos was the final resting place for a portion of the 1769 Spanish expedition to San Diego.

849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Comedy Clubs

List coming soon

List coming soon

 

Conventions

There is a different convention every week, too numerous for me to keep track.  I have created links to the most popular conventions websites.

Do you have a website you favor to find conventions in San Diego County?  Please share it by emailing me at Steve@Cardinalli.com.

 

Disasters

And other tragedies

  • Heaven's Gate

The San Ysidro McDonald's massacre occurred on July 18, 1984, when 41-year-old James Huberty fatally shot 21 people and wounded 19 others in a mass shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in the San Ysidro before being killed by a police sniper.

The McDonalds closed and donated land to the city.  San Ysidro sold the property to Southwestern College.

460 W San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173

On 9:01 a.m. on September 25, 1978, a Boeing 727 and Cessna 172 collided over urban San Diego, creating one of the worst air disasters in California, and the deadliest in the United States at the time.

Dwight St & Nile St, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Dog Parks and Beaches

Most communities require dogs to be controlled on a leash five feet long (or less).

Coronado's Dog Beach is leash-free year-round on the western part of the beach. It's marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive to the border of the U.S. Naval Station.

Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118

(Dogs are allowed but you should check their website for the rules.)

North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014


(Dogs are allowed but you should check their website for the rules.)

29th Street to Solana Beach border, Del Mar, CA 92014

(Dogs are allowed but you should check their website for the rules.)

Powerhouse Park to Torrey Pines State Beach boundary, at 6th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014

The Original Dog Beach in San Diego, CA is nationally famous and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. It is a landmark in the community of Ocean Beach at the end of I-8 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Dog Beach is a special place where people and pets, beach lovers and surfers celebrate the spirit of Ocean Beach, one of Southern California's last true beach towns.

Ocean Beach, CA 92107

It is my humble opinion that BringFido.com is the best resource for dog friendly activities and places.  My goal is to tell you about dog friendly beaches and parks (and maybe trails).  BringFido.com goes well beyond what I am sharing.

 

Festivals

There are so many festivals throughout San Diego County, I have decided to create links to the most popular festival websites/calendars.

Since being established in 2000, Off The Beaten Path in San Diego County has been known for an unparalleled commitment to customer satisfaction. It’s this standard of excellence that has provided the impetus for us to grow into the business we are today.

We believe that the customer always comes first - and that means exceptional products and exceptional services. Get in touch today to learn more about what we have to offer.

 

Fishing

Anyone 16 years and older must have a fishing license to take any kind of fish, mollusk, invertebrate or crustacean in California, except for persons angling from a public pier for non-commercial purposes in ocean or bay waters.   California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This San Diego beach features camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

Carlsbad Blvd at Poinsettia Ln in Carlsbad.

Harbor Beaches extra wide sand makes it ideal for walking, jogging, and sunbathing. There are volleyball courts, sheltered picnic areas and a playground, all on the sand. The beach is a popular surfing spot, especially near the jetties. At both ends of Harbor Beach are jetties, which are popular fishing spots.

N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

See also Piers.

 

Food and Drink

This section does not include restaurants, breweries or similar items.  This is strictly for unique to San Diego County food and beverages.

The California Senate "As The Most Healthful Water".  The alkaline drinking water is naturally alkaline from 1,700 feet deep aquifer reaching artesian mineral well.

2802 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

When you move to San Diego County, there is no doubt someone will ask and insist you have a Julian Pie.  You can buy Julian Pies at various locations throughout San Diego County, but why not take a drive to the source?

2225 Main St, Julian, CA 92036

What food or drink can you think of that is San Diego County unique?  Steve@Cardinalli.com

 

This is a shameless plug for the band I Manage called Free Beer Band.

The Free Beer Band plays an assortment of Rockn' Country Music!


The Free Beer Band is a group of great friends that have organically developed into one of the most sought after bands in San Diego County with every venue they have played at requesting return performances.

The Free Beer Band will entertain you with songs such as: "Fuzzy"; "Whiskey Girl"; "Red Solo Cup"; "Things You Don't Say To Your Wife"; "I Like Girls That Drink Beer"; "My Kinda Party"; "Drink It Up"; "I Love This Bar" and many more! 


Plus, they have a special tribute to our Military Families with "Angry American"


Featuring:

Rik Ogden - Lead Guitar and Back Up Singer.
Rik Ogden is a Music Instructor at Carlsbad Village Music and a master of multiple instruments. Rik is a regular performer at Lamb's Theatre.

Eric Woods - Lead Singer and Acoustic Guitar.
Eric Woods has the voice made for music. A San Diego County Realtor, Eric Woods is by far the nicest person you will ever meet.

Will Sumner - Drums.
Will Sumner is a Music Instructor at Carlsbad Village Music. An accomplished musician, Will had produced a multiple of CD with songs that have trended Worldwide.

Steve Cardinalli - Acoustic Guitar and Back Up Singer.
Steve Cardinalli is a San Diego County Realtor. He is also the unofficial Manager of the Free Beer Band and the creator of the Ice Chest Amp.


Toye Martindale - Electric Guitar; Mandolin; Ganjo and Back Up Singer.
Toye Martinadale is equally as nice a person as Eric Woods. Toye has a family history of music and is an Authority on Reverse Mortgages. Toye's contribution to the Free Beer Band is unmeasurable!


Sarah Lehmann - BASS.
Sarah Lehmann is a phenom of music! Sarah has an amazing ability to master every instrument she touches. The Free Beer Band is lucky to have her musical presence.


The Free Beer Band can be found on Social Media using #FreeBeerBandSDand invites you to join them for fun, live music, laughter, dancing and a beer (or two).

For bookings, contact Steve Cardinalli at FreeBeerBandSD@yahoo.com.

 

Gardens

San Diego County has the best weather in the Nation and it is no surprise there is an abundance of gardens.

  • 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Alcazar Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Australian Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • California Native Plant Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Casa del Rey Moro Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Desert Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • EthnoBotany Children’s Peace Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Japanese Friendship Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Marston House Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • San Diego Zoo Botanical Collection

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Trees for Health Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

Acquired in 1973, Wilderness Gardens County Preserve is the oldest Parks and Recreation open space preserve in San Diego County. Located in the picturesque San Luis Rey River watershed, the vast 737-acre preserve offers more than 4 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and is known as a birdwatcher's paradise.

14209 CA-76, Pala, CA 92059

  • Veterans Memorial Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Zoro Garden

Visit the Balboa Park section.

 

Golf

Even if you are not a golfer, you know about Torrey Pines.  But did you know there over 80 golf courses in San Diego County?

There is a golf course in San Diego county for every budget and skill level including Public; Private; Military and Executive & Par 3 courses.

I think San Diego Golf is absolutely the best resource and I am not going to try to out do them.  Visit them for a complete list of golf courses.

By the way, if you are interested in purchasing a home on a golf course or in a golf course community, e-mail me at Steve@Cardinalli.com and I will send you a list of every property for sale and available right now. 

 

Harbors

The Full Story

Oceanside Harbor Village is the local gem of North County, San Diego. The Village is a community of businesses located within Oceanside Harbor, offering visitors one-of-a-kind experiences, from waterfront dining, sport fishing and stand-up paddle boarding to unique local gifts and apparel.

260-280 South Harbor Drive Oceanside Harbor, CA 92054

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Haunted Places
(If you dare...bwahaha...)

See also Ghost Tours in the Tours and Scenic Routes section.


All seemed to be well at El Campo Santo until the city began to grow and the needs of the living seemed to supersede the respect for the dead. So when the people in San Diego saw a need for more roads, several graves were removed and relocated. A horse-drawn streetcar line was constructed that ran right through the cemetery, and later, this same streetcar line became a modern road. Many graves were just paved over – leaving the souls of the dead trapped under the road.

Residents and business owners in the surrounding areas of the cemetery have reported witnessing disturbing poltergeist events: Inexplicable electrical outages, lights going on and off and appliances and alarms systems going off for no reason at all. Could it be the spirits of those whose bodies were so grossly disrespected crying out? Many seem to think so.

Visitors to the area have also been spooked by their car alarms going off or being unable to start their vehicle when they parked in the lot in front of the graveyard – another sign that the souls of the dead were not happy.

2410 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110


  • Hunter Steakhouse


Formerly Buena Vista Cemetery (Oceanside's oldest cemetery).  No burials are recorded after 1920 and the cemetery ceased to exist in 1969.  It is rumored there are still bodies there.  It is also rumored that bodies were unearthed when the steakhouse was being built.  Furthermore, it is rumored the steakhouse is haunted.  Buena Vista Cemetery is also listed in the cemetery section.

1221 Vista Wy, Oceanside, CA 92054


Whaley House

 

Highways, Byways, Roads and Routes

This section is a work in progress

  • Highway 52

You might notice between the 805 and the 163 the highway transitions from concrete to asphalt and back to concrete.  That's because the asphalt section was built over a landfill.  That section continues to settle and asphalt is flexible.  Some portions are thought to have as much as 7 feet of asphalt built up leveling the highway. 


One of the best ways to see San Diego is by taking advantage of the organized 59-Mile Scenic Drive. It's marked for easy reference every quarter of a mile by blue and yellow signage that includes a while seagull in the center.

Purchase a map outlining the drive at the International Visitor Information Center near the first stop. 996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


  • 80



  • 101



  • 395



  • El Camino Real



  • Mountain Spring Grade



  • Plank Road



  • Stage Route


My Bride's name is Treena.  So naturally I wanted to give her a shout out.  When you visit Treena St, take a selfie under the sign and send it to me at Steve@Cardinalli.com.

Treena St, San Diego, CA 92131

I am including these two just because I was amused by the names:

 

Hiking
(Includes walking trails)

This section is a work in progress

  • Mushroom House

Built in 1968, it was originally called the Pavilion and could be accessed from the cliffs above via a nearly vertical tramway running almost 300 feet down the cliff.  This is a 2 mile round-trip hike through a canyon with stunning views.

9400 La Jolla Farms Rd, San Diego, CA 92037 

  • Potato Chip Rock


Wilderness Garden PreserveBodies Blvd, Fallbrook

 

History

This section is a work in progress

The historic ruins at the park are the adobe remnants of a former stagecoach stop at Rancho Las Encinitas.

3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego CA 92106


Juan Maria Romualdo Marron was granted the Rancho Agua Hedionda in 1842 by Mexican governor Juan Bautista Alvarado.  The same family has owned the property ever since.

Private Residence.  3700 block of Haymar Dr, Oceanside, CA

  • Old Mission Dam




  • Old Point Loma Lighthouse

  • Old Town San Diego

  • Stage Stop Grain Bin and Kelly Barn

This little piece of history is located in a small park off of El Camino Real.  I cannot find any reference to it online.

Jackspar Dr near Elcamino Real, Carlsbad, CA 

See also Missions.

 

Islands

Did you know San Diego County is home to several islands?

  • Coronado Island

  • Fiesta Island


  • Harbor Island​

  • Shelter Island

  • Vacation Island

 

Kayak

San Diego County has several places to kayak and plenty of places to rent kayak for both guided and self-guided tours.

Kayak along La Jolla's calm shoreline as the sun sets beyond the horizon. There's no better way to end your day than floating along the peaceful waters. This tour sets the perfect evening for a night out with family and friends.

2199 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Lagoons

Details coming soon

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Landscapes
(including plants and trees)

San Diego County has the best weather in the Nation and it is no surprise there is an abundance of gardens.

  • Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Visit the Balboa Park section.

See also the Trees Section.

 

Lighthouses

The Full Story

  • Old Point Loma Lighthouse

 

Mining

Yes, you can go mining in San Diego County.

Discover an exciting learning experience at The Eagle Mining Co. in Julian, California.

2320 C St, Julian, CA 92036

During the 1850's, ex-Gold Rush miners sought their fortunes in the waterways of the San Luis Rey river searching to find a new gold bonanza. instead, as they panned and prospected up the river from the San Luis Rey mission church at Oceanside, they found a strange purple rock as well as Pink and Green Crystals in their gold pans.

35940 Magee Rd, Pala, CA 92059


Typically only open on the weekends from 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sat./ 12-5 Sun. for the general public, but private events and field trips can be scheduled at any time.

4444 CA-78, Julian, CA 92036

​Visit the Oceanview Mine for a chance to find your own gems - tourmalines, kunzites, morganites and more! Your visit allows you a unique view of the only actively working underground mine in the world famous Pala Gem mining district. 

Palomar-Julian, Reservation, 37304 Magee Rd, Pala, CA 92059

Did you know the California state gemstone is Benitoite?


You may also be interested in the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in the Museums section.

 

Missions

Father Junipero Serra established nine missions before his death and burial at Mission San Carlos.

Mission San Antonio de Pala was established by Father Antonio Peyri, OFM, on June 13, 1816 as one of the "asistencia" (Extension or sub­mission) Missions to Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. Three mission asistencias were built in the San Diego district. Mission Pala is still in active service and is the only Mission to have remained in continuous service as was originally established ministering a native population.

3015 Pala Mission Rd, Pala, CA 92059


  • Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in The Californias, a province of New Spain. Located in present-day San Diego, California, it was founded on July 16, 1769, by Spanish friar Junípero Serra in an area long inhabited by the Kumeyaay people.

10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Founded in 1798 by Padre Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, successor to Padre Junipero Serra, Mission San Luis Rey was named after St. Louis IX, King of France, who lived during the 13th century. The history of the San Luis Rey area reflects five periods of occupation: Luiseño Indian, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization, American Military, and Twentieth Century Restoration.

4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057


The State of California considers Las Flores a mission asistencia.  There is little left to see at the site; basically just a portion of a wall and the landmark sign. The wall is somewhat protected by a cover that keeps most of the rain off.

The remains of the asistencia is on the grounds of Camp Pendleton Marine Base.  Camp Pendleton is a closed base.


Santa Ysabel was a sub-mission of Mission San Diego de Alcalá. It was established in 1818 as a means of serving people who had a hard time getting to San Diego. There is nothing left of the original asistencia however in 1924 the San Ysabel chapel was dedicated and sits near the site of the original adobe.

23013 CA-79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

See also Missions.

 

Monastery

The Full Story

  • Deer Park Monastery


  • Metta Forest Monastery


  • Sunnataram Monastery

 

Monuments

The Full Story

Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego CA 92106


  • Cabrillo Statue at Cabrillo

 

Movies and Television

More movies to come

​​The  “Top Gun House” (Graves House built in 1887) has been moved, will be restored, returned a block North of it former location and incorporated into/with the hotel currently under construction.  (updated 6/19/19)

The former location is: 102 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054

The “Piano Bar Scene” takes place at Kansas City Barbeque.

600 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Some bar Scenes take place in the Red Fox Room located in The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows.

2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

The Locker room scene where Iceman confronts Maverick about being a cowboy was filmed at the Mission Beach Plunge at Belmont Park.

3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Filming has taken place throughout many locations in San Diego County and for many years.  If you would like to see a movie or TV show added to this list, email me at Steve@Cardinalli.com.

 

Museums

San Diego County has a large assortment of museums.

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, a non-profit corporation, collects, preserves and displays examples of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity.

2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, California 92083

The California Surf Museum was founded in 1986 and has been in operation for over three decades serving tens of thousands of annual visitors from over 40 nations annually.

312 Pier View Way, ceanside, CA 92054

Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.

(VERY IMPORTANT - Visits require advance notice and a photo ID - Check their website for details).

5345 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

If getting stoned is your thing, check out the Mining section.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India.

The Maritime Museum is home to California's official tall ship, The Californian

Star of India Wharf, 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader of arts and culture in San Diego. In addition to several highly praised contemporary art exhibitions per year, museum programming includes classes, lectures, docent tours, parties, concerts, films, culinary events, and chartered travel to other cultural art venues and destinations.

704 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA 92054

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of railroads as they existed in the Pacific Southwest. With over 120 pieces of equipment and artifacts on display between our two facilities in Campo, CA and La Mesa, CA, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association provides a unique learning experience for all ages.

2 locations:
Campo Depot

750 Depot Street
Campo, California 91906

La Mesa Depot
4695 Nebo Drive
La Mesa, California 91941

The mission of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is to research, collect, preserve, and present the heritage of American railroading

using educational programs, displays, toy trains, and scale models of California railroads.

Balboa Park

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

With more than 30 restored aircraft, and nearly 10 acres of exhibits and displays, the Midway brings you the most complete cross-section of carrier aviation in the world. From high up on the bridge down to the main engine room, taking you on a unique warship journey that engages the sights, sounds, and aromas of this symbol of American freedom.

910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

The Villa Montezuma is a magnificent Queen Anne Victorian mansion located in the Sherman Heights Historic District just off the 5 freeway, near downtown San Diego, California. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Villa Montezuma, aka the Jesse Shepard House, was built in 1887 by master architects Comstock and Trotsche.

1925 K St, San Diego CA 92102

 

Music (Live)

There is a lot of music to be heard in San Diego County.  I will only mention the ones that are unique to this area.

Aztec Brewery has live music 5 to 7 days a week.  Stop in Thursdays at 6:00 PM for open mic.

2330 La Mirada Dr. Suite 300, Vista CA 92081


Belly Up brings the best in new, up-and-coming artists as well as established legends in genres ranging from alternative rock, indie rock, rock, reggae, and hip-hop to blues, folk, jazz, Latin & more!

143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075 


  • Stoney B (blues)

Every Wednesday starting at 9:00 PM (except the last of the month) Stoney B plays at a speakeasy next to Hennessey's Tavern in the Gaslamp.

Hennessey's Tavern, 708 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

See also:

 

Parks
(Only parks with unique features are listed here).

The Full Story

Tree-shaded lawns & paths make up this picturesque park, which sits atop a 19th-century cemetery.

1521 Washington Pl, San Diego, CA 92103

 

Piers

The Full Story

As one of the world's biggest research piers, it is used for boat launching and a variety of experiments. Data on ocean conditions and plankton taken from the pier since 1916 provide an unparalleled source of information on changes in the coastal Pacific Ocean.

8650 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Imperial Beach is known for its 3.5 miles of uncrowned, white sand beaches and big waves.  Set off with a magnificent wooden pier and views of both downtown San Diego and the Coronado Islands, Imperial Beach is ideal for swimming, jogging, sunbathing, world-class surfing and sand castle building.

Elder Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

At 1,942 feet, the historical Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast.

Pier View Wy and N Pacific Street

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

See also Fishing.

 

Real Estate

Service so Good...  You'll be moved!

Steve Cardinalli (CA BRE Lic 01323509)

has been representing Buyers and Sellers

since 2002 with great success. 

Learn more about Steve

by visiting him at 

Windermere Homes & Estates.

 

Restaurants and More...

San Diego County has a huge assortment of restaurants.  My goal is to focus on local restaurants and chains that are quite unique.

  • Hot Dog On A Stick

Founded in 1946

 

SCUBA

Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apperatus

The Children's Pool is a small beach partially protected by a seawall. The original intention was to create a fully protected swimming area, but in recent years sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall.

This is a popular beach for scuba divers because of the reefs just offshore. These same reefs can create very strong currents and other hazards, particularly in high surf conditions.

Village of La Jolla, CA 92037

La Jolla Shores is a sandy beach approximately 1 mile long located in the community of La Jolla. In summer, waves at this beach are usually the most gentle of all San Diego beaches  .

La Jolla Shores is adjacent to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Fishing and removal of objects from this area is prohibited and possession of game is unlawful.

La Jolla, CA 92037

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

See also:

 

Shipwrecks

Imagine yourself on a tall ship somewhere in the Pacific Ocean  You hear a large brass bell ring:

clang clang

clang clang

clang clang

clang clang

And a seaman yells:

"Alls well that ends well.... This watch is over"

This is a traditional way of announcing the time when at sea.

This is also the way we spread my Uncle Bob's ashes at sea and signaled the end of his watch... forever.

A Cleveland-class light cruiser that was sunk as a target.

32.8796°N 118.5081°W


This impressive shipwreck is worth waiting for a very low tide in the winter to see.

32.674°N 117.173°W


A PC-461-class submarine chaser that was sunk in a collision with USS Laffey off San Diego.

32°37′54″N117°14′12″W


A Balao-class submarine that was sunk as a target off San Diego.

32.7052°N 117.4424°W


A Mackenzie-class destroyer that was scuttled off Mission Bay as an artificial reef.

32.77154°N 117.27098°W


See also:


​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Borrego Springs has the most unique collection of metal sculptures.  The collection is outside scattered throughout the community.

 Before you embark my advise is:

  • Go in cooler months or brings lots of water.

  • Do not take a low profile vehicle.

Can you find all of them?

A good place to start is the Visitor Center at 786 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

 

Sky Dive

I think I will stick with Google Earth!

 

Snorkeling

More coming soon

This San Diego beach features camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

Carlsbad Blvd at Poinsettia Ln in Carlsbad.

The waters surrounding the Cove are part of the 6,000 acre La Jolla Underwater Park, which includes an Ecological Reserve. This means there is ample wildlife, such as seals, barracuda, opaleye, giant sea bass, baitfish and orange garibaldi.

1100 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037

See also:

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Speakeasy

I will tell you where they are, but I may not tell you how to get in...

Beneath The Land & Water Company in Carlsbad is The Charles Kenneth. You need a password that changes daily. Follow them on Instagram @thecaptaincharleskenneth.
The Charles Kenneth, 2978 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Next to Hennessey's Tavern in the Gaslamp.

Hennessey's Tavern, 708 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Noble Experiment.  Behind the stack of old beer kegs near the bathroom of the restaurant 
Noble Experiment, 777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Prohibition.  Hidden under “The Law Office of Eddie O’Hare Esq.” Prohibition.  Live jazz music every Wednesday night.  Formal dress code.
Prohibition, 548 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

There’s a switch in the back of Seven Grand for visitors to alert servers they want to enter. 

Seven Grand, 3054 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104

 

Sports

San Diego County has a large variety of sports (except professional football).

(Formerly the US Olympic Training Center)

2800 Olympic Parkway Chula Vista, California 91915

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA ​92101

  • Rock Climbing

A few good resources are:

  1. Local Adventurer

  2. Mountain Project

  3. Rock Climbing.com

The Torrey Pines Gliderport, is the most historic aviation site in North America, with nearly 100 years of flying history. It is Southern California’s premiere location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

A Womens Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) league here in the The Finest City of America: San Diego.

Check their calendar for locations

  • Wave Park

Ride the perfect wave, every time.  At the time this is written (June 16, 2019), a wave park is in the planning and development at the site of the former swap meet in Oceanside. 

The approximate location is Alex Rd & Foussat Road, Oceanside, CA 92058

See also:

 

Statues

The Full Story

  • Cat in the Hat Statue

See also:

Art

 

Stand Up Paddle Boards

My goal here is to highlight the "favorite" SUP locations.

Cardiff State Beach

Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007


​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Surfing

My goal here is to highlight the "favorite" surf locations.

Blacks Beach is considered one of the strongest surf breaks in Southern California. The powerful waves are due to the Scripps Canyon, an underwater submarine canyon, which funnels the waves toward the shore. The surf in Black's Beach San Diego is recommended for experienced surfers only​.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

This San Diego beach features camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

Carlsbad Blvd at Poinsettia Ln in Carlsbad.

D Street Beach is one block south of Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, CA. As the name suggests the beach access is at the west end of D Street. The street ends at a nice viewpoint looking out over the ocean where surfers ride in on long rolling waves.

450 D St, Encinitas, CA 92024


Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a steep hillside park between Point Loma Nazarene University and the ocean.  Garbage Beach, has a steep access route down the sandstone cliff directly below the lower parking lot.  This route follows a broken drainage trough and is so steep at the bottom that a fixed rope is used for safety.

Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Ladera St, San Diego, CA 92107

Harbor Beaches extra wide sand makes it ideal for walking, jogging, and sunbathing. There are volleyball courts, sheltered picnic areas and a playground, all on the sand. The beach is a popular surfing spot, especially near the jetties. At both ends of Harbor Beach are jetties, which are popular fishing spots.

N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054

Imperial Beach is known for its 3.5 miles of uncrowned, white sand beaches and big waves.  Set off with a magnificent wooden pier and views of both downtown San Diego and the Coronado Islands, Imperial Beach is ideal for swimming, jogging, sunbathing, world-class surfing and sand castle building.

Elder Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Swami's is an area in San Diego County that contains Swami's Beach and other local attractions. The beach, also known as "Swami’s Reef'" and "Swamis", is an internationally known surfing spot, a point break located in Encinitas.

1298 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Torrey Pines State Beach is a coastal beach located in the San Diego, California community of Torrey Pines, and is located south of Del Mar and north of La Jolla. Coastal erosion from the adjacent Torrey Pines State Reserve makes for a picturesque landscape. It is a local favorite among surfers and remains a quintessential Southern California beach.

N Torrey PInes Rd at Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92037 

  • Wave Park

Ride the perfect wave, every time.  At the time this is written (June 16, 2019), a wave park is in the planning and development at the site of the former swap meet in Oceanside. 

The approximate location is Alex Rd & Foussat Road, Oceanside, CA 92058

The rocky shore of Windansea Beach is perhaps best known for its beautiful scenery and surf breaks created by underwater reefs.

Much of Windansea experiences moderate to severe shore break, a condition on steep beaches which results in hard breaking surf right at the shoreline. This makes it a popular location for surfing, however, swimmers should enter and exit the water carefully to prevent potentially serious injury.

Sandstone rocks act as partitions along the beach offering a secluded atmosphere for sunbathing.

6600 Neptune Pl, La Jolla, CA 92037

​IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Theatres

The list is coming soon

See also Amphitheaters

 

Tide Pools

Tide Pools are a great way to explore nature.  Please remember, do not disturb or remove anything!

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego CA 92106

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a steep hillside park between Point Loma Nazarene University and the ocean.  Garbage Beach, has a steep access route down the sandstone cliff directly below the lower parking lot.  This route follows a broken drainage trough and is so steep at the bottom that a fixed rope is used for safety.

Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Ladera St, San Diego, CA 92107

Not a tide pool but worth the adventure:

This impressive shipwreck is worth waiting for a very low tide in the winter to see.

32.674°N 117.173°W


IMPORTANT:

The Ocean and Beach is both beautiful and deadly.  I strongly encourage you to know your abilities when in or near the water.  It is always a good idea to check with the nearest Lifeguard for water conditions.

 

Tiki and Totem Poles

Yes, I added a category for tiki and totem poles.  Look around, they are every where.

Most of these are on private property.  Please be respectful.

The list is sorted by City then street name then address number.

 

Tours and Scenic Routes

Tours are a great way to see several areas of San Diego County and be able to relax at the same time.

Boat Tours​:

  • Black Swan Gondola Cruises

Check Groupon for discounts

1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos

  • Hornblower San Diego

Check Groupon for discounts

970 North Harbor Drive, San Diego

  • Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India.

The Maritime Museum has several boat tours available.  Check out their website for details.

Star of India Wharf, 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Ready to see the best of San Diego on sea and land? Your 90-minute, fully narrated SEAL Tour departs from Seaport Village or the Embarcadero. Wind your way through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing down for a cruise through the waters of the San Diego Bay. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of our virtually unsinkable Hydra-Terras. Here you will learn first-hand of our rich military history and cruise through the waters that are the playground of the California Seals and Sea Lions.

Depart from either Embarcadero or Seaport Village.


Driving Tours:

One of the best ways to see San Diego is by taking advantage of the organized 59-Mile Scenic Drive. It's marked for easy reference every quarter of a mile by blue and yellow signage that includes a while seagull in the center.

Purchase a map outlining the drive at the International Visitor Information Center near the first stop. 996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Factory Tours:

A free, guided tour of the Taylor factory is given every Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. (excluding holidays).

Taylor Guitar Factory, 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020


Ghost Tours:

Join them for a spirited and entertaining tour built on stories of history, mystery and legends of San Diego’s past and darker side.Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour boards at Old Town Market: Old Town San Diego – 4008 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110

  • Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours

Their haunted ghost tour will take you on our Ghost Coach – starting at San Diego’s haunted Old Town, then on the bus to the Sherman Heights / Golden Hill community, next is San Diego’s haunted Gaslamp District / Downtown area and finally returning to the El Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town.  Book in advance.

Their tour leaves from the Old Town Corral Plaza at 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

San Diego’s only ghost hunter led ghost tour.Tours meet at the water fountain at Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego.  2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110.


Plane and Helicopter Tours:

Open Cockpit Biplane Rides  -  Thrill Rides  -  Up to 5 Person Group Aerial Tours

Or .... Duel it out with a Biplane Air Combat Experience!

3717 John J Montgomery Dr, San Diego, CA 92123

​​

Corporate Helicopters is an exceptional, full-service helicopter company in San Diego – centrally positioned to serve Southern California, the Western United States, Baja California and Mexico.

3753 John J Montgomery Dr #1, San Diego, CA 92123

​Open cockpit biplane rides in helmet and goggles over the Pacific Coast along the beach near Oceanside, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla and San Diego California.

2018 Palomar Airport Rd, 2, Carlsbad, CA 92011


The Torrey Pines Gliderport, is the most historic aviation site in North America, with nearly 100 years of flying history. It is Southern California’s premiere location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

See also the Sky Dive section.

Sports Tours:


(Formerly the US Olympic Training Center)

2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, California 91915



Trolley Tours:

Choose 1-Day or 2-Day Tickets.  

Whether you’re just breezing through or enjoying an extended stay, they’ve got several options to choose from to help you maximize your time in San Diego and still see the best first!

 

Trains

The Full Story

The Balboa Park Miniature Train is operated by the San Diego Zoo. The train pulls out of the station for 3-minute rides around a portion of Balboa Park. The train station is located outside the Zoo’s exit.

1800 Zoo Pl, San Diego, CA 92101

The COASTER commuter train provides breathtaking coastal scenery as it runs north and south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. More than 20 trains run on weekdays, with additional service on the weekends. It takes about an hour to travel the entire COASTER route.

Trip Planner

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of railroads as they existed in the Pacific Southwest. With over 120 pieces of equipment and artifacts on display between our two facilities in Campo, CA and La Mesa, CA, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association provides a unique learning experience for all ages.

2 locations:
Campo Depot

750 Depot St, Campo, California 91906

La Mesa Depot
4695 Nebo Dr, La Mesa, California 91941


The mission of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is to research, collect, preserve, and present the heritage of American railroading

using educational programs, displays, toy trains, and scale models of California railroads.

Balboa Park

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Trees

See also Landscapes

  • Kraken Tree

The Kraken Tree was a tree in Carlsbad that died.  The property owners, instead of cutting it down, commissioned to have it turned into a work of art known as the Kraken Tree.

This is a private resident, please be respectful. 3180 Monroe St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

  • Pepper Tree

The oldest Pepper Tree in California is planted at Mission San Luis Rey.  The seeds were brought by a sailor from Peru in 1830.

Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057


  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree

The tree was officially measured in 1996 at 78 feet (24 meters) high, with a crown width of 123 feet (37 meters) and a trunk girth of 486 inches (12.3 meters). It is one of the three largest Moreton Bay Fig trees in the state of California.

Visit the Balboa Park section.

  • Moreton Bay Fig tree

The “Old Man Tree” in Oceanside.  Planted about 1935 by Archibald Cope.  It has multiple trunks and is very impressive.

Private Residence at the corner of California St and Bellaire St, Oceanside, CA 92054

The Torrey pine is an endangered and rare species growing only in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, coastal northern San Diego county, and on Santa Rosa Island.

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Volcano

Did you know you can visit a volcano in North San Diego County?  Well...  sort of....

  • Mount Calavera (Calavera Lake) area has one of three volcanic plugs found in Southern California.  Possibly dated to the Miocene when our coastline was transitioning from a convergent plate boundary.  It became a transform plate motion, which eventually formed the San Andreas Fault.

Calavera Lake, Carlsbad, CA

DEFINITIONS:

Convergent Plate Boundary: A tectonic boundary where two plates are moving toward each other.


Miocene: The first geological epoch of the Neogene Period and extends from about 23.03 to 5.333 million years ago


Volcanic Plug: Also called a volcanic neck or lava neck, is a volcanic object created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. When present, a plug can cause an extreme build-up of pressure if rising volatile-charged magma is trapped beneath it, and this can sometimes lead to an explosive eruption.

 

Water Parks

This site is a work in progress.  I will have an update soon.

  • Wave Park

Ride the perfect wave, every time.  At the time this is written (June 16, 2019), a wave park is in the planning and development at the site of the former swap meet in Oceanside. 

The approximate location is Alex Rd & Foussat Road, Oceanside, CA 92058

 

Waterfalls

List Coming Soon

This site is a work in progress.  I will have an update soon.

 

Zoos and Animal Parks

Plus other wild animals

Free Flight is a unique exotic bird sanctuary located in Del Mar and open to the public 7 days a week.

Their mission is to maintain a sanctuary that shelters, nurtures and re-socializes parrots, while educating the public to inspire a lasting concern for the well being of exotic birds.

2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA, 92014

San Diego's ONLY Accredited Big Cat and Bear Sanctuary.

24402 Martin Wy, Alpine, CA 91901


Home to beautiful camels and makers of fine camel milk soap products.

Before you go, check their Open Farm Day schedule.

26757 Highway 78, Ramona, CA 92065

For more than a century, people have flocked to the San Diego Zoo to discover animals. The Zoo connects people with wildlife to inspire a passion for nature.

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


Open every day of the year, including all holidays.

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Dagmar Midcap is a local news personality and advocate for animals and the environment.  She is worth following.

Where is your favorite place to visit wild animals in San Diego County?  E-mail me at Steve@Cardinalli.com.