Most avid travellers dream about visiting the state of California at some point during their lives. It’s understandable because with so much to see and do in California there's little chance of boredom. However, many forget that there’s so much more to California than just Los Angeles or San Francisco.
One of these less popular destinations is the second largest city in the state, and proving to be among the most attractive places to live in the US - San Diego. San Diego attracts visitors with its all year-round mild weather, relaxed pace, gorgeous cliff-side views and stunning beaches.
With 70 miles of coastline, it goes without saying that one of the first things you have to do when in San Diego is to visit one of these incredible beaches and alcoves. Start off with La Jolla beach which is popular for its ocean vistas, tons of wildlife and good learning conditions for beginner water sports lovers.
If you’re thinking of learning to surf, learn it the right way. With this week’s featured local Heloísa, you can not only learn how to catch waves like a pro but also check out the countless little spots to be had.
The near-perfect climate conditions also offer a variety of other open-air pursuits and activities such as hiking, mountain biking, or paddling. So it’s no surprise that both locals and visitors enjoy active leisure and spending time outside.
One of the top outdoor things to do in San Diego is exploring Balboa Park which is one of the largest of its kind in North America. Balboa Park is a cultural haven with a variety of attractions, all situated in 1,200-acre size green space.
Save your energy for this one because in Balboa Park you can find trails and gardens but also historical sites, the world-famous zoo, art venues as well as museums. Don’t leave the park without visiting its highlights: the zoo’s giant pandas, the Spanish Village Art Center, brimming with working artists, and gardens like Memorial Rose Garden with some remarkable flora.
If you get a little thirsty and hungry after playing outside all day, San Diego has firmly established its name in the food and drink scene over the last years. Beer aficionados can choose from over a 100 breweries including Stone Brewing and Blind Lady Ale which are both good places to start your beer-infused night out.
If you’re more of a food lover, get ready for some taco action. Mexico is less than an hour away, so not only tacos but also other glorious Mexican dishes like burritos, quesadillas and handmade tortillas, which can be easily found throughout the city.
These are only a few reasons why San Diego will leave you wanting more. If you’ve been planning your trip to San Diego, consider booking a local like Heloísa for a city tour. She offers customised itineraries for every traveller that include suggestions on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in San Diego, just to make your life a little bit easier.