One of the best ways to experience Oceanside Harbor up close and personal is to go on a Harbor cruise. Or even better, going out of the Harbor and exploring the coastline. Here, I would like to present to you a list of all possible Oceanside harbor cruises. As you are about to see, Oceanside Harbor cruises have a little bit of something for everyone. Just have a look!
I have previously written and listed all of the possible whale watching tours as well as all San Diego Sportfishing Party boats offered in San Diego County in two other posts. Please click on the links above for any additional information concerning whale watching or fishing tours in Oceanside.
A Variety of Oceanside Harbor Cruises
There are many cruises to choose from so let’s see what Oceanside Harbor has to offer, shall we?
Today I would like to take you on a mini photo tour of San Diego Bay! Will you join me?
First off, fun fact.
Did you know that the San Diego Bay was mentioned in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848?
After the U.S-Mexican War, the Treaty (which is still in effect) specifically pointed out that the entirety of the San Diego Bay would belong to the United States.
Discovering San Diego Bay Via Photos
The San Diego Bay is a natural deepwater harbor which is found minutes away from the border of Mexico and the United States and is the third largest bay in California after San Fransico Bay and Humboldt Bay.
The San Diego Bay is over 12 miles long and 1-3 miles wide and is separated into two sections:
North Bay-North Island, Shelter Island, Spanish Landing, Harbor Island, Coronado, Embarcadero
South Bay -National City, Chula Vista, Siver Strand, Imperial Beach
So today we will be starting our tour up north at the mouth of the bay. We will then continue to make our way on the east shore of the Bay going south and finally making our way back up north on the western shore of San Diego Bay.
Here I present to you a comprehensive list of the best San Diego birding hotspots. I will be including all of San Diego County starting first to the north and making my way south. Each site will consist of a link to an address, as well as habitat type, amenities, tour information (if available,) and finally, any notable birds of interest.
Did you know that there are many free San Diego birding tours offered all over San Diego County? I will also be including any insider information that I turn up in my research, such as prime locations within each site.
Hi! Have you ever explored a wetland before? Well, today I would like to share with you a place that you would never expect to be so wonderful-Famosa Slough in Ocean Beach. First off, what is a slough? According to the dictionary, a slough (pronounced slōō) is a swamp or shallow lake that is usually the backwater of a larger body of water with relatively low water circulation.
In other words, we can think of a slough as a wetland a little farther from the shore compared to say, a lagoon where the mouth opens to the ocean. Another way to look at is, is that a slough is the part of the estuary where fresh water from creeks and urban runoff mix with the salty ocean water that is transported by the tides.
At the beginning of Summer, I took my two daughters to go and check out the Living Coast Discovery Center, located in the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I had not been there for over 30 years, so needless to say I was super excited to go back!
Where is the Living Coast Discovery Center?
First off, The Living Coast Discovery Center is in South Bay, San Diego-Chula Vista, which is 12.4 miles from Downtown San Diego.
San Diego South Bay consists of everything south of Downtown San Diego to the Mexican Border; which includes National City, Chula Vista, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.
I have wanted to write this post for quite some time. Ever since I started this website, I have found some gorgeous hidden gems in San Diego while out in the ‘field’ doing research, and I am here to share!
San Diego Hidden Gems?
So what do I mean by a hidden gem? Hidden in plain sight might be a better way to put it Not much is know about it. Maybe locals are keen, but the average San Diegan and the new-to-town tourists have no idea.
Coastal Hidden Gems in San Diego
Also, today I am going to be concentrating just on the coastline of San Diego County- seventy miles of coast that stretches all of the ways down to the border of Mexico.
Please click on any photo to see a larger version and I have also included a video featuring each hidden gem in San Diego.
Let’s have a look at the top five places that I have on my list so far, shall we?
I want to present to you a complete list of all public San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats. First off, what is the difference between and Party Boat and a Charter Boat? Well, to put it simply, a Party Boat is available to anyone who would like to come. While on the other hand, you can say that a Charter is a private rental, where the public is not welcome to join.
I will be listing all available Party boats in San Diego County, starting first up north in Oceanside Harbor.
A Few Much Needed References
I have included here a link to Sportfishingreport.com. If you look towards the bottom of the list, you will see all of the San Diego Sportfishing party boats, as well as all Charter boats that go out daily. Have a look! Every Sportfishing boat in California is listed here. What I like about this site is that every fish is caught is recorded.
On July 9th, 2018, my husband and I set off to Newport Beach to go whale watching for my 50th birthday present. You see, we both agreed to do something out of the ordinary for our monumental birthdays, I mean how often do you turn 50? Ok once, yes I know, but it is a big deal right?
If you asked anyone who knows me they will tell you that I am a little crazy when it comes to whales. I also love the summer, so summer plus whales, now that calls for a celebration! Summertime whale watching in Southern California is an opportune time to see the most majestic whale there is- the blue whale. Oh, did I happen to mention that the blue whale is my totem animal? More on that later.
Before this trip, I had not been whale watching in Southern California for over 20 years, so I was extremely excited for this day!
First off, I didn’t want to go on the traditional whale watching cruise; I wanted to try something different. So today we would be going on a RIB- a rigid inflatable boat out of Newport Landing, in Newport Beach Harbor in Orange County.
Are you looking for a relatively easy trail to go hiking on in San Diego? Well, look no further as I have found the perfect spot! The Batiquitos Lagoon is between Carlsbad and Encinitas. It is one of the last saltwater marshes in Southern California. Today I will be taking you on a tour of the 3.14-mile Batiquitos Lagoon Trail.
I was so happy to come here for the first time. I have always been curious about this lagoon as you can see it from the Interstate 5 freeway. Here are a couple of references for you. The first is a map of the lagoon as well as a list of all possible birds that are seen here. Finally, I have also added the Self-Guided Batiquitos Trail Map which highlights several sites.
Here I present to you a list of San Diego beach camping sites. I will be starting up north and making my way down south. I have included RV camping sites as well. With San Diego having over 70 miles of coastline, I have found for you all of the spots where you can experience the beach up close and personal, be it in a tent or an RV!
Each address is linked to a google map as well as an appropriate website so you may get more information.
With over 70 miles of coastline, San Diego tide pools are not as common as one would expect. You see, it all depends on the topography of the shore. Here I would like to present to you the top 10 San Diego tidepools. I will be starting in North County San Diego and finally will be ending at the most southern location in Point Loma.
I have linked each address to a Google Map to make it easier for you. Also, please click on each photo to see a larger version.
As a rule, you should always check out the tidal chart before heading down to the beach. The best time to experience the tide pools is during low tide. Anything below a +1 is an opportune time to visit. If you can go during a negative tide, now that would be far superior, but most of those only happen in the wintertime.
I have also included a pamphlet, courtesy of the Cabrillo National Monument, which will help you identify some of the tide pool specimens. Have a look and print it out!
Say, are you looking for dog-friendly beaches in San Diego? As a dog owner, there is no better feeling than sharing the outdoors together! And what better place to explore than at the beach!
Here I would like to present to you a comprehensive list of all the dog-friendly beaches in San Diego. I will be covering the entire San Diego County, first starting up north and making my way to the U.S./ Mexico Border.
I have added a # to specify which location is leash free.
I remember when I was working at a coffee shop in San Diego’s Hotel Circle while in college, the number one question that the tourists would ask was, “Where is La Jolla,” followed by, “How did you get to Black’s Beach?”
Ok, so why so many inquiries?
Well, the answer is that Black’s Beach is one of the largest public nude beaches in the United States. Just thinking about seeing naked people made me uncomfortable when I was young, so going there at that time was out of the question.
Fast forward twenty-five years later and I end up taking my two teenage daughters there!
Trestles Beach is a collection of surf breaks located at the northern border of San Onofre State Beach. Saying that this beach is world famous is an understatement! In fact, the Hurley Pro is held here!
I went over this area a bit in a previous post on San Onofre State Beach, but today I would like to concentrate on the Beach Trail leading to Trestles Beach.
The Beach Trail going east also becomes the Panhe Nature trail, which I have also written about if you are interested.
Recently, I have been teaching myself about all of the Southern California native plant species, so today I would like to point out a few to you if you do not mind. It helps me!
Once we arrive at Trestles, I will also be showcasing the San Mateo Creek/ Lagoon which ends at the beach as well as checking out the surfers and the dunes.
Panhe Nature Trail connects the San Mateo Campground to Trestles Beach on the Northeastern border of San Onofre State Beach. Here you may witness first hand what ‘Old California ‘ used to be.
Would you like to join me for a tour?
Discovering The Panhe Nature Trail
Panhe was one of the largest villages of the Acjachemen (Ah-HAWSH-eh-men) native people who are the original inhabitants of Southern California (12,000BC-1542 AD).
In fact, in 1769 at this spot, the first close contact between the Acjachemen, Spanish explorers, and the Catholic Missionaries took place. As well as the site for the very first baptism in California! The site is marked by a cross, which still stands to this day.