San Diego is one of the best places to visit and live in the Country. In my opinion, it is the best place to live in the World. To put it simply, it is gorgeous. The weather is beautiful year-round and the sunshine’s most of the year. It is easy to find yourself smiling for no apparent reason. Below are the top 8 things to do in San Diego that we hope you will go check out whether you live here or are coming to visit.
Good Morning, San Diego! from Eladio Arvelo
Whether you are into water sports, hiking, skiing or other activities and sports, San Diego offers the opportunity to do all. If you visit or live in the coastal areas, you will enjoy 70-75-degree year around except in the winter. This is when we get down to the 60’s which happens to feel cold to people who have lived in San Diego for a while.
There are many attractions that you can enjoy doing on your own here. However, we have included a list of things to do in San Diego with kids as well as things that everyone else would enjoy.
#1-Balboa Park is a place where you will discover a bit of San Diego’s culture and history. Here you can visit several museums and well as the theater. There is always something interesting playing that one can enjoy. Or, take a walk through the beautiful gardens, or have a picnic by the fountain or the magnificent pond. Here is a place where you can take the time to people watch or spark a conversation with others that are enjoying their surroundings as well. The Spanish architecture is amazing to see so make sure to stroll down to the Spanish Village Art Center.
#2-Coronado Beach is one of the favorites to many people that visit San Diego. It is where Marilyn Monroe’s, “Some like it Hot” was filmed and also known as “Crown City”. Coronado means “crowned one” in Spanish. This beach is a little different than other beaches in San Diego. Here you will not find bustling boardwalk like in Mission Beach or Ocean Beach. Coronado’s scenery is simply picturesque. You can ride bikes through the meticulous neighborhoods and admire all of the gorgeous mansions sprawled throughout.
Gaslamp Quarter District
#3-Gaslamp Quarter District will take a full day on its own. This is the most walkable neighborhood in San Diego with lots to do. Enjoy all of the amazing restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and shopping. Also, mix it up by visiting some of the best art galleries, symphony halls, museums and concert venues. This is also where you will find the Convention Center and Petco-Park, all with-in 16 blocks of Downtown San Diego.
#4-Mission Beach is a 2 mile stretch of white sandy beach. Here you’ll find it to be an attraction to a younger crowd. There are lots of people skating and riding their bikes on the boardwalk while tons of people are laying out on the beach watching the surfer ride the waves. For a different pace, head on over towards the northern part of the beach where you’ll find Belmont Park and the Giant Dipper. This is a rollercoaster which is a favorite to many kids and adults alike.
Cabrillo National Monument
#5-Cabrillo National Monument is located in Point Loma, just 10 miles from Downtown San Diego. The statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stands 422 feet above sea level. He was the first European explorer to journey the coast of California in 1542. Here you will see spectacular views of the Ocean and the activity that takes place below the Naval Base. If you are lucky, you may catch the Pacific Grey Whales that migrate between December and February. Also, nearby is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which is open to the public as a museum.
#6-Sunset Cliffs is located in Ocean Beach and is a huge attraction for locals and tourist as well. Watch Dolphins and Whales migrate up and down the coast, while capturing the most amazing sunset views. You cannot help but be hypnotized by the oceans magic. When you get hungry, head on over to Oceans People Organic Market. This is a local neighborhood market that is owned by its customers. There is a deli upstairs with amazing home cooked meals that will knock your socks off. Well, that is if you are wearing any. You will most likely be wearing flip flops like everyone elseJ.
#7- North Park is a hip urban neighborhood that is full of charm and has great walkability. It is home to many local microbreweries, fantastic restaurants, and unique boutique shopping. Within the past 10 years, North Park has become one of the most sought out neighborhoods to live
in because of its diversity and so many things that it offers. The homes in North Park are mostly Craftsman Homes, Spanish Style homes and a few newer Modern Style Homes that have been recently built by home investors that have bought up fixer-uppers and added their touch to them. North Park is approximately 10 minutes from Coronado Beach, as well as Ocean Beach has easy access to all freeways.
#8- Sea World is located on Mission Bay and is one of the favorite marine life adventure parks in the Country. If you are into water activities, then you will love being able to sail, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing and everything else that you can imagine that has to do with water can be done here. For those who prefer to stay on land, you can also have picnics, ride bikes or enjoy bonfires very close to the water. During the winter season, there are boat tours that make multi-day trips and take people out to Whale watch up close. This is a favorite activity for many people.
#9-La Jolla, nicknamed “the jewel” is one of the most popular beaches in California and the World. Kayakers, snorkelers, and scuba divers are drawn to this beach because of its spectacular beauty and golden sands. From this location, you can also watch the whales that migrate up and down the coast. There is an abundance of sea lions that congregate on La Jolla Shores while sunbathing throughout the day. Please note that you should not get close to them or try to feed them. They may become frightened and will bite. There are lots of cultural attractions to see in La Jolla such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the La Jolla Playhouse and the Birch Aquarium which is located at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
If you are thinking of moving to San Diego and would like to speak to someone about the different areas and homes for sale, contact the McT Real Estate Group. We would love to help.
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