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Overlooking The Pacific Ocean
Inn At Moonlight Beach is a small, romantic San Diego Bed & Breakfast Inn overlooking Moonlight Beach and the Pacific Ocean just 15 miles up the coast in the San Diego surf town of Encinitas.
Just a 20-minute drive along the Pacific Ocean up the coast, beyond the high prices and maddening crowds, the ovely Inn at Moonlight Beach is situated on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, located in the quiet "lost in time" beach community of Encinitas.
Encinitas is the home of famous Swami's Surf Beach. Immortalized by the Beach Boys in 1963 in their hit song Surfin' USA, Swami's is still very much a "surfer's heaven" where the greatest surfers in the world practice their skills every day - and you can watch them for hours from the bluffs 100 feet above the breaking surf.
Inn at Moonlight Beach receives very finest (#1) ratings from BedandBreakfast.com as having the finest accommodations in Encinitas - far more romantic and intimate than a San Diego hotel, La Jolla Bed and Breakfast or Cardiff lodge.
The 20 Most Fun Things To Do
While Visiting San Diego
1. Head to one of dozens of San Diego beaches - all free! - where you can swim, body surf, boogie-board, read a book, people watch, collect seashells or just chill. No adult beverages are allowed on San Diego beaches anymore, so you can be assured of a fun, peaceful day at the beach.
2. Visit La Jolla Cove and watch magnificent sunsets on the ocean. La Jolla Cove is one of the most spectacular natural settings in the world with tide pools for exploring at low tide. A trip down into "the" Cave (via the Cave Store) takes you through a manmade tunnel down, down, down until you enter the unusual and breathtaking Sunny Jim Cave. You can also enter the cave from the sea (via kayak) along with the other six ocean-carved caves, but Sunny Jim is the only sea cave in California that you can access from a stairway. Sunny Jim Cave is so cool that the Encyclopedia Americana calls it one of the "must" sights in Southern California.
3. Visit downtown San Diego's Seaport Village for hours of free entertainment, leisurely strolling and window-shopping. Here you can explore 50-plus diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment and find everything under the sun. Enjoy a laid-back day of hanging out in the grass, watching yachts and ships go by on picturesque San Diego Bay or take in the sights and absorb the unique atmosphere from one of the many bay-view eateries.
4. Bike or jog along Mission Bay Park's many trails. Joggers and walkers share more than 20 miles of scenic running paths that wind through sunlight and shade near the shoreline and feature workout courses at planned stations along the route. Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the United States (over 4,235 acres). Here you'll find tons of stuff to do including paths for walking and jogging, and playgrounds for children. It is one of San Diego's most popular locations to picnic, ride a bike, fly a kite or sail a model yacht. Fire rings make it possible to cook out and stay warm. Here, away from trees and overhead wires, friends and family gather to launch colorful kites into the bay breezes. A great place for a beach chair and a book.
5. Visit Old Town and witness the living legacy of San Diego history. Guests wander through Old Town?s historic buildings, including the blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego. Some visit Old Town for shopping - some of the shops carry very nice handicrafts - or to have a big platter of tacos and enchiladas washed down with a margarita while others poke around inside the historic buildings, imagining life in early California.
6. Enjoy free organ concerts at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park. The Spreckels brothers donated this - one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs - to the City of San Diego in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition. Organists play traditional favorites, waltzes and show tunes on enormous 32-foot pipes.
7. Stroll through the enormous Gaslamp Quarter and view the renovated turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture, home to boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops. Historic buildings have been relocated to Gaslamp from other parts of the San Diego, their nineteenth century architecture restored to its former glory. Restaurants, shops and clubs occupy former brothels and saloons. The nightlife is throbbing and vibrant 365 days a year.
8. Look at the stars from Balboa Park on the first Wednesday of every month. The San Diego Astronomy Association sets up many of their big telescopes so that you can see the moon, planets, nebulae and globular clusters - up close and persona.
9. Take a scenic, one-hour drive to Mt. Laguna. Once there, hop out for an invigorating hike and enjoy the fresh mountain air whispering through the pines. The mountain is the perfect playground for hiking, mountain biking, camping, family activities, star gazing or just relaxing. Spend a night in the clear air of the Laguna Mountain Lodge.
10. Walk back in time 140 years in Julian, a century-old gold mining town in the Cuyamaca Mountains, rooted in the 1870s gold rush. See where gold was discovered, shop in stores housed in historic buildings (some dating back to the 1870s), sleep in a romantic B&B or historic hotel, hike and picnic amid oaks and pines, ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. While you're there, be sure to pick up a free map at the Chamber of Commerce for a self-guided walking tour of the area?s historic sites and later enjoy a slice of homemade apple pie ? a Julian specialty!
11. Put on your hiking shoes and head to Torrey Pines State Park where you can walk miles of gorgeous trails while watching daring hang-gliders sail the strong winds that sweep along the coastline cliffs. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast.
12. Rollerblade, skateboard, bicycle or people-watch on the Mission Beach Boardwalk, a 3-mile boardwalk along the ocean that rivals Venice Beach in Los Angeles for eye-popping sights, sounds and events. Youth thrives here, and so does the outrageous.
13. Visit Mission Trails Regional Park and explore the cultural, historical and recreational aspects of San Diego (and enjoy some of the best hiking in the county). Stop at the Visitor's Center and learn about the wonders of nature and the people who once lived on the land. Or, roam through the park's 45 miles of natural and developed hiking and biking trails. Nestled between San Diego, Santee and La Mesa, Mission Trails Regional Park covers almost 5,800 acres of mountains, lakes and valleys.
14. Climb Cowles Mountain in Mission Trails Park for a great view of San Diego. Its 1,592 foot (485m) summit is the highest point in the city of San Diego. The main trail to the summit is a popular hiking destination taking hundreds of people per day to a breath-taking 360 degree panorama of San Diego County. The hike to the top is 1.5 miles long and an elevation change of about 950 feet.
15. Kayak, scuba dive, swim or snorkel in LaJolla Cove, home to some of the clearest waters on the California coast as well as miles of protected underwater preserves to explore. Dozens of locals swim across the bay each day. The La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve consists of several habitats, including rocky reefs, sandy flats, kelp beds, and two underwater canyons. A "look-but-don't-touch" ecological refuge, the reserve is an ecological haven
16. Stroll through Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park featuring spectacular gardens (seven are free daily). Marvel at the gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues and the San Diego Zoo. An always-changing calendar of exhibitions, plays, musicals and concerts ensures a fun time for all in a beautiful park-like setting. Some of the museums are free on Tuesdays.
17. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in LaJolla has a permanent collection that includes more than 4,000 works created after 1950, representing all media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, and installation.
18. Explore the tidepools in Point Loma, LaJolla and Swami's in Encinitas at low tide and get up close and personal with flowery anemones, scampering shore crabs, elusive octopus, spongy deadman's fingers and many other magnificent sea creatures. Check the newspaper or use the tide calendar or tide tables.
19. Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla for breathtaking, 360-degree views of San Diego, including the gently curving La Jolla coastline and Mission Bay. Crowning La Jolla's highest point in solemn majesty is "The Cross" of Mt. Soledad, a lasting memorial to the dead of the World and Korean Wars. A cross of California redwood was first placed on Mt. Soledad in 1913.
20. Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to and experience the natural beauty of the desert. A desert garden just outside the Visitor Center building provides extensive insight into the vegetation, with many plant species identified and explained on interpretative plaques. The desert garden also includes a pupfish pond -- pupfish evolved from conditions during the Ice Age and have adapted to living in today's desert. The 600,000-acre park is one of the largest in the country. Each spring the desert explodes into a rainbow of colors as the wildflowers blossom.
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