Your Beachside San Diego Summer

San Diego is famous for many reasons — our year-round mild weather, amazing food scene and incredible attractions stand tall among them. Still, our more than 70 miles of stunning coastline? One of the biggest reasons people love to visit. Once you spend a few minutes on the sand soaking up some of our golden west coast sunshine, it’ll be apparent why. There are countless ways to have a great time at the beach in “America’s Finest City”, but here are some of our favorite ways to have a breezy, beachside San Diego summer. 


Learn to Surf 

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Surfing is the quintessential Southern California pastime. If you’ve ever wanted to discover it for yourself, then we recommend checking in with our friends at San Diego Surf School. Their expert instructors can help you learn to ride the waves, shoot the curl, hang ten, and all the other fun stuff the Beach Boys sang about. And with summer in full swing, there’s simply never been a better time to get out and enjoy the water. 

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Take in Some Great Live Music

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There’s no better spot than San Diego if you’re looking for fantastic summer concerts and music festivals right on the beach. Our sister property Humphreys Half Moon Inn is home to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, which is offering a packed schedule all season long. Plus, locals and visitors alike can look forward to Waterfront Park’s Bleached Fest (Aug 5 – 6), Fiesta Del Sol at Fletcher Park, San Diego Bayfest, and the return of KAABOO at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.


Enjoy a Divers’ Paradise

As beautiful as San Diego is above water, there’s an impressive undersea world just waiting to be explored. If you want to experience something you can’t do every day, why not unleash your inner explorer and head out for a scuba or snorkeling adventure? Divers here will discover kelp forests, countless species of marine life, and even famous downed watercraft. Need some pointers on how and where to get started? Take a look at our previous post, “Sea Turtles and Shipwrecks” for some suggestions. 


Experience a Seafaring Adventure

There’s no wrong way to enjoy the water in San Diego. Maybe that’s why we’ve found countless ways to do exactly that! Interested in a delectable dinner cruise? We can help you plan one. Heard San Diego is a global hotspot for whale watching? You heard right. Sightseeing cruises around the coast’s most picturesque scenery? All aboard! The sandstone caves of La Jolla Cove are always fun to explore from a kayak. San Diego is even home to some of the most active fishing charters on the west coast. So choose your voyage, and get ready for the time of your life.   


Fantastic Food and Drink Festivals

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Thanks to our melting-pot culture, San Diego is home to one of the best food scenes on Earth. Nowhere is this better celebrated than at our variety of waterfront foodie-fests! Swing by the West Coast Taco and Beer Festival at Broadway Pier, San Diego Beer Fest at NTC Park, SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival, and the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Anyone attending any (or all!) of them can look forward to an endless array of fantastic food, live entertainment, and lots of amazing memories. 


Beachside Bistros

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Food just seems to taste better overlooking the water, doesn’t it? Luckily, San Diego is home to some unbeatable eateries where the ocean is so close, the air has just as much salt as the shaker on your table. We’re big fans of El Prez, Waterbar, Baja Beach Café, Cannonball, The Holding Company and Duke’s La Jolla — all of which let you take in stunning views along with whatever you choose from the menu. Of course, we’d be remiss not to put in a recommendation for our very own on-site Terrace Café, which serves a full menu daily. So stop in hungry, and leave happy.  


Your Best Summer Ever Starts at Pacific Terrace 

Ready to plan a SoCal summer sojourn in San Diego? Excellent choice. Book your stay at Pacific Terrace, and you can look forward to exquisite, impeccable service, and even your very own private balcony overlooking the ocean. When you’re ready to book, check our special offers, select the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, and the best summer of your life will only be moments away!