San Diego certainly has a lot to offer for new residents. The city has almost year-round 75 degree days with little to no humidity, world-class beaches, top eateries, and a slew of famous microbreweries.
San Diego is the second-largest city in California, but unlike most big cities, the atmosphere remains relaxed. With the beach on one side and hiking trails on the other, there are plenty of things to do in the city.
Taking over the top spot for top microbrew cities (Portland ranked #1 for several years), San Diego is now known for its craft beer scene and multiple microbreweries. NPR once named it “Beer City, USA.” Several locations offer tours and tastings afterward.
One top-rated brewery is Alpine Beer Company. In 2015, RateBeer deemed Alpine as the sixth-best brewery in the entire world. One of their beers, the Keene Idea Double IPA also made the list of one of the 120 best beers worldwide.
Pizza Port is another San Diego micro brewery staple. It has called the city home since 1987.
Don’t miss out on the smaller mom and pop style breweries though like Mike Hess, Bagby, and Culture Brewing Company.
For a complete list of breweries in San Diego, visit West Coaster SD.
The Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is perfect for someone wanting to explore San Diego’s nightlife. Located in the Quarter is Rustic Root, serving up farm fresh food, craft cocktails and a rooftop view of the city.
The district also has several options for live theatre such as the Horton Grand, the Balboa, and the Spreckels Theatre. For dancing, head to FLUXX, Onyx Room or Bassmnt San Diego. The award-winning American Comedy Co. calls the area home as well. They feature hilarious comedians almost every day of the week.
After a long night at the Gaslamp Quarter, head to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse to watch Grey Whales as they make their annual migration north. The whales come to the area after summer to mate and care for their young. Mid-January is the best time to catch the whales, but they are also in the area from late December through March.
San Diego is the place to be in July for its annual 4th of July Big Bay Boom. The show launched in 2001, and has since become the largest fireworks show on the West Coast. About 500,000 people come to watch the fireworks that are shot off four barges in North San Diego Bay.
La Jolla is a day trip in itself, as the area has several options for things to do. San Diego is known for its love of surfing, and the beaches of La Jolla are great for beginners. Rent a board and a wetsuit, and you’ll be “hanging 10” in no time.
The Children’s Pool is where people head to get up close and personal with seals. The seals are quite used to humans in the area, and make for great photos.
With such close proximity to the ocean, San Diego has some of the freshest seafood available. Head to The Fish Market for a variety of delicious seafood options. Those looking for a calm, fine dining experience can head upstairs to Top of the Market. This dining area comes with great views of the harbor.
For another unforgettable meal Head to Searsucker. The restaurant is led by Food Network guest star and judge Brian Malarkey.
George’s at the Cove is another great option. The restaurant has three floors, with three times the views. This seafood restaurant has an upscale environment on the lower level, with a more casual bistro above.
No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to Balboa Park. The park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and it has 1,200 acres of space. The park has several gardens, natural vegetation zones, and walking paths. It is also home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It’s received several awards for its work in conservation.
Fun fact: The very first YouTube video, “Me at the Zoo” was shot at the San Diego zoo and uploaded to the website in April 2005.
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