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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

1. La Jolla: Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the water. The sport began as an ancient Hawaiian tradition that was reintroduced to the world in the mid-60s.  SUP boarding is one of the best ways to explore the Seven Sea Caves of La Jolla, a remarkable creation full of marine wildlife. These 7 unique sea caves are filled with local history and natural beauty. The La Jolla Ecological Reserve starts at the Seven Sea Caves and extends north to Scripps Pier. This remarkable stretch of water is home to an underwater park, part of La Jolla's submarine canyon, giant kelp forests and a rocky reef.  The preserve shelters numerous species, including leopard sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins and migrating whales. Only 2% of the world's ocean water is protected by state and federal law, which also makes La Jolla's ecological reserve a rare place to see undisturbed wildlife in their natural habitat. The stand up paddle boards are inflatable, lightweight, and easy to transport from the shop to the beach and back.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

2. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

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What people are saying about Torrey Pines State Reserve

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We drove south from LA. The tour started well, but then the audio didnt start when expected. I'd have to fiddle with my phone to get it going. Can you set it up like Google Maps so the lock screen doesnt come on when its running? Also, is the audio supposed to run for the minute before you arrive at each town or sight? This would be less distracting than listening while trying to navigate thru town with people and bikes and cars pulling out of on street parking. Content was good, very interesting. Separate GPS triggers for northbound and southbound travellers would be an improvement. You could eliminate the 'administrative' content. Looking forward to our next tour!

Paddle boarding is very fun! Just so future renters know, you have to carry your own board about 1/4 mile to the beach. They aren’t heavy for a man but a woman or child will have problems. When you rent a Kayak they have them down at the water. I would not do the paddle boarding again unless they could have all the equipment already on the beach waiting. The staff is super friendly and helpful. Overall a very fun time.