Welcome to La Jolla in San Diego! This coastal village is known for its stunning cliff side beaches, sea lions, seas, and sea caves. In this vlog, we visit La Jolla Cove and get an up close view of the marine animals, including baby sea lions.
Next, we go inside the Cave Shop to see Sunny Jim's cave which is accessible by a staircase that is 100 years old. It was built during the prohibition era to smuggle booze and is now one of the quickest ways to experience the cave adventure. Can you spot Sunny Jim's profile in the cave opening?
One of the best ways to visit the caves is by kayak. There are seven caves in La Jolla, and the best ones are accessible by kayak tours. Check out the link below to book a kayak tour:
Lastly, we visit Scripps Pier and Blacks Beach, which are some of the best surfing beaches in La Jolla. Scripps Beach has a private pier and perfect waves, and Blacks Beach has stunning cliffs.
What are your favorite places to visit in La Jolla? Comment below.
Welcome to San Diego! We are in Balboa Park in search of the best free things to do, panoramic views, and craft beers. Balboa Park is a National Historic Landmark and the stunning Churrigueresque style architecture of many of the buildings date back to 1915. Here, we explore one of the best panoramic view of San Diego and enjoy many free gardens and museums.
Behind the Scenes San Diego Vlog:
1. San Diego Botanical Garden
This iconic landmark was built in 1915 and is one of the most beautiful photo shoot locations for its unique domed architecture and reflective lily pond. The interior is filled with ferns, palms, and exotic orchids. The gardens are free to enter from 10am - 4pm.
2. Timken Museum of Art
This building stands out in the park for its Modern style architecture, with sleek lines and symmetry. The museum contains a small gallery and has free admission.
3. Street Performances
Balboa park is known for being a hot spot of street performances, dances, and musical performances. Stroll through the park and you can catch the talent along the way.
4. Open Air Sculpture Garden
Balboa Park contains many eye catching sculptures along the plaza, all of which is free to view.
5. San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum contains a small gallery of everything from Contemporary art to South East Asian art. There are free docent tours with admission.
6. San Diego Museum of Man -
The museum has an entry charge, but features some of the most thought provoking exhibits including "Inter+Race" which explores race and identity, and "What's on our Plate" - the story behind what types of meat we eat around the world.
7. California Tower -
We climb the tower for the best panoramic views from the top of the harbor, downtown, Balboa park. The tower dates back to 1915, and was recently reopened for Balboa Park's Centennial in 2015. There are timed tours that cost $22 each.
► ►Get your tickets in advance here: http://www.museumofman.org/exhibits/california-tower/
8. International Cottages -
The international cottages house a sampling of the heritage from many of the countries with a presence in San Diego. On weekends, they frequently have performances, open houses with food, and heritage celebrations. We sampled tea from England, waffles from Denmark , saw a Panamanian performance, and got our names written in Mandarin.
9. Craft Beer:
San Diego is synonymous with craft brews and one of the kings of the movement is Ballast Point. We checked out the tasting room which had tours and a huge selection of craft beers.
► ►Ballast Point - Craft beer brewed in San Diego. Tasting Room has $6 flights. Learn More: https://www.ballastpoint.com/
San Diego is famous for its surf. There are many areas to view the panoramic ocean views. Our favorite for the best surf is Swami's beach.
What are your favorite things to see in San Diego? Comment below!
Catalina Island offers a wide range of resort activities, water sports, and adventure. The island is part of the Channel Islands archipelago and is so close that it is visible from the mainland on a clear day. It's easier to get to than other island destinations, making it the perfect weekend getaway for Southern California!
Here are the top 5 things to do on Catalina:
We ride (FREE on your Birthday!) with Catalina Express which offers a comfortable and smooth ride from Dana Point and many other ports. Best of all, it only takes about an hour to get there. Make sure to bring your waterproof camera and device charger during the trip, as there are frequent dolphin sightings.
Once on the island, there are a variety of activities including scuba diving, parasailing, boating, kayaking, biking, historical tours, as well as sun and fun. Catalina has many historical buildings including the iconic Casino built in 1929, the Tuna Club, and the Wrigley mansion and gardens. The interior of the island is mostly undeveloped and there are even bison!
The Casino was built in 1929 and serves as an entertainment center. The bottom level has a theater and the upper level as dance performances and other events. During our visit, there was a 1920's Art Deco Ball.
2. Water Sports
Catalina Harbor features numerous water sports, from scuba diving, glass bottom boats, kayaking, paddle boarding, flyboarding (yes, you can fly over the ocean), parasailing, - you name it.
3. Catalina Museum
There is one major museum on the island and during our visit, there was a Chihuly exhibit where featured many of his unique and colorful glass works. Chihuly is famous for glass ceiling in the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. The museum is $17 for adults, and $15 for senior and it closes at 5pm.
4. Wrigley Botanical Garden
Catalina was historically owned by William Wrigley of chewing gum fame and there are a number of monuments on the island from this time period. There is the Wrigley Garden which contains botanical and desert plants, as well as a large archway lookout point. There is also the Wrigley estate which is a local landmark and has been converted into a bed and breakfast.
5. Catalina Buffalo
Catalina is famous for being a place where you can see buffalo. The buffalo are not native to the island, rather they were brought here for a 1920s silent film and their population grew. There is a tour of the interior of the island where you can see the buffalo in the wild.
We hope that you get a chance to visit Catalina Island soon. Be sure to check the Catalina Island events listings before you visit, as there are many weekend activities. Enjoy!
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