Time-lapse: 2015 San Diego Boat Parade of Lights

Through the miracle of time-lapse photography (thank you, iPhone!), you can see every colorful entry in the San Diego Parade of Lights — the boat parade starting at Shelter Island, winding past Harbor Island and points south Sunday.

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The Scoop – August 2015, San Diego Housing Market

The Scoop – August 2015, San Diego Housing Market

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The Scoop – July 2015

As “The Trusted Voice of San Diego Real Estate,” the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® presents The Scoop — a monthly housing market update including a snapshot of recent sales statistics and trends to help you navigate the market.

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Mission Beach Sunset

Mission Beach Day Trip – Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

If you are in town and looking for an easy day trip, or even if you are a local resident, Sunset Cliffs is a wonder that is awaiting your visit. Just a few miles south of Mission Beach, Sunset Cliffs is one of San Diego’s true coastal gems and a fantastic place to spend part of a day walking, hiking, jogging surfing, playing in the tide pools, fishing, or just hanging out and enjoying the scenery, sunsets and fresh sea air. The “Natural Park” begins at just south of the intersection of Point Loma Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Blvd and continues south to the end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd and the bluffs beyond. The area from the beginning of the park to the end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd is street front with a few small parking lots and street parking. If you continue to the end of Sunset Cliffs Blvd and go left to the top of the hill, there is a large dirt parking lot that allows easy access to trails, bluffs, canyons and there are a few trails that you can take all the way down to nearly unpopulated beaches and coves.

Sunset Cliffs Winter Waves

Getting there:

From Mission Beach, take Mission Blvd towards the roller coaster and go east on West Mission Bay Drive. Take the exit immediately past Quivira Road for Sunset Cliffs Blvd and follow Sunset Cliffs until you reach the Natural Park.

Best time to visit:

Sunset Cliffs tends to be busiest in the mornings and just before and after sunset. Some of the beaches are more accessible at or near low tide. When the surf is good the area is generally packed with surfers and spectators as it gets some amazing waves.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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