If California is on their itinerary, then they are most likely visiting Los Angeles. LA does get more exposure due its famous attractions (and people!), but what most people don’t realise, is that San Diego has so much more to offer and see.
I will be the first to admit that it’s not the best place for solo female travel, or to visit as a budget traveler; however, there are steps that you can take to make your visit more affordable and more solo travel friendly:
- Stay in a Hostel – The hostels in San Diego are of high quality and well-run. They are also a great place to meet other travelers.
- Utilise public transportation rather than hiring a vehicle.
- Choose to eat at one of the excellent fast food establishments rather than restaurants (and I’m not talking about burger bars! You can get a scrumptious rice and meat dishes for not alot more than $5)
So, why San Diego?
The perfect year round climate! You can pretty much guarantee and forecast the weather:
- October to April:
Mild weather, few rain showers but mostly sunny days.
- May to June:
“May Grey” & “June Gloom” meaning, cloudy mornings brightening up in the afternoon.
- July to September:
Hot & Sunny – Puurrfect!
If you do see a sprinkle of rain, be sure to turn on the news where you will get round-the-clock coverage of the sprinkles (sorry rain) with broadcasters stationed in different parts of San Diego. They will provide regular updates on puddles turning into, …well, larger puddles. It seriously is quite comical.
Other reasons to visit San Diego?
“Awesome” beaches, world-class attractions and an abundance of outdoor activities.
The beaches are just typically Californian. They are large and sandy, and usually have great surfing. The San Diego beaches are wonderful for people watching, whether its watching the eccentrics or the beautiful people!
World-Class attractions in San Diego include: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Whilst the first two are quite expensive, they are worth splurging on. Furthermore, lets not forget that you can get to the Mexican border in less than 30 minutes!
So when you next plan your visit to America, save a few more pennies and take some time out in San Diego: “America’s Finest City.”
Further information and advice on Life in San Diego can be obtained from the San Diego Living Guide:
What are your thoughts on San Diego?