things to do in san diego

Love Letter to San Diego

After 27 years, I have come to love so much about working and living in San Diego. From the mountains, deserts, and beaches, to the amazing food and people, what’s not to love about this amazing city?

City Life

I purchased my first home in North Park in the 1990’s before it was the hip neighborhood it is today. Nowadays, neighborhoods like North Park, Hillcrest, South Park, Golden Hill, and City Heights are thriving urban communities with some of the best eateries in San Diego. URBN of North Park is one of my favorites, and I highly recommend trying it while you’re here.

Hiking & Biking

A short drive from the city connects you to amazing hikes, including canyon trails and mountain peaks. Head just east of San Carlos and Tierrasanta to hike Mission Trails and Cowles Mountain. I love timing my hikes with the sunset to get a view of the sun draining into the distant ocean. I’ll never get tired of that view!

If you prefer biking, check out Pacific Beach! Starting in La Jolla, you can ride south through Mission Beach down to Ocean Beach. The bike paths take you past great watering holes, including my favorite – Water Bar in Pacific Beach. It has amazing sunset views, a delicious appetizer menu, and massive beer selection!

Beach Time

Surfing is my true passion, and San Diego offers surfing spots for all ages. I’m teaching my daughters to surf, so I take them to spots like Law Street in Pacific Beach or La Jolla Shores, both of which are great for beginners. I also find myself surfing at the many La Jolla reef breaks or taking a boat out to Point Loma for secluded waves.

Hitting the (Dirt) Road

Recently I’ve explored riding moto-cross in the desert and Baja, and there are extensive riding trails all over San Diego county. Borrego Springs and Plaster City have some of the most challenging trails and amazing views of mountains, oasis, canyons, and dunes. If motorcycles aren’t your thing, many of these spots have great hiking trails, too! What I love most about the desert is you can camp pretty much anywhere for free. Just bring supplies, and you can stay as long as you like!

I hope you find your slice of heaven in San Diego, where every day brings something exciting and new! Come and see all that this amazing city has to offer. See you out there!