Brent Bernasconi

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Sunny San Diego

Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego
Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego

Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego

The best remedy to beat the heat? An escape to sunny San Diego! Here are five great ways to cool off while still enjoying the sunshine:

1. Get Wet!

What’s a quick way of cooling down? Jumping into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean! With over 70 miles of beaches, there is certainly enough room for everyone to spread out their towels, put up an umbrella and run into the water catch some waves.

Speaking of catching waves, kids of all ages love trying to surf or boogie board on the Flowbarrel and Flowrider at the Wave House in Belmont Park.

Add some excitement to your water adventures by cooling off in a lazy river or on a humongous water slide at one of San Diego’s waterparks including LEGOLAND Water Park and The Wave in North County and the brand new SeaWorld Aquatica in South Bay.

2. Get Under the Water

Dive under the surface and explore the world underneath the water. La Jolla Cove offers some of the best snorkeling in San Diego with an abundance of marine life. During the summer, the waters of the cove become home to leopard sharks, but don’t worry they are not aggressive and are amazing to watch as they swim along the cove’s floor.

You can really beat the heat by scuba diving along the La Jolla Canyon, an area under the water rich with life and plenty of places to explore. To get the most out of La Jolla Canyon, it’s best to dive with a seasoned tour company like OEX Dive & Kayak Center.

3. Get Over the Water

Cool off with ocean breezes and explore the waters of San Diego on a surfboard, kayak or standup paddleboard. And who cares if you get splashed or fall in, the water will just help you beat the heat.

Really feel the refreshing ocean air while taking plenty of pictures of the San Diego coastline on a cruise over the bay and Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of options for any group including leisure cruises, speedboats and jet skis.

4. Get Air-Conditioned Entertainment

Sometimes you just need to stay out of the sun for a while and enjoy the luxury of air-conditioning! But instead of just sitting in a large room staring at the wall, why not cool off inside with entertaining live theatre, amazing exhibits and educational fun at local museums, aliens and explosions at a movie theater, or just relaxing at one of the San Diego County cool zones.

5. Get an Ice Cream and/or Beer

Nothing says summer like ice cream, popsicles and other chilly treats. Let everyone pick out their favorite flavors and then find a nice shaded spot to relax and beat the heat.

For those over 21, spend the afternoon sampling San Diego’s amazing and cold craft beer. Stay safe and visit a few breweries on a beer tour. Best part…the tour busses and vans are air-conditioned!

Tips to Beat the Heat

Please remember to stay safe while you are out enjoying San Diego’s warm weather. Always drink plenty of water, regularly apply sunscreen, wear a hat and lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to protect your skin, and take regular breaks from the sun by relaxing in the shade or indoors.

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat in San Diego?

Maren

The Life Aquatic on San Diego’s Mission Bay

Mission Bay Water Skier and Boat
Mission Bay Water Skier and Boat

Waterskiing on Mission Bay is a popular San Diego activity.

San Diego’s Mission Bay is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the world. Comprised of a 4,600-acre aquatic playground surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline and grassy parks, a day spent on Mission Bay can include an assortment of outdoors water activities, from the active to the relaxing, for everyone from the watersport novice to the experienced professional.

Pick your activity at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Mission Bay

San Diego’s Mission Bay is a 4,600-acre aquatic playground perfect for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and more.

Don’t know exactly what you’re looking for? A great place to start is at the Mission Bay Aquatics Center. Located at the south end of Santa Clara Point, it is located in the center of Mission Bay and boasts a diverse mix of watersports equipment and instruction. Learn how to sail, windsurf, wakeboard, surf, kayak, row, or stand up paddle, through a huge selection of class levels and times. Mission Bay Aquatic Center also has rentals available for those with previous experience on the water.

Where: 1001 Santa Clara Place, Mission Beach, CA 92109
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Cruise aboard the Bahia Belle

Bahia Belle on Mission Bay

Relax on a sunset cruise across Mission Bay aboard the Bahia Belle.

If you’d prefer to relax on the water and let someone else take hold of the wheel, the Bahia Belle sunset cruise is what you are looking for. The Bahia Belle is a Mississippi-style sternwheeler that cruises the waters of Mission Bay between the Bahia Resort and its sister property, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. The evening cruises offer a relaxing evening of cocktails and dancing as you glide seamlessly across the water. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years old. Guests at the Catamaran or the Bahia enjoy a complimentary cruise aboard the Bahia Belle.

Where: Bahia Resort Hotel – 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109
> Find out more about Sternwheeler Cruises on Mission Bay

Sportfishing Excursions from Mission Bay

Saltwater Sportfishing - Seaforth Boat Rentals

Time for some Saltwater Fishing. Photo courtesy of Seaforth Boat Rentals

Whether you fancy an early AM, twilight or overnight trip, Seaforth Sportfishing offers daily sportsfishing trips that launch from Mission Bay and head out to the Pacific Ocean to try for yellowtail, rockfish, and sculpin. Private charters are also available aboard one of their 16 charter boats.

Where: 1717 Quivira Rd. San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Seaforth Sportfishing

> Discover more of San Diego’s Mission Bay

What’s your favorite thing to do on the waters of Mission Bay?

Martin

Great Freshwater Fishing Spots in San Diego

Russel Park and a Rainbow Trout
Russel Park and a Rainbow Trout

Fresh Catch of the Day

There’s a reason Field and Stream Magazine placed San Diego No. 2 on its list of America’s Best Fishing Cities. In addition to some of the most diverse saltwater fishing in the world and two productive bays, the area has 23 different lakes to choose from for a great freshwater experience.

When I moved to San Diego, I thought it was all about the ocean, but I soon found out there is a whole other world out there for fishermen at this area’s mix of city and county lakes. At most lakes you can count on catching trophy-sized largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill, but many are stocked with trout in the late fall, winter and spring. Some lakes like Dixon, Poway, Santee Lakes and Wohlford get stocked with channel catfish in the spring and summer months.

Before heading out onto the water, you’ll need a California fishing license ($14.30 for a one-day state license) at most lakes, but Dixon, Santee and Poway lakes don’t require a one. You will need a fishing permit ranging from $6 to $9, depending on the lake.

Here are my three favorite freshwater lakes, based on good shoreline access and good fishing:

Santee Lakes Cabins

Cabins on the Shorelines of Santee Lakes. Photo courtesy of East County Magazine

Santee Lakes

Santee Lakes, an oasis out in San Diego’s East County, offers seven fishing lakes the size of big ponds, really! While all the lakes are stocked with fish, lakes 3 and 4 get the most activity because they’re the most heavily stocked with trout and catfish and lakes 6 and 7 are reserved for campers. Great access around all the lakes, RV camping and kid-friendly fishing make this a must for the family of fishermen.

Cost is $3 per vehicle during the week, $5 on weekends. State permits are not require but fishing permits can be purchased at $9 for adults, $6 for juniors. Extra pole rentals are $4. There are also limited boat rentals.

The Calm Waters of Lake Murray

The Calm Waters of Lake Murray

Lake Murray

Lake Murray, located at the base of Cowles Mountain in the Mission Trails Regional Park, offers convenient shoreline access, a fishing pier and good boat launch. The surrounding park area and trail are also great for picnics, biking, running or just relaxing outside.

You’ll need a California fishing license and the permits go for $8 for adults, $2.50 for kids 8-15 and kids 7 and under fish free. Boat rentals are also available.

Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca. Photo by Jasmine’s Cove

Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca, a bit of a drive from the city (about an hour), is nestled in the San Diego’s miniature version of the High Sierra, the Cuyamaca Mountains. The lake – stocked most of the year with rainbow trout, bass, crappie and catfish – offers great shoreline access, fishing piers and fishing jettys. Just along the shoreline are great camping sites, cabins and RV spots to help make it a relaxed weekend of fishing.

Costs are $6 for adults, $3.50 for kids 15 and under. There are boat rentals and a boat launch, but all private boats must be inspected for invasive species such as quagga mussels ($10 charge).

Tell me, where is your favorite freshwater fishing spot in San Diego County?

Maren

Experience the Thrill of America’s Cup Racing in San Diego

Maren at the helm

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I’ll jibe starboard and leave the boom grinder to the men.” If you understood that, you’re a sailor. If you didn’t, read on. It turns out the list of sailing nomenclature is as extensive as it is useful, if you’re a top-notch sailor about to descend on San Diego Harbor for the third stop of the inaugural America’s Cup World Series. From November 12-20, 2011, be ready to witness a state-of-the-art AC45 wing-sailed catamarans FLY across the water at around 30 knots (read: FAST).

Luckily for those of us who are not world-class sailors, there are numerous vantage points around San Diego Bay, from Harbor Island to Coronado. The heart of the action and festivities will be at America’s Cup Village, dedicated to dry-land fun for the masses, located on Harbor Drive adjacent to the San Diego International Visitor’s Information Center. Bay front hotels are offering deals that equal their spectacular harbor views. And if you enjoy delicious seafood as much as I do, waterfront dining at Anthony’s Fish Grotto is the place to be. I also recommend putting on your Dennis Cooper cap with Next Level Sailing, as I did in this video. A trip around San Diego Bay in the competition-tested America’s Cup yacht, the Stars and Stripes is the perfect place to jibe and grind for yourself!

Brent Bernasconi

Exploring the Fun at Loews Coronado Resort

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Since Loews Coronado Bay Resort is giving away 20 room nights as part of their 20th anniversary, our Coronado expert Robert gave us his ideas of what he would do if he won the sweepstakes. He also had a chance to drive over the iconic Coronado Bridge to the Crown City and take a peek at some of the great activities including stand-up paddle boarding, beach and kayak tours along the Silver Strand State Beach and gondola cruises that take off from the Loews Marina.

Make sure to enter the “20 Days, Your Way” sweepstakes for a chance to win 20 room nights at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and you too can enjoy all of these exciting and relaxing activities! Enter now…

Brent Bernasconi

Exploring San Diego Bay in a Speed Boat

Yesterday, San Diego Speed Boat Adventures invited a few ConVis folks to spend the afternoon jetting around and exploring San Diego bay in a speed boat. How can you say no to that?

After our guide Tommy gave us the safety speech and showed us the route, we boarded our speedboats (which can hold 2 comfortably and up to 3 if needed) and pushed off from Harbor Island. Once out in the open water, Tommy gave the signal and I threw the throttle forward to speed across the open waters.

Tommy led us throughout the bay all while telling us interesting tidbits as we sped by. We stop by a dock to check out the sunning and lazy sealions, explored the coasts of Coronado and Downtown, went under the front of the USS Midway (which looks even bigger when seen at water level), saw the Maritime Museum’s collection of ships and as a special bonus, went past the visiting Chilean tall-ship, the Esmeralda.

Of course one of the best parts was just being out on the water with the sun shining, the wind in my face and the occasional mist (hence not much footage of the boat at full speed, iPhones and water do not mix) from the boat settling on the water to cool me off. My hair was definitely wind-blown by the time we docked back on Harbor Island.

These speed boats are a great way to see San Diego’s waterfront from a whole different perspective. During the summer, San Diego Speed Boat Adventures offers tours starting at 9:00 am with the last one leaving at 5:00 pm. During the winter, the last tour leaves at 3:00 pm.

So what are you waiting for, book your speed boat adventure now at www.speedboatadventures.com or call 619-294-5852.

Let me know in the comments your favorite way to get around on the water? Are you a sailboat, water ski, speed boat, kayak or other person?