Sunny San Diego – The Start of a 6 Month Surf Trip

We kicked off our 6 month Border to Border Surfing Trip in Sunny San Diego. It was the perfect place for us to get back on the road after having to hunker down in Minnesota due to a complicated pregnancy for Ella.  We spent a few months in the area exploring so here are a few of our favorite spots to visit on a San Diego RV Trip.

Where We Stayed – Thousand Trails


We originally were going to stay at the Oakzanita RV Resort however we found out that we didn’t fit and had an accident with two trees. That caused us to change plans and stay at the Pio Pico RV Resort by Thousand Trails. To read up on that story click here.

When we started RVing we purchased a Thousand Trails Membership used online and after having it over two years we’ve definitely gotten a lot of use out of it. Our membership allows us to stay for FREE for up to 3 weeks at a time so often we’ll set up a base camp for 3 weeks and take day trips in the surrounding area before moving on to our next location.

The Border City – Imperial BeachImperial Beach (23)

This is the southernmost city on the west coast. You can walk right up to the border and greet people on the other side at Friendship Park. I fully intended on surfing right at the border but the water was contaminated from the recent rain runoff in the Tijuana Estuary.

It was a neat little town with a nice pier and fantastic Mexican food. To read more detail about our visit to Imperial Beach click here.

Chef V & Anza Borrego State ParkAnza Borrego (5)

My friends Brandon and Veronica own a Green Drink company that delivers your weekly supply to your door called Chef V. One day we met up to hike the Palm Canyon Trail for a Sunrise hike in Anza Borrego.

I took another day to
work with them at their headquarters.
It was cool to see the behind the scenes of a company like that and the effort they put in to make sure they provide an excellent product and service for their customers.

Pio (37)Their story is another example of the American dream. Building something from nothing with incredible work ethic and times of grinding it out. They’re most popular product is the Green Drink but they are launching a few more very soon. They’ve sold over 40,000 groupons for the green drink, impressive!

After working at the office we spent the rest of the day brain storming on a walk to Torrey Pines Beach from their house. What a fun day! It’s always great to connect with old friends while we travel around the country.

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Seaport Village FullSizeRender (2)

Just outside of Downtown San Diego is Seaport Village which is a great place to hang out and people watch in a bustling area. There’s a lot of big boats in the Marina to marvel at. They also have outfitters that will rent you things like Kayaks. While we were there the street performers were putting on quite a show everywhere you went!

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Olympic Training Center Olympic Training (2)

If you’re visiting the San Diego area head on over to the Olympic Training Center in nearby Chula Vista. It’s a beautiful area just 5 miles from the Pio Pico RV Resort. They give tours or you could opt to take the self audio tour from your smart phone which we did. It’s really neat to not only see where the Olympians train but to also see them walking around the campus.

Off Road Adventure

The Otay Mountain Truck Trail is one of the coolest vehicle trails I’ve even seen. The views are spectacular and I even got picked up by the border patrol! It also happens to start at the Pio Pico RV Resort.

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The Secret Hike – Jamul KilnKiln (33)

There’s a lot of great hikes in San Diego County. When we got to the RV Park I asked the ranger about hiking from the RV Park. It turns out that there are countless hikes that took you all around the Otay Mountains and even to the Mexican Border. He then mentioned a secret hike that not many people know about. It’s the Jamul Kiln which is ruins from the 1800’s! We ended up hiking there with Ella and I Mountain Biked other times.

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Coronado Island San Diego (3)

If you head across the bay on the big bridge from Downtown you’ll come to Coronado Island. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy amazing views of the city and watch the boats cruise by!

One of the things you could do is rent a Kayak at Seaport Village and take it over to the Island.

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La Jolla CoveMS Walk (8)

A little bit north of San Diego is the La Jolla Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. The water is clear and it’s a popular spot to go snorkeling and scuba diving. The marine wildlife will often come right up to you while you’re playing around in the water.

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What about you? Do you have any spots you’d recommend in the San Diego area for other RVers?

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