Let's face it, whether it's your first visit or you're a native San Diegan, when you're here, you want to do something authentically San Diego. Luckily for you, there are lots of options to choose from.
One huge draw to the area is the ocean. Being so close to the Pacific makes San Deigo home to some of the most popular beaches in the country. But if you are looking for something to do that is a fresh new experience, the ocean provides a plethora of opportunities.
Whale-watching tours are something that you won't find in many places, but San Diego has them. If you do not live by the ocean and are visiting the city as a tourist, something else you won't be able to experience is deep-sea fishing. Finally, if you want to get up close and personal with the shores of San Diego, you can engage in many different kinds of watersports. Kayaking is popular, but snorkeling and scuba diving will put you right in the action. You can even try flyboarding, where jets of water shoot you into the sky like a superhero! Chances are good you'll find something you’ve never done before along the shores of San Diego
On the opposite side of the spectrum from the ocean, San Diego county is also home to arid deserts. While some may think these areas have nothing to offer, there are experiences to be had there you cannot find anywhere else.
If you think walking through the desert sounds boring, you may be right, but rolling over sand dunes on a quadbike is much more exciting. Tour companies like San Diego Dune Tours take patrons out to experience the dunes in the Anza-Borrego Desert. This is perfect if you love offroading and riding across wide-open land.
The desert areas of San Diego also offer a unique experience for campers to stargaze. The low level of civilization in the desert allows for an unobstructed view of the night sky that is just breathtaking. Lastly, the desert is home to some endangered animals that are only found in this area of the U.S. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will want to spend some time at the state parks in San Diego County.
Where to Find Them
The most difficult part of finding a unique experience is actually finding it. If everyone is doing it or if it’s something you’ve likely done before, that really isn’t “unique.” So discovering hole-in-the-wall places to experience new things can be a challenge. The best way to find something is to ask the locals. If you have a concierge in your hotel, they have information on all kinds of different places across the city. Another way to discover these experiences is to search on social media. People who live in the city will be able to give you an answer beyond what a standard internet search can provide.