As a college student who hasn’t seen much of the world yet, when I met my boyfriend at a small school in Pennsylvania who lives in San Diego, California, it provided for an exciting reason to travel to California, which is something that I had always wanted to do. I arrived in San Diego around eight o’clock, and my boyfriend, Brian, was there to greet me and take me to dinner at In-N-Out, a California fast food chain that every tourist must try when visiting the Golden State.
I spent my first day in San Diego at a beach in Del Mar, which is an upscale area of the city. It was fun to experience the Pacific Ocean for the first times, and attempt to learn how to surf, which turned out to be a complete disaster. Visitors from the East should beware that the water in San Diego is not nearly as warm as Atlantic beaches, such as the Outer Banks in North Carolina, or Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Wetsuits are a must-have when venturing into the Pacific. Some of the highlights of Del Mar included a small hole-in-the-wall taco shop called “Roberto’s,” a sandwich shop where the locals go called “Board and Brew,” and the Torrey Pines Trail is a lovely place to hike.
One of my favorite attractions of San Diego was “Old Town,” which is a town replicating what San Diego was like in the 1800’s, when it was part of Mexico. There are many delicious Mexican restaurants, shops, and one of the most haunted houses in the country, the Whaley House Museum. For Americans who don’t want to venture over the boarder but still want to experience Mexican culture, Old Town is a perfect place to visit.
Courtyard of the Casa de Estudillo, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego, California
San Diego is home to one of the best zoos in The United States. They have pretty much every animal known to man, including one of only three Giant Pandas in the country. They offer bus tours, which are a great way to start the day there. The tours only take about 45 minutes, but they cover about 70% of the zoo, which is far to cover by foot.
San Diego is a lovely place with so much culture. The landscape and people are absolutely beautiful, and it is a great location for both singles and families. There is something for everyone in San Diego.
The Vagabond would like to thank Allie Madison for contributing this article.