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Scuba Diving in San Diego

The city of San Diego is a little over 20 miles north of the Mexican border. It is home to many great attractions like the Torrey Pines Reserve and golf course where the US open has been played, Balboa Park, and the world famous San Diego Zoo that hosts animals from all over the world. In this post we’ll be covering a different attraction that you might not associate with San Diego which in Scuba diving.

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What you can expect

There are many spots to scuba dive in San Diego, and The Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve, also known as the La Jolla Underwater Park which is a great spot for beginner and experienced divers is one of our favorites. There are deep canyons, forests of sea kelp, and ship wrecks from the past. There are also a wide variety of sea life that you can view from a vast variety of fish, sea lions, and small sharks. If you are concerned about larger sharks, like Great Whites that do pass through the area, just know that larger sharks typically travel and hunt in deeper open waters, but there is always a slight chance of having an encounter.

The water temp can range from around 58 degrees in the winter months, to 75 degrees (at the warmest) in the summer months. As for what wetsuit is right for you, it really depends. If you have low body fat, you can probably want at least a 4/3mm suit and some gloves and booties to keep your hands and feet warm, or you will come out of the water feeling like a block of ice.

Check out the video below from SD expeditions for a great point of view of what you can expect to see when scuba diving in San Diego.

Be Safe & Prepared

Whenever doing any ocean activity it’s very important that at least 1 person in your group is CPR certified. When you are in the ocean many things can go wrong and you need to be able to respond quickly and calmly with confidence. If you need to get CPR certified in San Diego, then a great choice is CPR Chicks. The company is run by to great women who are San Diego locals. They come to your desired location and teach you how to respond in a time of emergency. Most people don’t think about what they would do in an emergency until it is to late. Be smart, and make getting CPR certified a top priority before you go diving.

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Stunning Sites To See In Arizona

While it might not be on the top of your list for places to visit, Arizona provides a ton of great sites to see and activities to do. Just make sure to bring your sun block. In this most will cover just a few of the fun thing to do in Arizona.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

This landscape is truly amazing to look at. It’s easy to get lost in this twisting and turning landscape. You have most likely seen photos of the sun beams blasting through the san stone walls, as it is a very popular spot for photos. The natural erosion of the rock of time time has form stunning patterns on the walls that appear as if they have been made by man.

Tombstone

Like most people, you probably know this town due to the hit movie from the 90’s that tells the story of Wyatt Earp. While the town was a dangerous place back then, it is now a family friendly place to visit thats rich with history of how the west was settled.

The Grand Canyon

When writing about places to see when in Arizona, it’s hard to leave out one of the wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is one of the most visually amazing sites you will ever see. The views from the look out points are incredible, making it one of the top tourist destination spots in the world. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can book a guided tour down into the canyon via foot or o donkey. Just be aware of what you are getting yourself into.

If you are looking for more info on visiting Arizona, then you should check out the Visit Arizona website for more info. The video below also shows 7 additional spots we did not cover in this post.

The Peaceful Serenity of the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is a truly amazing place to visit or live. It is far removed from the busy city life and can feel like your stepping back in time 100 years. There are so many exciting activities to take part in that it might be hard to choose. In this post we’ll cover just a few of many outdoor activities you can enjoy.

Fishing

There is great year round fishing throughout the Oregon coast with a huge selection of rivers and lakes to pick from with many expert tour guides available to get you to the best spots. There is also great open ocean fishing that is equal to anywhere in the world.

Crabbing & Clamming

While not as popular as traditional fishing, crabbing & clamming is a lot of fun for the whole family. It’s important to remember that crabs, while small in size, are very strong and can deliver a very painful pinch if your not careful. On the other hand, clamming is very safe as clams don’t have any defense This is always seems to be a favorite of kids due to it’s hands on nature.

Tidepooling

Other favorite for families with little kids, tidepooling is a whole new world fo their eyes to see. Will a rich mixture of hidden caves, estuaries and rocky shores, the Oregon coast is a great destination for world class tidepooling. There awaits a whole micro-world of creatures you possibly didn’t even know existed.

Hiking

The isolated feel of the Oregon coast is just what you need to relax and forgot about the stresses of your busy life, at least for a little while. The hiking trails guide you along the breathtaking bluffs and untouched landscape filled with botanical gardens and tons of wildlife. A great resource for more info on Oregon coast adventures is oregonsadventurecoast.com. The video below also gives a great preview of what you can expect to see on your adventures.