Experience San Diego Whale Watching

California gray whale san diego whale watching

It is that time of year again! California’s official state marine mammal, the California Gray whale, is starting its way down South!  Generally speaking, this is the best time for San Diego whale watching.

San Diego Whale Watching

Whales pass through San Diego year round but prefer to stay more than five miles offshore.  Gray whales, on the other hand,  tend to keep close to the shore when traveling South; as a result, this is a great time to see them from onshore.

Let us now take a look at a few fascinating facts about the Gray whale; also, I have also included a summary of some other possible whales you are most likely to encounter while on a San Diego whale watching tour

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Top 5 Spots to View a San Diego Sunset

Mission Bay San Diego Sunset
Mission Bay, San Diego

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God– G.K Chesterton

Encountering a San Diego sunset on the coast is something you are not likely to ever forget. With San Diego having over 70 miles of coast,  where are the best places to experience a San Diego sunset?

Few things touch my soul more than a sunset. There is something magical that happens when the sun rays hit upon the ocean water. It is as if the entire surroundings are shining from within.

It is my pleasure to share with you, my top 5 spots where I think that you can see, that exceptional San Diego sunset in all its glory and more!

Under each listing, I have included one fun fact; or in other words, a secret.

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Swami’s State Beach-Hidden Paradise

Sunset at Swami's State Beach

Swami's State Beach Sunset

As I have said many, many times, San Diego has some of the best beaches in the country. Most are well known and are almost always busy, but there are a few that not many know about. Today I would like to concentrate on one of my personal favorites, Swami’s State Beach.

This hidden beach oasis is situated toward the southern end of Encinitas, California which is about 25 miles north of Downtown San Diego.

Would you like to come and join me for a tour?

Let’s go!

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SeaWorld – A Journey Through the Years

 

SeaWorld, one of San Diego’s premier adventure parks, is situated on 21 acres in Mission Bay Park and is located just 5 miles north of Downtown San Diego. This marine zoological park first opened its gates in 1964.

It wasn’t until ten years later, as a child, I had the pleasure to walked through those gates for the very first time. I do not remember much, except for one thing: getting soaking wet from the Shamu show and wondering why in the world the water was so cold.

In college, I volunteered at San Diego State University, to help a research biologist input data from his Elephant seal study at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute(HSWRI). I loved every time I walked through those doors. I felt like I arrived, even if it was only volunteering.

SeaWorld- Over the Past Thirty Years

My husband and I have lived in and around San Diego County for over 30 years, and we have enjoyed being SeaWorld annual pass members for at least 10 of those years. I love that my children not only had a blast on all the activities and rides, but they were also experiencing and learning many things regarding the marine ecosystem as a whole.

I would like to share with you a few photos I have compiled over the years.

Hope you enjoy.

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Exploring Coronado Island San Diego CA

Hotel del Coronado Coronado Island San Diego CA
Map Coronado and North Island-1918
Map of Coronado-note the ‘small neck of land (The Silver Strand) toward the right corner of the map.

Every year, Coronado Beach makes the Top 10 beaches in the US. This beach is one of my children’s favorite as well. Coronado Island in San Diego, CA can be seen across San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego.

In particular, we enjoy the vast sandy beaches and adore going into the Hotel del Coronado; located less than a mile from our starting point.

Would you like to take a tour of Coronado Island in San Diego CA? Well, you have come to the right place. Come and join me on an epic adventure, going back in time and staying in the present at the same time!

Let’s go!

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Discover Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Map
Aerial Map of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is over 18 acres of cliffs adjacent to the Western coast of Point Loma beginning at Ladera Street.

There is a sandy trail that runs parallel to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard that makes for a gorgeous walk.  Whenever we have company visiting from out of town and want to show off our coastline, this is the where we go.

The Beauty and Wonder of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Above is a short video which showcases the beauty of the cliffs next to the water.

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Getting to Know San Onofre State Beach

san onofre state beach

San Onofre State Beach is over 3000-acres of sandy and rocky beaches, weathered bluffs, and coastal wetlands located on the northernmost border of San Diego County, and 3 miles south of the city of San Clemente in Orange County. 

My family and I love to explore this area!

San Onofre State Beach

Every year over 2.5 million people frequent San Onofre State Beach making it one of the top five most visited state parks in California.

Come and join me for a tour!

Fun Fact- “Onofre” in Spanish means defender of peace.

 

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Adventures of a Fisheries Technician-70 Miles of Coast

Fisheries Technician

I wanted to add a few more facts, concerning my time as a San Diego Fisheries Technician, which allowed me time to explore the coast and get paid to do it.

I Love the Ocean!

As I have gone over a little bit of this before on my For the Love of San Diego Beaches, I wanted to add a bit more information.

After graduating from High School, I transferred my life down south to go to college. One of the first places I visited was the beautiful beaches of San Diego!

It was love at first sight!

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