Ah, yes! As winter comes to a close in San Diego, as does the treacherous quick-to-dark days that left us craving more hours of sunshine every time we left the office at 5 p.m. Daylight saving time 2017 will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 and with all that extra light floating around, we figure your routine could use a little boost of fun.
Here are five ways to spend your extra hour of light:
Hop, skip or surf into the ocean
We really can’t harp on this one enough. The power of jumping in the ocean, be it for a quick swim or a surf session, is enough to cure a bad day and enhance a great one. Lucky for us, we have some of the best beaches around. From Sunset Cliffs to Windansea to Moonlight State Beach, we have it made. Bring your dogs, your kids, friends or go by yourself for some alone time. No matter how you chose to go, the beach never disappoints.
Enjoy an even happier happy hour
Let’s be honest, we love hitting happy hour no matter what time of year it is. But, when the sun hangs around a little longer you can truly enjoy sipping your half-off drink and tasty appetizer without feeling rushed and left in the dark. It’s a great time to make a date with an old friend, your beau or take yourself out to one of the many happy hours in town. Read about some of our favorite happy hour spots around San Diego here.
Climb a mountain or two
One of the worst things about the winter is that you can’t simply work out outdoors after your workday without needing a safety vest, flashlight or some kind of reflective equipment. Now’s a great time to squeeze in a quick night-time hike up a local peak. We recommend some of the shorter climbs, like Cowles Mountain or Torrey Pines, to ensure you make it up and down before the sun sets. If you have extra time to spare, choose from any of these hikes that we dub as the best our city has to offer.
Pack up a picnic and head to Balboa Park
Sometimes, we forget about good ol’ Balboa Park and all of its beauty. The huge outdoor park, including the Botanical Building, is even more gorgeous at golden hour — in our humble opinion. Hit the park, pack a picnic and maybe even bring a bottle of wine to share. Yep, you can drink outdoors at a few of Balboa Park’s grassy lawns. For all of the rules and regulations, including where drinking is allowed within Balboa Park, click here.
Take a hot air balloon ride
This one is not for the faint of heart, but the reward is unforgettable views of San Diego. While this may not be an everyday kind of after-hours event, it is quite awesome to watch the sunset over the coast on a clear evening. The Del Mar sunset balloon ride grants you views from Coronado all the way to Mexico. To learn more about taking a flight, visit californiadreamin.com.