EASY ON THE WALLET
Hike to the oldest dam in the
United States (built in 1813)
and enjoy 60 miles of biking
and equestrian trails, just 20
minutes from downtown.
1 Father Junipero Serra
Trail, East County
Go Tide Pooling
At low tide, head to Tide Beach
Park and search the exposed
pools for sea anemones,
mussels and starfish.
302 Solana Vista Drive,
Unwind at the quiet gardens
of this ashram (monastery).
There are cliffside trails,
colorful flowers, sitting areas
and clear views of the ocean.
215 W. K St., Encinitas
Ocean Beach Pier
Stroll down the longest
concrete pier in the world—
nearly half a mile out to
sea—for tons of photo ops.
It’s also one of the few spots
in the county where you don’t
need a license to go fishing.
5078 Niagara Ave.
FUN, FREE THINGS TO DO
You don’t have to break
the bank to live it up while
visiting San Diego. All it
takes is a little ingenuity
and research, as affordable
restaurants and reasonably
priced hotels abound.
For a good deal downtown, check
out Comfort Inn Gaslamp (660 G
St.), which offers complimentary
breakfast and access to a local
health club. The Double Tree by
Hilton (1646 Front St.) is within
walking distance of Little Italy’s
farmers’ market and the neighborhood’s popular eateries. Want
to be near Sea World? Western
Inn Old Town (3889 Arista St.) is a
five-minute drive away, and surrounded by cantinas, restaurants,
and the Whaley House Museum.
Villa Capri by the Sea (1417
Orange Ave.) has comfy accom-
modations in the heart of
Coronado, and Grand Pacific Resorts
( grandpacificresorts.com) has several
resorts in the beach communities in
Carlsbad and Del Mar.
Stop by Newbreak Coffee & Cafe
for healthy wraps, panini, and acai
bowls before spending the day at
the beach (1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
and 1959 Abbott St., Ocean Beach). Fill
up on a bowl of ramen and yakitori
(grilled, skewered meat) at Rakitori
Japanese Pub & Grill (530 University Ave., Hillcrest). Enjoy the festive
atmosphere and large margaritas at
Casa de Pico (5500 Grossmont Center
Drive, La Mesa) a Mexican restaurant
that’s been in the neighborhood for
more than 40 years. Taco Tuesday is
a must in San Diego. At South Beach
Bar & Grille (5059 Newport Ave.,
Ocean Beach) you can get a grilled
or fried mahimahi, shrimp or carne
asada taco for $2.75 with a view of
Ocean Beach Pier.
Elevate your art IQ at the always-free Timken Museum of Art (1500
El Prado), then stroll through the
picturesque Japanese Friendship
Garden (2215 Pan American Road
E.), a 12-acre garden in Balboa
Park lined with fountains, koi
ponds and cherry trees. See the
largest mission in California,
Mission San Luis Rey (4050 Mission
Ave., Oceanside), which was built in
1798. Wander through the shops
at Seaport Village (849 W. Harbor
Drive, Marina District) and then
enjoy a $3 ride on the hand-carved,
121-year-old carousel. At night, stop
by Park & Rec (4612 Park Blvd.,
University Heights), where cocktails
are $10 or less and there’s a late-night happy hour on weekdays.
San Diego Zoo
and the San
(and skip the