San Diego Activities: Play Like a Local! Part 1

Play Like a Local with these San Diego Activities!

In this first part of a series of San Diego activities locals love to do, you’ll find out how to tour San Diego in a unique and fun way!


When planning a trip to San Diego, tourists like to try unique events and activities to take their vacation to the next level.  Whether it’s on, in or above the water we have great ideas on how you can not only see San Diego, but truly experience it in several different ways.

San Diego Fly Rides: 

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Get a unique look at San Diego when you take an electric bicycle tour with San Diego Fly Rides. They provide rentals, purchases and tours around San Diego’s staple spots, such as Balboa Park, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument. The SoCal Riviera, their most popular tour, brings you around 12 miles of their home base of La Jolla, the “Jewel of San Diego.”

Your tour guide will show you houses with vast and diverse architecture you never knew existed (and real estate prices you never imagined).   Make sure to take notice of how most of the real estate is built on a cliff! Anything for a view, right?

A tour of La Jolla is never complete without a stop at the beach, which is why the SoCal Riviera Tour takes you to three of them! First off, you’ll want to check out “Children’s Beach,” which some locals think should be renamed for the seals which have taken over most of the area. Next, you’ll stop by the world famous Windansea Beach.

Popular for its massive waves, and mentioned by the Beach Boys in their hit song “Surfin’ USA,” this historic beach has been home to experienced and professional surfers for decades. You’ll see the Windansea Surf Shack, now a protected historical landmark, which was frequented by real life “Beach Blanket Bingos” in the 1960s. It’s one of the spots that inspired the Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello beach party films.

Finally, end the beach part of the tour at La Jolla Cove, where you can take photos and do some sightseeing. Sea lions will be playing on one side, kayakers are in the middle of the shore, and if you look far enough, you will see paragliders above the water (and maybe even a few bare backs over at Blacks beach.)

After checking out the area beaches, you can finish off the day at Mount Soledad. Riding an electric bicycle makes getting to the highest point of La Jolla a breeze, soaking up 360 degree views of America’s Finest City.

In addition to getting to know your friendly tour guides, they will provide you with knowledge, history, and fun facts about La Jolla and San Diego. Their personal touch will have you feeling confident, safe, and ready for an adventure! An electric bicycle tour with San Diego Fly Rides is a one-of-a-kind experience, and should definitely be at the top of your must-do list while you’re visiting San Diego!


Whether you need to fuel up before your ride or re-fuel afterwards, why not check out these Getaway-approved restaurants we enjoy:

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Brian’s 24 – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Served All Day, Every Day!

Brian’s 24 Downtown – Known as “The Restaurant that Never Sleeps,” Brian’s offers tasty and filling meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner all day, every day!

Kasi – Fresh. Fast. Indian. – As the slogan suggests, you’ll enjoy fresh Indian food in a fast-casual environment!

Fred’s Mexican Cafe – This is the place to go if you’re looking for a laid back vibe, delicious tacos and tasty margaritas at one of San Diego’s best restaurants.

SD Tap Room – A wonderful selection of beers you can down with tasty menu options like pizzas, burgers, steaks, and more. They also have beer flights, cask night, brewers night, and a brew club.

Harney Sushi – Exceptional and beautifully crafted sushi! You’ll want to try everything from the sake oyster shooter tray to the delicious Old Town Roll and the traditional California Roll.


**Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of San Diego activities we love!

***Planning a trip to San Diego? Find the perfect hotel here!

Contributions by Chelsea Largoza and Dawn-Renee Rice


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