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Full Day Tour of San Diego Coast

  • Private coastal tour of San Diego
  • Take in views of the ocean and harbor from Cabrillo National Monument
  • See areas like Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Del Mar, and Torrey Pines
Full Day Tour of San Diego Coast
From US$149.00
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Full Day Tour of San Diego Coast
From US$149.00
Explore the coast of San Diego and its surrounding area on a private tour that takes you from Point Loma to Encinitas. Traveling by 7-passenger van, you'll drive along the Pacific with a guide who can customize the itinerary to suit your interests. Get a look at San Diego's beach culture; visit places frequented by locals; sit back and enjoy the scenery without worrying about driving or parking; stop for drinks, lunch, or shopping; or take a dip in the sea.
What to Expect
The coastal tour begins at Cabrillo National Monument which has the best views of San Diego Harbor. The museum displays the artifacts from when Cabrillo landed in 1542. Up the hill to the first lighthouse in San Diego and the lighthouse museum. Steep drive down to the water and Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach. Past the bars and restaurants on Newport Ave into Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. Take a quiet stroll along the bay behind the Catamaran Hotel before crossing over to the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk on the ocean. Check out the old wooden Crystal Pier before heading to our furthermost northern beach town of Encinitas. A stop for lunch and then over to the beautiful tranquil gardens, Koi ponds and exquisite bluff views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A short ride over to one of the best surfing spots in North County called Swami's. We descend the long spiral stairs down to the tidepools on the beach. Back in the van to cruise along Highway 101 through Cardiff, San Elijo, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley and up the grade into Torrey Pines.
At our next stop we watch the Hang Gliders and Parasailors soar off the cliffs at Torrey Pines Glider Port. Winding our way down to La Jolla Shores to watch the kayaks launch on their journey to the sea caves. Entering La Jolla Cove we are on top of the sea caves and walk down to Seal Beach where everyone can watch the seals playing in there native habitat. Back up to Prospect Street through downtown to La Jolla Blvd and on our way back to the hotel through Bird Rock and Pacific Beach.
For a completely different feel, opt to head east to the rural countryside and the old gold mining town of Julian, (a Unesco Heritage Sight) located at the junction of 3 different mountain ranges. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and breathe in the country air. After lunch and famous home grown apple pie and ice cream the tour will start the 2400 foot descent down to the desert floor and arrive at Anza Borrego State Park visitor's center. The largest desert state park in the nation. Catch the setting sun on our return to downtown.
Reviews (24)
1 - 5 of 5 reviews
Reviewed 27 November 2018
What an Amazing Day!

This full day coastal tour was the highlight of our stay and I highly recommend that all newcomers take this tour to experience the expansive beauty of coastal San Diego County. My husband and I visited San Diego for my birthday and took this tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gingee013
Reviewed 27 October 2018
Lovely day on the coast

Fortunately for me I could switch tour days to enjoy this lovely tour. Like all of the group tours I’ve taken, this tour operator requires at least two people on the tour for the tour to go. Rather than cancelling Morty asked me to switch...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MartiLC
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Great way to see the coast!

We spent an entire day with Marty seeing the coast from San Diego up to Encinadas. We were a private tour, so we were allowed to take our time at all of the planned stops. I would highly recommend if you want to spend the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank dainnat
Coastal Tours o... S, Owner at Coastal Tours of San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Thanks for the nice review. It's always satisfying to hear that people are enjoying the tour. Best Rgds/Morty

Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile
Excellent day out

There were three of us on the tour with guide Marty. We traveled in a nice van and Marty was a great host. We never felt rushed and Marty was very knowledgeable on local history and pretty much everything else. Nice lunch stop and tour...More

1  Thank dont378
Coastal Tours o... S, Owner at Coastal Tours of San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Hi Don, Thanks for the wonderful review. I'm happy to hear that your group enjoyed the tour and had a good time. Best Rgds/Morty

Reviewed 19 May 2018
Coastal tour of San Diego

Excellent tour provided by Coastal tours of San Diego and Marty our tour guide. I an an out of town tourist who went on the internet to find a good tour while visiting San Diego. I hit the bulls eye because this tour was beyond...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank dmonica514
Coastal Tours o... S, Owner at Coastal Tours of San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Thanks for the wonderful review. I'm glad that you enjoyed the van with no windows. I hope you come back because the mountain and desert tour is really awesome. It's great to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed San Diego. Best Rgds/Morty

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