If you haven’t heard me say a million times before, I love San Diego! Everything about this city attracts me. It’s friendly people, the gorgeous weather, the ocean, the food, the beer … this list could go on and on. However, I am the type who enjoys things that are slightly off the beaten path or the total local gems, so I thought I would share my list. Whether you’re just visiting, new to the city or have been here awhile, but looking to mix things up, check out my favorite things to do below.
1. The Glider Port
This has to be one of my all time favorite things to do in the city! Located in La Jolla, right next to Black’s Beach, you’ll find the Torrey Pines Glider Port where you’ll find locals taking off the cliff to go paragliding or hang gliding. Right next to the ocean, offering one of the best sunset views this city has to offer, the Glider Port is serene, and peaceful, and as an added bonus you can also enjoy food and live music from local bands at the Cliffhanger Cafe from May till September on Saturday and Sunday. There is seating available, and picnic tables, but you can also chill on the grass with a blanket. It is a must for anyone who enjoys a sunset.
2. Live jazz at Prohibition
If you’re into live jazz and blues style music, this underground bar is where it’s at. With craft drinks and its dark speakeasy vibes, for $20 you can enjoy an evening of great music all night long. As it is located in the Gaslamp district, parking can be challenging, so I recommend ride sharing if at all possible.
3. Tasty brews with a view
Enjoy the sunshine, a delicious local craft brew while taking in a view of the pier and city skyline. Eppig Brewing in Point Loma is San Diego’s only harbor front tasting room, located in the heart of America’s Cup Harbor. They’re open Sun-Wed 12-8:30pm, Th-Sat 12-9pm with a great happy hour M-Th 4-6pm. They also offer fresh snacks prepared by local chef Emjaye, and it is kid and dog friendly. I highly recommend checking this place out!
4. Beach cruising when you’re feeling lazy
Crossing the famous Coronado bridge is a thing on its own. Once you get there, check out Hollands Bikes & Beyond for electric bike rentals and then take the Bayshore Bikeway and cruise the entire island. Such a fun way to experience the area, and check out the beautiful architecture of the homes. If you’re lucky enough to be there on a Sunday, then checkout the epic brunch buffet at Hotel Del from 9:30am to 1pm. Enjoy a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, made-to-order mimosas, and a spectacular gelato and dessert bar.
5. Eddy V’s in La Jolla
My last but not least favorite thing to do in the city is enjoy happy hour at Eddy V’s in La Jolla. Offering great deals on drinks and food with a gorgeous ocean view, they also have live jazz every night (can you tell I like live jazz :)). It’s a fun and luxurious atmosphere that I always bring my out of town guests to.