Awaken Your Inner Surfer Dude
San Diego has universal appeal, with its easy-going culture, delectable cuisines and endless miles of beaches. With weather that is generally mild and sunny year-round, you’ll find people out—walking, biking and running—anytime of the day. Be warned, you may just fall in love with this place!
If you don't get yourself to San Diego, you'll miss:
Insta-credibility – A selfie paradise, San Diego will make your social media shine and all your friends jealous! Face your fears and update your online profile on Potato Chip Rock. Bask in the floor-to-ceiling ocean views (and insanely delicious cocktails) at the iconic George’s at the Cove. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park offers dramatic sandstone cliffs and sea cave backdrops. Lighthouse geeks should grab a photo on the circular staircase at Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Be dazzled by 50 acres of spectacularness and a profoundly beautiful rainbow of colors in the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch (check out the sweet pea maze too). For colorful culture, visit Chicano Park, where more than seventy murals will bring tone to your own wall. Or get the ultimate selfie with Annual Meeting mascot, Navie the Whale’s cronies on a whale watching tour. Extra rock star points if you do!
A Shopper's Mecca – The San Diego shopping scene suits all tastes and budgets. Find a mix of vintage and new items for men and women at Hunt & Gather, or The Girl Can’t Help It (the name alone mandates a stop there). Up your Goth candle game or don a necklace in the shape of actual human heart at Love & Aesthetics. Bubbles Boutique works with local artists to offer fun things that are out of the ordinary. Seaport Village recreates a century old harbor setting with more than 50 shops and wares you won’t find elsewhere. The North Park and South Park (not that South Park) commercial areas are lined with indie shops, boutiques and galleries. Be sure to bring home some San Diego souvenirs from the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where eclectic galleries and chic boutiques in Victorian-Age buildings line the streets. And everyone is welcome in Hillcrest, the hub of San Diego's LGBTQ+ community, where hip fashions and cool trinkets abound.
Cocktails & Breweries Galore – If craft beers call out to you after a busy day of networking, head to North Park and visit Toronado, Tiger! Tiger!, or Modern Times Flavordome. And the craft cocktail scene is notable at Bar Pink and Seven Grand. In South Park, check out the well-curated wine list and small plate noms at The Rose. For an artisanal cocktail or craft beer with a sidecar of 70s retro style visit Sycamore Den. The red-hued, 1930s vibe at Prohibition Lounge perfectly suits the seasonally inspired cocktails and live music. Brace yourself for the wall of gilded skulls and cocktail deliciousness at Noble Experiment (reservations needed and totally worth it). For extra delicious drinks (sign us up!) in a tropical Tiki surrounding check out False Idol, or the equally righteous Realm of the 52 Remedies. You and Yours Distillery boasts world class cocktails in a comfy lounge setting, and for a huge selection of premium tequilas and mezcals head to Cantina Mayahuel or upscale dive, Metl Bar. If a laid-back 5 star, sailor-themed watering hole with a huge selection of spirits appeals, check out Club Marina.
Extraordinary Deliciousness – If prime cuts, killer cocktails, and a see-and-be-seen atmosphere fit the bill, check out Born and Raised (be sure to try the Alice in Wonderland-esque carrot cake), or the spectacularly delicious steaks, foul or wild game at Cowboy Star. If sushi is how you roll (har har), head to Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub for inventive sushi dishes (don't tell Navie!!), or to Sushi Ota for premium dishes in an unfussy setting. Juniper and Ivy serves up imaginative new American fare & drinks, while The Crack Shack features fried chicken, local beers, craft cocktails (and a bocce court) that will make you cluck for more. Kabob Shop is noted for their slow-cooked rotisserie meats and delicious falafel, and Everbowl keeps things ultra-healthy with oatmeal bowls, salads and smoothies (sans sweeteners, dairy or animal products). You’ll find a burrito as big as your head packed tight with steak, shrimp, avocado at Lucha Libre, and for meat, meat and more meat slathered in award-winning sauce head to Phil’s BBQ. Truluck’s own crabbing fleet sets them apart, and you'll relish the uber-freshness of your meal. Vegetarians will rejoice at the oceans of menu options at Royal India, while award-winning Italian cuisine and freshly made pasta are highlights at Solare Ristorante. The French cuisine is ooh la la at Jeune et Jolie, named one of Esquire's best new restaurants in America, 2019.
Physical Attractions – With 70 miles of beaches and year-round mild climate, the best things to do in San Diego are outdoors. Start by heading to a beach. And while you're there, up your cool quotient bigly by taking surfing lessons. Cowabunga! Another must is Balboa Park. Home to 15 museums, beautiful gardens, hiking trails, and the San Diego Zoo, it’s the perfect place for a morning walk. In San Diego, there’s really no good excuse for running on an indoor treadmill. Take a scenic run instead. If you're crazy for the links, grab a tee time and golf ocean side at renowned Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. Legs stiff from all the conference walking? Loosen things up on a bike tour of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, or opt for an electric bike tour instead. Prefer something more sedentary? A trolley tour is the answer! If you’re feeling fighter pilot-ish, you’ll earn major bragging rights with a high-intensity flight over San Diego. Or get a high-level view while hanging around on a glider courtesy of Torrey Pines Gliderport. You can even fly tandem! Did you know that stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a thing? It is. And several companies even offer LED-lit boards for night touring. How cool is that? Or have a seat and kayak your way through La Jolla’s sea caves. If local history is your scene, discover where explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered California in 1542 by visiting Cabrillo National Monument.
See you in spectacular San Diego!