From kids and teens to fun-loving adults, there’s something for all ages to enjoy in sun-kissed San Diego. Whether visitors are seeking fun in the sun or the latest culinary trend, the following are nine ways to please spring breakers.
For the Beachgoer:
Spring break is synonymous with San Diego’s sun, surf and sand, from popular Mission and Pacific Beaches with their lively boardwalks of bars and restaurants, beachside Belmont Park amusement park and people watching – a big draw for the college-aged crowd – to family-friendly La Jolla Shores, perfect for first-time surfers, and Mission Bay, the largest manmade aquatic park in the world. Mission Bay's 27 miles of meandering coastline is a prime spot to set sail, jet ski, standup paddle board, kayak, bicycle, or simply sunbathe. San Diego’s comprehensive beach guide is a great place to find an ideal seaside respite.
For Flower Peepers:
The nearly perfect weather makes for spectacular springtime floral displays throughout San Diego. Blooms range from the annual wildflowers of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which made headlines worldwide with its 2017 “super bloom,” to The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California where a kaleidoscope of colourful Insta-worthy ranunculus entice everyone from families with kids to couples strolling hand in hand. For an artsy take on the season, all ages can marvel at Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park, a pageant of nearly 100 floral interpretations of the museum’s masterworks.
For attraction fanatics:
Just for kids, spring break in San Diego blooms with fun at two popular attractions. LEGOLAND California celebrates its 20th anniversary this spring – and throughout 2019 – by giving all children aged 12 and under free admission on their birthday. Spring Fling at The Nat (San Diego Natural History Museum) in Balboa Park on March 24-30 will blend both art and science with interactive activities, mini tours, live animal encounters and more, highlighting the museum’s cool science departments: birds, mammals, botany, entomology, herpetology, and palaeontology.
Visitors of all ages can spring over to the San Diego Zoo featuring the expansive new Africa Rocks which spotlights the amazing biodiversity of Africa, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, home of the new Walkabout Australia, where guests can walk among kangaroos and wallabies, and SeaWorld San Diego, featuring the thrilling new Electric Eel rollercoaster.
For Discerning Drinkers:
No password is needed for visitors aged 21 and up to enjoy San Diego’s latest nightlife sensation: speakeasies. The Parisian-style Raised by Wolves in La Jolla wows those “in the know” with a chic bottle shop and rotating fireplace platform that transports guests to an opulent lair for late-night libations. The stunning new Realm of the 52 Remedies in the Convoy District, San Diego’s Asian Restaurant Row, welcomes the nightlife crowd with a dreamy, 1920s-era inspired hideaway reflecting the owners’ Asian heritage, including a carved jade bar, lotus-shaped booths, suspended cloud sculptures, a Chinoiserie-wallpapered hallway and other eye-catching décor.
For the Musically Minded:
San Diego’s signature electronic music fest, CRSSD Festival on March 2-3 features dozens of internationally acclaimed DJs and musical acts, including Armand Van Helden, Phantogram, Odesza and more, attracting more than 15,000 music fans from throughout the U.S. The 21-and-up fest’s dynamic daytime vibe at downtown’s Waterfront Park is unparalleled, where attendees can imbibe in local craft beer and gourmet food while dancing under the palms and enjoying a postcard-perfect backdrop of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline.
For the Passport Stamp Collector:
The over-18 crowd can enjoy a unique Cali-Baja spring break in San Diego, California’s premier two-nation destination where south-of-the-border flavours, culture and a legendary nightlife scene converge in Tijuana, Mexico, just a short trolley ride away from downtown San Diego. Venture a bit further south to the coastal resort village of Rosarito, famous for its beach parties and Puerto Nuevo lobster. Note: A valid passport is required for entry into Mexico and re-entry into the U.S.
For S’mores Aficionados:
As the sun dips over the Pacific, a beach bonfire is a perfect way to end a spring break day. Popular with all ages, from families with kids to teens and college students, San Diego’s nearly 200 beach fire pits on Coronado Beach, La Jolla Shores and Mission Bay are available on a first come, first served basis. Sweeten the experience by purchasing s’mores kits at the Catamaran Resort, Bahia Resort or Paradise Point Resort on Mission Bay, and the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island. For visitors who want to sit back, relax and let someone else do the work, the Beach Fire Guy can create the ideal beach bonfire, from a family s’mores party to a large sunset shindig.
For Outdoor Adventurers:
San Diego’s great outdoors beckons spring breakers of all ages to bask in the sun while hiking the region’s beautiful and diverse terrain. The trails of Balboa Park are particularly inviting in the spring as its gardens and canyons are in full bloom, especially through Florida Canyon. The dramatic sandstone bluffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve are a must-see, where visitors can take in the surf below along Blacks Beach and paragliders soaring high overhead on thermal winds. Inland, Mission Trails Regional Park is home to the popular 5-Peak Challenge and the aptly-named Potato Chip Rock on Mt. Woodson is a perfect precipice for selfies!
For the Culinary Curious:
San Diego’s many food halls are a popular option for visitors to explore the city’s flavours with a range of tasty options all under one roof, including: the new Little Italy Food Hall, featuring six fab food stations like Not Not Tacos by culinary celeb Sam the Cooking Guy; Liberty Public Market, San Diego’s premier food hall with 30 tempting food vendors like scrumptious Paraná Empanadas, and the new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad scheduled to open this spring (date TBA) with its very own speakeasy. There’s something to smile about in San Diego.
For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website here.