Cruise the boardwalk
Pacific Beach/Mission Beach
Brush the cobwebs off your bike, strap on your helmet, and take a cruise down the boardwalk. If you plan it right, you can practically make a whole day of it. Hit up Kono’s for breakfast outside, take a break for a Red Bull slushie at PB Shore Club, stop by Lahaina’s for lunch and a pitcher of margaritas, then end the day with a couple of award-winning TKO fish tacos at Sandbar. You can always stop to lounge on the beach, or jump in the ocean when you get tired of pedaling. Definitely chat up the backpackers as you pass by the deck of the Beach Bungalow Hostel. If you make one too many slushie stops, maybe one of them will invite you to stay the night. Then you’ll really get the tourist experience.
The iconic Hotel del Coronado has a rich history that should attract both hotel guests and San Diegans. There’s an entire page of its website dedicated to locals looking to do some s’more roasting, or who are interested in a day at the spa. If the beach is more your style, rent out cushioned lounge chairs with terrycloth covers, cabanettes, day beds, and fringed umbrellas, complete with food and beverage service at Del Beach. If your boo is joining you (which, they should), hit up the romantic Swedish massage for two, and have yourself a private bonfire with Champagne. How’s that for a staycation you’ll never forget?