Take some time away with loved ones and turn up the heat and the fun. Surround yourself with plenty of sand, sun, water, warmth, and fun. The beach towns of San Diego County have something for everyone to enjoy and stay happy and busy during your next San Diego summer vacation. There are also several ways to ‘beat the heat,’ get out of the sun, and cool off for a little while and still have fun.

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A getaway to the beach towns of San Diego county mean plenty of time at the beach. Being out in the sun may not seem like the best way to beat the heat, but there are plenty of water activities that will keep you cool while still having fun. The water is warmer and ready to host all the water activities you can think of.

Paddle your way through the water on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, or just take a dip. Up the adrenaline and the speed and take off on a jet ski or get a bird’s eye view and fly to 500 feet above the water on a parasailing adventure. If you don’t plan on a dip, lay out and sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a run or walk on the beach, or plant your beach umbrella, spread your towel, and kick back for some much-needed relaxation.

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Coronado Island

Coronado Island is a day trip from the mainland beach towns of San Diego County you don’t want to miss. Take a guided tour and learn about island history, including the first military flying school where sailors first learned to take off into the wild blue yonder. Include a stop at historic Hotel Del and get out of the sun to explore the historic structure. Fill out your schedule with shopping, dining, and other entertainment, often in air-conditioned buildings, before you catch the ferry back to the mainland.

Museum of Making Music

If there are students in the group, they might not get too excited at the aspect of a museum while on vacation. This unique museum will soon turn groans into smiles. Exhibits celebrate the history of music product production all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century and forward to today.

If you can, schedule your visit during a time when live music performances are showing there. Whenever you come, you’ll always be able to enjoy hands-on opportunities to pick up and play various instruments.

San Diego Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

If you hear the words “California” and “trolley,” your mind may jump straight to the iconic system in San Francisco. During your next getaway to San Diego County, make time for the one here, too. The trolley isn’t just a fun mode of transportation, though, it’s an easy and affordable way to get around without the headache of busy parking areas and expensive rates at popular attractions.

Tour the entire 11-stop route before choosing your favorite stops. The conductor is also a knowledgeable guide who can fill you in on everything there is to see and do along the route. “Hop off” and explore further, then “hop on” again at a later stop or when the trolley loops around to your location on a return trip. Trolleys are fully enclosed, so you can get out of the sun and heat while you travel the line and decide where to go next.

Witch Creek Winery

While the Carlsbad winery doesn’t grow its own grapes, it’s still a maker of delicious and award-winning wines. Stop and take in entertainment like live music, and open mic comedy nights. Beat the heat with a trip to the wine tasting room where you can taste by the one- or two-ounce taste, and more. Choose from an array of white, rose, red, and a variety of other specialty wines to pair with your next home-cooked meal.

Wildlife Watching

If you came to the area for a winter or spring getaway, you saw the migration of the gray whale. Come during the summer and keep your eyes peeled for the blue whale. They are the largest creatures on Earth, and the biggest group of blue whales in the world – 2,000-3,000 of them, feed off the California coast mid-June through September. Other species to keep your eye out for include dolphins, a myriad of fish, sea turtles, and more.

While the passenger area isn’t typically covered, the cooler weather and colder water further from shore will be a refreshing cool down.

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When you start planning all the fun activities and adventures for your next getaway to San Diego County, make booking comfortable and fun accommodations the first thing on your list. Kick off the planning and book a vacation rental with Vacation Rentals by Kimberly.

Beat the heat in accommodations as small as one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart summer getaway, all the way up to a seven-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy a beach retreat. Turn up the air conditioning or splash around in a private pool to cool off after having fun in the sun.

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