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6 Best Secret Spots in San Diego

A field of lavender plants with palm trees in the background in San Diego

If you’re feeling adventurous and you want to see some secret spots in San Diego that aren’t crowded with people, then we have what you’re looking for. Beyond our private San Diego boat tours where you drive your own speed boat and see some unique, hidden places, there are a few other secret spots that are worth visiting during your trip.

Whenever California is brought up, people usually think of Hollywood, celebrities, and theme parks. But if you are looking for something beyond those things and want to know the best secret spots in San Diego, we have a few places in mind! At Speed Boat Adventures, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the city and base our unique tours around our personal experiences. 

Check out these secret spots in San Diego:

  1. Spruce Street Swing Bridge
  2. The Bait Barge
  3. Sunny Jim Cave
  4. Keys Creek Lavender Farm
  5. Little Italy Mercato Farmer’s Market
  6. Blacks Beach

 

A photo of taken while walking the middle of of the spruce street swing bridge in San Diego

1. Spruce Street Swing Bridge

Conquer your fear of heights and walk across the footbridge that is 70 feet above Kate Sessions Canyon. Be prepared! This isn’t for the faint of heart. The 375 feet long suspension bridge is high above treetops, giving you a spectacular view of the San Diego skyline. GoCar Tours is a great way to find this hidden spot!

 

 

 

A photo of the Bait Barge in San Diego in the middle of a clear, sunny day

2. The Bait Barge

Floating in beautiful San Diego Bay, you’ll find this marvelous spot where humans and wildlife seamlessly coexist. Sea lions spend their days in and around the barge waiting for tasty treats and soaking up the sun. Our own San Diego boat tours make a stop here! Be sure to snap photos of the seals lounging and frolicking about the bay.

 

A person paddles on their canoe in the ocean and looks through into the Sunny Jim Cave in San Diego

3. Sunny Jim Cave

While you are in La Jolla, explore this cave that’s accessible via a hand-dug tunnel through a gift shop. You’ll make your way down the narrow staircase of 145 steps until you reach the bottom on a platform. Enjoy the sounds of the ocean as it comes in and out of the cove!

 

 

 

 

A field of lavender plants with palm trees in the background in San Diego

4. Keys Creek Lavender Farm

One of the prettiest hidden places in San Diego is this beautiful, organic farm. Located in Valley Center, flower-lovers will find endless fields of lavender and discover handmade soaps, lotions, essential oils, and perfumes. Stay awhile and book a room in the onsite cottage, attend a dinner, or learn how to make soap in one of the classes provided.

 

 

 An array of colorful peppers and other veggies on display at the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market in San Diego5. Little Italy Mercato Farmer’s Market

If you love a farmer’s market that seems more like a street festival, then this is the place for you. In addition to organic produce, there are also local vendors galore. Check out the free samples, clothing boutiques, and handmade goods. This is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! 

 

 

A view of the Blacks Beach in San Diego on a sunny day from the top of the hill

6. Blacks Beach

Surfers say this beach has some of the largest waves in San Diego, while hang gliders say they have experienced the most incredible views here. This secluded, clothing-optional beach is quite treacherous to get to; but the hike is worth it! Upon arriving, you will be blown away by the majestic, black sands.

 

 

A couple drives in a private speed boat in a speed boat riding along the ocean in San Diego

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It can be complicated to sort through all the eclectic and exciting places San Diego has to offer. We’ve done the footwork for you, beat the crowds and avoid the stereotypical vacation outing! If you have questions or want to book boat rides in San Diego tour, feel free to call us or check out our webpage.

 

 

Now that you have an insider’s look on the best secret spots in San Diego, get your camera, your family and friends, and prepare yourself for unforgettable memories.