In La Jolla they have one better. It’s being referred to as a “daycation.”
And it’s something available from merchants offering tours, like San Diego Fly Rides, La Jolla Golf Carts and Pedego Electric Bikes.
Max Shenk, operations manager of San Diego Fly Rides at 7444 Girard Ave., said locals and tourists alike take advantage of bicycling tours they offer daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“When we first started out it was mostly tourist-driven,” said Shenk of Fly Rides. “But now we have a lot of locals who go themselves, or who have guests in town who want to do the tour.”
Fly Rides started out small in an art studio space on Prospect, before spreading its wings and moving to Girard Avenue across from the Pannikin. The new space is filled to the rafters with pedal-assisted e-bikes of every imaginable type, both rentals and for sale. The retail space also has a full-service shop for repairs in the back.
Fly Rides accommodates everyone from serious cyclists, to families to people just looking for a leisure day of exercise.
A handful of 2 1/2-hour tours at Fly Rides highlight the beauty – and history – of La Jolla. Torrey Pines Bike & Hike escorts guests through UC San Diego. Two of the most popular tours, costing $99 and $79, respectively, are SoCal Riviera and Cali Dreaming. SoCal Riviera is a loop of coastal La Jolla with a climb up Mount Soledad. Cali Dreaming is a downscaled version omitting the climb.
On a recent weekend tour, native La Jollan Peter Hulburt of Fly Rides escorted Lyn Mettler, a visiting travel writer from Indiana, on the SoCal Riviera.
Starting at La Jolla Cove, Hurlbert and guest took in the scenery, seals, sea lions and exquisite ocean views. The group stopped periodically for Hulbert to narrate a history of each area and its famous residents, like Ellen Browning Scripps.
At the Cove, the bike guide pointed out gnarled, leaning trees there that inspired famed children’s author Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s work and art. Then it was south through Scripps Park to Windansea Beach, with Hulburt pointing out the high-profile surf breaks along the way.
The SoCal Riviera Tour takes its name from the multimillion-dollar homes along the way in the downtown Village, at Windansea and on Mount Soledad. The tour wound through the popular La Jolla bike path between Bird Rock and La Jolla High School, with a stop to admire a huge cactus plant of the agave family from which tequila is made.
Returning to Girard, it was hard to believe 2 1/2 hours had elapsed.
A similar, yet different, “daycation” experience is to be had at La Jolla Golf Carts at 7512 La Jolla Blvd. near the corner of Pearl Street.
Owned by Robert Mackey and Kai Koehnke, La Jolla Golf Carts started out as a promotion of their sister company, La Jolla Social, to help folks get around town. But it was such a good and workable idea, that the golf carts quickly became a hit on their own.
“It started out with, ‘You need a ride here?,’” said Mackey, “Then it became, ‘It would be cool to drive it yourself.’ We basically turned it into a rental car company.”
“We call it a self-guided tour,” said Mackey of La Jolla Golf Carts, which rents vehicles by the day, week or month.
“It’s a great way to cruise around and enjoy beautiful La Jolla,” said Mackey. “We ended up helping a lot of people solve a transportation problem around the Village.”
Mackey noted golf carts are especially handy for the aged, infirm or injured.
Patrons at La Jolla Golf Carts have to be at least 21 years old. Families are not only welcome but are a centerpiece of the business, which offers four- and six-passenger carts for rentals, with plenty of kid space. Four-passenger carts rent for $169 a day, $189 a day for a six-passenger cart.
“Our carts are street legal and have upgraded safety features,” pointed out Mackey noting carts have a 20 mph speed limit.
La Jolla Golf Carts is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Go a bit south to Bird Rock, where Pedego Electric Bikes La Jolla has made a name for itself indulging biker’s need to proceed.
“Most of our tours are custom and range from friends and family tours to corporate ‘team-building’ tours,” said Pedego spokesperson Tracy Sheffer.
Pedego tours include: La Jolla Coastal/Mount Soledad National Monument Lunch Tour; Lookout Tour along the La Jolla Coastline to the La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores optional; Couples “Champaign Toast” Romantic Tour along the La Jolla Coastline to the La Jolla Cove; Electric Bike and Hike Torrey Pines State Park; La Jolla Shores Coastal Excursion to the Torrey Pines Glider Port and/or State Park; Southern Coastal Ride to the Historic Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach; La Jolla Shores Tour to the Birch Aquarium; and Customize Your Own Tour with the La Jolla Pedego team.
Pedego electric bikes have 250- to 500-watt motors capable of cruising distances up to 60 miles on a single battery charge. Pedego’s high-quality, innovative “pedal or not” models include cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes, a trike and a convenient electric folding bike.
San Diego Fly Rides
7444 Girard Ave.
La Jolla Golf Tours
7512 La Jolla Blvd.
Pedego Electric Bikes La Jolla
5702 La Jolla Blvd., Ste. 101a