Having visitors is definitely a great way to get out and explore your own area. We're still new enough here that I feel like a bit of a tourist a lot of the time anyway - but this little adventure is one thing we might have missed if we weren't entertaining out of towners. We'd already been to the Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma in the summer. We did some hiking and got to explore the lighthouse and monument - plus had some great views of the island of Coronado and San Diego harbor. So when Mr. VW's parents came to visit, we decided to take them there, too.
As luck would have it, when we arrived at the park that afternoon, we learned it was the perfect time to check out their tide pools on a part of the peninsula we hadn't seen on our first visit. The water was calm & clear, so we got to see a lot of crustaceans, anemones, snails and even some little fishes.