Rum Runner Sailing Trip
Sail San Diego’s exciting
3.5-hour tour serves up great
scenery and makes stops for
spiked libations at several top
restaurants along the way.
Flagship Patriot Jetboat
This 30-minute, wet-and-wild
ride turns exploring the bay
into a thrilling adventure.
Propelled by two 1,400-horse-
power jet engines, the sleek
machine can do 360-degree
spins on the sea.
San Diego Whale Watch
Board the Privateer and get
ready for a close encounter
with baleen whales, toothed
whales and dolphins with
San Diego’s only year-round
whale-watching tour operator.
and live out
fantasies as you hover up to
30 feet above Mission Bay.
Enjoy free-flowing bubbly
and a buffet stocked with
brunch and lunch dishes
while you cruise by key sights.
The two-hour tour is offered
on Sundays in the fall.
San Diego’s coastal gem bustles with beachgoers, savvy shoppers and
diners enjoying oceanfront views. To kick off the day, try the lemon
ricotta pancakes on the charming umbrella-dotted patio of The Cottage
(7702 Fay Ave.), and then head to La Jolla Cove to snorkel with the sea
lions and bright orange Garibaldi fish in the protected bay. For a lofty
lunch perch, Ocean Terrace (1250 Prospect St.), atop George’s at the
Cove, is the perfect spot for fresh fish tacos and dreamy views of the
big blue. Art lovers should stroll the galleries along Prospect Street
or head straight to the acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Art
(700 Prospect St.). Burn some calories with an afternoon hike along the
cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (12600 North Torrey Pines Road)
and look for frolicking dolphins and spouting whales navigating the
sea. Cap the day with sunset cocktails at newly opened Duke’s (1216
Prospect St.) for more Pacific panoramas.
If wide-open spaces and sparse crowds
are especially appealing, this sandy
stretch at the southernmost point on the
West Coast is the place to be. Join surfers
riding the waves near the pier, or build
a sand castle on shore. SEA180 Coastal
Tavern (800 Seacoast Drive) offers ocean
views and is a great pick for lunch. Indulge
in a cupcake sampler from Babycakes
Bake Shop (847 Seacoast Drive) and picnic
on the grass at Portwood Pier Plaza
( 10 Evergreen Ave.). After you’ve had your
fill of surf and sand, stroll through the
Tijuana Estuary (301 Caspian Way), the
largest coastal wetland in Southern
California and an important breeding,
nesting and feeding ground for hundreds
of migratory and endangered birds
(admission is free).
SEA180 Coastal Tavern
La Jolla Cove