Recently, I was lucky enough to visit a friend in San Diego. There is simply nothing better than the hospitality of a good friend, it’s safe to say that I had the experience of a life time. Before going to Dan Diego I really didn’t know what to expect, but this city on the Pacific coast of California is known for its beaches, warm climate, and gorgeous parks.
When I arrived he had a friend round from close by, who was also visiting, he was from Encinitas and owns a pest control company there, very interesting man.
One of the best parts about visiting a friend is that they can take you to all the places tourists want to see and all of the places that tourists don’t know about. I felt as though I were part of a club, welcomed into the places that tourists want to know about but are hidden from their eyes and coveted by locals.
I found the San Diego zoo pretty remarkable, even as an adult. You can see the beautiful Panda’s at the zoo which may remind you of Will Farrell’s “Anchorman”, but in all honesty, this is an incredible zoo with breathtaking animals. The Torrey Pines State Reserve is one of the wildest places withinthe Southern California coast featuring the maritime chaparral, and miles of unspoiled beaches- its definitely on the must go list. La Jolla Cove is coveted by snorkelers as the water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. For scuba lovers there is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve that you can visit- so if you go make sure you bring a bathing suit and be prepared to be amazed.
Kearny Mesa neighborhood is the heart of the Asian community in San Diego, and is where you go for Asian cuisine. This neighborhood is packed with Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese food restaurants. It is also the place to go if you are looking for a good Asian style food market.
San Diego’s Little Italy is also a must go. It is filled with restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and bars… so maybe skip breakfast before you go because as I found, you’re going to want to try everything.
Furthermore, I discovered that San Diego has a more than vibrant night life. The heart of which is is in Downtown’s animated Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter is literally filled with rooftop bars, nightclubs, jazz clubs and restaurants. A significant amount of the clubs feature live music or stage shows such as flamenco dance and burlesque shows. It’s a pretty amazing place to go, and if you do go to San Diego prepared to come back to the Gaslamp quarter a few times!
I honestly had a blast and can’t wait until the next time I get to visit San Diego (and my friend of course). But if you aren’t as lucky as I am, and you don’t have a friend there to show you around I hope I have given you some hints as to where you need to go and what you need to see.