10 Great Ways to Beat the Heat in San Diego

With mild coastal temperatures in the 70s complemented by refreshing ocean and bay breezes, San Diego is the perfect place to beat the heat during this sweltering summer. Here is a list of 10 Great Ways to Beat to the Heat in San Diego.

Sunset on Coronado, rated the #2 beach in the country by Dr. Beach

1. Swim, snorkel, surf, kayak, paddleboard and build sandcastles along San Diego’s 70 miles of picturesque coastline. With refreshing Pacific waters, San Diego’s beaches offer a variety of unique settings, from the white sandy shores of Coronado Beach (rated the 2nd best beach in the country by Dr. Beach) to the Mediterranean-like coves of luxurious La Jolla.

SeaWorld San Diego's 25-degree Penguin Encounter is home is five species of Antarctic penguins

2. Chill out at the Penguin Encounter at SeaWorld San Diego and spend time with some of the park’s coolest inhabitants. Guests can watch the playful antics of nearly 300 penguins including regal emperor penguins and smaller Adelie, gentoo and macaroni penguins.

3. Sample chilly, creamy treats from San Diego’s top sweet shops. Guests of all ages can indulge with an exotic Pineapple Chili or Lavender Lemonade popsicle from Viva Pops in Normal Heights or blend their own custom creation at MooTime Creamery in Coronado.

4. Enjoy an entertaining outdoor Summer Pops concert by the world-class San Diego Symphony along San Diego Bay. During the summer, light jackets and blankets are often recommended after the sun sets above San Diego’s most beautiful outdoor music venue.

Splash Zoo at LEGOLAND California

5. Build a raft and float down a lazy river at the LEGOLAND Water Park in LEGOLAND California Resort. Visitors can enjoy a variety of splash-filled water activities including a wet-and-wild climbing structure, six-person raft slide, tube slides, body slides and much more.

6. Take a libation break with a frosty pint of some of San Diego’s award-winning craft beers. Rated the “#1 Beer City in the U.S.” by Men’s Journal magazine, San Diego’s 35 local breweries are sure to quench the thirst of the most parched beer lovers.

Tatqiq (left) and Kalluk (right) at Polar Bear Plunge. Photo by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.

7. Embark on an expedition to the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo and encounter the rulers of the frozen tundra: the mighty polar bears. Along the way, guests can also come across other northern neighbors like reindeer and Arctic diving ducks.

8. Let the wind blow through your hair as you take a thrilling ride on San Diego Bay with San Diego Speedboat Adventures. Guests sit in the captain’s seat and charter their own two-person mini speedboat around San Diego’s busy harbor, enjoying one-of-a-kind views of U.S. Navy ships, the sweeping San Diego-Coronado Bridge,  downtown skyline, USS Midway Museum and more.

The gentle waters of Mission Bay are ideal for SUP (standup paddleboarding)

9. Take a relaxing, carefree bicycle ride along the 27 miles of pathways on the shores of Mission Bay. After bike riding, guests can enjoy waterskiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, or SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) in this 4,600-acre water playground.

10. Feast on local fresh seafood and produce at one of San Diego’s many waterfront restaurants. Peohe’s on Coronado offers foodies award-winning meals along with spectacular downtown views, while George’s at the Cove in La Jolla offers a chic, modern dining experience with gorgeous views of La Jolla Cove and the Pacific.

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About Courtney

I love fashion, Gerbera daisies, and yoga. I recently moved back to San Diego after 10 years of living in LA. I couldn't be more excited to rediscover the best activities, views, food, and more in this amazing city. My husband of two years is my partner in crime (thankfully he loves exploring SD as much as I do).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

My perfect day would start with a cup of tea (no matter the temperature outside). A breakfast burrito from Pipe's would definitely be in order. Then I'd go for a leisurely bike ride or walk at the beach with my husband. We’d eat sushi for dinner, watch a movie at home, and drink a glass of red wine.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

It’s impossible to pick one thing! I love biking, walking, shopping, dining outside.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Linguine and red wine. Done!

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Josh Tuner, Keith Urban, the Best of Elton John

63 thoughts on “10 Great Ways to Beat the Heat in San Diego

  1. We live in east county so heading west is much cooler … so the last days of summer vacation will be a day at the beach & a day at the world famous San Diego Zoo with the kids before school starts on Tuesday!

  2. I live in Rancho Cucamonga, but my boyfriend and I will actually be spending this Labor Day weekend in San Diego! So excited; it’s our favorite city! On our list of places to go are Kaiserhof German Restaurant, Fabrison’s French Creperie, and my favorite, Pappalecco Gelato! May even stop my SeaWorld for a couple hours 🙂

  3. I’m in the desert so got the A/C on. The pool is nearby. Lots of cool drinks. San Diego is definately “cooler”. The beach sounds good, maybe next year. One can never have to many flipflops & a new towel would be nice.

  4. Since most people seem to be heading to the beach, I’m going to Julian. Apple pie and a trip to the Julian Mill…for starters. Beautiful!!!

  5. We plan to go out in our boat in the bay then join our friends in Coronado for a beach party near the Hotel Del and enjoy good food and fun and watch the sun set beyond the horizon.

  6. I actually live in Las Vegas, so getting out of this dry, desert enveloping heat and coming to San Diego would be a dream come true!

  7. I plan on beating the heat this weekend sippin’ on vodka tonics with lime at Lahainas and taking breaks every once in a while to jump into the great big beatiful Pacific.

  8. To beat the heat this Labor Day Weekend I’m dragging my fiance to the beach since it’ll be over 100 degrees in the valley. Since he has fairer skin than I do, I plan on parking his butt in a beach chair under our umbrella and loading up on the sunblock.

  9. Hey! San Diego is amazing! i came here on Saturday with some friends and we’re gonna stay for 6 weeks. This weekendwe are going to Las Vegas, very hot, I know but let’s try!

  10. morning yoga in La Jolla, breakfast at Kono’s, day at the beach in Coronado, barbecue with friends,watching the sun set from Ocean Beach,watching the fireworks at Sea World.

  11. We are coming in from the 114 degree heat in Phx. For a wedding. It will be our 3 year old sons first time in San Diego and he’s so excited! We are planning on just being “beach bums”, making sand castles is was our little guy wants to do the most. I’m looking forward to the cooler temps, ocean breeze and holding hands with my husband on the beach!

  12. i am coming down from Nor Cal to San Diego and beating the heat on Labor Day at Petco Park! Giants vs. Padres sounds like the best day i could imagine!

  13. Snorkeling La Jolla Cove, swimming with the leopard sharks at La Jolla Shores, and maybe even some kayaking too while I’m out there 🙂

  14. san diego is absolutely perfect weather..go to a wave water park an d jsut chill out…i visit san diego often but live on the east coast..now that’s hot!!

  15. Going to car shows and hanging out with friends…try to keep cool!! I haven’t been to San Diego in awhile…Love it!! Would like to take advantage of more things to do as there are a lot!! It’s a beautiful city.

  16. Great ideas. No matter what the tempature. San Diego is the place to beat the heat. We have it all and are lucky to call it home! Anytime I leave, I am even more grateful to call San Diego home sweet home!

  17. My fave way to beat the heat in San Diego is kicking back at the Wavehouse in Pacific Beach with some cold drinks and amazing food. Not to mention you get to watch people show off their surfing skills!

  18. I fully intend to enjoy a cold beer, a delicious barbecue, and a relaxing game of bocce ball with friends on Mission Bay!

  19. To get out of the desert heat this labor day weekend, we will b going to Carlsbad St Beach again – love visiting there every year and then usually sneak an afternoon in San Diego 2 to either a Padres game or maybe Anthony’s restaurant.

  20. We’ll be staying @ Bernardo Shores RV Park and riding our bikes along the Strand. We were there yesterday celebrating my husband’s and my best friend’s birthday @ Indigo Grill. LOVE SAN DIEGO!

  21. Rented a house in Big bear and taking the Family up to celebrate my beautifull daughters 19th Birthday! A great weekend with my favorite people & some water sports!! Oh yeah!!

  22. My way of beating the heat is leaving my 120+ degree temps in Phoenix and heading to San Diego! No atter the time of year, it always seems cooler there than here!

  23. Hopefully we will make to the mountain and go camping and hunting. Drink beer all weekend and enjoy the great out doors away from all the crazies!

  24. I plan on spendin Labor Day in San Diego and getting out of the 110 plus temperature of Phoenix. I will be enjoying the Symphony and Sea World as well as the Festival of the Sail.
    San Diego ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I will be spending it here on the East Coast in DC since I cannot be in SD this weekend. But I will be there in Oct so some new flops would be nice.

  26. Thank you for the ideas. I’ll be visiting San Diego in a couple of weeks and I like your ideas. I live in AZ and it is very difficult to beat the heat but my weekend in San Diego will be perfect!!!
    thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!!!
    best regards,

  27. What to do ? Hard to choose ! there are so many GREAT things to see and do in San Diego !
    I’ll be there in a few days (yeah !) for 10 terrific days (I always want to celebrate my B.day in SD … makes it “less unpleasant” !) and we already got our tickets to the Zoo, the Wap, SeaWorld … and of course, Balboa Park !
    And my “secret” to beat the heat : a nice and SPICY Mexican dinner !
    It DOES work ! ;o)))

  28. I will be beating the heat this Labor Day weekend by hanging out with all my old friends “way-back” from high school… they’re all way cool! It’s becoming an annual trip and a great party weekend.


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