I grew up in San Diego county (from the time I was a tiny baby until I was 18 and went off to college) and my Mom and Dad still live in Northern San Diego County today. As I've gotten older I've come to realize that my Mom was an entertainment genius with my brother and I in San Diego. She knew how to keep us busy doing fun things for really cheap or free just by knowing the city we lived in and because she did I learned how to also. I LOVE San Diego and all that it has to offer so I thought I'd share with you how to enjoy the city that truly has my heart and do it without spending a ton of money!
Lets start with great things to do for FREE in San Diego:
*The Beach: obviously San Diego along with the rest of CA coastal regions have access to something we can only dream of here... the beach. The beach is a great FREE thing to experience. I loved going for walks on the piers in high school (or just a long the beach at any point) and watching the sunset. (there is a reason why a sun set on the beach is mentioned as romantic fantasies they are BREATH TAKING!) If you are looking for a little bit calmer place to enjoy the ocean I'd highly recommend La Jolla Cove. There are lots of little coves along the shore line and La Jolla Cove offers some relief from the breaking waves and is also a great place to go snorkel to see some AMAZING Garibaldi fish. I know the seals used to really like going there too.
Cheap things to do in San Diego:
Big San Diego Attractions:
There are some amazing attractions to visit in San Diego county but these are typically NOT cheap things. The BIG attractions in San Diego are: Sea World, Lego Land, Wild Animal Park, and the San Diego Zoo. I'd recommend maybe picking one or two if you are going to San Diego to visit. I have a post coming out on Thursday with tips on how to tour CA big attractions for less money.
Come back tomorrow for my post on how to Eat Budget Smart on Vacation in Southern CA.