Holiday Hikes & Bikes: Getting Outdoors in the Winter Sun

San Diego’s winter weather is quite lovely — the city continues to enjoy the abundant sunshine it’s known for, but temperatures cool down considerably, drawing comparisons to European resorts such as the Algarve and the Costa del Sol. Here’s a guide to walking trails where you can take in the winter sun, all easily accessible from Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside.

The Shelter Island Trail

Shelter Island is one of San Diego’s more scenic destinations, thanks to bay views and outdoor art installations. Enjoy this area with a walk of one, two, or four miles on the Shelter Island trail. You’ll stroll along the waterfront across from our hotel until you reach our sister property Humphreys Half Moon Inn. If you want to keep going, you can continue to the end of the peninsula.

The Spanish Landing/Harbor Island Trail

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Explore the area around the historic Spanish Landing by taking North Harbor Drive and Nimitz Boulevard, and walking one and a half miles. Once you reach the Sheraton, you can optionally continue another mile and a half to Harbor Island, which affords views of the Coronado Bay Bridge and downtown skyline. Or, spend the day at the park and beach. If you walk a full six miles, you’ll even pass Broadway Pier, the cruise-ship terminal, and Seaport Village. We recommend ending your journey at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse seafood restaurant.

The Liberty Station Trail

Our easiest walking and biking path is the Liberty Station trail. You’ll make a left onto the front walkway, head straight, and make another left on Laning Road, before continuing past the USS Recruit and a waterfront path. The popular arts district and shopping center will be directly in front of you.

Secret Beach Trail at Kellogg Beach

If you’re looking for more of a local experience, head to Point Loma’s Kellogg Beach, conveniently located near Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside. This small beach is definitely a locals’ spot, occupying a thin strip of shore near Shelter Island. From the beach, follow the small dirt paths north along the edge of the coast. If you keep going past Southwestern Yacht Club, you can continue along La Playa Trail — the oldest commercial trail in the western United States.