Wondering where to take your next family RV trip? You might want to hop behind the wheel and make a beeline for San Diego, CA. The city and surrounding areas are home to gorgeous beaches, tons of recreational activities for children, and brimming with kid-friendly restaurants. Not only is San Diego very family-friendly, but itís full of plenty activities that are budget-friendly, too. Plus, the mild climate makes a visit to San Diego pleasing year-round.
Where to Stay
If youíre headed to San Diego with the kiddos, thereís one RV resort that really rolls out the welcome mat for families and that is Campland by the Bay. This gargantuan RV resort is made with families in mind and features an impressive play structure, pools, marina with boat rentals, bike rentals, a game room, cafť and ice cream parlor, and many other amenities. Itís also very dog-friendly so go ahead and bring Fido with you. Although the cost of site rentals can stretch a budget thin, and you will have to be okay with snuggling close to your RV neighbors, the location and amenities canít be beat. Plus, itís conveniently located in the adorable and thriving coastal town of Pacific Beach.
Where to Free Play Outdoors
There are so many places in San Diego to play! Fanuel Park, located just a couple of miles west of the campground, has a nice playground, a bike and walking path, and an unbeatable view of Sail Bay. Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are the closest beaches and are great places to build sand castles and watch the sun set. Mission Bay Park also features a great walking path and really neat playground area (2688 East Mission Bay Drive) with some of the most unique play structures Iíve ever come across.
A trip to San Diego would not be complete without several visits to Balboa Park. Not only is there an amazing playground area, but other highlights include wandering in and out of museums and taking a stroll through a gorgeous desert garden.
Where to Pay to Play
As the saying goes, sometimes you have to pay to play, and there are plenty of places that are so worth the cost--for instance, the San Diego Zoo. Itís spendy, so if you can find any discount coupons, grab them. Plan to spend the day at this amazing zoo. And donít forget to sneak a peek at the pink flamingos located near the front entrance!
Where to Eat
Chupa Cabras Taqueria located at 978 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach is a great little Mexican eatery that features a huge, budget-friendly menu that includes a kiddos menu. Their guacamole is out of this world and anything ordered with either the black or pinto beans will surely please. They even serve breakfast! CBW located just minutes from the resort at 822 Grand in Pacific Beach is a super budget-friendly and healthy fast food restaurant that serves up tasty bowls and wraps. They also have a kidís menu. The vegan bean bowl with the organic gluten-free garlic ginger dressing is a superb choice. Plus, their condiment bar features lots of yummy salsas and sauces, including a delicious hummus dip. Z Pizza at 5175 Linda Vista Road is a quaint little pizza joint thatís only a few miles to the east of the resort. The great thing about ZPizza is that they offer vegan and gluten-free options.
Where to Shop
Ralphís, located 4315 Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach, is your go-to grocery store for many of your shopping needs. Thereís also a Trader Joeís located at 1121 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. If you head about five miles to the south youíll reach Ocean Beach Peopleís Organic Food Market (4765 Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach), a bright and cheerful food coop that features a wide selection of healthy groceries. The store also has a cafť that has a salad bar, hot and cold foods and sandwiches.
Now that you know where to stay, where to play, and where to eat and shop, the only thing left to do is pack your rig!
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