Living In San Diego – 11 Things I Absolutely Love
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Number 3, 8, and 9 are my absolute favorite things. Watch the whole entirely if you are thinking about living in San Diego or currently reside in San Diego and want to get to know it a little better. This is information you must have if you want to call yourself a San Diegan.
Let’s hop right in!
- Thing I love #1 is going to be the weather. I feel like this is an obvious one buts its obvious because it’s true, San Diego has some of the best weather in the world. It’s actually the most temperate weather in the United States. Even nearby Los Angeles (LA) can’t boast the same as it doesn’t get as much of the coastal breeze that keeps San Diego from getting too hot (they do get plenty of smog). With most days hovering around 70 degrees, it really feels like it never gets too cold or too hot. And when it does creep into the 80s and 90s in August and September, everyone heads to the beach for a refreshing dip in the ocean.
- For the most part, it’s a flip-flop and T-Shirt kind of lifestyle. For me, if I’m not working, my go to outfit is flip-flops (or maybe my vans) and a t-shirt. Casual and comfortable is key when assembling your wardrobe in America’s Finest. With the except for a few Vegas style nightclubs in the Gaslamp and a couple of top restaurants in La Jolla or Coronado, you can get away with wearing flip-flops pretty much anywhere, and no one will raise an eyebrow. Don’t get me wrong, people living in San Diego clean up very well. Actually extremely well but for the most part, casual dress is 100% acceptable.
- The craft beer scene in San Diego is off the charts. In fact, many consider San Diego to be the craft beer capital of the world. Some of the more well-known brewers are Ballast Point, Stone Brew and its incredible beer gardens to tasting rooms like Knotty Barrel, Lost Abbey and Duckfoot Brew. Plus we have just about every type of brewery you can imagine in between. You’re bound to find a new favorite beer but keep in mind, San Diego is best know for its hoppy IPA’s.
- In case you haven’t heard, San Diego is home to some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world. We have all kinds of beaches such as sandy, rocky, cliffs, and everything in between but for the most part they are wide, soft, sandy beaches packed in the summer months when the tourists flock to San Diego. In winter, however, the beaches are often far less busy of people and the residents (locals) can go enjoy them without the tourists. Specifically, late September or early October is my favorite time. It is dtill summer like weather minus the humidity and tourists. It’s a great time to enjoy the sand. The Pacific Ocean is ideal for surfing and the bays in Mission and San Diego are perfect for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding and other water activities.
- People in San Diego are happy and very laid back for the most part. Its true it would be silly to generalize an attitude that includes everyone. But it isn’t without reason that San Diego has a reputation of having a friendly and laid back culture. Most major rankings have California at about 5 or 6 in the country as far as quality of life. With sparkling oceans, gorgeous beaches, and a plethora of outdoor activities to choose from–It’s kinda hard to be a jerk when you live in a paradise year round!
- Very diverse neighborhoods are the norm. Although incredibly close together in proximity, most neighborhoods are vast in differentiation. These little enclaves, towns, and cities within the county speak volumes about the range and diversity of the city’s residents, businesses, visitors and topography. Everyone is welcome.
- Mexican food truly lives up to it’s reputation. You can thank our location. Politics aside, our southern border definitely brings in the best Mexican food in the country.
- San Diego is an extremely dog friendly. I mean extreme. Like you will see dogs everywhere. Yes everywhere their humans go. Nothing surprises me anymore.
- Nature is spectacular here – There are many parks, beaches, and mountains to explore.
- Traffic is reasonable in San Diego. San Diego does have traffic, but it’s a lot less congested and nowhere near what you face if you live in other popular Southern California cities such as Los Angeles or Orange County. It can be avoided if planned properly and we don’t have the added problem of weather impacting us like other major cities do.
- When you live here, it feels like something is happening almost every single weekend. There are major sporting events, concerts, beer gardens, golf tournaments, horse races and all kinds of things to do on the weekends. Also, San Diego is ideally located for short day trips or weekend trips. It is about an hour and a half away from Disneyland, less than three hours away from snow and snowboarding in Big Bear, five hours outside of Las Vegas by car, a two-hour flight away for Park City Utah for snowboarding and skiing. The local mountains and desert areas are just about an hour and a half drive away.
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