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These Are Our Favorite Things to Do in San Diego in Summer

There are so many things to do in San Diego in summer that it can be a challenge to narrow down your choices—which is not a bad problem to have. If you stay at Sunrise Inn San Diego, you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy not only the best of Point Lima Village, but all the fun activities and attractions of San Diego at large. Read on for our list of can’t-miss things to do in summer, from waterborne activities to dining and events. 

Sign up for Fishing Day Trips

A fishing trip is one of those quintessential Point Loma things to do, especially when the sky is cloudless and the ocean is calm and inviting. There are several fishing excursion companies in the area that can whisk you out on the water for an exhilarating day of catching fish. 

Point Loma Sportfishing offers half-day and ¾-day trips, as well as full-day trips to the Coronado Islands, where you can try your hand at catching a wide range of fish species, from Dorado to Bluefin. H&M Landing is also located right in Point Loma and can arrange excursions for various group sizes. 

Try Some Watersports

The ocean and bay are among the most enticing San Diego attractions, especially in the balmy summer months. While swimming and sunbathing will always be popular, sometimes it’s more fun to take the adventure a little further offshore. 

From kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to flyboarding and jet-skiing, there’s a ton of ways to enjoy the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of rental companies who can supply you with everything you need to have a fun afternoon out on the water. Luxury Jet Ski Rentals and San Diego Bay Adventures are both located close to Sunrise Inn San Diego on Harbor Island. 

Visit the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the top things to do in San Diego in summer—as well as any other season! A massive menagerie spread over 100 lush acres, it houses a wide range of animals from around the world. Many of the exhibits are open air, giving visitors a much more up-close-and-personal peek into the fauna that make the zoo their home. 

From lions and elephants to exotic birds and aquatic wildlife, this zoo transports you to a high imaginative interpretation of a tropical paradise. Just make sure to bring sunscreen, water, and walking shoes—the zoo is notorious for its hilly parts. 

Catch Some Point Loma Summer Concerts

Taking place across five Fridays in July and August, Point Loma Summer Concerts bring an air of carefree fun to the neighborhood—and best of all, it’s one of those San Diego summer events that won’t cost you a dime! Pack a picnic, head to Point Loma Community Park, and get ready for live music acts on the main stage starting at 6:15 p.m. (Performances on the Kids Stage start at 5:30.)

Attend Comic-Con

After a brief hiatus, Comic-Con is back and better than ever. A hugely anticipated San Diego summer event, Comic-Con is one of the largest celebrations of comics and pop culture in the nation. Though it takes place at the San Diego Convention Center, festivities tend to spill out onto the surrounding streets, where it’s not uncommon to see pedestrians decked out as their favorite superhero or comic book character. Come for presentations, exhibits, and events; stay to enjoy the raucous party in the nearby Gaslamp Quarter. 

Dine and Sip on the Waterfront

Point Loma Village is a destination unto its own, and the waterfront area is a delightful place to dine and drink. Head to Eppig Brewing to enjoy a cold brew while admiring panoramic views of the harbor. When you get hungry, get a table at Mitch’s Seafood or Point Loma Seafoods, both famous for their fresh caught fare and lovely views. Want something a little more upscale? Head to Bali Hai, famous for their Mai Tais, which are purported to be the strongest around (they contain no juice!).  


There are countless ways to spend summer in San Diego. When you make Sunrise Inn San Diego your base for your summer vacation, the city’s best beaches, restaurants, nightlife, and events are practically right outside your door. Our clean, affordable hotel is in the heart of Point Loma Village, one of the most charming areas of the city. With free parking and WiFi, we make your time in San Diego convenient and comfortable.

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