Who doesn’t love sunshine and beaches? Who doesn’t love the laid back coastal city of San Diego? There are mountains, deserts, the ocean, art, theatre, food, and some world class zoos. There is something for everyone. It is the laid-back cousin to Los Angeles, where you can relax, enjoy some fun recreations, and sightsee. Many consider it to be even more fun than LA.
If you get the opportunity, it is very worthwhile to see San Diego! There are so many fun things to do in San Diego that will truly make your visit a memorable one. Follow this quick guide to help you plan for your ultimate weekend in San Diego:
1. What Are Your Interests?
There is no point in going through “Top Things to Do in San Diego” without first having a clear idea of what you want to see and do. Knowing specifics can help you find unique and bespoke things to do, see, and eat. Are you athletic, or do you prefer the theatre? Do you love animals? Remember that you don’t have to go somewhere just because a city is famous for it if you are not interested. It’s not about checking off lists, it’s about having a great time.
2. What Do You Reasonably Have Time For?
When you’re only there for a short period of time, you need to be realistic. Packing in ten things to see or do in a day can cheapen your experience. You want to relax and enjoy the day, not rush through it. If you want to be “busy” try to limit your day to three main activities per day. One in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. Don’t try to pack too much in!
3. Compile of List of “Possibles” But Leave Actual Decisions for the Day
There is something romantic and fun about doing things spontaneously. Being spontaneous, however, doesn’t guarantee that you will see or do the things that you want to. The best way to balance being prepared and spontaneous is to compile a list of everything that you want to do, and choose on a day by day basis (unless you have tickets or reservations, of course). Be open to possibilities, but know what your options are! You are just as likely to miss an awesome event as you are to stumble across one.
While following suggestions that other travelers make is a good way to see the city, it won’t be your trip. Don’t follow the guidelines when visiting a city, build your own itinerary! Look at unique things to do, see the things that you want to see, be aware of the events going on! Having the ultimate weekend means having the best weekend based on your interests. San Diego is a world-class city, so make sure your pack your bag and book your ticket. There is something for everyone, so why not put a little extra effort in and find the “something” that speaks to you?