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

HAPPY TACO TUESDAY!

“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!      

Students Studying English in San Diego go Surfing

COME SURF THE EC SAN DIEGO WAVE

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!

Halloween Party Lobby Deocrations

Halloween Party at EC San Diego

Last Friday, EC San Diego wrapped up October with a spooktacular Halloween party. The theme of the party was the Wizardly World of Harry Potter. On Friday, October, 24th, EC San Diego officially opened up its very own Hogwart’s School of International Wizards! Many teachers brought to life some of Hogwarts most beloved characters, such as “he who shall not be named,” also known as Lord Voldemort, Severus Snape, also known as potions master, the strict and stern Dolores Umbridge, the whimsical Albus Dumbledore and, of course, Harry Potter himself. The party commenced after graduation and consisted of tarot card readings, face painting, pumpkin carving, a costume contest and the return of the popular pumpkin piñata. After the party, the students went to their classrooms to continue celebrating with their teachers. On the night of Halloween, many students handed out candy with their host families and enjoyed the spirit of participating in an American cultural event! We hope you can visit EC San Diego in the future and be a part of our celebrations!

Cambridge Students Scavenger Hunt

Cambridge Class Scavenger Hunt

Cambridge students in Marilyn’s class took part in a scavenger hunt throughout the village of La Jolla last week. Some of the tasks included asking someone what their favorite restaurant is in downtown La Jolla are, taking their photos where students asked the questions and then finding the restaurant and taking a photo in front of it. Other photos included taking a photo in front of the La Jolla Public Library, finding the La Jolla Recreation Center and taking a group picture in front of the building. Students also had to find someone wearing plaid and asking a group member take a picture with them. They were also required to find and take a photo of someone doing a “Passive Grammar” activity and then write a passive sentence to show they understand the meaning. For example, “The street is being swept by a man. After writing a conditional question, students were required to ask someone on the street to answer the conditional question, take a photo with them and record their answer. The winners were selected based on best completion time and most correct answers. Congrats to Flurin and Rina and Philip, Claudia and Jin!

Cambridge Students Teach Passive Voice

Last week, our CAE Cambridge Last week, our CAE Cambridge students taught the FCE class certain grammar rules, such as the use of conditional, passive or future tense. Every group taught their topic three times to three different groups of the FCE. We used music, games and the white board in the classroom to help them understand the basics of the grammar. After our class taught the same thing three times in a row, we understood the rules better than before. All in all it was a very helpful experience for both classes and we enjoyed to be on the teacher’s side for once.

Sara Corrales

Colombian Actress Studies at EC San Diego

A few months ago, Colombian Actress and EC Student, Sara Corrales, returned to our school for a month of English lessons. It was her second time at EC San Diego, but her experience this time around was completely different and unique. Sara’s second EC experience included advanced English courses, different core and special focus classes and, of course, new friends. Sara also had the opportunity to take surf lessons in Pacific Beach with her boyfriend, Alexis Meana, from D.F. Mexico, who joined her at school for a few weeks. Sara enjoyed the “host family” experience and participated in student activities. A videographer captured some of her most memorable moments at EC. Click on the link below to see Sara with her host mother, in her classes, with her friends, surfing at Pacific Beach, working out at La Jolla cover and graduating from EC San Diego: https://www.ecenglish.com/es/promotions/saracorrales.