Sunny San Diego Living up to its Reputation

san diego boardwalkI love winter in San Diego anyway, but we’ve never experienced winter weather like this one since we moved here in 1996. For the past 3 weeks we’ve had warm, balmy and just glorious weather like today; 72 degrees with 16% humidity, and it’s projected to continue for the next 10 days at least. Driving home yesterday I saw a guy walking along without his shirt on and several women running in tank tops, people out golfing and playing tennis, many people at the beach,  out for a walk with their baby or like my elderly neighbor just sitting in the sun on their porch. So Mid-westerners and East Coasters, get out here and take a break from that extreme cold spell you’re going through- it sounds brutal!

Hotel Del CoronadoSan Diego is lovely in the Fall, Winter and Spring- much less crowded. You can get up close to all the animals at our World Famous San Diego Zoo enjoy having no lines at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, or have a blast with your kids at the water park there. Or do all three parks and visit SeaWorld- walking under the shark exhibition is my favorite part.

You should be able to find a reasonably priced vacation rental at this time of year- we have a list of recommended property managers on our Partners page. Be sure to pack your shorts, sandals and swim suits- you can go back home and brag that you were swimming in the ocean in January, lounging by the pool getting a tan and building sandcastles with your toddler or baby.

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I can’t imagine it will last forever- we’ll need some rain at some point. So hurry, hurry- be spontaneous!  Book the flight, accommodation and car- we’ve got you covered for the beach and baby equipment rentals.

TRAVEL TIP: Winter Special at Toddler’s Travels.  Free item of your choice with your order of $75 or more; see our Packages page for details.

A festival of lights with snow in San Diego!

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Bundle up the kids and head out to the San Diego Botanic Garden for a magical holiday experience.

Take a wagon ride on beautiful Clydesdale draft horses through a dazzling display of over 100,000 sparkling lights.

Santa will be there from 5:30-8:30 pm under the Gazebo for the perfect family photo opportunity. There is hot mulled wine for you and s’mores for the kids to roast over the campfire, as well as hot cocoa, coffee, gyros, kabobs, soups, salads and baklava available.

There is live music from 6-8 pm and yes, even snow- at least snow on December 26 and 28 with sledding permitted. Sorry, we don’t have sleds for rent- we have pretty much everything else you need in baby and beach rental equipment while on vacation- maybe grandma’s house has one lying around?

Stroll through the gardens- we do have strollers for rent:) Help the kids with special holiday crafts they can take home and enjoy the Nutcracker exhibit and Alice in Wonderland displays.

Admission prices: Adults $12.00; Seniors, Military & Students $8.00. All Children 3-12 $4.00. Children 2 and under free.

San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

Have fun and happy holidays from all of us at Toddler’s Travels!

BOB strollers a winner on the beach

Joined some Australian friends on a 5 km run fundraiser this weekend at Del Mar Beach- well, I walked and everyone else ran.  It was a pristine day with the waves rolling in, beautiful blue skies and a gentle breeze.  I couldn’t help notice that every parent who ran with their baby or children in a stroller were all pushing BOBs- at least 5 or 6.    It made me feel proud that we’d chosen such a high performing stroller for our traveling babies who will have such a great way to be transported on and around San Diego’s beautiful beaches.  I wish I had some pics but since it was a run I didn’t have one with me.  As for the recent recall, it was just a yellow cord on the canopy which I’d never previously noticed and all we’ve had to do is remove them.