A Day at The Bay

 

Sometimes Stacycations just means taking a short drive and just relaxing, people watching, picnic, whatever. On this day we headed out to do some fishing in San Diego. Found a fishing dock on the bay and sat back and waited for the thousands of fish to hit our bait. Thousands were more like 5, but at least on the San Diego bay you have plenty to watch as you patiently wait for the next nibble or strike.

Dock middleDock--Dock left side
Dock-JoJo

A few of our staycation buddies don’t fish so this was the perfect place to sit back, hang, and enjoy the view. We packed a lunch and munchies and just chilled out. Unfortunately chilled out has more than one meaning as it was very cold out on this April day in California. The cold ocean breeze hit us from Coronado and it didn’t help that the sun was trapped behind gray skies. She finally showed her face around 3:00 pm and the thawing out process began. I also think that we don’t know how to dress in California. We always think it is going to be warm and in this case a t-shirt and shorts weren’t cutting it.

Planes, trains, and automobiles.
Well actually make that planes, boats, and ships. Every type of boat or ship made its way past us during our 5 hour stay. Sailboats of every size, Kite surfing, tourist boats, speed boats, navy boats, giant ships, and one huge plane coming in for a landing at the Navy base close by.

Dock-Ship
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Del Mar Beach–Camp Pendleton

Camp P sunset with hut
Del Mar Beach—Camp Pendleton
If you have anyone you know that is in the military or is retired military, you can be their quest to visit Camp Pendleton. We include Camp Pendleton into our staycations blog because there are many events on Camp Pendleton that you can attend. Their annual mud run is a very popular event as well as paint ball wars, etc.
To gain entry into Camp Pendleton you go through their gates and state the reason for your visit. They scan your driver’s license and in some cases ask for your car registration, so make sure you have all of that available.
I have been on Camp Pendleton many times for different events, all as a guest. I have been to a chili cook off at Lake O’Neill, golfing, paint ball wars, and many times to the wonderful Del Mar Beach.
Del Mar Beach is very close to the Oceanside Harbor, just on the other side. Military families can rent small villas on the beach, trailers, or campsites for RV’s or tents. If any of your friends or families invites you out there, we highly recommend it. Or if you are military I recommend you looking into camping at Del Mar beach. Here is a link: http://www.mccscp.com/dmbr-accommodations.
The Del Mar beach is a very popular place and a hub for activity. They have many events going on and they are building a new event center. The beach itself is massive and spans a wide area. There are volley ball nets, Cabanas, thatched umbrellas with Adirondack chairs to sit and watch the sunset.

Camp P--VolleybalCamp P CabanasCamp P Red tentsCamp P Chairs
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Ocean Beach


Umbrellas
Staycationscalifornia loves piers. I think that is evident on our many features on piers. Where else can you walk on the water and view the land from the ocean. A place you can kick back, people watch, fish, stroll, or take just photos.
Our newest quest was the Ocean Beach pier in Ocean Beach California. Located about 7 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, The town of Ocean Beach is not only known for its pier but also its wide span of beach that is perfect for surfing, sun bathing, swimming or other beach type activities.
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Laguna Beach

One of staycationscalifornia’s favorite places is Laguna Beach.
Laguna sits between Newport Beach and Dana Point in Orange County , California. This small community with a population of about 25,000 as of 2010 features pristine beaches and coves.

Laguna Street signBoard walk low
In fact I think it is the closest thing to Hawaii we have on the California Coast. Check out the photo with palm trees and blue Pacific.

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