Crystals are super trendy right now and it’s easy to see why. There aren’t many SoCal destinations that are off the grid, but we’ve found one hidden gem (all pun intended). You can go crystal digging in California at this super cool oceanside spot in San Diego. All you need to bring is your BFF and a sense of adventure. 

Oceanview Mine is a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ve got to try out at least once. Whether you’re a San Diego local or just visiting California, you’ll love this fun beachside adventure. 

Unlike your childhood adventures, you won’t have to crawl through dirty secret passages or dig with your hands to find a hidden treasure. Oceanview Mine provides all the equipment and instructions you need to find beautiful crystal gemstones. 

You can sign up on their website for a digging expedition; advance reservations are required. Prices are $75 per adult. 

Since the dig starts promptly at 11 am, Oceanview Mine requests that guests arrive promptly at 10:30. The dig ends at 3 pm and they are open Thursday through Sunday.

Arriving early will give you plenty of time to check-in, pay, and drive up to the top of Chief Mountain, where you will be digging. After you park, you’ll be led to a dirt pile where you fill your bucket. 

You’ll take your bucket to a screening table where you can pan and sift through dirt for the most beautiful gems. Others who visited have found large crystals, including beryl, aquamarine, and morganite; just look at these vibrant colors!

When you’re done, you can tidy out your area and look at all of the cool rocks that you've found. It’s important to clean up any trash and leave no trace. 

Whether you decide to decorate your apartment or cleanse your chakra with them, you’ll be glad you came. Make sure to take plenty of pics and have fun out there. 

Oceanview Mine

Price: $75 per adult

Hours: Thursday - Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm

Location: 37304 Magee Rd, Pala, San Diego, California

Why You Should Go: You can mine and take home beautiful crystal gemstones to keep.


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