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Bed, Breakfast, Beach – Have it all in San Diego!

A summertime trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our famous beaches.

The owners of the eight B&Bs in the Bed and Breakfast Guild of San Diego have the inside scoop on which beach will match your tastes. And many of the inns provide loaner chairs and towels. But remember to bring your sunscreen!

Here’s a sampling of our favorite spots…

Just like in the movies, San Diego’s beaches are white, wide, and wonderful. Coronado Beach takes top honors as it has been named the #1 beach in the country by seaside expert Dr. Beach. Coronado Beach’s gentle waves are great for a refreshing dip and body surfing.  It’s never crowded, but please note that public parking is limited.Coronado’s wide beach at low tide near 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach

Ocean Beach is a laid-back beach community that features a 1971-foot long concrete pier, that’s great for fishing or just strolling in the warm sun.  At the base of the pier, at low tide, you can explore the tide pools packed with shore crabs, hermit crabs, and sea anemones. Ocean Beach is a great place to learn to surf with gentle, low waves. Beginners can rent boards and sign up for lessons at one of the shops along the main beach or on Newport Avenue.

Looking for a lively and youthful vibe? Mission Beach is the place for you. Its three and a half mile long and generously wide boardwalk is great for walking, biking, or rollerblading. Or if people watching is your preferred sport, settle down in one of the many eateries or bars and take in the amazing array of humanity. Most of the action is centered at Belmont Park at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and West Mission Bay Drive. The main attraction at the park is the famous 73-foot tall wooden roller coaster, the Giant Dipper. Catch a ride on it and you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean.

On the north end of town is the La Jolla Cove, San Diego’s best spot for snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving.  The water is calm, providing a safe home for colorful fish. (No flotation devices are allowed.) A little further north is La Jolla Shores, a wide, mile-long cozy beach. The large free parking lot, bathrooms, showers, grassy picnic area, and playground all contribute to its reputation as a great family beach. Surf, kayak, and scuba lessons are all available in La Jolla.

San Diego Beaches near San Diego Bed & Breakfast Guild member locations

San Diego Beaches are great places to learn to surf

Check with your innkeeper for detailed information about parking, services, and other expert advice about our not-to-be-missed beaches!

One final note, September is one of the best months to visit our beaches.  The weather is phenomenal and the crowds are gone!

Celebrate the 4th of July in San Diego

View July 4 fireworks shows from all the San Diego Bed & Breakfast Guild locations

Fireworks light up the sky over San Diego on the 4th of July

Looking for a hotel for the 4th of July in San Diego?  Check out these possibilities.

Independence Day may well be the favorite holiday in the city of San Diego.  And all the Bed and Breakfast Inns in our Guild stand ready to help you celebrate with gusto.

Our B&Bs offer lodging in homes and historic buildings with character and attention to detail.  Our staff members are available to provide the insider scoop on where to go, schedules, and parking (if necessary).

Starting on the north end of town, you can enjoy a full day of patriotic festivities, rides, music and finally fireworks at the San Diego County Fair.  We recommend a stay at the Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, the closest B&B to the fair grounds.

Travel south a few miles and you can experience a small town celebration. The Elsbree House B&B is the perfect place to stay in quaint Ocean Beach (OB to the locals).  Take a whole week off and you can enjoy the 35th Annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off on June 28.  Then, six days later on July 4th, enjoy a day at the beach topped off with fabulous fireworks viewed from the elevations on Sunset Cliffs.

Travel a bit inland to step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration in San Diego’s Old Town.  The Cosmopolitan Hotel, situated in the heart of Old Town, is the perfect overnight lodging for this event.  Not only is there free parking, but you can sit on the second story veranda outside of your room and watch the fireworks at SeaWorld.

Head to downtown San Diego where they definitely go a bit overboard with the fireworks – the Big Bay Boom is a coordinated display from four locations on the waterfront.  For the best seat in the house, stay at Glory’s Holiday House and view the extravaganza from her deck.  Other nearby downtown B&B owners can direct you to their secret viewing spots, many within just a few blocks.   Rooms are still available at the Keating House, Carole’s B&B, and the Hillcrest House B&B, all located near Balboa Park with its museums, theaters, gardens, and the famous San Diego Zoo.

Walk to the July 4 parade in Coronado from the 1906 Lodge, a San Diego Bed & Breakfast Guild member

Vintage fire truck in the Coronado Independence Day Parade

Travel south of downtown, and out into San Diego Bay, to where the village of Coronado hosts a full day of outdoor activities.  Parking is at a premium, so stay at the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach and park for free.  It is located a block from the parade route (the biggest parade in the county) and provides loaner chairs to view the two hour spectacle.  After a day at the beach, take your chairs and head to the golf course two blocks away to watch the Coronado fireworks.

July is definitely the busiest month of the year in San Diego.  Our B&B owners suggest that you consider leaving your car at home and take advantage of our public transportation or utilize the convenient service of Uber.com. (It’s everyone’s personal driver!)  Use promo code “rlr02” and you’ll receive $10 off your first trip.

Make your reservations today as every room in the county is full on our favorite holiday of the year!