If you are looking for a place to go for your annual Spring Break trek consider the sunny shores of San Diego. With warm temperatures, 70 miles of beaches, endless attractions, and an array of dining and nightlife offerings, “California’s Beach City” could be the perfect spot to spend time.
From kids and teens to fun-loving adults, there’s something for all ages in sun-kissed San Diego. Here are some key attractions and things to do for Spring Breakers.
Life’s a Beach
If you want to spend most of Spring Break at the beach San Diego delivers thanks to Mission and Pacific Beaches that offer boardwalks, bars and restaurants, and the popular beachside Belmont Park amusement park. There’s also family-friendly La Jolla Shores perfect for first-time surfers. Mission Bay’s 27 miles of meandering coastline is the prime spot to set sail, jet ski, standup paddleboard, kayak, bicycle, or just catch some rays.
Nearly perfect weather makes for spectacular spring floral displays throughout San Diego. Blooms range from the annual wildflowers of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California where a kaleidoscope of colorful flora awaits. For an artsy take on the season Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park offers nearly 100 floral interpretations of the museum’s masterworks.
Kids will love LEGOLAND California which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring – and throughout 2019 – by giving children 12 and under free admission on their birthday. Spring Fling at The Nat (San Diego Natural History Museum) in Balboa Park from March 24-30 will blend art and science with interactive activities, mini tours, live animal encounters and more, highlighting the museum’s science departments: birds, mammals, botany, entomology, herpetology, and paleontology.
Visitors of all ages should then head to the San Diego Zoo to explore the expansive new Africa Rocks spotlighting the amazing biodiversity of Africa, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, home of the new Walkabout Australia. Guests can walk among kangaroos and wallabies, and SeaWorld San Diego, featuring the new Electric Eel roller coaster.
Music and Melodies
San Diego’s signature electronic music fest, CRSSD Festival from March 2-3 features dozens of internationally acclaimed DJs and musical acts, including Armand Van Helden, Phantogram, Odesza and more, attracting more than 15,000 music fans from throughout the U.S. The 21-and-up fest’s daytime vibe at downtown’s Waterfront Park is where attendees can imbibe in local craft beer and gourmet food while dancing under the palms.
For the Passport Stamp Collector
The over-18 crowd can enjoy a unique Cali-Baja Spring Break in San Diego, California’s premier two-nation destination where South-of-the-Border flavors, culture and a legendary nightlife scene converge in Tijuana, Mexico, a short trolley ride from downtown San Diego. Venture further South to the coastal resort village of Rosarito, famous for its beach parties and Puerto Nuevo lobster. Note: A valid passport is required for entry into Mexico and re-entry into the U.S.
San Diego’s great outdoors beckons Spring Breakers to bask in the sun while hiking the region’s beautiful and diverse terrain. The trails of Balboa Park are particularly inviting in the spring as its gardens and canyons are in full bloom, especially through Florida Canyon. The dramatic sandstone bluffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve are a must-see, where visitors can take in the surf below along Blacks Beach and paragliders soaring high overhead on thermal winds. Inland, Mission Trails Regional Park is home to the popular 5-Peak Challenge and the aptly-named Potato Chip Rock on Mt. Woodson is a perfect precipice for a few selfies.
San Diego’s many food halls include: the new Little Italy Food Hall, featuring six food stations like Not Not Tacos by culinary celeb Sam the Cooking Guy; Liberty Public Market, San Diego’s premier food hall with 30 tempting food vendors like scrumptious Paraná Empanadas, and the new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad scheduled to open this spring with its own speakeasy.
Happy Spring Break!