Welcome to San Diego! Where practically perfect weather, miles upon miles of beaches, scenic wilderness areas, and countless places to eat, sip, and explore give us the very best environment possible to have a good time while riding out a tough time.
Below is a list of some of our favorite places and things to do. While this season may look different, there are still a ton of opportunities in San Diego (and close to PLNU) to enjoy yourself and engage in adventures all year long.
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend that you stay current on the recommended safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 in San Diego and exercise judgment in following them, keeping a safe distance from others, and practicing good hygiene.
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Take a Hike
Lace-up your hiking boots and head to one of the countless trails across San Diego. From Cowles Mountain’s never-ending view across the city, to the picturesque views and cool ocean breeze of Sunset Cliffs or Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, there are hiking spots all around for every type of person to enjoy.
Beach + Surf
PLNU has premier access to some of the best surf in San Diego (if you don’t believe us, ask Surfer Magazine who ranked as the #3 Top Surf Colleges in America). But even if you venture off-campus you’ll always be close to the warm Southern California waters to wet your appetite for surfing, sunbathing, and sand castles.
While some places may be closed or have limited options for serving customers, there are many incredible restaurants and coffee shops still open. Rest assured, if you need a caffeine jolt, a scoop of ice cream, or a California burrito, there are still popular spots available across the city to serve your cravings.
We would recommend calling ahead of your visit or checking a restaurant’s website to see what kind of food services they may be offering at that time (dine-in, take-out only, delivery, etc.)
Parks for Picnics, Play & Outdoor Workouts
Grassy areas like the Point Loma Community Park offer lots of open space for social distancing picnics, creative activities like painting, or relaxing. If you want to get some jumping jacks in or take a light jog these parks are great places to stay fit (no gym membership required).
Got a couple of hours to spare?
Here are a few more activities that we would recommend for you to explore.
- Snorkel with curious seals, bright orange Garibaldi damselfish, and friendly leopard sharks (don’t worry they aren’t dangerous) in La Jolla Cove.
- Journey just a few miles down the point to Cabrillo National Monument where you can explore an old lighthouse, learn about San Diego history, and whale watch.
- Farmer’s markets across San Diego happen nearly every day of the week. Be sure to check this website for times and which are currently open or closed.
- Take advantage of quiet places on PLNU's campus like McCollough Park to read a good book or set up a hammock and relax.
- Balboa Park is a great place to walk and admire the historic architecture. While many of the museums are closed to the public for now, they do offer an app for those wanting to take their own virtual tour of the San Diego Museum of Art.
- Grab a tee time and a frisbee at the Morley Field Disc Golf Course.