1. It’s Always a Sunny 70 Degrees. When we say always it means about 95% of the time. Which is a great number if you ask me. It can always be much hotter towards the desert and cooler towards the mountains of course. But that is the beauty, you have water to the west, mountains to the north, and desert to the east. Best of all worlds. To sum it down – we have some of the best weather in the world.
2. Fish Tacos. All Tacos. Tacos. We have tacos everywhere. Not just tacos but amazing tacos. Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill was created by locals and open it’s first restaurant here in San Diego in 1983. Then there is Aqui es Texcoco (featured on Andrew Zimmern), Mariscos German, Puesto, Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Tacos El Gordo, Oscars Mexican Food, and Fernandez Restaurant. When we say everywhere – we mean it.
3. The WORLD Famous Zoo. It’s just that amazing. People come from all over to experience this park that houses over 3,700 animals. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses and successfully breeds the giant panda and has received numerous awards for its exhibits, programs, and reproduction and conservation efforts. During the summer it extends its hours to feature the night time Zoo.
4. It’s a Burger Mecca. Not just any regular burgers either. The come in all shapes, sizes ,and styles. With amazing toppings, seasonings, and meats. To name a few Hodads, Carnitias Snack Shack, Neighborhood, World Famous, Starlite, Slaters 50/50, and Rocky’s. To name a few. We did say mecca.
5. Farmer’s Markets. All the time and all around town. Every neighborhood has one each with it’s own style and quirkiness. The biggest one – Little Italy’s Mercato – which features an abundance of products and gives you the best of San Diego living every Saturday. There is also North Park on Thursdays, Hillcrest on Sundays, and Ocean Beach on Wednesdays featuring live
6. Beer Heaven. We are called the Craft Beer Capital of America! Home to 100 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs including Stone Brewing, AleSmith Brewing and Ballast Point Brewing Company. To help you drink all this beer there are organized festivals – San Diego Beer Festival, San Diego Festival of Beers, and Strong Ale Festival.
7. Some of the BEST Beaches! San Diego has some of the best beaches in the United States. With some of the best surf spots, lounging, and family beaches there is something for everyone here. Mission Beach has a great boardwalk to check out. Carlsbad is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. Silver Strand is the best spot for oceanfront camping! La Jolla shores is great for family fun. And of course the iconic Coronado Beach!
8. Whale Watching! As up close and personal as you can get to these beautiful creatures without them being in a tank. It is amazing to see them in their natural habitat. You can usually spot some dolphins as well!
9. Comic Con. You may think it is not for you. You will be surprised. There is something for everyone even if you aren’t actually going to the convention. Some amazing deals Downtown. Activities. After parties. It is definitely something you should experience at least once.
10. The Education. I mean can you think of some of the best places to go to college in the US?! How can San Diego not be at the top with it’s great location! With places like UC San Diego which ranked 35th best university in the world! With over 30 options to choose from, we have something for everyone!
11. Petco Park. The Padres aren’t the best. But this stadium is. And it’s always fun to root for the home team! This stadium is nestled in Downtown surrounded by all the restaurants and bars it has to offer. It is the best place to enjoy the perfect weather and to taste some of the food and beer mentioned above.
12. Balboa Park. A gem of San Diego with 1,200 acres of activities. It is the location on the San Diego Zoo, 16 different museums, a variety of gardens, and the Old Globe Theatre. You can always find something to do as well – from jogging, to dog parks, to grabbing a drink at Panama 66.
13. Coronado Island. Island life just a ferry ride away from the hustle an bustle of the city. Find amazing hotels, theaters, and restaurants all along Orange Avenue. They also have an amazing 4th of July parade and celebration. And of course the iconic Hotel Del Coronado famous for hosting some notable guest including past presidents and setting for “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe.
14. Del Mar Fairgrounds. All year long fun. During the summer it is the location of the annual San Diego County Fair! It is also the site of the Del Mar Racetrack which was founded by Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien with Paramount Studios as corporate sponsor. They also have seasonal events like Scream Zone for Halloween and Holiday of Lights for the Holiday Season.
15. Old Town San Diego. With historic buildings from 180 to 1870 Old Town is a great time travel into the past with all the luxuries we enjoy now. It because a state park in 1968 and is the most visited state park in California. With some amazing restaurants and shops this is a great place to spend the day or evening.
16. Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada. Mexico! Heading across the border may seem a little scary but any local San Diegan will tell you that you have nothing to fear. Just a short distance from experiencing Mexico to the fullest. Anywhere from a 15 minutes drive to a 2 hour coastal ride is a whole new experience. Surf the beaches, taste the lobster in Puerto Nuevo, and watch a soccer game.
17. Brunch. Is a must in San Diego. After a morning hike. A casual gathering. A Celebration. Or just because! This is San Diego and it is always a good time to brunch. With multiple hot spots in every part of the county. A mix of many different cultures there is always something yummy to choose from.
18. Mexican Food. It does not get any better than actually being in Mexico. You can be anywhere in San Diego and find some good Mexican food. Some notable favorites – Cafe Coyote (Old Town), Puesto (Downtown), Taco Stand (Downtown), Lucha Libre (North Park), Oscar’s (Multiple Locations), and of course Lolitas home of the California Burrito!
19. December Nights. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, December Nights is a must see for locals and tourist. Attracting more than 350,000 people in two days it is a great way to kick off the holiday season with festivities, food, music, and museums.
20. Over the Line. A ball and bat sport similar to softball but with only 3 players per team. This tradition dating back to the 1950’s is a San Diego favorite. First played in Mission Beach, the tournament has kept going until now growing into more than 1200 teams from all over the world. This event is free to the public 21 and up and you can BYOB.
21. Marathons, Half Marathons, and 5ks. We have them. All the time. One of the many luxuries added from our beautiful weather is that you can run all the time. Inland, in the city or right next to the beach. Just to name a few – Hot Chocolate Run, Murder Mystery Run, Viva La Margarita Run, Race for Autism, Matchmaker 5k, America’s Finest City Half Marathon, Rock and Roll Marathon, Ironman 70.3, Fight Parkinson, Finish Chelsea’s Run and many many more.
22. Hiking Trails. With such great weather being outside is a must! A fun hike with your friends or even a romantic stroll, there are a numerous amount of trails with different views! Check out Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain Trail, “Potato Chip Rock” at Lake Poway, and Mission Trails. If you want a challenging trail try Three Sisters Falls just make sure you bring ample water!
23. San Diego Chargers. Not many people can go tailgating in December with 70 degree weather. Although it got rough for a bit, San Diego fans are dedicated to keep them here. With perfect weather to host some of the best games! It also helps that it is always an easy travel for locals and tourist alike to travel to a game.
24. Music. All types. The venues in San Diego have history and great stories behind them. New and Old. The Casbah dates back to 1989 and relocated in 1994 hosting many different bands including San Diego locals Blink 182. Then there is the Belly Up Tavern, House of Blues, Soma, and Humphrey’s by the Bay. A new venue in town is Music Box which is a 3 level venue that fits 700+ guest.
25. The People. Duh! They are awesome! Laid back and happy. And why wouldn’t they be? Haven’t you read 1-24? The truth is although we pay what other states consider the “sunshine tax” most of us know how worth it San Diego is!