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10 Ways to Enjoy the Wonderful Holidays in San Diego

10 Ways to Enjoy the Wonderful Holidays in San Diego

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, but the added stress of holiday shopping, family demands and staying within a budget may have you feeling a little like the Grinch. What you need is a break from it all. Luckily, we have found some enchanting events perfect for celebrating the holidays in San Diego. Even better, many of them are free! So, find your Santa hat and read on to discover more. 1. Attend a Tree Lighting Event to Spark Your Spirit There is something special about a sparkling Christmas tree that immediately brings joy. The excitement of counting down the seconds to the burst of dazzling lights is sure to bring holiday cheer to you and your family. Liberty Station Liberty’s Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities takes place on Friday, November 25, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Ride on festive fire trucks, take pictures with Santa, listen to live entertainment and marvel at the lighting of the 88-foot Norfolk pine. Speaking of the Grinch, bring a blanket to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas on the lawn. This event is free to attend. While at Liberty Station, take a spin on the Rady Children’s Ice Rink. Tickets are just $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Ticket sales directly benefit the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Purchase tickets here. San Diego Mission Bay Resort At the San Diego Mission Bay Resort’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, sip hot chocolate, sing along to your most-loved Christmas carols, take a photo with Ms. Claus and watch the brilliant lighting of the tree, all for free. For just $30, little elves can build their own stuffed animal, decorate cookies, ornaments and stockings, play family bingo and enter a special raffle. Happening on Thursday, December 1, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, RSVP and purchase tickets for Santa’s Workshop here. Little Italy Walk through a winter wonderland at the Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday, December 3, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Featuring not one, but two Christmas trees plus live holiday music, festive décor, treats and of course, Santa. The traditional Italian tree lighting takes place at 6:30pm in the Piazza della Famiglia. There is no cost to attend. 2. Celebrate the Holidays in San Diego with a Parade Who doesn’t love a parade? In San Diego, you can see boats on parades, pets on parade and just good old-fashioned holiday parades. Grab your friends and family and head on down to view these merry and free events. 3. Light Up the Bay on a Christmas Glow Boat Ride Take a breather from the holiday hustle and explore the majestic San Diego Bay on a colorful glow boat from Eco Boat Rentals. Christmas rides are available on Friday December 23, Saturday December 24 and Sunday, December 25 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. These illuminated pedal boats fit up to three adults and one child and include speakers perfect for blasting holiday music. Bring your friends and create your own boat parade around the bay. A glow boat ride is also an excellent idea for a romantic holiday date. To find out more, click here. 4. Meet Surfin’ Santa On Saturday, November 26, Santa trades his suit for a pair of boardshorts and his favorite Hawaiian shirt and cruises over to Seaport Village by watercraft for some fun in the sun. Snap a picture with Santa on his lifeguard tower, see the Surfin’ Santa parade, hear live music and browse the many shops in the village. Who knew Santa could surf? 5. Experience a Holiday Festival in Balboa Park On Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, Balboa Park turns into December Nights, a stunning display of holiday lights and decorations. The largest free holiday festival in San Diego, enjoy live music and dancing, shop local crafters and eat delicious food. Entry into the many museums is free both nights from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. 6. See How the Grinch Stole Christmas Live Playing through December 31 at the Old Globe Theatre, Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a family favorite. The stage is transformed into a whimsical Who-Ville village. The kiddos will love humming along to “Santa for a Day” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” This play is suitable for all ages. For tickets, click here. 7. Go on a Holiday Pub Crawl For adults, San Diego Pub Crawlers offers two different pub crawls to kick off your holidays in San Diego. On Saturday, December 10, dress up as Santa for the cheerful Santa Crawl. Don’t have a Santa hat? No worries! They will give you one at check-in. The following Saturday, December 17, put on your tackiest, ugliest Christmas sweater for their Ugly Sweater Holiday Crawl. Each crawl visits four different bars with drink specials, dancing and complimentary cover charges. Cheers to the holidays! 8. Shop the Holiday Market at Petco Park Returning for its third year, the Holiday Market at Petco Park offers unique artisan vendors for your holiday shopping. Running from December 1 to December 23, savor seasonal food and drinks, admire spectacular Christmas lights and displays and meet Santa and other holiday characters. Tickets are required to ensure the best experience for everyone. Tickets are free, but parking is $15. 9. Visit Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo runs from Friday, December 9 through Sunday, January 1 and is included with all zoo admissions and memberships. This family-friendly event will delight all ages with amazing entertainment. Children can take part in the reindeer games, play in snow and visit polar bears and reindeers plus so much more. The whole family will appreciate the astonishing show, Aurora, and the music of the Jingle Brass and the Tinseltones. It’s a full day of holiday fun. 10. Watch the Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station The Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station is on Sunday,

Burn Off Holiday Calories in the Beautiful San Diego Sunshine

Burn off holiday calories with outdoor exercise in the beautiful San Diego sunshine.

Did you know the average American consumes a whopping 5,370 calories on Christmas Day? Add that to the 3,000 to 4,500 calories from Thanksgiving, and it’s no wonder you can gain a few pounds over the holidays. With busy schedules, shopping and parties, it is hard to find time to get to the gym during the holiday season. How about trying some outdoor exercise to burn off holiday calories instead? Besides burning off calories, exercising outdoors is a natural antidepressant. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve mood and lower anxiety. Not only will you enhance your physical wellbeing by exercising outdoors, but you will better your mental health too. Find a Park for Outdoor Exercise A park is a fantastic spot for some outdoor exercise. Wide open spaces leave plenty of room for a walk, jog or run. With over 340 parks in San Diego County, it is not hard to find one. The two below are especially outfitted to make exercising outside easy. Morley Field Sports Complex Morley Field Sports Complex is located in the northeast section of Balboa Park. Not only will you find a fitness parcourse (a jogging trail featuring exercise stations for calisthenics), there is a disc golf course, bicycle track, swimming pool, 25 tennis courts and a multi-purpose ball field to help you reach your fitness goals. If you are bringing your pup along, make sure to visit Morley Field Dog Park, an off-leash park. Embarcadero Marina Park South Embarcadero Marina Park South, near downtown San Diego, also offers exercise stations to ramp up your workout as well as basketball courts and a bike path. The park offers amazing views of the San Diego Bay to liven up your exercise routine. Leashed dogs are welcome. A 5k or Half Marathon Burns Off Holiday Calories Why not get into the holiday spirit while exercising at the same time? Running in a 5k or half marathon is great exercise, gives back to the community and can boost your confidence and self-esteem. You can burn up to 1300 calories running a half marathon and 360 calories doing a 5k. San Diego Holiday Half Marathon The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon takes place on December 17, 2022 and benefits Up and Running Again, The Salvation Army and Interfaith Community Services. This 13.1 mile race starts in Rancho Penasquitos and ends at the dazzling Torrey Pines State Beach. San Diego Santa Run The 10th Annual San Diego Santa Run is on December 10, 2022 in Pacific Beach. Each 5k participant receives a Santa suit and sunglasses. Over the years, they have had 20,000 Santas fill the streets. Proceeds from this event support the Pacific Beach Holiday Parade, a community staple for over 38 years. Ohana Holiday Toy Run The Ohana Holiday Toy Run is a 5k that begins and ends inside De Anza Cove in Mission Beach. Benefitting The Salvation Army San Diego Citadel Corps, each runner/walker who donates a toy will receive a discount on the entry fee. This family-friendly race is happening on December 18, 2022. Pedal a Boat From Eco Boat Rentals If you enjoy riding a bike, then you will love pedaling a boat from Eco Boat Rentals. It won’t even feel like exercise as you glide across the harbor, take in spectacular views of the San Diego skyline and watch sea lions frolic in the ocean. Each boat can hold a maximum of three adults and one child with two people pedaling at once. Single riders are more than welcome and can easily maneuver a boat on their own. Bring Fido as Eco Boat Rentals is dog friendly. Running Stairs at the San Diego Convention Center The San Diego Convention Center in downtown boasts 100 stairs that are sure to challenge your endurance. The steps are lit in the evening making an after work exercise session possible. One drawback is large crowds during conventions, so make sure to check their online schedule. Running stairs is terrific for burning fat, strengthening the lower body and sculpting abs. Thirty minutes of this high-intensity exercise burns 320 calories on average. It is an effective way to burn off holiday calories. Other areas in San Diego County boasting good stair workouts include La Mesa’s “Secret Stairs” and the Cabrillo National Monument. Get Zen with Outdoor Yoga Doing yoga outdoors can be a Zen experience. Noise distractions may force you to increase your focus, uneven terrain can make yoga outdoors more intense and certain smells in nature trigger relaxation. Another plus is there is plenty of floor space to stretch out. Yoga with Shawna on Mission Beach welcomes all levels of yogis and teaches a variety of daily yoga sessions including hatha, vinyasa and yin. Prepare for your upcoming week with a peaceful vinyasa flow at Sunday Morning Yoga at Sunset Cliffs. The OM Experience at Balboa is a vinyasa style yoga class combined with live music on Sunday mornings. We hope these suggestions give you a break from the crazy but happy holiday season, and you find a little time to take for yourself. We would love to hear about your favorite outdoor exercise in the comment section below.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in San Diego This Year

Thanksgiving in San Diego offers an abundance of restaurants and activities to celebrate the holiday.

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time for friends and family to come together and savor delicious food. But with the long weekend looming, what do you do to fill the time? And if you don’t like to cook, where do you go? Luckily, Thanksgiving in San Diego offers fun activities and incredible restaurants sure to delight. Read on to find out more. Where to Feast When Celebrating Thanksgiving in San Diego According to a 2021 Thanksgiving Travel Survey taken by The Vacationer, about 13 million people will eat their Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, and close to 9 million people will vacation for the holiday. Being a vacation destination, many restaurants in San Diego are open for Thanksgiving with delectable and innovative menus. Check out some of our suggestions below. Be sure to make your reservations early! Mister A’s 2550 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor, San Diego ~ (619)239-1377 Mister A’s in Bankers Hill is presenting a 3-course dinner for Thanksgiving. Pick an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Main courses include roasted organic turkey, sea bass, lamb chops and prime rib. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado ~ (619)435-6611 Dine in Hotel del Coronado’s elegant Southpointe Ballroom, the hotel’s largest event venue. Feast on a lavish Thanksgiving spread with all of the trimmings while listening to live music. The historic building and grounds will be festively decorated for the holidays. Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn 2303 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego ~ (619)224-3411 For early birds, Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn is offering a Thanksgiving Brunch from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Thanksgiving Day. Featuring an omelet bar, popular breakfast dishes, seafood, pastries, a carving station, pasta and more, there is something for everyone to relish. Island Prime 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego ~ (619)298-6802 Savor a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner at Island Prime. Besides free-range turkey, find sea bass, prime rib, filet mignon and more to choose from. Soup or salad and dessert are also included. Island Prime boasts views of the San Diego skyline that are breathtaking. Vessel Restaurant & Bar 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego ~ (619)819-8195 Vessel Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving day. Choose from a traditional Thanksgiving supper served family-style, a plated prix fixe dinner or Thanksgiving inspired a la carte selections. Located in the Kona Kai Resort, reserve your marina-front table today. What to Do When Celebrating Thanksgiving in San Diego For many, Thanksgiving is a 4-day holiday. For those lucky enough to have the extra time off, you might be wondering what there is to do besides eat and shop Black Friday. Don’t fret. There is plenty to do in San Diego. Start Your Day Off With a Turkey Trot Americans eat between 3000 and 4500 calories on average each Thanksgiving. Get a head start on burning those off with a Turkey Trot. Not only are they a fun and energizing start to your day, they are a wonderful way to give back to the community. Father Joe’s Villages Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k raises monies to feed the homeless through their crucial meals program. Held in Balboa Park, it is family, stroller and pet friendly. San Diego’s longest-running trot, this is their 21st event. Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Coronado Unit is hosting their 9th annual Turkey Trot at Tidelands Park in Coronado. Last year they raised $90,000 for the hospital. This year the goal is $100,000 plus! Rady Children’s Hospital serves 92% of the children in San Diego, 63% in South Riverside and 52% in Imperial County. Tour the San Diego Bay Thanksgiving Weekend If you are wondering what to do with all those leftovers, Eco Boat Rentals has the answer. Whip up some turkey and cranberry sandwiches, grab your favorite bottle of bubbly and take in the spectacular views of the San Diego Bay. Options include their beautiful French-built sailing yacht or one of their colorful and fun Duffy pink party boats. Both include your own private captain. The yacht can hold up to six people while the party boat can accommodate 6-8 guests. What could be better than fresh ocean air, amazing scenery and time spent with loved ones? For those looking for a little more physical activity, rent a peddle boat from Eco Boat Rentals. Each boat can hold up to 3 adults and 1 child with the capacity for 2 people to peddle at the same time. Plus, they are dog friendly! You can burn close to 300 calories per hour making it an easy way to work off Thanksgiving dinner. Ice Skate at Hotel del Coronado Who needs snow to go ice skating? Hotel del Coronado’s popular Skating by the Sea is back for another season. Glide across the ice surrounded by stunning views of the Pacific. Reserve the Frostbite Lounge with comfortable seating, fire pits, holiday-themed cocktails and bites. Skating by the Sea benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. Kick Up Your Heels at the San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza Started in 1980, the San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza takes place November 23-27, 2022, at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. Put on your dancing shoes and revel in traditional jazz, swing, boogie woogie, ragtime and rhythm & blues. Over 17 bands and guest artists will perform over the weekend. 5-day, 3-day and single day tickets are available for purchase. We love to hear from you. Let us know your favorite Thanksgiving tradition in the comment section below.

Pedaling an Eco-Boat is an Easy Outdoor Exercise

family-friendly activities at Belmont Park

It’s a beautiful day in San Diego, and you are looking to do a little outdoor exercise. You start to put on your running shoes, but another jog on the beach sounds like a snore. Where else can you go to get in some cardio while enjoying fresh air and spectacular ocean views? Why Eco Boat Rentals, of course. Similar to exercising on a recumbent bike, one happy customer described their experience as “an easy bicycle ride on the water.” Pedaling an Eco-Boat Burns Calories Pedaling an eco-boat is not only entertaining, but it also burns calories. How many you might ask? Well, it depends on several factors including your weight and the intensity of your workout. A 150 lb. person moderately pedaling an eco-boat for 60 minutes will burn 286 calories. More than enough to enjoy that Krispy Kreme doughnut! Click here to calculate how many calories you can burn. Rent an Eco-Boat to Improve Cardiovascular Health Pedaling is a great way to improve cardiovascular health. According to the journal, Circulation, cycling has proven to lower the risk of coronary heart disease. Even moderate amounts of physical activity are good for the heart. Regular cardio lowers blood pressure. It regulates blood sugar, combats depression, fights disease and improves sleep. Who doesn’t need a good night’s rest? An Eco-Boat Ride is Outdoor Exercise That Tones Muscle One of the key benefits of any exercise is to strengthen and tone muscles. With pedaling, you can expect to target your leg and buttock muscles. Strengthen your glutes, calf muscles, shin muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps. Your feet get a workout too! The faster you go, the more conditioning you will see. Starting to get tired? Stop. Another added perk to exercising on an eco-boat is you can take a break whenever you want and enjoy floating on the water. An Hour Eco-Boat Rental for Two is More Affordable Than You Think For only $52, you can rent a pedal boat at Eco Boat Rentals. The price is per boat, not per person. Each boat has the capacity for two people to pedal at the same time. According to the CDC, exercising with a friend is good for you. You motivate each other to work harder, are willing to try new things together and stay more consistent. It’s double the good times and fitness. You can even bring your dog for company and to boost your mood! As for pricing, indoor cycling classes range anywhere from $18 to $32, which is $36 to $64 for two. Drop-in yoga classes average $25 for one or $50 for two. You can see, renting an eco-boat is comparable to other exercise options. Plus, it’s just as much fun, if not more. While pedaling an eco-boat might not fit into your daily schedule, it is a unique way to shake up your normal fitness routine. Outdoor exercise is not only good for your body, but also for your mind. With frolicking sea lions and a spectacular skyline as the backdrop to your workout, you are bound to not only feel more fit, but to feel mentally refreshed as well. Do you prefer to exercise at night? A glow boat ride offers the same fitness benefits as our day trips. For more information on our fabulous glow boats, click here. Tell us about your favorite fitness routine in the comments below.

11 Ways to Celebrate Your Teenager’s Birthday That Will Delight

Tired of the same old backyard party? Looking for some fresh ideas to celebrate your teenager’s birthday in and around San Diego? Well, we have done the research. Read on to discover our top 10 party picks sure to make it a birthday your teen will remember. 1. Throw a Pedal Boat Party So, your teen wants to invite the entire class to their party, and you are wondering how to entertain the whole group. A pedal boat party from Eco Boat Rentals is your answer. Not only will the kids have a blast pedaling around the bay, think of all the energy they will expend! With a large fleet of boats, Eco Boat Rentals can accommodate parties of 35-40 people. There is no age limit, but 2-3 adults per group are required, and children under 13 must wear a provided life jacket. Click here to book your pedal boat party. Continue the party at a nearby restaurant. Click here for some delicious ideas. 2. Plan a Ballistic Bubble Soccer Game for Your Teenager’s Birthday What is Ballistic Bubble Soccer? It’s a cross between soccer, sumo wrestling and football. Each player dons a plastic bubble suit and takes to the field trying kick the ball to score a goal. Expect lots of bumping into fellow competitors, rolling on the ground and laughter. The suits come in different sizes to fit all ages. Ballistic Bubble Soccer of San Diego has been in business for over 15 years and is ready to help you plan your teenager’s next birthday party. Click here for more information on Ballistic Bubble Soccer. 3. Go on a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt For a party geared towards older teens and adults, go on a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt in Old Town San Diego. Teams of up to six scour the streets of historic Old Town, looking for clues to eliminate suspects and discover whodunnit. Each team has their own separate investigation but will be competing against others. The first gang to solve their mystery, with the least help from headquarters, wins. While there is no age limit, the puzzles are not suitable for those under 12 years old. Click here to book your Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. 4. Host a Themed Party on a Chartered Sailboat for Your Teenager’s Birthday For a smaller party, a private chartered sailboat tour is the ticket. Your teen, an adult and up to four more friends or family members can cruise along San Diego Bay aboard a French-built sailing yacht. How about an afternoon tea at sea to celebrate a Sweet 16? Or dress up like pirates and explore the coastal sights. Light snacks and soft drinks are provided, but you are welcome to pack a picnic too. Don’t forget the birthday cupcakes. Click here for more information on a chartered sailboat tour. 5. Arrange a Retro Party at Skateworld If you grew up in the 80’s, then the roller rink was the place to be on a Friday night. Now, your teenager can revel in the same retro fun at Skateworld. Offering several different packages to fit your budget, all you need to do is bring the cake. Their popular Galaxy Deluxe party is ideal for groups of 15-25 and includes pizza, soda and a full VIP experience. All ages can participate. To find out more about Skateworld, click here. 6. Visit Brainy Actz Escape Rooms for Your Teenager’s Birthday Party Brainy Actz Escape Rooms in San Diego caters to adults and kids of all ages. With several themed rooms to choose from, your team will follow clues and solve puzzles. You have just 60 minutes to gain your freedom and win the game. Birthday packages are available that include a private room rental, birthday cake and catered food. Other options at Brainy Actz include two Rage Rooms, a Splatter Paint Room and the Slime Lab. For more information on the events at Brainy Actz Escape Room, click here. 7. Try a Glow Boat for a Nighttime Party Looking for a nighttime activity? A glow boat birthday party is the perfect choice. Each boat is illuminated inside and out with bright, neon lights. Your teen can play their favorite tunes on the provided speaker, and a disco ball completes the festive vibe. Great for a supervised date night for groups of up to 35, including 2-3 adults. The teenagers will have a magical night. Click here for more information on hosting a glow boat party. 8. Rent the Ultimate Game Truck Is your teenager a gamer? Then, rent the Ultimate Game Truck for your next party. With 14 gaming systems, 9 TV screens, a virtual reality station and a full body racecar simulator, this truck has it all. It is even able to entertain 33 people at once. This family-owned business brings the excitement to you. Click here for more information on the Ultimate Game Truck. 9. Pump Up the Adrenaline at K1 Speed Does your teen have the need for speed? If so, book your next birthday party at K1 Speed. Each kart features a 20 hp electric motor that can get up to speeds of 45 mph on the quarter-mile track. Party packages include a qualifying and final event race, medals for the top 3 winners, pizza, soft drinks and a private room for your celebration. Arcade game cards are available to add-on. Click here to book a K1 Speed party. 10. Bowl’em Over at Tavern+Bowl Tavern+Bowl offers three different party packages for teens. Each package includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe rentals, food and unlimited soft drinks. Choose from something simple like cheese pizza or upgrade to a few of their tasty entrees, sides and desserts from the menu. With an upbeat atmosphere, your crowd is guaranteed to have a fantastic time. Click here to view Tavern+Bowl’s party packages. 11. Celebrate Your Teenager in Pink Are you wondering where to host your teenage daughter’s next birthday party? How about a Pink Party Boat Cruise from Eco

Encounter Fascinating Birds and Creatures in Beautiful San Diego Bay

Family water activity on paddle boat in San Diego

San Diego is home to over 500 different bird species making it one of the largest populations in the whole country. It’s a birdwatcher’s dream! You can find many of these fascinating birds in and around the San Diego Bay along with other interesting creatures. Read on to find out who you just might meet while out pedaling, sailing, or walking along the bay. The California Brown Pelican in San Diego Bay Who is that diving from the sky? Is it Superman? No, it is the amazing California Brown Pelican. The only species of pelican found in the western hemisphere; they are known for their plunging skills. Watch them in awe as they plummet from upwards of 60 feet, crash into the ocean, and scoop up their dinner. Their pouches hold up to three gallons of fish and water. Good eaters, they can devour close to 4 lbs. of fish per day. Click here for some cool facts about the California Brown Pelican. Sea Lions and Harbor Seals Who is that barking you might wonder as you pedal through the harbor? Why it is our year-round friends, the sea lions. Vocal and gregarious animals, it is not unlikely to see groups of 10 or more lounging on boat docks, buoys, and rocks. Males can reach up to 700 lbs. while females top out around 250 lbs. Can you imagine a 700 lb. sea lion on your boat? It does happen. Fast swimmers, they can stay under water for up to 10 minutes and hunt in the ocean for days at a time. Click here to learn more about the sea lions. You might also come upon a Pacific Harbor Seal or two. How do you tell the difference between a sea lion and a seal? Sea lions have a flap over their ears while seals do not. You will also see a difference in their feet or “flippers.” Sea lions have elongated flippers which allow them to move quickly on land, while seals have stubby feet and use their bellies to propel themselves out of the water. Another interesting difference is that seals are solitary animals and do not interact with each other normally. An exception is seal mothers and their pups who have a very strong bond. Click here for more interesting facts about seals. The Surf Scoter Is it a bird? Is it a duck? It is the Surf Scoter, classified as a sea duck. The males have colorful beaks of orange, black and white and are all black except for a few white patches around the nape and forehead. Because of their markings, they have been nicknamed “old skunk head.” The females are more muted with a dark bill. They breed up north but enjoy spending their winters in the bays and harbors of Southern and Baja California including San Diego. Surf Scoter’s dive for their food, often in flocks, to help ward off food-stealing gulls. Learn more about Surf Scoters here. The Common Loon Birdwatchers may be able to spot a Common Loon in the winter months, but they need to be on the lookout. Only about 150 of these birds visit during the colder months. A water bird, they catch and eat their food underwater. Their feet are set far back on their bodies which makes them excellent swimmers, but clumsy on land. Just like an airplane, they need a runway to gain enough speed to achieve lift-off. You might see them running across the top of the water and flapping their wings to get up in the air. Click here to read more about the Common Loon. The Western Grebes Love the San Diego Bay Are you watching a ballet? No, it’s the courtship between a male and female Western Grebe who appear to be dancing on the water in synchrony. These water birds frequent the San Diego Bay each winter with some now remaining throughout the year for breeding. With beautiful black and white feathers, yellow beaks, and swan-like necks, they are truly elegant. Click here for more interesting tidbits on the Western Grebe. The Endangered Pacific Green Sea Turtle If you are really lucky, you might spot a Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the San Diego Bay. Currently, there are about 60 sea turtles calling the bay their home. They are long-term residents, only leaving to go to their nesting beaches in Mexico. Endangered, they were legally harvested for their meat and eggs from the 1900s to the early 1990s. Protections were put in place starting in the 1970s and their numbers are increasing. Primarily herbivores, their diet is what makes their shells green. To find out more about the Pacific Green Sea Turtle, click here. This is just a sampling of the abundant sea life in the San Diego Bay. To find out more, visit the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge here. An Eco Boat Rental is the perfect way to explore the bay. Book a boat here.

7 Reasons to Plan Your Getaway to Stunning Point Loma

Cabrillo National Monument is one of 7 Reasons to Plan Your Getaway to Stunning Point Loma

While Point Loma may not be known for its sandy beaches, it is still the perfect spot for your next getaway to San Diego. Whether you are on vacation or taking a staycation, Point Loma has an abundance of fun and educational things to do. Read on to find out more. 1. Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma Located on the southern tip of the Point Loma peninsula is the Cabrillo National Monument. History buffs will rejoice. Learn about the explorations of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at the Visitor’s Center. He famously led the first European expedition to the West Coast in 1542. Take in an educational film like Voyages of the San Salvador or First Breath: Grey Whales in their auditorium. Self-guided tours of the Point Loma Lighthouse provide insight into the life of a lighthouse keeper in 1880. Check out military memorabilia from WW1 and WW2. Point Loma was a strategic location to spot enemy ships. For nature enthusiasts, hike the 1-mile Coastal Trail with amazing views of the ocean. Though short, it is classified as easy to difficult due to steep slopes and stairs along the way. The path leads to tidepools where you can discover sea life including anemones, crabs, and small fish. This is the only area of the monument where leashed dogs are allowed. The 2.5-mile Bayside Trail will satisfy both history and nature lovers. Detailed signs along the way give descriptions of fauna, animal habitats and weather. A military power plant and searchlight station from 1919 still stand and are visible from the trail. Please click here for operating hours, cost and helpful tips to plan your visit. 2. Kellogg Beach and Bessemer Path Tucked away on the San Diego Bay side of Point Loma is Kellogg Beach. This hidden gem is cherished by locals. You may find sunbathers, joggers, dog walkers, and even a fisherman or two. Watch magnificent yachts and boats sail past from Shelter Island across the way. Calm waters make it a great spot for little ones to splash around. Click here for the location and more information. Leading to Kellogg Beach is Bessemer Path, a dirt-packed trail winding through the La Playa residential area of Point Loma. Beautiful homes border the trail on one side and the bay on the other. Once part of the Old La Playa Trail, Native Americans and Spanish missionaries walked the path from the San Diego Mission to Ballast Point. It is located on the eastern side of the bayfront between Talbot Street and Qualtrough Street. 3. Jennings House Eatery in Point Loma Village For breakfast with a touch of character, try the Jennings House Eatery in the heart of the village. This historical landmark is the oldest house in all of Point Loma. Built in 1887 by Fred Jennings, who once served as sheriff of San Diego, he and his brother have a colorful story tied to Point Loma. To read more, click here. The Jennings house has held many different businesses over the years including a sweet shop, an apartment building, a bakery, a boarding house, a clothing shop, a bookstore, legal offices, and several restaurants. Peruse the black and white photos adorning the walls that showcase the narrative of the building. Offering classic and signature breakfast staples and fresh baked cinnamon rolls, scones, and sticky buns, their Brioche French Toast and Egg Scrambles are popular with customers. Click here to view their menu. 4. Sunset Cliffs National Park As you might guess from the name, Sunset Cliffs is the place to see breathtaking sunsets. Covering 68 acres of land, the park extends along the western shoreline of Point Loma. With grand views of the ocean, interesting rock formations, caves, and tidepools, it is a meditative spot to view the beauty of the coast. Several paths are available for walking, jogging, or biking. The Sunset Cliffs Trail is an easy 2.4-mile in-and-out trail suitable for the entire family. Spend the day exploring this natural treasure. Click here to find out more. 5. Presidio and Heritage County Parks Sitting high on a hill in neighboring Old Town, Presidio Park is a wonderful place to enjoy magnificent views of the city and ocean. Home of the first two European settlements, the San Diego Presidio and The San Diego Mission, the land was eventually donated to the city by a wealthy department store businessman. Bring a picnic and bask in the California sunshine. Rumor is that parts of the park are haunted, so go on a walk to see for yourself. A visit to the Junipero Serra Museum at the park is a must to discover more about San Diego’s early days. For more information about the museum, click here. For architecture aficionados, Heritage County Park in Old Town will delight. Walk down a cobblestone street and view Victorian houses from the 1880’s and 1890’s that have been lovingly restored. The city’s first synagogue, The Temple Beth Israel, is also on show. The buildings were actually moved from their original locations to form the park. It is located on the outskirts of Old Town and includes a large grassy area. Click here to find out more. 6. Old Town Mexican Café Old Town Mexican Cafe is the ideal spot for lunch or dinner after exploring nearby Presidio and Heritage County Parks. Serving authentic Mexican food, find Molcajete, Carnitas, and Pozole on the menu. Sip on their signature drink, the Pico Pico Margarita, made with serrano chiles and agave nectar. Their handmade tortillas are famous. The dough is hand pressed, rolled out, and cooked on a large grill. Watch the tortilla ladies from a large window at the front of the restaurant. Don’t be surprised to see a small crowd on the sidewalk admiring their work. To view their menu, please click here. 7. Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay With a backdrop of the marina and surrounded by palm trees and tropical plants, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay is a fantastic arena to catch your favorite

There Is Always Something Unique to Do In San Diego

Edo Boat Rentals offers sailing charters in San Diego Bay

Are you looking for unique things to do in dazzling San Diego? Read on for a list of fun activities to keep you busy day or night. 1. Glow Boat Rides from Eco Boat Rentals Imagine viewing the twinkling lights of the city skyline at night or the darkened majestic boats lining the San Diego Bay from your own 360 degree illuminated glow boat. Sound good? This experience can be yours at Eco Boat Rentals. Available on select evenings, their crew will make sure you know where to go, so you feel safe before embarking on your adventure. A disco ball and speakers add to the ambiance making it the perfect date night. Please click here for more information. 2. Sidecar Tours San Diego Not sure where to go in San Diego? Looking for a great wine or brewery tour, but don’t want to drive? Look no further than Sidecar Tours of San Diego. Each sidecar holds up to two people and includes a private chauffer. Popular tours include the Wine Tour, the Brewery Tour, and the brand-new San Diego Scenic tour. Hit the open road with a never boring Sidecar Tour. Please click here for more information. 3. Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours Do you love the supernatural? Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours is the highest reviewed ghost tour on Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor, and Facebook. Offering a premium bus tour or two different walking tours, learn about San Diego’s spooky and creepy side, all with a sense of humor. This is not a “jump scare” excursion or haunted house. It is a dark history tour with an eerie twist. You will leave believing in ghosts! Please click here for more information. 4. Private Sailing Tour Around San Diego Bay Eco Boat Rentals now presents private sailing charters on their beautiful French-built sailing yacht. Celebrate any occasion as your captain cruises through San Diego Bay and along the magnificent downtown skyline. The yacht holds up to 6 people and soft drinks and lite snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your favorite drinks (no red wine) and munchies along too. Ideal for romantic sunset cruises and family sightseeing adventures. Please click here for more information. 5. San Diego GoCars Looking for a tour of San Diego, but at your own pace? Try a GoCar tour. Each little car holds one or two people and is fitted with GPS guided tour technology to take you to all the best spots. It even gives recommendations. Stop for photos, grab a bite to eat or take a detour without worrying about time limits. You are in charge! Please click here for more information. 6. Old Town Trolley’s Hop On Hop Off Tour Spend the day exploring San Diego with Old Town Trolley’s convenient “Hop On Hop Off” tour. Their orange and green fleet of trolleys travel over 25 miles of San Diego and have 12 destination stops. Conductors narrate the ride with humorous stories and trivia to delight you. Want to check out a spot further? Just hop off the trolley. You can hop back on the next one when you are ready to continue. Please click here for more information. 7. Brothels, Bites and Booze Culinary Tour with So Diego Are you hungry, but don’t know which restaurant to try? Then a culinary tour by So Diego is your answer. Their popular Brothels, Bites and Booze tour covers the Gaslamp Quarter, once the infamous red-light district. This guided walking tour will take you to four restaurants for delicious food and spirited drinks while regaling you with scandalous tales of famous brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters. Other tours offered include Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones and Pizza, Pasta, and Piazzas. Please click here for more information. 8. Incredible Slot Canyon Hike with San Diego Tours, Experiences and Adventures San Diego Tours, Experiences and Adventures provides unique hiking tours for those who like a more challenging escapade. The Incredible Slot Canyon Hike takes you down cliffs to the Pacific Ocean and a secluded beach. You will climb a rope into a secret chasm, navigate through an amazing slot canyon, and enjoy a provided picnic on a scenic cliff. This is an experience you will not forget. Please click here for more information. 9. Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Are your ready to sit back and be entertained? Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero offers a variety of movies (both matinees and nighttime showings) atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego through September. Watch your favorite films with spectacular views of the city all around you. State-of-the-art, wireless headphones are provided for a personal experience with no disturbances. You will find plenty of treats at the concession stand along with a full bar and food menu. Better yet, make it dinner and a movie with a meal at one of the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s scrumptious restaurants. Please click here for more information. 10. A Pink Party Boat Cruise in Point Loma Is pink your favorite color? Then book an exclusive Pink Party Boat Cruise from Eco Boat Rentals. With bright pink hulls and canvas accents, their colorful Duffy boats will take you around the San Diego Bay in style. Feel free to pop open the bubbly and toast the gorgeous views as each two-hour cruise comes with a captain to pilot the boat. Bluetooth speakers blast your favorite tunes to keep the celebration going and don’t forget something tasty to snack on. A Pink Party Boat Cruise is a one-of-a-kind location for your next birthday or bachelorette party. It’s a guaranteed good time no matter what your favorite color is. Please click here for more information. We hope this list of unique and fun things to do enhances your day in San Diego whether you are vacationing or a local playing tourist for the day. Do you have a favorite activity in San Diego? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

7 Delicious Restaurants to Complete Your Fantastic Eco Boat Rentals Adventure

7 Delicious Restaurants to Complete Your Fantastic Eco Boat Advenure

It is bound to happen. After your energizing Eco Boat Rentals adventure, you find you have worked up quite an appetite. Or you need some sustenance before you start pedaling away. Where do you go? We have some delicious answers below. Point Loma Seafoods 2805 Emerson Street, San Diego (619)223-1109 Overlooking Eco Boat Rentals is Point Loma Seafoods with incredible views of the bay. Specializing in fresh fish brought in daily, enjoy a delicious meal in-house or pick up some just caught fish from their counter to take home. Along with sandwiches on freshly made bread, crisp salads, seafood plates and cocktails, they offer a variety of sushi rolls and sashimi. Don’t miss out on their smoked fish, still smoked with hickory wood just like they did in the early years. Wash it all down with a cold beer or glass of wine. Point Loma Seafoods allow dogs at their outside tables. To find out more, please click here. Mitch’s Seafood 1403 Scott Street, San Diego (619)222-8787 Just a few steps away from Eco Boat Rentals is Mitch’s Seafood, serving locally and sustainably caught wild seafood since 2008. Mitch’s Seafood has an array of menu items including raw, grilled, steamed, and fried seafood. Their fish and chips are a must try. If you are starting early, Mitch’s offers breakfast beginning at 8:00 am. Looking to quench your thirst? Try a local craft beer or glass of wine. Mitch’s Seafood is dog friendly. To find out more, please click here. The Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Drive #108, San Diego (619)758-9325 A five-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals will find you at The Wine Pub. Don’t let the fact it is in a strip mall fool you. The Wine Pub offers an exceptional wine list along with local craft beers, small plates for sharing and hand-crafted dinner entrees. Happy hour is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with food and drink specials. Enjoy live music on selected nights. The Wine Pub is the perfect option to pair with Eco Boats for a casual date night. The Wine Pub’s heated outdoor patio is dog friendly. To find out more, please click here. Fig Tree Café 2400 Historic Decatur Road Suite 103, San Diego (619)821-2044 Just a 5-minute drive from Eco Boat Rentals, located at Liberty Station, is Fig Tree Café. Looking for the perfect breakfast or brunch to start your day? You can’t go wrong with Fig Tree Café. Try one of their unique dishes like Breakfast Sushi, Crispy Pork Belly and Grits or Meatloaf Hash. For those more on the traditional side, you will find omelets, pancakes, and benedicts. An abundance of morning libations is available but keep it light for your upcoming pedal boat trip. Fig Tree Cafe’s outside patio is dog friendly. To find out more, please click here. Miguel’s Cocina 2912 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego (619)224-2401 Who doesn’t love Mexican food? A very quick 3-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals will bring you to Miguel’s Cocina offering Cali-inspired Mexican dishes. Diners rave about their creamy jalapeno white sauce, the perfect accompaniment to chips and salsa. Miguel’s is open for lunch and dinner plus brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a variety of menu items including seafood dishes. Don’t forget a margarita! Only service dogs are allowed at Miguel’s Cocina, so leave the pups at home. To find out more, please click here. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern 4990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego (619)226-2103 Are you in the mood for a big, juicy burger? Then Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is your answer. A 6-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals, Jimmy’s is open for lunch and dinner and serves brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with views of the marina from every seat. In addition to burgers, you will find tasty appetizers, salads, and main dishes such as Free-Range Fried Chicken and BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Beer, wine, and innovative cocktails are available. Jimmy’s is also a Nationally Recognized GRA Green Restaurant. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern allows dogs on their outside patio. To find out more, please click here. Pizza Nova 5050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego (619)226-0268 So, you have burned up some calories pedaling and are craving pizza. Look no further than Pizza Nova, a brief 3-minute walk from Eco Boat Rentals. Open for lunch and dinner with spectacular views of the harbor, enjoy over a dozen different woodfired pizza options. Small plates, salads, pastas, and dinner specialties are also on the menu. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with discounts on draft beer, house wine and well drinks plus $2.00 off small plates and $7.50 mini-pizzas! Pizza Nova is dog friendly on their outside patios. To find out more, please click here. Combining a meal at one of these delicious restaurants with a fantastic ride on an Eco Boat Rental is the perfect date, family activity or day with your dog. To book your Eco Boat now, please click here.

Top Things You Need For Your Awesome Couple’s Trip

Find Your Destination If you’re the adventurous type, The Blonde Abroad suggests taking trips to South Africa whereyou can go on safari or French Polynesia that’s a great place to swim with sharks. For moreromantic options, consider sailing in Egypt, cave swimming in Riviera Maya in Mexico, or a tripto Paris. Wherever you decide to go, make sure you research exactly what it takes to travel tothat country and what transportation would be like. Bear in mind that some of these countries will require that you take certain immunizations so get that out of the way, too. Of course, you can still have adventurous and romantic trips in-country, too, perhaps while renting a luxurious cabin together! Get Your Car Ready For trips outside of the country, your car might not play a major role in your vacation, but if a road trip is in order, then getting your car in good shape should be at the top of your list. According to Reader’s Digest, it’s recommended that you bring your car to the mechanic for a general checkup before you head out. You should check your tires and make sure your emergency kit is fully stocked — don’t forget to include tech-related necessities like an extra car charger or two! It’s also a great time to check on your auto insurance to ensure you havesufficient coverage. Plan Some Activities To make the best of your trip, it’s good to plan some activities while leaving room for flexibility orspontaneity. One thing you definitely don’t want to leave up to chance when you’re in anunfamiliar environment is what you’re going to eat. According to Future Travel, you can find outabout great food places by doing research prior to the vacation and getting tips from socialmedia platforms like Pinterest. If you’re looking to save some money, you can check in with thelocals to avoid overpriced restaurants and get a more genuine trip experience. Online itinerarytools can also be useful when putting everything together. Communication Will Be Important When you’re going on your trip, it will be vital to maintain communication with your loved ones.You should also be able to contact the places you’d like to visit to confirm your plans. It’s best tomake sure you have a phone plan that will cover the calls you need to make without incurringroaming charges. It should take in any additional data usage you may incur as well, becauseyou may need to use GPS services while in unknown territory or do some more research whenyou’re not connected to Wi-Fi. Your phone will also be a must if you have an emergency andneed to make use of your travel insurance. When you’re going on your trip, it will be vital to maintain communication with your loved ones.You should also be able to contact the places you’d like to visit to confirm your plans. It’s best tomake sure you have a phone plan that will cover the calls you need to make without incurringroaming charges. It should take in any additional data usage you may incur as well, becauseyou may need to use GPS services while in unknown territory or do some more research whenyou’re not connected to Wi-Fi. Your phone will also be a must if you have an emergency andneed to make use of your travel insurance. Eco Boat Rentals knows how to treat you like family! Our staff will take care of you andmake sure you are enjoying your pedal boat rental with us from start to finish. Our boatsare pet-friendly, too! Call (619) 535-1333.