Here are some fun walking tour ideas you can do with or without a tour guide! And the best part is that you get to burn a few calories in between drinking all that delicious liquid bread.
Brewery Tour in Mexico
-Start at the San Ysidro border (you can park your car down there, take an uber, or have The DD Van Service drive you there and back)
-Walk about 1.5 miles to Mamut Brewery
-Then walk a block to Azteca Brewery
-Then walk about 1.5 miles to Border Psycho Brewery
-Then you can call an uber back to the border or just walk the 3 miles (about a 40 minute walk)
Note: There can be a line to cross back over to San Diego that could take between 1 - 3 hours, so dont make any firm plans for after the Beer Tour
North Park Brewery Tour
There are loads of breweries within walking distance in North Park.
Here are a few: Thorn Street, Mike Hess, North Park Brewery, Belching Beaver, Eppig, Rip Current, Modern Times...
You can't go wrong, just start walking with your google maps app out!
Ocean Beach Brewery Tour
Many fine breweries here too!
Culture, Helms, Mike Hess, Belching Beaver, Pizza Port
Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are two different places. A lot of times tourists ask us to take them to Mission Beach but what they really want is Pacific Beach (or vice versa); and then they end up calling another taxi or walking 40 minutes to get to where they want to go.
Yes, Mission Beach is a great beach and there are a few great spots to grab a drink or burger, but Pacific Beach and North Pacific Beach offer a larger restaurant and bar scene.
Then, to confuse things even more, there's also Mission Bay.
Here are the highlights for Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach (PB), and North Pacific Beach (North PB):
The Catamaran Hotel - 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
For a spot to catch a Sunset or watch the fireworks the best family Beach Bar is the Catamaran. It does have a flair for the islands and there are colorful fish and birds everywhere.
The Hotel del Coronado - 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
The Hotel Del is a historic beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States (after the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon) and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a California Historical Landmark in 1970.
During the winter holiday season you can actually ice skate while the sun sets!
Sunset Cliffs - Ocean Beach
A drive along sunset cliffs at any time of day is breathtaking but add a sunset and your heart will jump around. There are spots to pull over and get out of the car (or DD Limo, wink wink) along the route. Warning: Be careful walking on the cliffs as there are no guard rails and tourists have fallen to their deaths taking pictures. Go up the hill to Catalina Blvd (Point Loma) and you will have a beautiful view of the sunset reflecting off the glass-windowed-buildings that are the Downtown San Diego Skyline.
For breakfast it is rise and shine at Kono’s on the Pacific Beach Boardwalk. It is a local favorite and the breakfast with a view is sure to please everyone.
Do you like to sleep in? ......that's okay because this place serves breakfast all day!
The line can get long though so make sure you're in vacation mode before you go.
Kono’s Address is 704 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Silver Fox - 1833 Garnet Ave, 92109
Least expensive drink prices you'll find in PB aside from bringing your own flask in your boot.
This is a dive bar that makes you feel like you stepped back in time to the 1980's. Well, no you didn't, but you did step down a flight of stairs onto leopard print carpet.
Open Bar - 4302 Mission Blvd, 92109
Least expensive drink prices you'll find in Pacific Beach aside from the Silver Fox. Basically this is a dive bar with dancing near other bars so you can make this a stop on your bar hopping tour.
The Local - 809 Thomas Ave, 92109
Two-story bar that will have you paying double-digits for a shot of tequila and you may have to wait in line to get in and then wait in line to get upstairs. Double-digits, double-lines.
Shoreclub - 4343 Ocean Blvd, 92109
My personal favorite. Whoever is in charge of the music here, is a genius. Beautiful views of the ocean and great music if you like a variety of songs dating back to the 80's. No dance floor but you can dance where you're standing.
Duck Dive - 4650 Mission Blvd, 92109
Two words: Bottomless Mimosas.
On Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 3pm (and during the wk 10am-1pm) they serve bottomless mimosas for $17.50 which of course means this place is packed with 21-25 year old's during that time. They do also have other great specials and good food, as well as tv's for watching football on Sundays.
Moonshine Beach - 1165 Garnet Ave, 92109
Awesome if you like country music, line dancing, America, and/or girls in daisy dukes. Huge dance floor and live music most nights!
Warning: There is a $10 cover charge (or more if there is a concert) after 8pm, unless you go online, get on the list, and then arrive before 10pm.
Absolutely Not to be missed… The San Diego Zoo
This year the zoo is celebrating 100 years of pure enjoyment to delight folks of all ages. With specially designed habitat exhibits you can experience a worldly assortment of all the animals as well as a petting zoo for even our smallest visitors. There are many places to dine in the park that suits budgets for all families as well as Rock Star behind the scene experiences. If you have time, the zoo is located in Balboa Park and a wonderful carousel from 1906 sits just outside the entrance.
Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
The Fishery - 5040 Cass Street, 92109
While visiting San Diego and enjoying the scenic coastal towns a seafood dinner is usually on everyone’s mind. For a memorable meal and a diverse selection of complimenting wines The Fishery is San Diego’s Best Fish Restaurant. Conveniently located at 5040 Cass Street in Pacific Beach. It is open for lunch and dinner and has the freshest oysters in town! The menu is diverse with fish flown in daily and offers a selection of soups and salads to gourmet chef’s whim prepared dishes that support farm to table in our community.
Mitch's Seafood - 1403 Scott Street, 92106
Next door to the famous Point Loma Seafood (also a good spot), Mitch's is a casual eatery right on the water overlooking fishing boats, seals, and seagulls. Great place for fish and local Craft Beer.
Watch out for those seagulls though, they'll steal your fries!
The Duck Dive - 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
The Duck Dive in Pacific beach showcases local musicians for a laid back and as always entertaining people watching. On Wednesdays they feature Girls and Guitars and it has a ladies night out feel. The drinks are reasonable with a variety of draft beer and island drinks as well as a happy hour and a fun bar menu for snacking. It does allow for our four legged friends as well.
Incahoots - 5373 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
A San Diego tradition since 1992! Incahoots is a large multilevel bar with cowboy-themed decor, pool tables & dance floors for serious line dancing; no drinks on the dance floor. The drinks are cheap and they offer free line-dancing classes starting at 6:30pm. There is a dress code to keep things classy, see below.
S’MORES ON THE BEACH
A beach bonfire is a time honored tradition California residents and visitors have enjoyed for many years. Most beaches and the bay provide fire pits for free on a first come first served basis and you bring the wood. Call your friends and family sing a song around the bonfire and make s’mores! Please do not forget to extinguish your fire before you leave.
If it is raining outside (which it usually isn't) find a fireplace!