We’re in the middle of a heat wave here in San Diego County, so where to go to cool off? Here are some of my favorite beach drives.
- Quintessential California: It’s a chapter in Joyrides Around San Diego, this classic drive from Oceanside to Del Mar. Labeled by a local as “one of the three great drives in America,” wait until delivery tomorrow from Amazon or download Joyrides right now on Amazon Kindle and head on out.
- La Jolla: I’m working on my next newspaper column about beach spots in La Jolla, but you can also take my 2016 cruise up Mt. Soledad for a spectacular beach view and some exploration of the beach area.
- Mission Bay: This drive from 2007 was taken on a foggy day, but it works when it’s sunny, especially during the week. It’s some of the off-the-beaten-path areas of San Diego’s other bay.
- Silver Strand and South Bay: The isthmus that encloses San Diego Bay and it’s one of those rare places in the world where you can look at an ocean and a bay at the same time. I’ve written about this in my San Diego Union-Tribune several times; in fact, the second column, published way back in 2000, was about the Strand and the Tijuana River Estuary. From 2008 • From 2003 (an update for Weekend Driver San Diego of the 2000 column) • From 2014 (around the estuary and South Bay). • From 2006 A drive along the bay and inland to find sites where the former San Diego Chargers said they wanted to build a stadium.