There’s nothing more relaxing than a beach vacation. As San Diego residents, we are lucky enough to be able to escape to the beach all year long.

Even those with the beach in their own backyard can find it hard to avoid the ordinary stresses in life. From stressful work days, long commutes and busy social lives, it can be hard to find time to unwind.

Whether you have some time off on the weekend or are looking for a short vacation, San Diego has everything you need to switch off and stay in the moment. When visiting the city, it is too easy to go to the big tourist sites – places like the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld – and not to other local favorites that are more unique to the city.

Take a Walk in the Park

A stroll in the park is a great way to unwind from the wild city life. Balboa Park is over 1,200 acres in size and home to dozens upon dozens of things to do. While the size of the city makes it fairly necessary to own a fuel-efficient car, it’s easy to access other attractions on foot at Balboa park. The park is split up into a few sections. These include the San Diego Zoo, the Museum and Commercial area, and the various gardens, trails, and natural areas spread out all over.

One of the less popular places to check out in Balboa is the Japanese Friendship Garden. It’s a great place to sit on a park bench and take in the scenery.

You can quite literally stop smell the roses at the Rose Garden, specifically. Being in gardens and visiting natural areas has proven to be great for your mental health.

Explore Torrey Pines State Reserve

City life can be overwhelming at times, so if you need a breath of fresh air, Torrey Pines State Reserve might be a great escape. This 1,750-acre reserve is located above Torrey Pines State Beach and it’s dedicated to preservation of the unique species is holds. There is a series of eight trails that hikers can access to view all of the park’s beauty.

The Torrey Pine is one of the rarest pine trees in the United States, which is why the park is dedicated to protecting them. Torrey Pines Reserve is also a wildlife refuge for water-dwelling birds.

Visit the Historic USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is much different than traditional brick-and-mortar museum. Visitors can board and tour a once-fully-functional aircraft carrier. It’s a great place to retreat and focus on something other than work.

The USS Midway was commissioned just after World War 2 ended and until 1955, it was the largest naval vessel in the world. In fact, it was the first aircraft carrier that literally couldn’t make it through the Panama Canal because of its size. It was decommissioned in 1991 and found its way to San Diego about a decade after to be used as a memorial.

If you’ve never seen an aircraft carrier in person, it’s undoubtedly much larger than you’d expect. It’s almost 1000 feet in length and a massive 45,000 tons.

Whether you are a history fanatic or just interested in a fun, educational day, immerse yourself in the world of the crew of the USS Midway.

Indulge in Delicious Eats

San Diego is home to a variety of delectable eateries. In fact, it’s among the top 30 most exciting food cities in the nation right now. Here are a couple of places to try when you’re really in need of some comfort food.

iDessert: Run by a multiple-award-winning French baker, iDessert is the millennial generation’s dream. The menu is run with an app, and after you order online, a customized dessert is brought to your table. You’ve never had Instagram-worthy food quite like this.

Lucha Libre Tacos: A Luchadore-themed taco joint, Lucha Libre is sure to wake you up. If you need to take out some aggression, join your buddy in the pit for a quick brawl. Otherwise, just watch the entertainment and enjoy a good laugh. There are two locations in the city to enjoy, so there’s no excuse not to visit the one nearest to you.

One Door North: This upscale dining site has an interesting theme: glamping. You can enjoy dinner in one of their many private dinning tents, though you can’t spend the night. They even have a rotating smores selection… so get in there while they’re hot. Reservations are necessary and required for this popular establishment. Talk about an escape!

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere

San Diego bars have a lot going for them already, but they have one other benefit over all other bars in America: they are all in San Diego. Many of the bars boats incredible beach or ocean views. The other half, serve drinks on the unique city streets. There are a few restaurants and bars that are a must-visit when you’re looking for a place to relax.

Wonderland Ocean Pub: This bar, which is located right on the beach, serves up a selection of craft cocktails and locals beers. Some might say this is the best location in the city. That’s why they raise a glass for a toast every night at sunset.

Polite Provisions: As the name might have you guess, Polite Provisions is a craft cocktail kind of place. In fact, it has won multiple awards for their drinks. Their cocktail menu has two full pages of unique beverages to quench your thirst.


If you live in San Diego, there’s no doubt that you can find a way to unwind, especially when the everyday stresses of life are bringing you down. Are you ready to make the move to one of the nation’s more desirable cities? Contact us to day for all of your San Diego real estate needs. Posted by Dennis DeSouza on
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