There are so many things to do, it's hard to know where to start - so let's start at my favorite place - the beach.  A great day trip is to take the Coronado ferry across to Coronado.  You can bring your bikes on the ferry or rent them there.  It is a good place for bike riding - flat and with lots of bike trails.  You can stop at the historic Hotel Del Coronado for lunch or a cup of coffee.  There is a bike trail that goes up to the Silver Strand State Park - miles and miles of white sandy beaches with very few people. You can catch the Coronado ferry close to where the cruise ships are near Harbor Drive and Broadway.  There is another tourist attraction here - The Star of India - an old clipper ship.  While you are here you might want to enjoy lunch at Anthony's Seafood Restaurant - a San Diego tradition.

Up the coast a few miles is Point Loma, a peninsula with San Diego Bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. At Seaforth Landing (on the bay side) you can catch a boat to go whale watching December thru February or deep-sea fishing year round. Point Loma Seafoods, located at Seaforth Landing, is excellent. At the tip of Point Loma is Cabrillo National Monument where you can visit an old lighthouse and natural tidepools. The park is on a cliff and the view of downtown is magnificent.

A few miles north is Mission Beach, with a small amusement park and rollercoaster. Also, they have a very attractive indoor swimming pool, called The Plunge. Mission Beach is kind of our little "Venice Beach", with lots of activity along the boardwalk.

As you drive north along the coast you will pass through Pacific Beach and then on to La Jolla - an upscale beach town. La Jolla is well worth a visit for it's many fine restaurants, trendy shops and a beautiful grassy walkway along the water where you can see the seals.

Now we are off to the mountains.  Cuyamaca State Park has large wooded areas with meadows for hiking, camping or picniking.  Green Valley Falls, a rocky stream with many small waterfalls, is very popular.  Past here is Julian, an old gold mining town now famous for it's apple pie. To the north of Cuyamaca are the Laguna Mountains, where there is another large state park.  One of the hi-lights of the Lagunas is you can walk to the edge of the wooded mountain and view a huge expanse of the Anze Borrego Desert below.  If you choose to take the long and winding road down to the desert you will not be disappointed.  There is a special stark beauty to the desert as the sun shines throught the chulas. There are historical markers throughout the park, there are funky hot springs and eventually you might reach Borrego Springs, where there is a nature trail following a river and natural pools They sometimes have jazz concerts on Sundays.

Now it's time for Mexico! The border at TJ is good for shopping but is a little more hectic than the towns further south. The road along the coast from Tijuana to Ensenada is georgeous with many little restuarants along the way. Not too far down is a little tourist village called Puerto Nuevo (New Port) where they have about 50 lobster restaurant - served Mexican style with rice and beans at a very reasonable price. Further south is La Fonda, with an ambiance you will not want to miss.   Ensanada has good shopping, lots of restaurants and a very famous bar called Hussongs - a good place to listen to the Mariachis.

Actually, you don't have to go to Mexico to enjoy it's culture and food. Old Town State Park has many attractive shops in it's Mexican style courtyard. Casa Bandini is a popular restaurant decorated in traditional Mexican decor - touristy but nice.

Now it's back to the best place of all, the Shady Lane RV Park in El Cajon , for a good rest. Enjoy your stay in San Diego.

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