San Diego Adventures & RVing
San Diego: An Eco Activity Paradise
Sunny San Diego is a paradise for green RVers that love to get out and enjoy Mother Nature’s best work. It’s one of our favorite spots because the city offers a great selection of activities that won’t increase your eco footprint. In San Diego finding a balance between green and extreme fun is as easy as stepping outside.
Surf’s Always Up
One thing you’ll always see in San Diego, even in the dead of winter, is surfers. With more than 70 miles of coastline in the county you don’t have to go far to find a surfing spot. Three popular spots among the locals include:
- Ocean Pier in Oceanside – Advanced surfers only
- Stone Steps in Lucadia – Ok for beginners and ideal for short boards
- Seagrove Park in Del Mar – Good for beginner to intermediate surfers
Never ridden a wave before? Head on over to Pacific Surf School in Pacific Beach, and they’ll get you up to speed on everything you need to know. Just make sure to use a local tracker to see if the San Diego surf is up or down before you head to the beach.
Looking for another way to surf the waters of San Diego? Mission Bay is a hot spot for windsurfers.
Biking Along the Mission Beach Boardwalk
There are plenty of places ride your bike while staying far away from traffic, but one spot in particular offers an experience that’s unique to SoCal. The Mission Beach Boardwalk is a 5-mile long paved stretch that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean. It will take you along all the amazing beach houses, restaurants and bars that get to look out over the water all day. Stop in for a quick bite of seafood at World Famous before taking a walk down Crystal Pier.
If you’re really lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive green flash at sunset. Dogs are also welcome on the boardwalk and the beach during certain afternoon hours depending on the season.
650 Miles of Hiking Trails
From the diverse trail of Balboa Park to rustic jaunts through the inland trails at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, you could spend a month and still not explore the entire San Diego County trail system. If you only have time to hit three trails while you’re visiting San Diego the top picks are:
- Point Loma Sunset Cliffs – Sunset along the trails is nothing short of spectacular.
- Torrey Pines – Just north of La Jolla, there are miles of trails to hike among the cliffs and towering pine trees.
- Cowles Mountain – At the end of a long, uphill trek you’ll be rewarded with quite possibly the best view in San Diego.
Explore Sea Life & Learn a Little History
There are a few places where you can see marine life in captivity, but why not observe the creatures out in their natural habitat? Cabrillo Park is an impressive national park that includes the Cabrillo National Monument, a historic lighthouse and the Point Loma Tide Pools. When the tide is low you can walk along the rocky shore and look down into the shallow pools to spot sea life like starfish and octopi. If you’re traveling with kids this is an event that’s not to be missed. During the winter at the lookout above the pools you may even spot Pacific Gray Whales passing by as they migrate between Mexico and the Arctic.
Play With Your Pooch at a Dog Beach
If you’re traveling with a canine companion you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how dog-friendly San Diego is. Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach is one of the most popular canine coastal hang outs, but if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed head across the bridge to Coronado. The dog beach there is wide, flat and usually not too busy. But do be prepared for low flying aircraft as pilots take off and land at the naval base.
No matter where you venture for green activities, traveling by RV in San Diego is much more relaxed than you’d think in a city with a population of over 1.35 million. You can pull right up to oceanfront parking in Ocean Beach, cruise up the coastline on the 101 or join The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians at the foothills of Palomar Mountain. Beaches, canyons, desserts, lakes and even snow – all these natural wonders are an easy drive from San Diego.