From relaxed surfer towns like Ocean Beach to the family friendly beaches of Mission Bay and the luxurious shores of La Jolla, San Diego has the perfect seaside destination for everyone. Each of San Diego’s beach towns has a different personality that reflects the city’s diversity. When friends and family visit from out-of-town and ask me what beaches I recommend, it is always hard to pick just one since I think they should explore all of them to really get a feel for the city. When I heard that Old Town Trolley Tours offers a San Diego beach tour where visitors could explore San Diego’s most beautiful beaches in one day, I knew I had to try it. This would give me an opportunity to be a tourist in my own city and experience it so I could recommend it to friends and family.
I headed to Old Town, the headquarters of The Old Town Trolley’s La Jolla-Mission Beach tour. The first tour departs at 10:15 AM and then every hour after that. The tour is 24 miles, 90-110 minutes long and allows guests to hop off and on at four different stops:
San Diego’s Old Town
The birthplace of California and where the tour departs. Also, a great place to explore, eat Mexican food and visit historic buildings like the Whaley House Museum, the number one most haunted house in the United States according to Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted.[Tweet “See some of San Diego’s most popular beach spots in one day with @sandiegotour!”]
The Mount Soledad Veteran’s Memorial offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of San Diego. I have never visited this spot before and was blown away by the views of La Jolla, downtown San Diego and even Tijuana. Make sure to bring your camera!
The tour drops you off right by the boutiques and shops and at walking distance from the La Jolla Shores, the Children’s Pool Beach and the beautiful coves where you can get a glimpse of seals sunbathing and of people kayaking and snorkeling.
The tour stops just by Belmont Park, where you can ride the Giant Dipper, one of the first wooden roller coasters, or if you are a scaredy cat like me, instead you can stop by the Sweet Shoppe & Beach Treats for a monster cone; a huge cone with an option of up to three ice cream scoops (make sure to order extra napkins).
Besides the opportunity to visit all these great spots, Rick, our very knowledgeable Old Town Trolley Tour guide, provided lots of interesting facts about all these locations and played some cool beach songs. I loved the fact that I learned a little bit more about my city, visited four different places in one day and I didn’t have to worry about parking or traffic. I think this is a great option for all those visitors who love the ocean and would like to explore San Diego’s beaches. I will definitely recommend it to my friends and family.