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Top 9 Ways To Relax and Enjoy Like a Local

Living in Southern California, it’s easy to find ways to relax and enjoy our local treasures. If you’ve been looking to get out and about, then here are a few ideas to get your adventurous spirit into gear.


Checking Out The Farmer’s Markets

There’s nothing like the Little Italy farmer’s market on Saturday. It’s a great place to get your breakfast and stock up on seasonal delights. Whether you’re staying at La Pensione Hotel, or meeting a friend, the market is within walking distance from the hotel.  

Organize your mid-week to take in the Carlsbad Farmers Market before or after a post-work surf at Carlsbad State Beach. Grab a bouquet of flowers, sample fresh-baked goods, or enjoy fermented pickles. This market is held on Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at 2907 State Street in Carlsbad. Allow plenty of time for a good stroll.

Don’t limit your exploration of Farmer’s Markets in San Diego, though. Check out the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market on Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. It’s under the Hillcrest Pride Flag on Normal Street and is home to over 175 vendors.


Running Along The Waterfront

Pick up your running shoes and head out the door. Check with the latest news to be up to date on any waterfront activities. Be sure to bring your mask so that you can get some exercise and practice safe social distancing.

After being around people, you may enjoy knowing your health status. Take a rapid COVID test from the privacy of your home or hotel room. There’s no reason to wait, as you can get results in minutes. It’s a simple solution to protect your peace of mind.


Grabbing Some Coffee

Join the locals and grab some fresh coffee or cappuccino. Whether you’re an espresso lover or prefer a cup of brew, San Diego and La Jolla are filled with choices to delight the most discriminating palate. Go for a walk and find your new favorite spot.


Riding Bicycles

Do you prefer riding a road bike along the coast? Or is your thing jumping on a mountain bike for a spin on the trails?

If you’re going solo, get out and explore your options. If you’re going with your partner or children, enjoy a family outing. There are loads of trails, walkways, and paths to enjoy our awesome climate and setting.


Try Out Surfing

Are you looking to stretch yourself? Try out surfing if it’s been a while, or grab a surf lesson if it’s your first time. You can check out world-famous surf at beaches such as La Jolla Shores, Black’s Beach, or Windansea Break.


Get Out Hiking

Explore the trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve. You’ll find hidden paths and local favorites to check out in every season. If you’re ready for an intense workout, check out the Guy Fleming Trail or The Beach Trail. If you want a more mild trek, check out the loop trails for an easier journey.


Grab The Best Tacos In Town

There’s just no comparison to the tacos you can find in La Jolla. If you’re eating from your car, grab some tacos and chow down. If you’re ready for a more colorful setting, take your tacos and eat under a tree, by a fountain, or at one of our stunning beaches.


Sitting On a Bench

It may seem silly or odd, but sitting on a bench is a worthwhile way to enjoy the moment. Watch colorful locals and tourists passing by. Listen to bird songs. Sketch the flowers and capture ideas in your journal.


Taking Photos Like a Local

There’s no question that La Jolla and San Diego offer stunning locations to take photos. If you’re looking to snap a favorite shot be sure to go exploring. Top choices to take awesome photos include:

    ● Sunset Cliffs, near Ocean Beach. This is one of the top attractions with breathtaking views on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can’t go wrong with this location.

    ● Coronado Island is one of the most well-known spots for scenic vistas. You can spend the entire day finding new locations, vistas, and beaches.

    ● Balboa Park is home to the San Diego Zoo, museums, theatres, and 1,200 acres of park. Check out the walking paths and gardens to find your favorite photo location.


Getting Out and About

Are you still wondering what to do? Grab your gear and head out into our beautiful location. You’re about to have the adventure of a lifetime.