Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Aloha to San Diego - Breakers Beach, Imperial Beach and Navy Amphibious Base Coronado

During my visit to San Diego, I rented a car to check out the local beaches.  First stop: Breakers Beach on Navy Base Coronado. The cliff in the distance is Point Loma (which we visited the following day). Coronado connects to the mainland to the south by a strip of land called the Silver Strand.  

Driving south on the Silver Strand, we followed the signs to Imperial Beach.  From its website (link),

Welcome to the Official web site of the City of Imperial Beach, the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and South San Diego Bay, our town is nestled between miles of uncrowded beaches, big surf and unparalleled open space and wetlands teeming with wildlife. Because this town is one of the last untouched beach towns in Southern California, we are known as Classic Southern California.

The bronze statue depicts beach fun, including surfing ... 

... and playing the ukulele!

We ventured onto Navy Amphibious Base along the Silver Strand.

From (link),

For the past eight years, the Navy has been operating The Navy SEAL & SWCC Scout Teams to help find these men and answer their questions and prepare them for the most challenging tests of their lives. Its priority is to maintain Naval Special Warfare's (NSW) level of excellence, and to seek a diverse culture that fully leverages and values a workforce and environment in which everybody serving in the NSW community is able to achieve their full potential.

No doubt a pack of romance writers would follow this trailer

... looking for a few good men ...

to inspire heroes!

From (link),

The Naval Special Warfare Support (NSW) Activities Group One was established in December 2006 to provide critical intelligence and targeting support to the NSW Community. Naval Special Warfare Support Activities (NSWSA) are sophisticated and flexible commands capable of executing special operations in direct support of NSWRONs and other discrete requirements. 

Support Activities are tasked to man, train, equip, organize and deploy forces to conduct preparation of the environment, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, special operations and combat support.

Alas, we drove through the base on a Saturday and did not find any SEALs. We parked by the dock for an awesome view of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Island Bridge.

No base is complete without an anchor!

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter to this week's blogs.  To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about your favorite beach activity? Mine is walking along the surf, looking for seashells. 

2. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Swimming in the ocean and looking for shells :)

  2. I think I'd be following the truck too.

    I love beach-combing. I use the shells in my craft work.

  3. Just relaxing under the umbrella.

  4. sitting in the shade with a good book & a cool drink, and dips in the water every hour

  5. I enjoy watching the water and going out on a float.

  6. I too love collecting sea shells and reading on the beach is heaven!

  7. If the water is warm I like to swim and snorkel. If it is cold I like to relax and read a book on the beach.

  8. Jones Beach has an air show every Memorial Day week-end. It's a great day out!