Where to stay cool when temperatures rise
This weekend’s going to be a HOT one here in San Diego. Temperatures rarely get over 80 degrees at the coast but occasionally we’ll find ourselves asking the question, where can we go to cool off? We’ve put together some suggestions to help keep you cool when temperatures rise.
Go to the Beach
When the Santa Ana winds start to blow bringing in the heat and warm winds from the desert, its a great opportunity to take advantage of our 70 miles of beautiful coastline & beaches. Not only is it one of the most cost effective ways to stay cool, since San Diego beaches are public, they offer loads of activities too – so pack your sunscreen, water and some towels, blankets a boogie board…and maybe some sand toys too. Our favorite beaches are listed here, and are listed from farthest South heading North:
- Coronado Beach – calm water, small waves, wide beautiful beach
- Mission Beach – home of Belmont Park, lots of shops & restaurants
- Pacific Beach – pier, shopping, great people watching
- Tourmaline Beach – well known surf spot
- La Jolla Shores – calm waters, great for snorkeling & kayaking
- Powerhouse Park, Del Mar – something for all – grassy area for those not wanting to get sandy, swimming beach, surfing area, restaurants
- Del Mar Beach – dog friendly, beautiful cliffs, great walking beach
- Solana Beach – many different smaller beaches & coves – Fletcher Cove is a favorite for families
- Cardiff State Beach – access via steps down to beach, more secluded then most due to stair access – surfing & swimming areas
- Moonlight Beach, Encinitas – known for its family friendliness, playground area near beach, nice bathroom facilities, beautiful beach
- Ponto Beach, Carlsbad State Beach – surfing, bathrooms
Get Wet Water Parks
Although these parks are only open seasonally, they are a great place to cool down. The Water Park at LEGOLAND is located in Carlsbad and you must purchase a ticket to the theme park to enter the water park, unless you have purchased a season pass for LEGOLAND. LEGOLAND’s Water Park is generally open most weekends March – November and daily during the summer months. We’re currently offering LEGOLAND’s Park Hopper ticket at a discount, plus you get a 2nd day FREE!
Aquatica is owned and managed by SeaWorld but is not located at the SeaWorld park. Aquatica is located in Chula Vista, Ca about a 20 minute drive south of San Diego. Aquatica is open daily during the summer months but an opening date for 2015 has not been published yet. Check back for opening date and schedule and we’ll be offering discounted tickets too!
A great FREE option for visitors or locals looking to cool off while enjoying the great outdoors is a visit to the new Waterfront Park located at the north and south of the County Administrative building. There are multiple reflecting pools with jets specifically to play and get wet! Located right across the street from the Star of India on Harbor Drive. Reflecting Pool and water jet hours generally start around 10am – 10pm seven days a week and all Holiday Weekends.
Cruise San Diego Bay
Coronado Ferry – cool off with a short trip between San Diego harbor and Coronado, park on one side and take the ferry to the other to explore, and it is an economical way to take a boat ride!
Whale Watching – this is a great time of year for seeing whales right off our San Diego coast! View all whale watching tours here.
Sailboat – enjoy a private sailboat adventure or join one of our small group sailing tours. View sailing options now.
Kayak in La Jolla – get a workout in while you take in the beautiful La Jolla Cove and shoreline on a Kayak tour.
Stay in a San Diego Hotel
If you don’t have access to a pool, and you are not a local who can visit any number of local community pools you should plan your visit based on the pool at these fabulous San Diego Hotel’s and Resorts. There are too many to mention, but we’ve listed a few of our favorites below.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina – waterfalls, water slides, great kiddie areas, this pool has everything – view or book hotel now
Paradise Point Resort & Spa – tropical island style resort with several pools located on Mission Bay – view or book hotel now
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa – located on Mission Bay within 1 mile of SeaWorld. Tropical Pool and play area for kids – view or book hotel now
Hilton San Diego Bayfront – located on San Diego Bay – this pool overlooks the bay and Island of Coronado and has a nice bar area for adults. Mini water-slide and pool depth is great for families. View or book hotel now
Marriott Marquis & Marina – the new pool experience at this hotel is spectacular offering cabanas, fire-pits, water features, kids play area, intimate seating areas and even a tequila bar! View or book hotel now
Lastly, if you want to stay cool indoors check out a favorite movie theatre spot called Cinepolis with locations in the Del Mar and La Costa areas of San Diego. Here you can have food delivered to your seat, chairs are first class airline style which makes for an extremely pleasant movie watching experience. Most movies are perfect for a family, however there are a few 21+ theaters where you can also order a wine, beer or cocktail during your movie. Don’t forget to order dessert too!
Whatever you do on these hot days make sure to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen if you will be outdoors for any extended period of time. We’d love to hear your comments or any additional tips on what you do and where you go to beat the heat in San Diego.