I can not believe that I am writing these words, but all San Diego city beaches are closed to the public as a precaution to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Can you believe what you are reading? I keep thinking that I am going to wake up and this is all a bad dream.
Here is a timeline of events that have been occurring in San Diego County, starting on March 15 to “flatten-the curve,” to discourage large gatherings and to maintain social distancing.
San Diego Beach Closures –Timeline of Events
Sunday, March 15- all restaurants and bars are to be closed until April 28.
Tuesday, March 17- the State of California closes all state campgrounds and beach parking lots, but beaches, trails, and non-campground areas are still open.
Friday, March 20- the cities of San Diego, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar close all parks, beach parking lots, and boat launch ramps. Cabrillo National Monument was closed but stated that it would open back up on April 10. All outdoor areas and trails are still open.
Monday, March 23- due to lack of social distancing and gathering of large groups at several beaches in San Diego on the previous weekend, the mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer calls for the closing of all San Diego City-owned lakes, beaches, boardwalks, parks, and trails. The cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar, follow San Diego and do the same.
Tuesday, March 24, the Port of San Diego officially closes all parks, trails, parking lots, and boat launch ramps of San Diego Bay. Imperial Beach officially closes all if its beaches.
I thought I would post something different today! While cleaning up the other day, I found a few of my college reports and had a fabulous time reminiscing the good old days when I all I would think about day in and day out was Marine Biology. I remember distinctly writing this paper, as well as visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to photograph the Catalina megamouth shark specimen.
To make things a bit easier to read, I have broken up the body of my report to make it flow better. If anyone is familiar with Scientific Papers, they can be a bit chunky, so I hope this helps.
When I was composing this report, there had only been four megamouth sharks seen ever. Over the past 30 years, 58 more can be added to that list. So please remember while you are reading this, that scientifically this paper doesn’t hold much credence due to its age.
But, most of the information is still very relevant, especially the morphology. Have fun and make sure to check out the end, as I will be listing all megamouth sharks that have been observed so far.
Introduction- Megachasma pelagios, Family Megachasmidae
A rare and startling discovery took place on November 15, 1976, off Oahu, Hawaii. A U.S. Navy research vessel had its anchor down at about 165 m depth and had a strange 4.5 m adult male shark attached to it.
In mid- January, I took my daughters and Mother-in-Law to experience Guajome Lake and Regional Park in Oceanside for a couple of hours. You see, we are always passing by the front entrance whenever we take Highway 76 to the coast.
I have always been intrigued by what Guajome Lake looked like, so today was the day to find out!
Welcome back! Lord have mercy this year has been shooting by! Are you planning on visiting San Diego in March? Here is a bunch of things happening in this beautiful city. Take a look and figure out which events interest you! Down below, I have compiled for you a bunch of different things that you can do while on the coast of San Diego. Most events are free to the public. So let’s take a look at San Diego Events for March 2020
The Carlsbad Flower Fields Open in March!
Starting March 1, the Carlsbad Flower Fields is open to the public for only six to eight weeks!
Now is the time to visit this 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers.
“Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler, and grower, settled in the area in the early 1920s.
Mr. Gage introduced Ranunculus seeds and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs.” The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.” Continue reading “San Diego Beach Buzz- March Events 2020”
I would have a bit of fun with this post today. You see, with all the exploring that I have been doing in San Diego County, I have been noticing the elusive Torrey pine trees while on my adventures.
What has me so intrigued is the fact that the Torrey pine tree is endangered and is the rarest pine tree in North America. The Torrey pine tree only grows naturally on a tiny strip of land on the bluffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (TPSNR). Because of this, I keep noticing them wherever I go around San Diego County!
I have tried to find any information on who planted all of these trees, but regardless I was ecstatic every time I saw a Torrey pine tree. So I did a little research and let me tell you, it was not easy. There is plenty of necessary information, but other than that, not so much.
Torrey Pine Tree Information
First and foremost, the Torrey pine tree only grows naturally in two places Del Mar and Santa Rosa Island, off the coast of Santa Barbara, which is 175 miles away.
Welcome back! Can you believe how fast the month of January has gone by? Wow! Down below are some fabulous events that are happening on the coast of San Diego in February. Now, I am sure most in the country can not even imagine that here in February, the average high temperature in San Diego is 65 F (18 C). Pretty nice, yes? While most of the country is dealing with snow, here in San Diego we are wondering if we need sunscreen. Let’s now take a look at what is happening this month, shall we?
San Diego February Marathons
There seems to be a wide variety of San Diego marathons to choose from in February! I was pleasantly surprised at the variety that is offered.
11th Annual Warrior Spirit 5k Run/Walk Family Festival
Time: Registration-8:30 am and Opening Ceremonies-9:15 am
Sponsored by the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, on Saturday, the 1st starting over at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad, join others to race to support those with life-threatening childhood diseases and their families.
“Funds raised from the event will go toward MTF’s Families Team Pages where their bills will be paid from. MTF’s Programs; Medical & Home Assistance, Healing & Rehabilitation, and Wheelchair Conversion Vans Programs.”
There will be live music, food and health vendors, Kids Fun Zone Area, mini-therapy ponies, a dance contest, and even a costume contest. Registration is $45. Click on the above link for more information.
My husband and I had tickets for the ‘King’ of all concerts- Tool at Viejas Arena SDSU on Sunday, Jan 12. It was a Christmas present from my sister-in-law (thank you, Tess!), so we decided to make a day out of it. My husband even made the situation sweeter by getting a hotel room. I usually work on the weekends, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to take a day off! So, my main objective was to make this one of the best days ever in San Diego ( my best days are always at the beach!). I knew that the King Tide was due in for that weekend, so I thought what better place to check out the tide pools than over at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park-Garbage Beach.
What is a King Tide?
After a full and new moon, a spring tide occurs, due to the gravitational pull, of the moon and sun. The result produces a very high tide and, in turn, a very low tide. So, in essence, a Spring Tide is when there is the most significant distance between the high tide and the low tide. The best time to go to the tide pools during extremely low tide is during winter because, In the summer months, all the shallow tides only happen at night.
Anytime I am on the coast, I am happy! How about you? Down below are a few of my San Diego beach highlights. Will you join me as I go over my 2019 year in review? I sure had fun remembering all of the great places I visited, and as always, I have plenty of photos to share!
I have written about many of these beaches previously, so click on any link for additional information.
Ready? Let’s Go!
January San Diego BeachAdventures in 2019
Buena Vista Lagoon-Buccaneer Beach-Oceanside Harbor
My oldest daughter Maya and I went to investigate the western section of Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside on the 15th of January. It was a gloomy day, but any day on the coast is a good day in my book!
First, we were able to take a quick walk around the nature trail.
We also popped into the nature center to look around for a bit. Later, we crossed the street to see the section of the lagoon behind the Saint Malo Beach community that I have never seen before.
Can you believe that 2020 is almost here? Me neither! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to go to the beach more. How about you? At San Diego Beach Secrets, our primary goal is to be as informative regarding anything and everything there is to do and see on the coast of San Diego.
So here, I present to you our very first newsletter- the San Diego Beach Buzz!
Down below are a few examples of things to do on the coast of San Diego County for January.
Important Information Concerning the Ocean Waters in January
To start, I must get this pertinent information out of the way. It is not advisable to enter any of the beaches off the coast of San Diego County in January, especially after heavy rains.
All beaches south of Coronado are closed due to sewage contamination from Mexico, while all San Diego County beaches are also closed due to dangerous urban runoff after recent rainfall.
Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence here in San Diego during the winter months. There are usually signs posted, warning of high bacteria levels, but I highly recommend not entering the water at all, especially near river mouths (lagoon inlets)
For as long as I can remember, summer has always been my favorite season! It could be that my Birthday is on July 1st, but to be honest, I think it is more than that. You see, my favorite place on this Earth is the beach. So can you think of a better time to visit the beach but in summer? Me neither! Join my daughters and me and see where we explored during our San Diego Summer of 2019!
The Best Summer Possible!
This San Diego Summer I wanted to make it super special because it was the last summer with my girls before they are both off to college.
My eldest daughter has been in college for two years already and came home for the summer, but my youngest was just about to start. I have been a stay at home Mom for over twenty years, so the thought of not have any children home puts the panic of God into me.
However, I was not going to let my anxiety of missing my kids get in the way of us having the best San Diego summer possible.
Over three weeks ago, I had the supreme pleasure of taking the opportunity to get out and see what was happening on the coast of North County San Diego. Amidst all of the rain that we got this winter season, I was extremely excited to see how all of the plants on the coast looked. Did the California super bloom affect the coast?
So I grabbed my backpack and filled it with plant ID books, my iPad, water, sunscreen and ran out the door. Well maybe not running, but I was super excited!
My two daughters and I headed first to Trestles Beach Trail and afterward, doubled back and explored Bluffs Beach at San Onofre State Beach. I have to say, what I saw, took my breath away.
As we inch closer to the summer of 2019, many parents are looking for a summer surf camp for their kids. Well, I have done a bit of research for you by preparing a list of all of the San Diego surf camps offered in San Diego County.
I will first state general information regarding what age groups are covered, rates, student to instructor ratios, as well as any other additional information that will help you find just the right summer San Diego surf camp for your child. Please always refer to each business website for more in-depth information.
Let’s now have a look at what I found. I will first start in North County San Diego and finish down at Imperial Beach, which is right next to the USA/Mexico border.
North County San Diego Surf Camps-So Much Diversity!
North County San Diego consists of San Onofre, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar. Let’s have a look at what is offered.
Endless Summer Surf Camp-San Onofre State Beach
The very first summer San Diego surf camp that I will be starting with is unique. You see, Endless Summer Surf Camp not only has a 5-day long day surf camp, but it also offers the option of staying and camping overnight.
Overnight students will camp out in tents up above Trails Beach at the San Onofre Bluff Campground which is located on the southern border of San Onofre State Beach off of Old Pacific Highway.
Six trails connect the coast to the San Onofre Bluff Campground, and Endless Summer Surf Camp is located right next to the beginning of Trail 4.
San Diego County has some of the best coastlines on the entire coast of California. From the rugged coast, with towering sandstone cliffs found in North County San Diego, all the way down to the open estuaries, and sandy beaches located in South County San Diego. Today I would like to list for you some of my favorite San Diego hikes that you too can experience, on the coast of San Diego.
All San Diego hikes listed are to be taken only with a negative low tide. Please make sure to check out the tide chart before embarking on your adventure, as some of these walks are dangerous if the tide comes up on you. A good rule of thumb would be to allow a couple of hours before the high tide comes back in. Remember, a very high tide always follows a really low tide.
One more thing. I have written extensively on all of these sites previously, and have linked each post appropriately, so click on the underlined links for more information.
San Diego has a long history of surf culture. Several of San Diego’s beaches are infamous because of this culture (Old Man’s, Windansea, Tourmaline Surfing Park). Today I would like to list some of the best surfing beaches in San Diego. It is important to note that I will be covering the entire San Diego County, starting North.
To add a bit of semblance to this list, I will be adding a linked google map to each site. I will also be specifying the wave type and direction, which swell/ wind combination works best, the reliability of the location as well as any additional information that I find interesting or have written about in a prior post.