As you might now, I was not born and raised in San Diego – my husband was – but I have lived in San Diego for many years now. I love San Diego. Maybe more so than some people who have never lived anywhere else. We lived in Texas for a while and could not wait to come back to Southern California. And here are the top reason why I love San Diego so much:
Of course, everyone loves the weather in San Diego. It is pretty much spring year round with a few months of summer. It is never too cold and never too hot. Unless you ask a local of course, because despite always perfect weather, San Diegans are humans and have the inherent need to complain about the weather – just like everyone else.
I grew up in Germany, so I know how crappy weather can be. If you have only lived in San Diego, shut up and accept that you live in a city with the world’s best climate.
San Diego has some of the best beaches in the US. And each beach has its own vibe. Ocean Beach is the hippy beach, Pacific Beach is home to the college crowd, Mission Beach is for the active ones, and La Jolla offers some spectacular cliffs as a backdrop.
San Diego is the perfect place for a Beach vacation. There are a ton of beautiful beach resorts in San Diego – for every budget. Even if the weather is too cold to go swimming, you’ll definitely have to visit some of the beaches in San Diego.
How could I write an article about San Diego and not mention tacos? As we are so close to the border, we have some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico.
Whether you like fish tacos, Tijuana style street tacos, or even fancy-schmancy James Beard tacos, San Diego has a taco for any taste bud and budget.
San Diego has a unique vibe. It is your typical SoCal city – laid back and sunny. It is a low-stress city, especially considering its size. I think it’s got to do with the weather and the ocean. How can you be mad, if the sun is shining?
Yes, traffic can be bad, but that is mostly during commuting rush hour, but other than that, there isn’t much that pushes people’s buttons here. Well maybe, which Taco place is the best can be a hot topic too… (mine is this one!)
Maybe it’s not just the weather and the ocean… maybe it’s all the delicious beer that makes the vibe in San Diego so awesome? San Diego County is home to 160+ breweries. That is a lot of breweries per capita.
No matter if you love the typical West Coast IPAs, sours, or barrel aged, you will find some decent brews here.
San Diego’s location is perfect. You have the beautiful Pacific ocean right at your doorstep, Los Angeles is near, yet far enough away, and you can hop on the trolley to walk over to Mexico and eat street tacos. If you want some heat, head out to the dessert and enjoy the sweeping landscapes.
The famous saying: “You can go surfing in the morning and skiing in the afternoon” is absolutely true. Snow Valley is the closest ski resort from San Diego (about 133 miles), but if you just want to enjoy a winter scene, you can often find snow much closer, like in Pine Valley or Julian.
The Things To Do
No matter what you are into doing, you’ll probably find it in San Diego. Whether you are an outdoor lover, water sport enthusiasts, lover of the fine arts or an animal lover, there is something for everyone.
You could find something new to do in San Diego every day of the week for years to come, so you definitely don’t get bored, whether you live here or are visiting. If you need some inspiration, read our top things to do in San Diego post or our top free things to do in San Diego post.
I saved the best for last. San Diegans are awesome. I know, because I am married to one, ha… I have lived all over the world and the people in San Diego are special. They are nice, friendly, without being all up in your business. I find the people here are very open and accepting. They might not want to live your live themselves, but they will support you to live yours.
What do you love the most about San Diego? Leave your comment below and don’t forget to share!