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San Diego: Winter Fun Activities

November 17, 2010 | By | Reply More

Very high and very low tides make the months of November – February a great time to be in San Diego. High tides produce waves the height of two-story buildings and low tides reveal beautiful wide expanses of beach. San Diego: Winter Fun Activities

Visitors will know the tide is unusually high when they drive along Coast Boulevard in La Jolla and see the sidewalk lined with locals staring out at the sea. In front of Scripps Park, this human picket fence is watching brave body surfers; in other areas, eyes are riveted on board surfers. At the Children’s Pool – it’s the thunderous waves themselves as they crash on the seawall.

Marine Room High Tide Breakfasts

The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores is one of the best places to enjoy the high tide. This award-winning restaurant offers special breakfasts on days when the tide is predicted to be especially high. Consistently voted “Best Dining with a View,” the scene only gets better during high tide when the surf crashes against floor-to-ceiling windows.

It’s the savvy traveler who will make reservations for breakfast on :

Saturday, November 6, 8 to 11 a.m.
Sunday, November 7, 8 to 11 a.m.
Sunday, November 21, 7 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, December 4, 7 to 10 a.m.
Sunday, December 5, 7 to 10 a.m.

Explore Local Tide Pools with Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Low tides are also fun because this is when tide pooling is at its best. Anyone can go down to the beach (my favorite spot is just north of the pier at La Jolla Shores) and poke around, but Birch Aquarium at Scripps also offers excursions guided by their naturalists who lead guests through the fragile environment and explore pools teeming with native marine life, such as hermit crabs, sea hares, and sea anemones. The cost is $12, ages 2 and older. RSVP to 858-534-7336 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu for one of the following dates:

Nov. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dike Rock in La Jolla
Dec. 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. False Point in La Jolla
Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m. Dike Rock in La Jolla
Jan. 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hospital Point in La Jolla
Jan. 29, 12-2 p.m. False Point in La Jolla
Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dike Rock in La Jolla
Feb. 27, 12-2 p.m. Hospital Point in La Jolla

For more winter activities in San Diego’s favorite coastal community, see the La Jolla – Calendar of Winter Events

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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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