Take some time away this fall and enjoy time with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. The beach towns of San Diego County have something for everyone during a fall trip that’s sure to please. Relax and unwind indoors or out or find something fun and exciting to do on-shore or off-shore in San Diego in the fall. Air temperatures hold steady in the comfortable mid-70s range, while water temperatures plunge down into the 60s, making it a bit chilly to stay in the water for long.


With San Diego County’s comfortable fall temperatures, you can plan on staying out in the sun a little longer. If you’re not planning on going in the water, lay out and sunbathe or build sandcastles with the kids. Change up your exercise routine with a run or walk on the beach, or plant your beach umbrella, spread your towel, and kick back with a good book.

Water Activities

While the water cools, water sports and activities may not be as appealing in the fall. If you’re brave enough, paddle your way through the water on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Up the adrenaline and the speed and take off on a jet ski or fly up to 500 feet above the water on a parasailing adventure! Add in some lessons for a new skill while you’re at it! Certified surf instructors will take you from land classes to catching your first wave on a traditional board or wind surfing board in no time. Take adventure below the water with SCUBA and snorkeling tours. Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and strike out on your own.

Coronado Island

Another can’t-miss experience on your fall trip to San Diego County is Coronado Island. Explore the miles of beach, the historic Hotel Del Coronado seafront resort, and a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences. It’s the perfect day trip to add to your San Diego County fall itinerary.


The San Diego area is known for its many theme parks. Kids and kids-at-heart on a fall vacation to the area will want to make sure to include a stop at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad. Based on the building blocks of the same name, the park offers a theme park with rides, shows, and other attractions. The water park is closed during the fall and winter months, but you can make plans for a return trip that includes a dip in the water, too.

Museum of Making Music

Stop in for a museum experience like no other. Exhibits celebrates the music products industry’s history from the beginning of the 20th century up to today. If you can, schedule your fall visit when there’s a live music performance at the museum. Whenever you come, enjoy hands-on opportunities to pick up and play various instruments.

San Diego Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

When most people think of California trolleys, their mind may head straight to San Francisco, but there’s one in San Diego, too! The trolley isn’t just a fun mode of transportation, it’s an affordable way to get around the city without having the headache of busy parking areas with expensive rates at popular attractions. If you want to take a tour of the whole route, there are 11 stops around the city. Your conductor is a knowledgeable guide who can fill you in on everything there is to see and do along the route.

San Diego Zoo

The zoo was the pioneer for cageless exhibits and is a can’t-miss stop for your fall San Diego County adventure. The zoo houses over 4,000 animals, each residing in an authentic habitat – from deserts to rain forests. You can choose to walk the zoo grounds yourself or take the tour bus. It crosses three quarters of the zoo’s area and also offers guided information so you can decide what you want to learn more about. For a birds’ eye view, hop on the Skyfari gondola lift to get a view of the entire park!

Witch Creek Winery

The adults of the group will want to include a special stop just for them this fall. While the Carlsbad winery doesn’t grow its own grapes, it’s still a maker of delicious and award-winning wines. The winery also offers live music, open mic comedy nights, and other entertainment. There’s a wine tasting room where you can taste by the one- or two-ounce taste, too. Choose from an array of white, rose, red, or a variety of other specialty wines to make your home-cooked meal at your accommodations complete.

Fall into Fall Fun in San Diego County

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your fall San Diego County retreat, make booking comfortable accommodations a priority. Start planning when you book a vacation rental with Vacation Rentals by Kimberly. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom, all the way up to a seven-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy a beach retreat full of fall fun.

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