San Diego had never been on my radar as a city to visit. But now? I wish I had gone a lot sooner.
I didn’t know quite what to expect when going to San Diego, a city close to the Mexican border, in Southern California. A few had said about how much of a nice city that it was but I didn’t have much expectation. But the expectations that I did have were well exceeded from the moment I set foot in the city.
We started off at the resort city of Coronado, which itself is full of shops, restaurants and hotels. The seafront has superb views of the San Diego skyline and the city has a nice, relaxed vibe, accessed by a large bridge from San Diego.
The neighbouring city is a gem. Yachts are frequently parked up on the seafront, which itself has plenty of attractions for you to visit, with little independent shops and cafes lining the route. The city is home to armed forces personnel and if that history interests you, there’s the USS Midway to visit. A museum aircraft carrier which has plenty of exhibits on the flight deck and the hangar deck, it’s sure to be a fascinating visit.
The Gaslamp District offers trendy restaurants, lively bars and a relaxed atmosphere, offering a good spot for a bit of nightlife or just a nice brunch out with friends. If you fancy a trip to the beach, then the wonderful Mission Beach is just down the road, offering miles of sand and sea, along with an amusement park.
But the real beauty of San Diego lies in Balboa Park, home to the popular San Diego Zoo, which also has many other attractions to go visit. The zoo itself is fantastic, an enormous area and one for all the family to enjoy. But Balboa has plenty of hidden gems, with its beautiful buildings, bridges and gardens for you to explore. The Japanese Friendship Garden in particular is stunning and well worth a visit. If nature isn’t so much for you, then there are plenty of museums for you to enjoy, such as the San Diego Natural History Museum. You could easily spend two days at Balboa Park; one at the zoo and the other just looking around the rest of it.
I fell in love with San Diego, a city that I had no real expectations of, but it was a place that was soon one of my favourites. If only I had known sooner…