San Diego is not L.A. Although it’s situated just south of there, the feel is completely different. San Diego’s overall vibe is more kicked back. Thus making it a great family vacation destination if you are looking for hassle free beach time for you and the kids.
Speaking of beach, before you consider going in the water along this coast you must educate yourself about rip currents. Being caught in a rip current can be a health hazard because drowning from exhaustion when trying to free yourself does occur. Health tip is to check with the lifeguard as to where not to swim. And monitor your children in the water at all times, regardless of their age.
A good percentage of San Diego coastline offers great access for swimming, surfing or boogie boarding. These water sports are great forms of exercise, but participating in the latter two can put you at risk for fractures, sprains and strains. So do you know RICE?
The water temperature on the southern west coast is not as warm as that in the east. So bringing along a towel to prevent catching a chill. Also, salt water does have a tendency to cause dry skin by extracting natural oils. Rinsing off in an outdoor shower helps limit dry out. On the other hand, salt water does aide in wound healing because of its extraction capability.
Another water related problem is pollution, sometimes to such an extent it becomes hazardous to go in. When this happens, signs are posted informing you of such and it’s health wise to heed the warning.
Exercise opportunities in and around San Diego are numerous. For instance, Mission Beach area has a cement boardwalk ideal for bicycle or roller blades use. Or go for a walk along the shoreline. Just get out and get moving!
As for eats at the beach, grab a cooler and head for a local farmers market, food stand and U-pick location. They are abound in the greater San Diego are, so travel to the closest one to maintain a healthy diet.