Experience

Sunny San Diego

With 365 days of perfect weather (almost) guaranteed each year; you’ll no doubt be treated to a very warm welcome in San Diego. You’ll also find 70 miles of beach and a gloriously laid back attitude waiting for you, making it the perfect place to enjoy a little bit of that infamous ‘SoCal’ life. If you just fancied kicking back on one of the many sandy stretches, we wouldn’t blame you, but, perhaps due to its proximity to Mexico, San Diego is a vastly diverse city. This place is dubbed California’s playground, so be sure to explore it too.

BEACH LIFE

We really don’t think you can visit San Diego without having a full day lounging on the coast. With miles of white sand and views stretching out across the Pacific, pick your spot and indulge in some serious downtime. Whether you choose Coronado Central Beach or La Jolla, you’ll feel a million miles away from home. Looking for a more active way to spend your day? Then we can charter a sailing boat for you to see the city from a very different vantage point; if you’re really lucky you might even spot a whale or two during their annual winter migration to Mexico. If you’re after a bit of romance, too,  stay to watch as the sun is dipping down over the amber waters. After a day well-spent on the sandy shores, make sure you taste some of the local seafood. Keep it low-key in the hubbub of a food market and grab a fish taco, or opt for a more sophisticated dinner setting like the Marine Room in La Jolla, one of San Diego’s finest establishments.

SUN, SEA & SERIOUSLY GOOD FOOD

You’re never far from the sea in this city, but tear yourself away from it for a while and discover the incredible food on offer. Due to the unrivalled weather (have we mentioned this enough yet?), the land surrounding San Diego is rich and fertile, making it the perfect place to grow delicious produce, which is sold daily at the many farmers’ markets. Hillcrest Market gives you a sense of the lifestyle here, so spend a morning ambling and sampling the produce. Avocados, guavas, honey, macadamias, strawberries…  San Diego is a foodie’s heaven. To wash down all that delicious food, try some local ale. The craft beer scene has exploded in the last few years, and contrary to the general philosophy on life, the beer industry is taken seriously. Some have even suggested they’re better than Belgium, German and English beers, so we really think you should do some research. Take a brewery tour, meet the masters of this trade and taste to your hearts content.

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A SPRAWLING PLAYGROUND

Whilst in the beautiful city we really think you should explore the districts; they are as rich and varied as the people living in them. The iconic Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of Downtown is the beating heart of the city, home to a plethora of restaurants, bars, galleries and boutique shops. It’s the perfect area to explore with families during the day and, when night falls, you’ll find live jazz and rooftop bars. We also suggest you take a trolley to the lush greenery of Balboa Park, which reflects the region’s Spanish influence; wander amongst the gardens or visit one of the museums and galleries to learn a little of the city’s history. Hillcrest is another great neighbourhood, with streets that are lined with 1950’s style shop fronts, colourful awnings, craft beer bars and a foodie scene bursting from the seams. Finally La Jolla –  or ‘the jewel’ as it literally translates –  is a picturesque area where you can kick back and relax in one of the many coastal bars. Once you’ve got under the skin of San Diego, why not see it all from the air, with a private helicopter ride over this coastal city and the landscapes beyond?

ADVENTURE FURTHER

Now that you’ve relaxed, reprogrammed and adopted San Diego’s laid-back philosophy on life, it’s time to discover the surrounding landscapes. Drive a short distance inland and you’ll find yourself surrounded by natural beauty, with mountains, canyons and orange groves to be seen in anywhere you look. We suggest exploring one of the many hiking trails; not only will you be able to soak up Californian sun as you take in the beautiful rolling landscapes, but you’ll also be rewarded with phenomenal views along the way. If you want a challenge, try Mount Woodson; starting on the shores of Lake Poway, you’ll soon find yourself on a steep incline that offers little mercy until you reach the top. When you get there, however, you’ll be treated to views across Downtown San Diego, the Pacific and even neighbouring Mexico. For something a little gentler, head to Los Peñasquitos Canyon, where you can amble though trails that are dotted with waterfalls, river views and beautiful scenery. Either way, you’ll feel worthy of that craft beer when you get back into the city.

Images by Joanne DiBona
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