Labor Day Weekend is here. In San Diego, everyone and their mother heads over to the beach to soak up the sun for this last weekend of August. If you are determined enough to wake up early and brave the crowds, the weather this weekend will be gorgeous for some days at the beach. Here are some of my favorite beaches in SD county, and some ideas of what to do when you’re there!
Mission Beach – Who doesn’t love Belmont Park, the Giant Dipper and its fair-like seaside games and rides? Perfect for kids and adults alike. (But mostly kids 😛 ) The Sandbar has a great bar with a rooftop deck that is a great place for a good time with their award winning TKO tacos. My favorite place to relax in Mission Beach has got to be the Wavehouse. Ever since I was little, my dad would take me and my friends to the Wavehouse to watch people master (and hilariously fail) the wave. It makes for a lot of laughs and a great place to people watch!
Pacific Beach – More of a party-like atmosphere with the bars on Garnet, Pacific beach has a slew of great restaurants to choose from when you are tired of flopping around in the water and soaking up the rays. My favorite restaurant in PB is World Famous, which is right on the boardwalk. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu (literally)! PB Alehouse is another great spot at a prime location. They brew their own delicious beer (including a Chocolate Hazelnut Porter that I’m dying to try!) and have one of the best views of the ocean on their rooftop patio. The Duck Dive has 2 for 1 punch bowls during weekends- and some killer cocktails (Take Me to Mexico is my fave!). No day at the beach would be complete without ice cream- and the Baked Bear is THE perfect place for a sweet treat. Choose two cookies, an ice cream flavor and boom, you can concoct your own perfect ice cream sandwich.
Coronado Beach – Coronado is one of my favorite beaches. Life is definitely more laid back on Coronado Island and its huge stretch of sand is the perfect place to relax. I love to stroll over to the Hotel Del and sit on their poolside upper deck to people watch. On the opposite end of the beach is dog beach, which would brighten the day of any animal lover to see so many dogs enjoying the water and their new dog friends! It’s a great place to go if you need a pick me up! Another thing I love to do is just cruise around and see all of the fantastic and beautiful all-American homes by the beach. Of course, if you need to get out of the sun, you can always go to the Village Theatre on Orange. It’s a little unique movie theatre with three screens, and Brady and I try to catch a movie there whenever we are in the area!
La Jolla- I don’t get to La Jolla very much, but the seals at Children’s Beach are definitely a sight to see! Head a little more North and you can hike the trails on the beachside cliffs of Torrey Pines. Make it a date night and head to La Jolla Brewing Company for delicious mac n cheese and other bites, brews and great late night specials ($3 wells/drafts 9pm-close EVERY NIGHT!)
Del Mar – Dogs allowed! Go there to get happy!
San Elijo State Beach- Another great beach, with an awesome campsite. (I am completely envious of the campers whenever I walk by!) Across the train tracks you can get great breakfast/lunch at Pipes Café. With $7 scramble plates that are enough to feed two people, you will definitely have enough fuel for the day!
Moonlight Beach – I saved the best for last. Moonlight has become my favorite beach after discovering it a few years ago when I began dating Brady. Encinitas is a town that I hold near to my heart. It’s completely gorgeous- a small town atmosphere with beautiful homes and long stretches of beach. Besides weekends like Labor Day, you can usually ALWAYS manage to find a spot to park at the beach. It is very family-oriented, and just so cute! On the 101, you can find plennnnty of spots to eat and drink. My favorites? The Biergarden for their great location on the 101 and their beer selection. If you buy a pitcher of beer at the Encinitas Pizza Company- you get a medium pizza for free! Beachside Bar and Grill is a great sports bar to go to, complete with shuffleboard. And the newest resident on the 101 is the Encinitas Fish Shop. Great selection of fresh fish, and home to my favorite- Fish Shop Shrimp. Delicious. At night, catch a movie at the famous La Paloma Theatre, and your perfect lazy beach day will be complete.
Well, this was a particularly long post, but we do live in San Diego, where the beaches are abundant! If you have any suggestions of beaches for me, feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a very safe and happy Labor Day weekend, enjoy our beautiful weather, and most importantly, be safe and don’t drink and drive.