If You Only Have Three Days in San Diego
Collected by Rajam Roose, AFAR Local Expert
Only three days in San Diego and not sure where to start? A a coastal city with a Mediterranean climate, San Diego is a go-to destination with plenty of activities found on land, in the sea, and in the air. Try a surf lesson or yoga classes on the beach. Take to the skies over San Diego in a helicopter tour or a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. No matter how you decide to spend your three days in San Diego, we're sure you will have some fun in the sun!
2040 Harbor Island Dr #104, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
I've had a special affinity for sailing ever since I sailed from the Florida keys to the Bahamas on a boat that was only powered by the wind, there was no engine. The time I spent living on that sailboat for just over a month is one of the most...
1548 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
A 2.5 hour tour of Mission Bay in a kayak is even better on a full moon. And, if you go during the summer months, you will get a front seat viewing of the nightly fireworks that go off at Sea World right there over the bay. I did this a couple...
3251 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009, USA
If you've never ridden in a hot air balloon, this experience should definitely be on your list of things to do in San Diego. Given the amount of open space around San Diego, there are a few balloon companies to choose. I chose Sky's the Limit...
5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
Addison is part of The Grand Del Mar resort and is the only 5 diamond rated restaurant in the city of San Diego. The restaurant is located inside a gorgeous and opulent European styled mansion with a Mediterranean flair. There are several dining...
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA
While tourists flock to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its Safari Park—located 30 miles away in the San Pasqual Valley—is equally interesting. Spread over 1,800 acres, it’s home to more than 3,500 animals and 260...
2160 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
San Diego is synonymous with surfing- so why not take a surfing lesson during your stay? Surf Divas is a locally owned surfing school in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. The owners are two sisters who were born and raised in La Jolla and...
503 Grand Caribe Causeway c, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
The jet pack is really cool! You have to watch a little 10 minute video, get suited up and you're ready to go. You don't really fly the thing, you just keep it steady and learn how to maneuver it. The throttle is controlled by a trained jetpack...
Broadway #700, One America Plaza, 600 West, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Bite San Diego offers a three hour food tour around downtown and the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. We started at a Indian restaurant and ended at a place in Little Italy where we finished the tour with a piece of desert pizza made with...
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
If you're short on time, don't think you are going to be able to see everything. I've been here many times, for hours each time, and it wasn't until the seventh visit that I finally saw all of the exhibits. I recommend picking some points of...
1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
9 words to describe why this is the best tour in San Diego: you get to drive your own mini-speed boat! A tour guide is in the front boat while you and your partner are in your own boat behind him and get to listen to the tour through speakers. The...
3753 John J Montgomery Dr #1, San Diego, CA 92123, USA
San Diego is a beautiful city with gorgeous beaches and what better way to take it all in than with a helicopter tour! This photo was taken while flying over Torrey Pines beach in San Diego. You can choose either a short flight over the beaches...
Silver Strand, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Bicycling the Silver Strand on Coronado is a relaxing way to enjoy a beautiful San Diego day. You can bring your own bike, or rent one for $7/hour. This cycling path is known as the Bayshore Bikeway and runs from Coronado via the Silver Strand to...
1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is a cool place to visit, especially if you love ships, boats, and history. The museum is spread across several ships that are docked in the San Diego harbor. After buying your ticket, just walk along the gangplank...
2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
The Ghostly Tours in History walking tour in the Gaslamp is a fun way to learn some of the interesting history of the area. The tour is only an hour long, and you will walk around a few blocks while the tour guide points out historic buildings...
10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108, USA
Mission San Diego is the very first Mission built in what is now the state of California and was built in 1769. Many people come to California for what is known as the "Mission Trail", a tour of all the Missions built in the state by the...
Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, USA
At 4,235 acres, Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the U.S. Here, water-sports enthusiasts can enjoy everything from kayaking, windsurfing, and wakeboarding to snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing, while landlubbers can take...
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA
Think you know what a horse track in California looks like? There aren't many race tracks left in the United States, and the Del Mar Racetrack exemplifies the modern horse track experience. Yes, there is the excitement and thrill of watching the...
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