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Mount Laguna Snow

Fun Winter Activities in San Diego

While San Diego is generally famous for its amazing beaches and pleasant weather, those are not the only things San Diego has to offer. The following are a few winter activities that can keep you and your family entertained in and around San Diego.

Snow Days – Alright, it is San Diego and it pretty much never snows in the city, but we do have mountains nearby and we get snow pretty much every year in Laguna along the Sunrise Highway, up on Palomar, and in the picturesque town of Julian. On a good snow year there is plenty of snow for such activities and sledding, snow ball fights and building snowmen, particularly near the top of the Sunrise Highway at Mount Laguna. You also get the yearly snow festival at SeaWorld for those who do not wish to travel far from the beach.

Snow in Julian

Ice Skating – In addition to the year round ice rinks at UTC Mall, the La Mesa based Kroc Center Ice Arena, and the Mira Mesa based San Diego Ice Arena, you can also find seasonal rinks located at Horton Plaza, the Hotel Del Coronado and a few other locations.

Horton Plaza Ice Skating

Sunset Watching – Surprisingly to many, January is actually one of the sunniest months of the year in San Diego and with sunny days comes amazing sunsets. The winter sunsets can sometimes be some of the best ones with frequent green flash sighting at some of the more popular sunset destinations such as Mission Beach and Sunset Cliffs.

Mission Beach Sunset

Surfing – Sure, the water is a little colder in the winter months, but that’s what wet suits and booties are for. The summer months often bring nice south swells into Southern California, but those tend to miss most of the central San Diego beaches. In the winter we get northwest and west swells that come in from Pacific and Arctic storms and the resulting surf is generally the best of the year. It is not uncommon to see double overhead waves on a good day in January or February.

Sunset Cliffs Winter Waves

Do you have any suggestions for great winter activities in San Diego. If so, please comment below.

Holiday bowl 2014

Bowl Season is Coming to San Diego

It is nearly bowl season and this year, as usual, the Poinsettia Bowl and Holiday Bowl will be happening right in the middle of the Holiday season, with the Poinsettia Bowl Scheduled for Tuesday December 23rd and the Holiday Bowl on Saturday December 27. Both are played at Qualcomm Stadium in nearby Mission Valley.

If you plan to visit San Diego for one or both of these exciting events, it is the perfect opportunity for you to spend some time in San Diego’s best vacation community and rent a beach rental in Mission Beach or on Mission Bay. Tis the season for overpriced rooms and overbooked hotels. The perfect solution may be one of our luxury, ocean front vacation rentals that can accommodate the whole family or family and friends.

For information on our vacation rentals visit:

We look forward to seeing you this holiday season.

Mission Beach Christmas

Upcoming Events – Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

For those looking to do something unique this Christmas and holiday season, check out the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights being put on by the Mission Bay Yacht Club on December 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For the best views we recommend the Ski Beach or Crown Point park areas. Both have plenty of parking and lots of space for hanging out and enjoying the parade. More information is below:

Region: Mission Beach / Mission Bay
Date: December 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Admission is free

This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

The boat parade begins at 7:00 PM from Quivira Basin. Best viewing is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.

Mission Beach bike rentals

Activities in Mission Beach and Mission Bay

Whether you are a San Diego local or visiting from out of town, Mission Beach offers some of the funnest and most unique activities both in and out of the water that you will find in San Diego. While many of the activities require equipment or gear, it is not necessary to own or even bring your equipment down to the beach with the array of equipment rental options available at locations like Cheap Rentals, Mission Bay Aquatic Center and other equipment rental businesses in the area.

Popular activities range from biking and roller blading on the boardwalks, surfing and stand up paddle boarding, to sailing and water skiing in the bay.

For those on a tight budget, you can easily rent a bike for the hour, day or week at very reasonable costs. The general rate for a bike, roller blades, or skateboard at Cheap Rentals in North Mission Beach is a mere $12 for the day or $49 for the week. Surfboards stand up paddle boards (SUPS), and body boards start at $5 per hour and as little as $15 per day for a surf board. A kayak can be rented for $15 per hour or $40 per day.

For those with a slightly higher budget, boat and water equipment rentals are available at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, Adventure Water Sports and a number of other local facilities. A typical price for a ski boat can range from $150 to $185 per hour and other equipment such as wave runners can generally be rented for in the range or $100 per hour.

For those who just want to relax and enjoy the beach, but don’t have umbrellas, canopies or chairs, Cheap Rentals offers these as well for very good pricing. These convenient rental locations allow visitors to come to the beach and hang out in style and comfort without having to pack the car to the rim or pile equipment on top of the roof rack.

Mission Beach From the Sky


Thank you for visiting. I love Mission Beach and am very excited to announce that after years working as general manager at another local Mission Beach real estate and vacation rental company I finally took the plunge and have decided to launch my own business. As a long time Mission Beach resident and local community and real estate expert I am very excited to announce the launching of my new website

I have strived to create a site that will be both informative to my users and work as a great tool for my clients. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions feel free to let us know and we will always do our best to satisfy your requests. And if there is anything I can ever do to help you with your real estate or vacation rental needs in Mission Beach, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We pride ourselves on top notch service. Of course, the greatest compliment our customers can give is the gift of their referral, and that is a gift we receive again and again.

I very much look forward to this next chapter in our Mission Beach story.

Rebecca Gerhardt
Beach Agent SD