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SAN DIEGO
Aaaaaaaahhhhh Sun Diego.... so many things to do for a beach boy!
 To make a long story short here
's annon exhaustive list of things to do aside from being at the wedding!
One sure thing,  the weather should be mild by the coast (as usual), and warmer as you drive inland. Therefore, I listed quite a few  aquatic activities, not only because I love to practice them, but also because many of you may not have the opportunity to practice them in April !
You'll also find a list of tourist stuff to do, like visit museums and landmarks to take pictures of and bring back home souvenirs to show off to your friends and family.   Yes man, I was in CALI, and I met this dude....

This page will be updated according to the strength of my will,  basically rarely, but as we get closer to April, I will list  more places to eat and drink in San Diego.  Yeah man, don't expect to swing by our pad everyday and drink  all our wine!     Geez louise...
  Surfing.  An institution here in San Diego and the number one reason I moved and stayed down here!   With 70 miles of beaches, San Diego county has more than you need of surf spots for all levels. Beginners will enjoy the soft waves of Tourmaline (Pacific Beach) and intermediate surfers will  love sandy bottom beaches like La Jolla Shore or Swamy's (Cardiff) in North County.   More advanced surfers should try the nice peaks on the reef south of La Jolla Cove or at Sunset Cliffs, but watch out, the bottoms are rocky and water can be shallow.  Blacks Beach is a must but rip currents are frequent there. I should finish by the world famous Windensea peak which I believe is the best wave in all southern California, but locals are sometimes bitter with sharing the line-up. Advanced bodyboarders would probably rather try the reef of horseshoe (La Jolla).

La Jolla Cove is the 'sleeping giant' of San Diego surfing.
  Kiteboarding.  Well, what makes surfers unhappy can make others happy: wind is very rare in San Diego but if you're lucky enough a winter storm can pass by and offer you a nice combination of wind and swell for big jumps! Mission bay (Fiesta Island) is the official place for kiteboarders (beginner and intermediate) but the bay is generally quiet while Silver Strand located south of Coranado Island will get more wind. If you want to show off in front of the big crowd, Tourmaline is the place to be! However, due to the close proximity to surfers, lifeguards will quickly remind you that this is a spot for advanced kiteboarders only!!
More at:
http://www.westcoastkiteboarding.com/


Kite boarding in heavy surf at Tourmaline
 Wakeboarding  /  Water skying.   For the early birds, early mornings in Mission Bay is the perfect  time to enjoy the glassy surface for wakeboarding and water skying.

More info at : Wakeboarding San Diego
 Biking.   Most of the beach cities in San Diego county have bicycle lanes for safety. Biking along the coast from La Jolla to OB is a must. Enjoy the boarderwalk in PB and Mission Beach and tour  Mission Bay.  The most skilled bikers can cruise around San Diego Bay or try to catch a trolley in Old Town towards downtown.  From there catch a free ferry to take you to Coronado.  Watch out - if you adventure off the coast, there are numerous canyons inland that can kill your legs pretty quickly. 

Jogging.  
Wanna look like a real cali boy or gal?  Then you need to start running. San Diego has many nice areas where you can show of your best stride. I suggest  La Jolla along the shore, sail bay (mission bay by the Catamaran Resort) or on the boardwalk, a must if  you like spoting the latest in bikini fashion design!

The boardwalk in PB and in Mission Beach abound with eccentric people
 Kayaking.  Wahooo! Sea kayaks are actually fun! Sneak a bottle of Champagne and a few snacks onboard and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of  La Jolla Cove among sea lions, seals, turttles and even leopard sharks!   A must thing to do!

More info at La Jolla Kayak
or OEX Dive and Kayak



Kayaking in the crystal blue water of La Jolla Cove
  Sailing.  Let's be honest, there's not much wind blowing in San Diego to race a regatta on a 45 ft long catamaran. Surprising when you see the number of luxurious boats resting in all 6 marinas.  Well, it's also good to remember that San Diego hosted the America's cup back in the day!  So, it has to be windy at some point.  Anyway, both San Diego Bay and the smaller version, Mission Bay, offer great places for boating.

Rental at Seaforth



One of San Diego's marina at Shelter Island, near Point Loma
 Sky diving.   Wanna feel the big chill over the finest city in America? There are plenty of spots to skydive in SD, just let me know and I'll hook you up with Mike, a kamikaze that loves jumping.

If the marine layer brings some foggy conditions over San Diego , you can try a little further up north towards Riverside: The world famous lake Perris  offers dry conditions all year long for skydiving.




A cheaper alternative: Paragliding at the Torrey Pines Reserve in La Jolla.
  Skiing.  This was a big surprise when I first came here: Yes, there are a few high peaks in Southern Caliornia to get enough snow  in the winter and luckily sometimes late in the spring.

Mountain high is a very small resort only 1h30 north of San Diego . While it's usually crowed with young LA snowboarder under aged kids, you will enjoy the view on the Mojave Desert while skiing. Unique!

The more famous Big Bear / Snow Summit ski resort offers larger ski area and nice cabins to rent by the lake.

For those who have more time, you can plan a 2-3 day trip to Mammoth Mountains (7 hours north SD) or the beautiful Lake Tahoe (9 hours north SD) where locals claim there’s snow there until 4th of July!

Lake Tahoe, Northern California

 Tourism in San Diego.  



section to come soon!
Meanwhile enjoy a quick tour of  San Diego here:    
SAN DIEGO PHOTOS






Balboa Park, San Diego
 

 

 

AROUND San DIEGO

 

  South of the border:   Tijuana (TJ),   Rosarito  and   Ensenada.  

92 murders in the past 2 weeks! It says it all! However, if violence is omnipresent in TJ, it does not affect tourist areas which remain pretty safe.  If you really want a taste of México, maybe try a little farther south along the coast to Rosarito, the little lobster harbor of Puerto Nuevo or Ensenada .

Don’t forget your passport and Mexican car insurance. Plan your trip back as crossing the world busiest border can be excessively long on weekends!

 Anza Borrego Desert.  

Want a pristine lonely place to deeply think of the true nature of humans? Well, the wide opened barren is your place! Absolutely breath taking. Plan a hike in the slot canyons or hike thru the largest natural oasis in the US. Don’t forget to bring gallons of water, people are still dying every year of dehydration over there.  This is also our secret place for our world famous desert trip:                      http://www.deserttrip.grosurf.com


Julien playing stupid with his Jeep in a wash in  the Anza Borrego Desert.
  Julian. 

Barely an hour drive east of San Diego you can already feel the difference in elevation. Snow in the winter and burning hot in the summer. April is the time to go hike in the forest and along the waterfalls then head up back to this far-West style village to eat a famous Julian’s apple pie.






Cedar Creek falls is among the many waterfalls in the mountains around Julian
 Orange County: Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Surf City, Disneyland.  

OC, my former hometown. For a year only though, but what a blast. Originally just a suburb extension south of LA, a few beach communities in OC have kept their own identity.  Laguna beach is the west coast Saint Tropez: a little village with pristine beaches, full of expensive art galleries, and Hollywood stars cruising around in their latest sport cars. Try the great Margaritas at Javier’s! Newport Beach with 6 little islands is kind of like the Venice of the west. Bike around Balboa Island and take the ferry to the peninsula for a margarita at sunset. On the other hand, Huntington City, also called Surf City, gathers all the young punks and surfers from the whole west coast. Nice for younger crowds.

Laguna Beach has many secret coves to offer  for travelers avoiding the crowds.
 
 Los Angeles.  It's been a while since angels left LA!  

It is clear that LA is among the largest urbanization on earth and it’s not a good record. Don’t expect to find any historical landmarks or cute beaches around, there are none! However, the common European tourist will always find satisfaction in cruising Hollywood Blvd just to realize how trivial the stars on the curb are. Cruising the streets of Beverly Hills just to remember scenes of your old blockbuster movies or hanging out at the boardwalk in Venice beach are my only recommendations.  Santa Monica and north Hollywood clubs are nice Honkey-tonks for techno-lovers.  Art lovers would probably enjoy the world famous Getty museum for their impressionist painting collection.  That’s it for a 10 million people agglomeration. And, good luck in traffic!

 Catalina Island.  

Loves it! A tiny bit of paradise in LA county. This small, no-car island offers the perfect undisturbed place for lovers and an ideal place for diving. Only an hour off the coast, you can get a ferry from Newport Beach, Dana Point, San Diego or San Pedro for $49. One recommended hotel: Hermosa Hotel, cheap and well located (http://www.catalina.com/hermosa/)


A little secret beach just north of Avalon. Wonderful diving there!
 Santa Barbara and the Chanel Islands.  

Lovely and expensive, you’ll find here fine dining and historical landmarks. Just less than an hour in the outback and you reach the wine country. Wine-tasting is nice and friendly in this area and while the central valley wine does not have the Napa and Sonoma Valley reputation you still have way less people visiting these vineyards.

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