Presidents Day Week!

Presidents Day Holiday is held on the third Monday of February once a year. It is a federal holiday celebrated to honor current and former presidents of the United States. Although, it is a Federal Holiday many people use this as an excuse to party and unite with friends and family. This holiday is the perfect time to visit neighboring cities near San Diego such as Las Vegas, which infamous for its nightlife and hotels.If you are studying English in San Diego and are looking to take a short vacation to Las Vegas, Presidents Day is the perfect time to visit the city of sins. If you are a student at EC San Diego, Expedition America offers a 4 day 3 night tour to Las Vegas Presidents Day week. It is an all inclusive tour which includes transportation, hotel, and free VIP entry to 3 Nightclubs (XS, Omnia and Hakkasan) With shocking prices starting at $375! EC San Diego works with Expedition America, a travel company that offers safe cheap all inclusive tours that give you the opportunity to travel outside of San Diego. If you are a student studying English at EC San Diego, I would not hesitate to sign up and or receive more information about Presidents day weekend with Expedition America.

View of San Diego Beach

Best San Diego Beaches to Visit

San Diego is home to over 150 beaches, each unique in their own way. With so many beaches to choose from it can be diffcult to narrow it down to just a few when visiting. Regardless of the duration of your stay here in San Diego, here is a list of the top five beaches to visit and why! Sunset Cliffs: Sunset cliffs is one of the most exclusive beaches here in San Diego. Located in Ocean Beach, this beach is unique for its expansive ocean views, dramatic cliff formations, caves, native coastal habitat and of course for it’s breath taking sunsets. This beach is typically popular for surfers, ocean- gazers, and folks that like to cruise down its main coastline road. This is the kind of beach where you can bring new acquaintances and turn them into life-long friends! Torrey Pines State Beach: Located just 15 minutes North of of EC San Diego, Torrey Pines beach is perfect for sun bathing, hiking and sea shell collecting. If you enjoy relaxing by the beach and hiking Torrey Pines is the ultimate beach to visit. There are multiple hiking trails to choose from, each one having a spectacular view of the beach and its wildlife. You have your pick of steep climbs or laid back paths, and the best part is you can take a dip in the beach after a good hike! Pacific Beach: With its vibrant night life, Pacific beach is a trendy spot for young adults, surfers, and college students. Surrounded by light affordable dinning, this beach is a great spot to kick back with some friends and enjoy Happy Hour.. and lets not forget about Taco Tuesday!! If you’re looking for a morning jog or sunset walk along the beach, PB has a long boardwalk that stretches … Read more


“It’s not a Tuesday if we don’t have tacos!” This is one of our mottos  at EC San Diego. With a wide variety of tacos and Mexican specialties, we love celebrating the most popular tradition of the city: TACO TUESDAY! It is always a perfect excuse to add a little fiesta during the week, and definitely one of the first habits our students get used to!It is also a cheap, easy and fun way to get to know your classmates, while discovering the secrets of Mexican cuisine. San Diego offers a long list of restaurants to chose from, but if you are an EC student, we are pretty sure Pacific Beach is the area you will want to explore! Come join our English school and find out which is your favorite taco! We look forward to having dinner with you!      

TOEFL Higher Score Preparation Class: A great way to finish your program while at EC San Diego.

Many students who attend our General English courses often join exam classes before they leave in order to receive additional certificates of achievement. In addition, a TOEFL certificate can lead to new opportunities at universities in the US or abroad or possibly open the door to a new career. Preparing for the TOEFL test can be very challenging if you don’t have the right skills. However, don’t worry! EC San Diego offers a TOEFL preparation course that helps with achieving a higher score in all areas of the exam. With some of the most experienced teachers in town, we will guide you through the skills and create confidence while sitting the exam.   Some of our classroom strategies on how to prepare for the test include: instructions on how to take effective notes from academic lectures; effective practice sessions to summarize, paraphrase and synthesize important information with immediate feedback; dynamic classroom discussions and writing sessions on a variety of topics to express your opinions and prepare for academic success.   “In my class you will not only learn, but you will also have fun studying the skills you need to acquire to achieve a higher score. Come join us!” Alvin Almerol   Enroll at our language school and we will share EC’s Higher Score expertise with you!   Learn more about our TOEFL Courses in San Diego here. 


Joining EC San Diego English school means becoming part of the family.No matter how much time you spend with us or how many times you visit, we won’t forget about you! We offer English courses in San Diego, but more importantly, we create friendships which continue beyond the classroom.At EC San Diego we like to follow our students’ lives and show our support even after they have left. Today we want to congratulate former student Sara Corrales. She is not just a wonderful actress and English language student, by participating in the Mexican dance competition program “Mira Quien Baila”, she is also proved to be an amazing dancer.     Keep it up Sara! You are a superstar in our books.     Let us Know what are you up to! Catch up with us and share your experiences and passions on our facebook and Instagram pages!  

Students Studying English in San Diego go Surfing


There is always a wave to ride here in San Diego and EC students are ready to catch it! Since the weather is always nice it’s hard to choose one outdoor activity over another. Without a doubt here at EC San Diego, surfing is the most popular one. It’s a fun way to get to know your classmates better while learning a new sport. The city also offers many events to keep track of during the summer. In the past few weeks, for example, we celebrated the Annual GROMFEST surf contest and the Guy Takayama Pro-AM. The events brought in local and national talent in competitions of longboarding, noseriding, tandem teams, paddleboard races and more. We hope one day we will be cheering for one of our students!   Learn more about our English Courses in San Diego here.    

La Jolla’s Christmas Parade

La Jolla also kicks off the holiday season this upcoming weekend with the festive La Jolla Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 pm. The parade will take place on Girard avenue and features a Kids Zone with pony rides and inflatables, a candy cane lane, face paintings by clowns, amusement artists, stage entertainment, Studio K Dancers, a Mariachi band, the La Jolla Taiko Drums, the La Jolla Elementary Choir, Community Christmas tree lighting and photos with Santa. The event is free admission to the public and the festivities wrap up at 4:30 pm. Come join the spirited holiday festivities with tourists and locals alike!

Holiday Festivities at Balboa Park.

Dazzling Lights at December Nights

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, there many festive activities to participate and join in on around San Diego! One of the most popular events is “December Nights” at Balboa Park, near the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It is a spectacular showcase of lights, food, music, beer, dancers, games and, of course, holiday cheer! It is the heart of the holidays for San Diego locals and features choirs, bands, international food gardens and amazing attractions. The event is free and kicks off Friday, December 2nd from 3 pm- 11 p.m., until Saturday, December 3rd, 2017, from 12 pm-11 pm.  Come join the magical and festive tradition that kick starts the holiday season in San Diego!

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Coronado.

Break the Ice this Holiday Season

The holiday season is finally upon us, which means Christmas music, decorations, movies, shopping and many opportunities to ice skate around San Diego! There are a few skating rinks to choose from in San Diego, some indoors, some outdoors, and they all vary in price. The closest to EC San Diego, UTC ICE, is inside the UTC mall and is the largest of the skating rinks. The link will provide you with skating times for the public and rental prices. The last three rinks are all outdoors, but much smaller than the UTC ice rink. Horton Square ice skating rink is in Downtown San Diego, near the Plaza Horton Mall, and costs $14 for adults and $12 for children. A new ice skating rink, Rady Children’s Ice Rink, just opened up in Liberty Station and all proceeds go to Rady Children’s Hospital. The cost is also $14 for adults and $12 for children. The last option is a bit pricier because it’s a beach front ice skating rink, Skating By the Sea, in Coronado at the Hotel Del Coronado. Skating is $30 per persona includes skates, so throw on a light sweater and break the holiday ice at one of these beautiful indoor, or outdoor, skating rinks in San Diego!

Open Aire Farmer's Market

La Jolla Farmer’s Market

For those of you looking for something to do on the weekend, you can spend a leisure Sunday morning at La Jolla’s Open Aire Farmer’s Market. It is a great option to stroll through the La Jolla Cove area and explore the surrounding beach neighborhood. The La Jolla Farmer’s Market occurs every Sunday and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. right off Girard Avenue. You’ll get to enjoy tons of sweet treats and delicious foods from local bakeries and restaurants from the La Jolla district. There are various booths for desserts, locally grown produce and a selection of paintings and jewelry from local artists to choose from. If you’re still in the neighborhood after the farmer’s market, an EC staff member will be giving a walking tour to new students at 2 p.m. and enjoying a meal at Jose’s at 3 p.m., so EC students are always welcome and encouraged to join the fun every Sunday!