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.
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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.
7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad
Nature Center-9am-3pm daily
Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Information
Batiquitos Lagoon Trail-A Photo Tour
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.
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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.
Let’s have a look!
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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 check tide pools is during a 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 winter time.
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!
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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.
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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!
Did I also mention that the surf is phenomenal?
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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.
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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?
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Agua Hedionda Lagoon is forty minutes north of downtown San Diego, in the city of Carlsbad. The lagoon is over 400 acres and is the home to numerous plants and animals, as well as a recreational playground for humans and leashed dogs!
There are several trails to choose from at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Today, we are going to explore the Hubbs Trail which is situated closest to the Ocean at the northwestern portion of the lagoon.
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I can not tell you how excited I was to go and check out the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center! I have always been fond of this lagoon. When I used to work as a Fisheries Technician, I would find a large number of shore anglers fishing on the western edge of this lagoon.
In San Diego, there are several lagoons as well as complimentary Nature Centers filled with valuable information on local flora and fauna.
On my site here, I have a page which lists all of these Coastal Lagoons and Nature Centers in San Diego County.
It has been my goal to visit everyone! Today is the day to check out the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center!
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Today, I would like to take you on a tour of the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center which lies between Encinitas to the north and Solana Beach to the south in San Diego North County. I have always wanted to explore the San Elijo Lagoon as you can see it from both HWY 101 and off of the Interstate 5 Freeway.
Come and join me, would you?
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Today, I would like to present to you a comprehensive list of all possible San Diego fishing piers. We will start the journey in North County San Diego at the Oceanside pier, making our way south, all around San Diego Bay and finally ending at the Imperial Beach pier less than two miles away from Mexico.
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Have you ever walked down the southern Oceanside beaches? Did you know that at the very end, right near the border of Carlsbad there is a private beach named Saint Malo Beach?
In fact, the community of Saint Malo owns the part of the Buena Vista Lagoon closest to the Pacific Ocean.
Not much is known of this beach, and because of this, I was extremely intrigued to learn more. I would like to mention right up front, that there is hardly any information about this area on the internet.
I spent countless hours trying to find something, anything!
Well, I found just enough so here I am to take you on a mini-tour of this infamous beach.
Let’s have a look!
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On the morning of March 9, 2018, my mother-in-law and I decided to take a trip to the Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside, California.
I had been here once before but never took the quarter-mile hike just outside of the Buena Vista Lagoon Audubon’s Nature Center.
I have been intrigued ever since, so we are back!
Come and join me for a tour!
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I present to you a comprehensive list of all San Diego wheelchair accessible beaches. First off, I will be listing for the entire San Diego County, beginning North and making way to the South.
All addresses are linked to Google Maps, and a phone number is provided as well.
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