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San Diego one of the most chilled out friendly places I’ve visited in the US, you’d be hard-pressed to think of a more laid-back place. The surfer dudes are always happy to show people their city. From hiking, days at the beach, runnin, or the downtown Gaslamp area, as well as the famous Pacific Beach, is full of trendy seafood restaurants, bustling bars, and some amazing taco stalls.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome, we had booked ourselves into Ocean Beach International hostel, as it had a good reputation and i’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. Good facilities, security and friendly staff. We’d arrived after traveling from Vegas that took 3 times as long as we had hoped due to traffic, so we just wanted to crash out for the first night. Unfortunately we seemingly were sharing a room with what can only be described as the devil opening a portal to hell. The bloke snored so loudly im surprised the entire block wasn’t kept awake, but luckily for us he only stayed one night… few.
Staying in Ocean Beach was a nice chilled escape after being in Las Vegas, you have the beach on the doorstep and we enjoyed a bonfire on the beach one evening, one of the many activities arranged via the Hostel, the best of which for me was the day trip to Tijuana.
While your in San Diego you have to check out Mission Bay, the numerous beaches, Gaslamp Quarter, USS Midway, Sunset Cliffs, Zoo and Safari Park. The one thing we didn’t do was a night out in the Gaslamp quarter as I think that would of been a good night, we wandered around the Quarter during the day after visiting the USS Midway, which I would recommend. The Safari park was huge and well worth a visit, give yourself a full day here.
All in all the hostel was what made the stay in San Diego so enjoyable and we met many really friendly like minded people and many new facebook buddies.
The city is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbour, extensive beaches and long association with the United States Navy. Founded in 1769, formed the first European settlement in what is now California. In 1821, San Diego became part of the newly independent Mexico, which reformed as the First Mexican Republic two years later. California became part of the United States in 1848 following the Mexican–American War and was admitted to the union as a state in 1850.
- The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.
- Wyatt Earp came to San Diego between 1885 and 1887 and remained as late as 1896.
There’s no shortage of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from luxury hotels, airbnb or Hostels. I stayed at the Ocean Beach International Hostel and it was one of the best hostel experiences I’ve ever had. Free breakfast, if you wake up early enough, good facilities and great staff. There was always excursions/activities planned everyday day & night.
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If you like your tacos and burritos then you’ll love the food here, but don’t worry if not. There’s plenty of other great food to sink your teeth into.
We had a hire car and we managed to find free nearby on street parking, we only needed it a few times while we stayed as we walked or used the bus the rest of the time.
- Bus, we caught a local bus for our day trip to Tijuana.
- Car, is by far the easiest option if you want to head downtown, get to Mission Bay or the Zoo.
- Uber Get $5 credit for your first ride here.
- Walking, thankfully if your in need of a hangover cure, everything you need is within walking distance.
- Belmont Park
- Beach Bonfire
- Bilbao Park
- The Gaslamp Quarter
- Mission Beach
- Natural History Museum
- Old Town
- Pacific Beach
- San Diego Zoo
- San Diego Safari Park
- Spreckels Organ Pavilion
- Sunset Cliffs
- Tijuana day trip
- USS Midway
- 101 Cafe Historic 1928
- Arizona Cafe
- Kono’s Surf Club Cafe
- Livingston’s Chicken and Mexican Grill
- Old Townhouse Restaurant
- 1885 Saloon Tivoli Bar & Grill (Wyatt Earp’s old place)
- Sunshine Company