San Diego, AKA America’s Finest City, is a Southern California jewel in the golden-coasted crown of the nation. Here’s a small glimpse into some of the things you can do on your next trip.
Embrace the Vibrant Nightlife
There are two sides to San Diego. On the one hand, it’s a relaxed California town with a laid-back attitude among serene waters and postcard sunsets. Yet being home to almost 1.5 million residents with 35 million tourists per year, it’s a little more cosmopolitan than most SoCal communities. You can enjoy restaurants and clubs among like-minded people as you stroll the Gaslamp Quarter. In addition, some of the best rooftop bars in San Diego, like Harbor & Sky Rooftop Bar and Lounge, offer some of the city’s most stunning ocean views in luxe comfort.
Come for the Surf, Stay for the Sunset
California is known for its surfing communities, made famous (or infamous) with movies like Point Break and Lords of Dogtown. San Diego is known for its surfing breaks among the warmest water in the Golden State. Beaches such as Oceanside and Imperial Beach offer year-round surfing. But you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy the best surf in the world. Enthusiasts and beginners alike can take to the waters alone or book surfing lessons from one of the many instructors. With a good surfing day topped off with a glorious sunset as you dine.
Visit the Beaches of America’s Finest City
San Diego is known for its surfing beaches. But not all the shores of the city are littered with adrenaline junkies and surfer dudes. There are also family-friendly and more relaxed swathes of golden sands that are more than enough for anyone. The most popular include the following:
- Mission Bay: a man-made beach park with family-friendly playgrounds and picnic areas.
- Moonlight Beach: a clean and friendly place with a play structure and snack shack.
- Coronado Beach: perfect for building sand castles and has many rock pools for kids.
Visiting San Diego’s family beaches makes for an unforgettable family adventure. There are, of course, many more, and all are welcoming to families. But the city is home to some of the most child-friendly beaches in the world. Meaning you can relax and have fun while staying safe.
Take in the Monumental History
You can trace San Diego’s roots back to 1769 when a mission and a fort were all that marked the town. Over time, people settled in the beautiful location. It became a part of the United States in 1848 and is believed to be the birthplace of modern California. As such, there is a rich history associated with the city. And you can visit many restored historical sites, museums and monuments. For instance, Old Town San Diego is littered with restored 19th-century buildings. And the famous Balboa Park is home to the state’s oldest scientific natural history museum.
And Don’t Forget About Comic-Con
Of course, one of the biggest tourist attractions annually is the now immensely popular Comic-Con International. Thousands of people visit San Diego each year to get up close and personal with celebrities, writers, and actors of famous works. Originally for comic book fans, it has grown to include pop culture from all mediums, such as comics, books, movies, and video games. Obviously, getting Comic-Con tickets can be tricky given the celebrities that attend these days. But if you plan for a July visit, consider picking some up for a fun-filled event.
Referred to as America’s Finest City, San Diego has a rich history. When you visit, make the most of the glam nightlife, visit the many beaches and consider attending Comic-Con.