Day Trips from San Diego to Tijuana Cultural Center

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La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

1. La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

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San Diego: 3-Hour Sunset Sail

2. San Diego: 3-Hour Sunset Sail

Enjoy an awe-inspiring sunset as you discover the beauty of San Diego Bay with a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain. In 3 hours, you will be able to visit the most memorable landmarks in San Diego Bay. Sail through the Maritime Museum, the Midway Museum, Downtown San Diego, and other exciting spots, or head out to the Pacific Ocean. If you're lucky, you may even see a host of wildlife along the way such as sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales. With multiple departures daily, you'll be sure to find a tour to fit perfectly into your schedule. All beer, white wine, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are complimentary and unlimited. Just in case it gets a bit chilly on the bay, jackets, hats, and blankets are provided. And to protect yourself from the hot California sun, sunscreen and sunglasses are also provided.

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Grand Baja Mexico Tour

3. Grand Baja Mexico Tour

Bienvenidos a Mexico! In our Baja Mexico Grand Tour, your adventure begins as we cross into Mexico and visit Tijuana, the fourth largest city in Mexico. We will go on a cultural sightseeing tour of the area with stops at: the Cultural Center, the Tijuana Bullring, the Tijuana Zoo, and the Tijuana Tower. We will also have time for some shopping along Avenidad Revolution. This street is the main shopping Mecca south of the border with more than 400 different types of shops that will entice you to bargain like the locals for your Mexican curios. Then it's off to Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, once a small fisherman town, it is now home to over 50 different restaurants offering the specialty of the house, Puerto Nuevo style lobster meals. This lobster meal is a Pacific Ocean Lobster deep fried to perfection, along with unlimited rice, beans and a welcome Margarita!   After lunch (included) enjoy some time to relax along the Pacific Ocean as Mariachis serenade you. After this memorable experience we will travel to Rosarito Beach which was once the Mexican Hollywood during the 1920's. Now it is a blooming beachside community with endless opportunities to visit the beach, go horseback riding or ATV riding along the sandy beaches. You'll have the time of your life.

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San Diego: Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride

4. San Diego: Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride

Embark on a thrilling adventure on the San Diego bay as you zip and zoom past military ships, along the downtown skyline, and under the iconic Coronado Bridge. With rock music pumping, feel the wind and the refreshing spray of the San Diego bay as the Patriot carves 360-degree turns and reaches speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour. There's no experience like it. Enjoy gorgeous views on a 30-minute tour on an open-air jet boat. No two Patriot trips are the same, but this is not just a random joy ride through the bay. You will be taken past San Diego's most beautiful waterfront sights including: USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado Bridge, Star of India and the iconic ships of the Maritime Museum, as well as the San Diego skyline. You may get wet, but ponchos are provided.

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San Diego's Balboa Park: 3-Hour Scavenger Hunt Adventure

5. San Diego's Balboa Park: 3-Hour Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Balboa Park into a giant game board on a small-group, interactive scavenger hunt. Combine the thrill of the race with a sightseeing tour of this popular San Diego destination. Guided by any smartphone, you and your group will make your way to well-known and some overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. Begin at the Veterans Museum, and take in the iconic art and impressive architecture, and admire historical theaters and hidden gardens. The activity involves around 2 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.

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From San Diego: 5-Hour Tijuana City Sightseeing Tour

6. From San Diego: 5-Hour Tijuana City Sightseeing Tour

Head South of the border on a 5-hour tour that takes you into Tijuana and brings you directly in contact with Mexican culture. Begin your tour by crossing into Mexico and enter a world of contrasts. To kick things off, you'll travel into the main street known for its historic roundabouts until you reach the Cultural Center and IMAX Theatre. Get to know the famous Zona Rio with its large plaza and see statues of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Cuauhtémoc the Aztec King, and other important figures of Mexico. Experience the height of the Tijuana Bullring and the Tijuana Water Tower. Then make your way to the famous Avenida Revolucion for some shopping and bargaining. Before you do your shopping, you will experience the Tijuana tradition of making your own Mexican taco, a culinary delight which consists of a delicious tortilla filled with meat, chicken, or veggies, and all the trimmings such as guacamole, salsa, cilantro, and onion. You'll have the time of your life! Come, and fall in love with Mexico! Sample Itinerary 14:00 – Depart San Diego for Tijuana 14:30 – Arrival in Tijuana for a city tour, shopping, and taco demonstration 17:00 – Depart Tijuana 19:00 – Arrive in San Diego Note: To re-enter the USA, you will need proper identification such as a USA passport, USA passport card, or birth certificate and ID. For non-USA citizens, please consult with the proper embassy.

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La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

7. La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the water. The sport began as an ancient Hawaiian tradition that was reintroduced to the world in the mid-60s.  SUP boarding is one of the best ways to explore the Seven Sea Caves of La Jolla, a remarkable creation full of marine wildlife. These 7 unique sea caves are filled with local history and natural beauty. The La Jolla Ecological Reserve starts at the Seven Sea Caves and extends north to Scripps Pier. This remarkable stretch of water is home to an underwater park, part of La Jolla's submarine canyon, giant kelp forests and a rocky reef.  The preserve shelters numerous species, including leopard sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins and migrating whales. Only 2% of the world's ocean water is protected by state and federal law, which also makes La Jolla's ecological reserve a rare place to see undisturbed wildlife in their natural habitat. The stand up paddle boards are inflatable, lightweight, and easy to transport from the shop to the beach and back.

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La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

8. La Jolla: 1.5-Hour Surfing Lesson

Has learning to surf been your dream? Your dream can become a reality on the calm waters of La Jolla Shores, the best spot to learn. Your experienced instructors are eager to share their passion for surfing with beginners and intermediates alike: no experience necessary, all equipment provided. Your instructors respect each student’s choice regarding his or her level of participation in the lesson, and comfort in the water. You’ll have fun learning how to surf in a safe environment. Your experienced instructor will teach you the fundamentals of surfing and ocean safety on land, before heading into the water to catch some waves with your group. Continually voted one of the best spots for beginner and intermediate surfers in San Diego, the calm waters of La Jolla Shores are an ideal place to learn how to surf in a fun, yet safe environment. Public and private options are available.

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From San Diego: Full Day Wine Tour of Valle de Guadalupe

9. From San Diego: Full Day Wine Tour of Valle de Guadalupe

Visit Mexico's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, and see what all the buzz is about of this region. Start the morning meeting your guide and cross the border into Mexico to venture into Baja California's vineyards and wineries.  Spend the day enjoying the warmth of family-owned wineries and taste a selection of Mexican wine, known for their deep earthy tones. On this tour, visit up to three wineries and enjoy wine tastings. Take an estate tour of one of the wineries and learn about the production of wine.  Enjoy a gourmet hacienda-style meal overlooking the valley while discussing the different varieties of Mexican wine and reminiscing about the day.

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La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

10. La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

Take a lesson before the tour begins and grab all the necessary kayak equipment. The tour takes place in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. There are 3 different habitats in the reserve, and on your tour you will have the chance paddle to all three - the rocky reefs, sandy flats, and kelp beds. Paddle to the seven caves of La Jolla and go into the Clam’s cave, which is the largest cave on the tour. See the local marine life on the tour including sea lions, harbor seals, Garibaldi, leopard sharks, and the occasional dolphin.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 27 reviews

This was an AWESOME adventure!!! I’ve been a resident of San Diego for over 23 years & decided to do something special to celebrate my Best Friend’s birthday . Although I have enjoyed the gorgeous San Diego Bay from the shores of Shelter Island, Coronado Island, Harbor Island, Point Loma and Downtown San Diego, it doesn’t compare to the absolutely stunning views from a sail boat floating on the winds of the bay !! It’s truly something that she experienced by anyone that loves the beauty of the ocean. Our Captain Trevor was so skilled at sailing that it was a smooth & gentle 3 hours of peaceful , beautiful fun :) . I highly recommend this adventure on the water ! The other passengers were delightful and really added to the fun . My Best Friend and I enjoyed a day that we will never forget! Thank you Trevor and Sail San Diego!

We had such a fun time! The seas were fairly calm, not something I had considered beforehand. The guides were super helpful and kept us all on track, the shore person was awesome and helped us in and out of the boats with ease. It was nice to share a boat so I didn't have to do all the work, but the teenager liked having his own. Water was warm so no wetsuits, but you will for sure get wet so have the right clothes on!

Have never kayaked ever before. The day was perfect and minimal wind, so it was very easy to kayak to the caves. The guides are right there with you the whole way if you run into any trouble. You meet at a cute store with stylish souvenirs and then walk to the beach with your gear in hand. You DO GET WET! So dress appropriately! Would recommend!

Great experience! Have never been kayaking in the ocean. Ruben and Joel both made it safe, easy and fun! 90 minutes was the perfect amount of time! Highly recommend

It was fun learning more about balboa park and something the whole family could do together