TourGuideTim’s Famous Coastal San Diego Tours – Including La Jolla & Torrey Pines

Join a small group of fellow travelers to see the most beautiful sights in San Diego while learning about the natural diversity, American innovations, and pioneering women who help turn a barren landscape in an arid climate into one of the most desirable cities in the world.

***As noted on the home page sidebar, I have moved on to a new challenge and thank everyone who took this tour and made it the top rated sightseeing bus and walking tour in San Diego. I can refer people who want private and group tours led by those who trained with me and continue to offer tours.***

What to expect on our Coastal San Diego Tours

Tour Guide and Guests looking over La Jolla Cove

Guided walking tour to see sea lions at La Jolla Cove and seals at the beach known as Children’s Pool.

We will visit the places where locals hang out with seals and sea lions playing on the beaches, see the homes of millionaires and billionaires who move here from all over the world, stand atop sandstone cliffs overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, stop by the world famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, and much more.

This bus tour starts in downtown San Diego and takes you beyond the theme parks and museums to see where the locals live, work, and play. We offer much more than your standard tour…we offer an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime, which is why we earn the best reviews in town.

Why our bus tours of San Diego earn the best reviews

mid-size tour bus

We use comfortable tour buses, including this newer one we use for most tours. In the background is Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial with panoramic views of San Diego.

We take advantage of San Diego’s great weather by stopping for guided walks or allowing guests the flexibility to explore on their own. And, because we are the only San Diego Bus Tour to provide a driver and a guide, any guests who have trouble walking can stay with the driver to see the sights from the comfort of a bus while everyone else follows the expert guide for a closer experience.

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Starts: 12PM & 1PM
Departs: Downtown
Costs: $50 – $65

Expert tour guide +
Professional driver +
Comfortable bus =
More interaction &
better experience.

**Watch our slideshow of photos taken during our Coastal San Diego Tours**

Coastal San Diego Walking Tours

Get off the bus to take optional walking tours or enjoy free time to see up-close the:

  • Seals and sea lions playing along the beaches of La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool.
  • Serene views of jagged ocean cliffs high above the infamous Black’s Beach.
  • Famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, home to the 2008 & 2021 US Opens and annual Farmers Insurance Open, where guests get a discount on souvenirs.
  • Panoramic views that stretch upwards of a 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Peninsular Mountain Ranges where we’ll provide an overview of San Diego.
  • One-of-a-kind Veterans Memorial that includes pictures of Presidents and other famous veterans we will point out on the tour that leaves visitors in awe.

Coastal San Diego Sightseeing Tour Topics

We appreciate that every guest has different tastes and interests. Guests love our bus tours because we cover a wide variety of topics, answer your questions, and have more time for interaction because we have both a driver and a guide. One thing we love sharing throughout the tour are stories about all of the American innovations that started here in San Diego. That innovation continues today because the beauty of the San Diego we will show you during the tour attracts wealthy patrons and creative geniuses from all over the world who together have built a community recognized by National Geographic as one of the smart cities of the world for 2015 . In addition, our San Diego tour will cover the following topics and can be considered a:

Guide in front of guests looking out over the ocean

Guests enjoying the Pacific Ocean Views from 300 foot ocean cliffs above Black’s Beach, Torrey Pines.

Nature Tour
La Jolla Ecological Reserve, Torrey Pines Reserve.
Trees, plants, animals.
Geology, earthquakes, weather, water.

Luxury Real Estate Tour
Why it’s so expensive.
The Street of Dreams.
Notable architecture.

Aviation & Military Tour
Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
Top Gun & MCAS Miramar.
The Liberator, Rosie the Riveter, unmanned drones.

Famous People Tour
Famous actors and actresses who grew up in San Diego.
Famous business people and professional athletes who’ve moved here.

Sea lions basking on the rocks at La Jolla Cove

Sea lions at La Jolla Cove

Arts & Culture Tour
Pioneering women who shaped the community.
La Jolla Playhouse.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.

Science & Technology Tour
Medical research including Salk Institute.
University of California, San Diego.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

San Diego City Tour
The population and demographics.
See where most people work. (It’s not downtown.)
Tips on what to see and do in San Diego.

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Answering your San Diego Coastal Tour Questions

Here are answers to common questions. Additional details and answers are provided when you book through Zerve.

Who is Zerve?
Zerve helps tour companies with bookings and basic questions at all hours of the day so our guides can focus on serving our guests. If you run into any problems, don’t hesitate to contact our tour guides directly at 1-858-412-0846 or and we will answer or respond as soon as possible.

Where does the tour start?
Outside the Santa Fe Train Depot in downtown San Diego. It is the main train station in San Diego serving AMTRAK, regional Coaster, San Diego Trolley and Buses.

Where can I park my car?
Map of Parking near the train station.

Is public transit available or is my hotel within walking distance?
Map of nearby hotels, attractions, and transit services.

Is hotel pick-up available?
Hotel pick-up and drop-off is available throughout downtown San Diego. A list of hotels where pick-up can be provided is available when you book through Zerve.

What kind of tour bus do you use?
We use comfortable, climate-controlled buses with enough room to stretch out and large windows so you can enjoy the views.

Do you offer morning tours?
We run our Coastal Tours in the afternoon because that is when you have the best chance of enjoying incredible views (instead of the morning fog), watching paragliders fly off the ocean cliffs in a coastal breeze (that generally start in the afternoon), and seeing seals and sea lions playing on the beaches (after their morning dive for food).

What is the difference between the 4-hour tours and 5-hour tours?
Four hour tours from 1pm – 5pm are for those who have limited time. Otherwise, we recommend the five hour tour from 12pm – 5pm. The longer tour provides a more relaxed pace at each of the stops and provides time for a late lunch in La Jolla. The five hour tour provides flexibility for people who might want to learn more about the area, get a souvenir, take more photos, or explore on their own…for example, on occasion we have guests who ask to visit the Birch Aquarium while everyone else visits Torrey Pines, which is one of the many options we can accommodate. The five hour tour provides a closer look at Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Mission Bay on the return to downtown San Diego. It also provides the flexibility to drop off any guests who might be staying at hotels we pass by in those areas. Generally it is the same price for either tour but for a limited time during late winter and early spring, we are offering $5 off the 4-hour tour. If you have any further questions about this, don’t hesitate to call our guides directly at 1-858-412-0846 or

11 Responses to “TourGuideTim’s Famous Coastal San Diego Tours – Including La Jolla & Torrey Pines”

  1. Greg says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful tour last Friday! I was able to learn so much in such a short time, which was exactly my intention, due to the limited time I was there. You have such a vast knowledge and made it so very interesting and informative. I wanted to also mention that I appreciated your flexibility in allowing my mother to ride and then catch up to group as she was unable to walk the entire time. Should I return or have friends that visit. I would not hesitate to recommend your tour. Thank you, again. G.

  2. Carol & Bubba says:

    September 17, 2014
    My husband and I took the La Jolla/Torrey Pines tour. It was one of the best we have been on. Tim is so knowledgeable and interesting! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole afternoon.

  3. Sean P says:

    My wife and I did this tour a couple years back. Well we had to do it again with our 2 year old daughter, Tim is just so Knowledgable and passionate about his home that you can learn so much from him. It’s well worth the time, It’s well worth the sights and information. Thank you again Tim for a great time, your friends from Winnipeg Cananda.

    Sean and Amber

  4. James and Debbie says:

    Hi Tim , we had a great time on bus tour with Victor and Dennis yesterday, it was a most enjoyable and informative afternoon. Thanks so much. Best regards James and Debbie from New Zealand

  5. Sally says:

    I couldn’t recommend Tim’s tour highly enough. I went on the Coastal San Diego Tour on May 28, 2014, it turned out there were only three of us in total but this did not deter Tim from providing a first class service and adjusted the tour according to our needs. San Diego coastline is beautiful, even the stop at Torrie Pines may have converted me to watching golf next time it’s on. If you’re coming to San Diego and would like that local touch, get in contact with Tim.

  6. William and Sharon Griffin says:

    My husband and I want you to know how much we enjoyed your La Jolla and Torrey Pines Tour. Your knowledge of San Diego, MT. Soledad, La Jolla, and Torrey Pines allowed us to see some fascinating places. You covered all the things that were mentioned on your web site and more. We were honored to meet Bill Sturgeon and by his willingness to pose for pictures with us. You were really in touch with the group of people who were on our tour. I was touched by the consideration you gave to our group. You provided transportation for those who were not able to walk to or choose not to walk. At the same time you allowed those who wanted to walk and get that up close look the opportunity. The beautiful views of the coastline of La Jolla and Torrey Pines were breath taking. We are so happy we took this tour. Thanks for the beautiful lasting memories.

  7. Robert & Marie Wondra says:

    We came off of a cruise on which we did 6 shore excursions, none of them were as great as the Coastal Tour in San Diego. We decided to take the Coastal Tour on which Victor was our guide. We had a great time and definitely saw and learned a lot about San Diego in the short time that we were on the tour. We were very please with Victor and the entire experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to tour San Diego.

  8. Miriam Decastro says:

    The best tour ! Tim was very sensitive to everyone’s needs. My husband had a hard time walking so Tim was kind enough to make sure he still see as much as everybody.

  9. Larry and Barbara says:

    Excellent tour! Tim is an outstanding guide, and a pleasant surprise – the van/bus is near new. Very comfortable. Tour was 03/19/2014, perfect weather.

  10. Dave and Linda says:

    We have taken other tours before – this rates as one of the tops we have ever had. Tim not only made us feel welcome and important but he had non stop information about the San Diego area. We were very pleased with the whole trip. We would recommend that visitors take this trip. We had a wonderful time. Thanks, Tim and Dennis the driver. The van/bus was practically brand new and rode very smoothly. Thanks, guys.

    Dave and Linda

  11. TourGuideTim Reveals San Diego! says:

    We’ve recently created this new page for our tour. If you’d like to see comments posted by guests on our old page, check out: La Jolla Tour comments. If you have been on the tour and would like to post a review, please do so below. Thank you!

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  • Coastal Tour Reviews on TripAdvisor

    I don't usually do bus tours...but I was blown things that you will almost certainly not find in a book or if you explore by yourself. - Anna from Oxford, UK

    I take tours in almost every city...this tour was one of the best tours I ever had" - Tatyana from Chico, CA

    Highlight of our Trip to San Diego...The scenery was beautiful. Everyone in our group from the grandparents to the teenagers enjoyed our tour" - Karen from Hurst, TX

    Should be six stars! My wife and I and our twelve year old daughter were in San Diego for a week in April and this was the highlight of the week. Tim was very personable, beginning with answering my emails before our tour and even giving us his cell phone if we had any questions. - Bert from Charlotte, NC

    If you only do one thing in San Diego--take this tour! He has so many interesting stories about the history and the personalities in La Jolla, we were all captivated for 5 hours - Jane and Melissa from Lexington, KY

    Second time around with TourGuideTim...We enjoyed our first tour with Tim so much last summer that we did it again over spring break...and once again we left San Diego saying that the tour was the highlight of the week. Tim's flexibility (having the driver drop us off at George's On The Cove for lunch, for instance), his knowledge (especially of all the interesting houses we passed, which fed my retire-in-La-Jolla dream...), his excellent driver and comfortable small bus, and Tim's pleasant demeanor made it a really wonderful experience. - Mortimerfan from Scranton, PA

    Wonderful Tour We had read the reviews on Tripadvisor and also got a great reference from the concierge at the Del Coronado. The trip lived up to our expectations...the tour is just the right size we got to meet some very nice people. Thanks Tim! - Jan from Milford, MA

    Victor was our tour guide for this half day. My husband and I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Victor and his company in general...Lots to see...Victor is a wealth of information...a perfect experience... - Mary from Ottawa, Canada

    Once Again With Tour Guide Tim! Today I had the pleasure of taking the Coastal San Diego Tour with Tour Guide Tim for the SECOND time! Took the tour with Tim last year and loved it so much that I made a point of taking the tour again...Simply, a great way to spend an afternoon while visiting San Diego. Don't miss it! - CAAGMU (Catherine from NY)

    Superb! ...This is the original tour and worth every penny. Driving and walking with Tim and driver Dennis helping you any way they can, driving my mother in law when she grew weary. A huge thank you for a simply superb tour - JLONTOOSH (David) from Scotland, UK

    Best Tour in San Diego. Period! I travel frequently, and have been on several city tours, but without a doubt this is the best touring experience I ever had. Tim, Victor and Dennis were excellent. From the booking till the drop off, I had a phenomenal experience. - itee5 (Noredia) from Chicago, IL

    We typically do not do bus tours ...but decided to give Tim's tour a try based on the reviews...We're really glad we did the tour! Tim's encyclopedic knowledge of San Diego and La Jolla was very impressive. And he has clearly put a great deal of thought into how to structure the tour in order to get the best usage of time along the route...Tim was able to do a bit of customization in order to give each person on the tour exactly what he or she wanted - 02Alaska09 (Gregg from Austin, TX)

    Best Tour I Have Ever Gone On! I never, ever went on a tour just from the internet, however people raved about this tour...This tour was the highlight of our experience in San Diego...He was thoughtful, brilliant, funny, interesting, thought provoking, fun , sweet, respectful, and very aware of what people would like to know... - Marybeatles (Mary) from Long Island, NY

    Our concierge clued us in to him and so I am doing the same for you. I will remember what we saw today for years to come....It was great from beginning to end. We loved the walking tours, the information, and the pace of the tour. - Kathleen M. from Frankfort, IL

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