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Our most recommended San Diego Beach Trips

Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

1. Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

Discover California's Crown Jewel, Coronado Island, on a memorable GPS-guided fat tire scooter tour. Set off to explore Coronado's pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the Ferry Landing, shops, and much more.  Start the tour in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, then board the ferry to take you over to Coronado Island. See the visually stunning Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Harbor as you cross the water. Make your way through Downtown Coronado and hear all about Coronado Island’s rich history. Drive along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island.  As you enjoy the drive and visit all the best sites, receive restaurant recommendations, hear jokes and stories that bring the destination to life. Finally, return to your start point where this memorable and unique tour concludes.

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La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

2. La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on a combo self-guided tour that takes you on a walking tour of the coast and a driving tour of the neighborhood. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Start your walking tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk. Continue to the coast and get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Walk along the waterfront and learn how La Jolla got its name. Spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood. Take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Along the way, be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions and learn how to tell the two apart. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot an orca whale off the shore. Next, see Seal Rock. If you haven’t spotted a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Nearing the end of the walking portion of your tour, visit the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see. Next, start the driving portion of the tour. Cruise along the coast and hear about the brothers who bought all this land for less than $2 per acre and the woman responsible for the town’s longstanding cultural institutions. Visit the historic La Jolla Woman’s Club and hear about Ellen Browning Scripps, La Jolla’s most important figure. Next, see the beautiful Wisteria Cottage and take in beautiful views. Then it’s on to the Athenaeum, a library for music and the arts. Round off your tour by visiting the Valencia Hotel, the city’s go-to hotel for Hollywood’s rich and famous for a hundred years.

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San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

3. San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore La Jolla’s coastal beauty with maximum flexibility, safety, and value on this self-guided audio and GPS tour. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. The commentary will play automatically based on your location. Start your tour at the Cave Store in La Jolla Cove. Learn about La Jolla’s early struggles with drinkable water, its historic figures like Ellen Scripps and Dr. Seuss, and its growth into the “Jewel” of the California coastline. Then, explore Coast Boulevard, La Jolla Cove, and Prospect Avenue. Finish your tour at La Valencia Hotel, a La Jolla landmark.

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La Jolla: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

4. La Jolla: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on this self-guided walking tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, the tour explores the best spots and history of La Jolla. Begin your tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk, then continue to the coast itself, where you’ll get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Continue by following the walkway along the waterfront. Learn how La Jolla got its name, spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds, and more. See gorgeous architecture and natural beauty collide. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood, then take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions. If you’re lucky, you might spot an orca whale. Next, go to Seal Rock. If you haven’t managed to spot a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach, where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Conclude your tour by visiting the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see.

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From San Diego: Tijuana City Guided Tour and Food Tasting

5. From San Diego: Tijuana City Guided Tour and Food Tasting

Join your guide for an authentic Mexican experience as you leave San Diego to explore Tijuana City. Start your sightseeing tour with a convenient hotel pickup and head to your first stop, the Tijuana Cultural Center. Visit the museum and learn about the early history of the Baja peninsula, and take a walk through the botanical gardens. Leave the cultural center and head to the beach to see the wall that separates Mexico from the United States. Enjoy a couple of cocktails and ceviche tostadas before continuing your adventure. Walk down the Avenida Revolucion. Admire the sights, including the Jai Alai building and Caliente Casino. See where Caesar salad was invented, do some shopping, and enjoy a craft beer and tequila tasting. Take a break for lunch at the Plaza Rio Tijuana and refuel at local Taco restaurant. End your day with a trip to the city market for a taste of the local culture. Sample some delicious churros and shop for souvenirs before heading back to San Diego.

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The La Jolla Tour

6. The La Jolla Tour

La Jolla is arguably the finest part of this city, it is to San Diego what Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles. Many of San Diego’s wealthy and fabulous come here to live, and although that in and of itself would mean little, the reasons behind it are the foundation of why this area of the city would draw anyone in. La Jolla Cove, speaks of yesteryear with all of the little-known beaches . See its mysterious cave and secret tunnel entrance, its gentle but rugged cliffs and abundant marine life, its posh shopping and dining district, the stunningly quaint and sequestered shores nestled and hidden in the sylvan tumbles of verdant cliffs. This three hour, fully escorted, semi-private driving tour will introduce you to marvelous physical beauty, and a sense of soaring human presence with the most subtle human footprint. This three hour sightseeing tour is available daily at 1:00 PM.

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From San Diego: Private Puerto Nuevo Tour with Lobster Lunch

7. From San Diego: Private Puerto Nuevo Tour with Lobster Lunch

This private tour from San Diego explores Puerto Nuevo, the lobster village of Baja California. Located only minutes from Rosarito Beach, the town claims to have some of the best lobster in the world. Find out while listening to live mariachi music and drinking margaritas. This tour also allows for plenty of free time for shopping and craft beer tastings at Rosarito Beach. At 9:30 AM aboard a luxury 6-14 passenger van with air conditioning and reclining seats. Relax with plenty of legroom and enjoy complimentary bottles of drinking water. At 10:00 AM arrive at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) and the Botanical Garden. Afterward spending time there, at approximately 11:00 AM visit to the infamous border wall at the USA/Mexican border. Then at 11:30 AM spend time at Rosarito Beach to enjoy craft beer tastings. By 2:30 PM have a lobster lunch at Puerto Nuevo with tequila margaritas and live mariachi music included. For those unfamiliar with Baja lobster, it’s cooked with garlic butter and lime and served with beans and rice. Scoop up the lobster in warm handmade flour tortillas while savoring tequila margaritas. After lunch, have free time to shop at the traditional Mexican Curios Market. At 4:00 PM head back to San Diego with an approximately 5:30 PM arrival time.

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San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

8. San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

Discover the bright skies and gentle ocean breezes along San Diego's coast on this private tour. Stop at many different beaches and bays along the Pacific Ocean. Each beach has its own distinct Southern California beach culture, from skaters on boardwalks to secluded beaches and laid-back hang-outs where surfers rule the waves. Your private tour of the San Diego Coast visits the finest coastal stretches to discover the heart and soul of this coastal city. First stop will be the white sands of Coronado Island, home to the haunted Hotel Del Coronado, and boasting quintessential San Diego seaside allure. Next, Ocean Boulevard evokes the era of Marilyn Monroe, who famously filmed "Some Like It Hot" here in 1958. Next, on to Seaport Village, where a picturesque century-old harbor boasts numerous seafood bistros and waterfront cafes. Then, along the Point Loma Peninsula’s western shoreline, discover the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. This encompasses native coastal scrub, dramatic cliff formations, craggy caves, intertidal lagoons, and mesmerizing panoramic ocean views. Your tour continues on to Ocean Beach, with its laid-back rhythm. It has a vintage SoCal hippy vibe with surf shops, taco stands, microbreweries, and dog-friendly beaches. Here, you can enjoy a pit-stop at one of the many beachside eateries, or wait until you hit the crashing waves of the Pacific Beach. Serious surfers head to Pacific Beach - or “PB” as the locals call it - for an electric party atmosphere, glowing bonfires, and excellent swells. Your final stop is La Jolla, a scenic stretch dubbed ‘Paradise by the Sea’. Sheltered by a 300-ft rocky bluff, it's home to seals, sea lions, numerous seabirds, lush beach flora, and a wide sweep of soft honey-colored sand.

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San Diego: Customizable Private Day Trip

9. San Diego: Customizable Private Day Trip

This private trip is the best way to discover San Diego and the surrounding areas in a single day. Enjoy a personal driver for the day and customizable itinerary. Choose between pickup from your hotel or private accommodation, airport terminal, or cruise terminal. The first on your trip will the beautiful La Jola. La Jolla is a smart seaside area, known for its rugged coastline. Home to the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and La Jolla Cove, the town has sweeping ocean views and the Shell Beach tide pools are home to anemones and crabs. Posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants dot the walkable La Jolla Village. The next stop is San Diego Seaport Village. Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego. It houses more than 70 shops, galleries, and eateries on 90,000 square feet of waterfront property. Seaport Village is also home to the world-famous USS Midway, the naval aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum. If time allows, continue to Coronado Island that features a historic town. This place is also home to an iconic Victorian hotel and some of San Diego’s best beaches. At the end of your trip, get conveniently dropped back off at your pickup location or at another location within the designated pickup counties.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Overall it was an awesome experience. I would definitely do it again and again. The next time. I'd ask for handwritten direction in the event the GPS stops. I'd also ask how to restart the GPS if needed. The reps were all awesome and helpful.

This was so fun! Our group of ladies had not ridden scooters before and these fat-tire versions were perfect for us. Fast but not crazy and stable. We loved it and would recommend to anyone looking to move about San Diego in a fun way.

This was a great little app. Its geofencing capabilities meant the tour auto-started as I approached each of the stops. I would love to buy this tour for other towns and cities that I visit. I did the walking portion. It was fun

The family and I had a great time on this well planned guided tour. Our tour guide Mario was so informative I would definitely recommend this fun experience.

Had a great time, got to see different parts of downtown we had not seen before. John was very helpful with getting us set up. Would absolutely do it again!