A life full of play and adventure seeking is a rich life. As natives to the beautiful environment of San Diego County, we seek to enrich our days with inspiring, sun-filled passions and pastimes. Whether you’re here for a brief escape or seeking to become more acquainted with the area long-term, we want you to make the most of your time here. We consolidated our varied local knowledge and came up with a list of San Diego adventures that are bound to inspire your life and satisfy your desires. At MANDA, we want you to stay healthy and safe while having fun in the sun, exploring and enjoying San Diego!
North County (Coastal)
- Camp in the beautiful Cardiff San Elijo Campgrounds
Whether you’re learning to surf, taking advantage of the high-quality local reefs or soaking up the sun on the beach, there’s fun for the whole family. Close out the day with a sunset meal at Bull Taco followed by s’mores around the campfire.
- Surf Swami’s
Get a taste of the classic surf scene and iconic waves. Enjoy a healthy meal at Swami’s Cafe and walk it off in the beautiful meditation gardens of the Self-Realization Fellowship.
- Attend a local farmer’s market
We take pride in our independent businesses and local agrarian community. Come see what wholesome organic magic you can dig up at the local farmer’s markets!
- Walk the coastal wetland trails
North County has multiple unique nature reserves protecting the local wetlands. Explore a variety of beautiful scenic trails and palisade views.
North County (Inland)
- San Diego Safari Park
Enjoy an action-packed day full of exotic, wild animal adventures and enriching education. As an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization, San Diego Zoo Global is fighting to end extinction around the world while inspiring people’s passion for nature.
- Explore Julian
Take a trip back in time and explore our crisp alpine environments and unique mountain cultures. Before hitting the road, close out your day with a healthy hot serving of the world famous Julian Apple Pie.
- Discover the Palm Canyon Oasis
Get away from the noise of the city and delve into a majestic oasis of palm trees, waterfalls and rock formations that make Palm Canyon one magical experience you’ll never forget.
South County (Coastal)
Hike Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Home of rare trees and rich, untouched ecosystems, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the more beautiful and wild stretches of the Southern California Coast. If you’re feeling ambitious, ask around about the Ho Chi Minh trail!
- Kayak and snorkel the La Jolla Cove
With fun for the whole family, La Jolla Cove is a top destination for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. If you’re feeling adventurous, try exploring the neighboring underwater caves!
- Explore Cabrillo National Monument and Lighthouse
Previously home to the Fort Rosencrans military base, the Cabrillo National monument offers both a fascinating piece of history and a stunning 360-degree viewpoint to enjoy.
- Sail the San Diego Bay
From adventures on the open waters to casual sightseeing, find your perfect sailing experience in the San Diego Bay.
South County (Inland)
- San Diego Zoo
One of the largest and most respected zoos in the world, a visit to the San Diego Zoo is a must for anyone visiting Southern California.
- Balboa Park
Containing 15 major museums, performing arts venues, lovely gardens, and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States. Choose your pleasure and enjoy this iconic historical site.
Hike Mount Laguna
Located at almost 6,000 feet above sea level in a forest of Jeffrey pine, Mt. Laguna’s trails offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of San Diego County.
With these nuggets of local knowledge, we hope to impart upon you a basic resource for finding adventure and fun in any area of San Diego County. Wherever your curious mind and boundless ambitions lead you, be sure to apply your all natural Manda to maximize your fun in the sun!
Photo credits (in order of appearance – from Flickr): Kenneth Hagemeyer, Ricardo, Ian Agrimis, Oleg Shpyrko, Tim McDonald