A historic photo of La Jolla Cove

A Look Back At the Past of Housing Discrimination in La Jolla

La Jolla Cove before it was developed.

When it comes to incredible places to live, very few places compare to beautiful La Jolla, California. Despite our city’s large size and vast population, we still manage to maintain a warm and friendly “small town” vibe. However, it hasn’t always been like that here, and even our own fine city has had its share of struggles with discrimination. At the turn of the 20th Century — and even up into the middle of the 1960s — our Jewish population was denied the same rights as other residents of La Jolla. One such barrier they faced was the ability to purchase real estate here, as a not-so-subtle effort to keep them from settling down in La Jolla. Unfortunately, this appalling act of anti-Semitism would prove to be a blight on our otherwise wonderful city’s vibrant past.

Housing Discrimination Towards Jews from the Past

The Jewish people are no strangers to discrimination, and as history records demonstrate, anti-Semitic sentiments far precede the Nazi Holocaust. Indeed, it dates as far back as the Middle Ages and beyond, when Jewish people were forced to live in ghettos when their European neighbors denied them citizenship. Seeing this same prejudice reflected here in La Jolla’s past is unquestionably tragic, but for our Jewish residents, it was an experience they had sadly already grown acquainted with from many centuries before. It’s profoundly regrettable that they also had to endure it here in La Jolla, too.

William H. Black 

When Texas-born William H. Black moved to La Jolla, he had big dreams for our growing city. An oil magnate who earned his fortune in the fields back east, he soon turned his eye to real estate and development. In 1947, alongside his wife Ruth, Black purchased some 248 acres of land here in La Jolla. This acreage was prime real estate, nestled in the shadow of Mount Soledad next to our stunning turquoise ocean. Alas, the privilege of living in this new construction came with one caveat: only Caucasian European people were permitted to purchase this land.

These restrictions were not only limited to the opportunity to purchase these coveted properties, either. Black’s interests weren’t limited exclusively to real estate; he also had a keen interest in horse breeding and grooming, and the new community also had a facility set aside for these purposes. Like the new homes constructed in La Jolla Farms, membership to these private clubs was again reserved only for those who came from Caucasian ancestry. This meant that Jewish people, as well as people of color, were blocked from accessing it.

Even the famed Jacob Bronowski wasn’t an exception to the anti-Semitism in La Jolla. When the renowned intellectual and mathematician moved to the city to become a resident fellow at the Salk Institute, he faced his own unique obstacles in securing a property in La Jolla Farms. After an attempt to purchase a plot of land on La Jolla Farms Road so he could build a home for himself and his family, he was subjected to the degrading experience of requiring three character references before he could proceed. William Black’s goal of keeping Jewish people had been a resounding success, but at the cost of the dignity and livelihood of our Jewish residents.

The Green Card System

While some of the discrimination against the Jewish people was subtle, other instances of it were far more overt. When merely blocking them from purchasing houses proved to be inadequate, other methods were implemented in order to block the Jewish people from purchasing property in La Jolla. For instance, green cards proved to be another weapon against our Jewish residents. These green cards were introduced to help alert sellers that a prospective Jewish customer was en route to a property. These cards were placed on the front windshield of cars as the real estate agents shuttled Jewish customers around.

The green card system ultimately came to a dramatic end when one outspoken real estate agent by the name of Ed Norris made a public appearance on television. With a green card held in his hands, he looked directly at the camera and tore the card in two. With a note of finality, he spoke to the viewers, stating, “This ends it for La Jolla.” Curiously enough, despite his bold actions to combat the anti-Semitism in La Jolla, many Realtors continue to deny that such actions ever occurred, arguing that they were either oblivious to them or that they were fabricated. Regardless of such refutations, what matters is that they did end, and such practices were finally halted.

Gentlemen’s Agreement

Unlike the green card system that served as a blatant way to block Jewish people from purchasing real estate in La Jolla, there were other methods that were harder to pinpoint and isolate. In a sort of “gentleman’s agreement,” La Jolla residents banded together to help ensure that unwelcome populations were kept out. Even though the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelley v. Kraemer in 1948 made housing discrimination illegal, it didn’t stop La Jolla’s real estate agents from implementing their quietly subversive ways of blocking these buyers.

One facet of this covenant was to not post “For Sale” signs in front of homes that were on the market. The objective of this was to keep the news of the sale reserved only to those who were deemed as desirable buyers. La Jolla residents also found other ways to indicate that Jewish people were not welcome to look at their property. Leaving the porch light on during the daytime, for instance, delivered the clear message to a Realtor that the property was not to be shown to a Jewish buyer. When a Jewish person turned in a real estate application, Realtors would also scrawl a Star of David onto it to indicate to other realtors in the office that the buyer was not a desirable customer.

While none of the real estate agents would flat-out admit to such tactics when questioned, one woman by the name of Alice Craig Greene decided to perform her own investigation into the gentleman’s agreement to determine if there was any merit to the claims that it existed. After placing ten calls to real estate agents in the area, she got the answer she sought. Only one agent refuted the existence of such a gentleman’s agreement, but the others were more forthright about it. One broker even remarked that even though they knew their actions were illegal, they still enforced their “kind of gentleman’s agreement” to “protect each other” from “unpleasant” buyers.

UCSD Contributes to a Solution

Between the green card system and the gentleman’s agreement, it would almost seem as though there would be no end to the rampant anti-Semitism toward the Jewish population in La Jolla. It took the diligent efforts of Roger Revelle, a scientist and scholar, to help shift the tides back in favor of our Jewish population. Revelle was an ardent supporter of the idea of building a University of California campus in La Jolla. After appealing extensively to the University Regents to construct the branch in the rolling hills above the La Jolla Village, he realized there was a major problem with his plan.

Much of the faculty whom he wanted to invite to teach at the new campus would be Jewish. How could he somehow motivate these brilliant minds to move to La Jolla and build their homes here in the Valley, knowing that there were obstacles in place specifically to keep them out of the city? Just as Reville campaigned tirelessly to have the campus erected in La Jolla, he then proceeded to exert that same motivated effort on dismantling the structures in place which prevented Jewish people from living in La Jolla.

In a speech that he made to the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers’ Association, he implored them to discard the policies they had in place to keep Jewish residents out of the city. He later recalled the speech, citing the key points which he had made to the real estate brokers. In it, he had said that it was impossible to have a university in La Jolla without hiring Jewish professors. He entreated the Real Estate Broker’s Association to make up their minds: did they want a university, or did they want an anti-Semitic covenant? They could not have both, and they had a choice to make.

La Jolla’s Progress

While the construction of the university did not automatically signal the end of the discrimination toward the Jewish population in La Jolla, it did serve as a catalyst for change. Over the years, the policies which had acted as a barrier to their inclusion finally started to fade away into a distant memory. In turn, La Jolla gradually became more inviting and welcoming to not only our Jewish residents, but to everyone. Today, La Jolla is proud to be the home of a thriving Jewish population, boasting several synagogues and numerous Jewish-owned businesses. More importantly, all people are welcome here, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or background.

A New Tradition of Acceptance

Today, La Jolla continues to grow beyond the unfortunate prejudice which had once tarnished our community as it moves into an era of genuine inclusiveness to our citizens. By acknowledging those mistakes and learning from them — and thanks to the efforts from progressive companies like Nextdoor, whose pledge to end racism has also led to a drop in Nextdoor racial profiling reports, as well as our local La Jolla movie theater The La Jolla Playhouse and their vocal stance against racism — we can continue to foster a city that promotes tolerance, inclusiveness, and acceptance. And because of this, La Jolla has once more become the sparkling jewel of the West Coast.

About the banner photo: The historic photo of La Jolla Cove in the banner of this article is actually from 1894, some 53 years before William Black purchased land here. This photo is in the public domain

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San Diego Architecture

San Diego Architecture

Just as San Diego itself is a melting pot of eclectic cultural influences that coexist here, so is the diverse array of magnificent architecture which can also be found within our city limits. From our graceful and regal Victorian homes, to the stark and bold Contemporary residences that line our streets, our beautiful city has wholly embraced the inventive diversity which inspired these breathtaking edifices. Whether you’re strolling down Broadway in the Gaslamp Quarter or you’re meandering around in some of our more suburban areas, you’ll be sure to find countless examples of the sublime architecture San Diego is famous for.

Best Local Architecture in San Diego, CA

While there are already so many amazing things to do while in San Diego, it’s always worth it to take the time to appreciate the artistry that went into creating these incredible structures. Sure, you may love our city for our pristine beaches, world-class dining, and friendly locals, but if you’re a fan of majestic architecture? San Diego CA is the place to be! You’ll definitely want to carve out a day on your schedule while here to experience your very own San Diego architecture tour in order to fully take it in. No matter what your tastes in design elements are, though, we’re confident that you’ll delight in what you discover when you delve deeper into the architecture that has shaped our community throughout the years.

San Diego’s Architectural Design Styles

There’s no shortage of distinctive architectural styles to be found here in San Diego. Ranging from the romantic to the spartan, our fine city is all but steeped in stunning design elements. While each style may seem to stand alone in situ, silently demarking our transitioning interests in each architectural era, there is also a fascinating overlap as a burgeoning architectural type becomes slowly in vogue. In turn, there’s an unexpected style intersection in many of our buildings, revealing how reluctantly we give up the old while simultaneously eagerly embracing the new.

Victorian

Example of Victorian architecture in San Diego
Villa Montezuma, a local example of Victorian architecture. IG photo by @hiddensandiego

As the oldest type of architecture in our city, many people are surprised to learn that Victorian homes are so prevalent here. Nevertheless, the Victorian home was the gold standard of San Diego architecture for many decades. However, trying to define the archetype of a quintessential Victorian-style house can be difficult, as no one singular type of Victorian home can be found here. While the Queen Anne model is the more popular style of a Victorian home, this style also included Shingle, Folk, and Stick style Victorian houses, as well. These buildings were erected between the 1860s and the early 1900s and made up nearly 15% of all of our homes before WWII. Notable features of Victorian homes include intricate trims, cheerful colors, the addition of turrets and towers, and stained glass.

Craftsman

Craftsman bungalow style architecture
The Craftsman a.k.a. “California bungalow.” IG photo by @cottagesandbungalows

Synonymous with the “Californian bungalow,” the quaint Craftsman homes in San Diego arose as a protest to the cookie-cutter houses that were once popular during the Industrial Revolution. If they could be summed up in just one word, it would have to be “cozy.” While many of these homes tended to be smaller in size, there was no limit on how large one of these charming houses could be. Inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Craftsman houses gained popularity between 1905 and 1930. Trademark features of the Craftsman house include deeply overhanging eaves, symmetry, and a front porch with square columns supporting a low-pitched roof.

Spanish

Spanish style home in San Diego
A Spanish colonial revival style home in North Park. IG photo by @zuzusanfrancisco

Up until the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park in 1915, many San Diegans were proud to have a Victorian-style home to call their own. This all changed when they descended upon the festivities celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal and observed the ornate designs of the Casa de Balboa. Suddenly the Spanish Colonial Revival was underway, marking an abrupt transition into Spanish architecture. San Diego embraced it wholeheartedly, and this style of home remained popular until 1940. You can identify a Spanish Colonial Revival home by its low-pitched red-tiled roofs, stucco walls, circular or arched windows, and wrought-iron or wooden balconies.

Mission

Mission-style home in San Diego
A Mission-style home in Southern California. IG photo by @yourfavoritehousewife

Not to be confused with the Spanish Colonial Revival homes, the Mission style of San Diego architecture had its own notable distinctions. Influenced by the Spanish missions, these homes first started to gain traction in the later 18th century, when the first mission was established in San Diego by Father Junipero Serra. Dubbed the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, it was the first of twenty-one California missions and gave rise not only to the Catholic faith in San Diego, but also to this style of home. Notable features of Mission homes are red-tile roofs, interior patios with gardens, arched entryways, a belltower, and natural plaster, stone, or stucco facades.

Midcentury Modern

Midcentury modern style home in San Diego
MacNofsky House in Mt. Helix. IG photo by @gingerweatherford

If large windows and open floor plans are your favorite San Diego architecture style, then you’re going to love Midcentury Modern houses. Created with the idea of bringing the outdoors inside, these homes were not afraid to use glass as a major design element. Originally introduced by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1945, this type of house was built in San Diego up until 1965. These houses featured bold geometric shapes, crisp lines, and a curious lack of excessive ornamentation. You can’t miss its distinct style, which showcased flat roofs with wide overhangs, concrete exteriors, open floor plans, and expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Ranch

Ranch-style home in San Diego
Ranch-style home in San Diego IG photo by @springvalley_homes

While you may not have given second thoughts to the attached garage on the front of a Ranch house, it actually was a fairly significant addition to the features of our San Diego architecture. This is because Ranch houses arose not long after the invention of the automobile. The use of cars allowed San Diegans to spread out, and these flat, sprawling homes were built further away from the bustling city centers and more in the rural pockets of our pre-WWI city. Low and wide, these homes have many features that set them apart from other styles, including their asymmetrical facade, large picture window in the front, and an off-center entryway.

Mediterranean

Mediterranean-style home in San Diego
Mediterranean-style home in Del Mar. IG photo by @realtordotcom

The myriad of Mediterranean Revival homes here in San Diego drew their inspiration from a variety of sources, notably Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. While the original Mediterranean houses first started cropping up in the late 1800s, they didn’t start to gain traction here in San Diego until the 1970s. Even though this type of house isn’t quite as popular with our San Diego architecture historians, they still are fairly ubiquitous in this region. Mediterranean homes tend to have a stucco exterior, red-tiled roofs, carved wooden doors, lofty ceilings, and wooden or wrought-iron balconies.

Contemporary

Contemporary style home in San Diego
Contemporary-style home in La Jolla. IG photo by @modrnlistings

The Contemporary style of houses clearly derived its look from its namesake: thanks to their eccentric embellishments, these homes are quite current and are a prime example of San Diego modern architecture. While they don’t fit neatly into any one style box, the Contemporary houses are still a quintessential part of our architectural history. Built largely in the 1960s and 1970s, these homes were a testament to the shifting cultures in our growing city. Contemporary houses are statement pieces, and they certainly have their own personality. Builders of these homes weren’t shy about incorporating quirky elements like flat roofs, glass curtain walls, large windows, asymmetrical edifices, and cantilever balconies.

San Diego Architecture History

A mere glance at any of the buildings here can easily confirm that San Diego has always had a passionate infatuation with architecture, and we have never been one to veer away from incorporating unexpected design elements in our structures. Even though our original settlers of San Diego are long gone, their influence still lingers here, their creative fingerprint firmly emblazoned on each and every one of our buildings. Our historic San Diego architecture can trace its roots back to our earliest residents, the Spanish missionaries, and its influence can still be found in numerous buildings.

Just as our culture has shifted and changed with the times, so have our architectural styles. From Queen Victoria to Frank Lloyd Wright, we have always drawn inspiration from our architectural mentors in order to integrate their ideas into our community. The various influences can readily be seen through many of the structures erected here — as a mere glance at our Gaslamp Quarter or Old Town can easily verify! More often than not, these styles spill over one another to create a style as unique and diverse as our city self. 

Even though San Diego has continued to grow and progress with each passing decade, each of the remaining buildings constructed in our previous eras continues to serve as a reminder of those who once lived here and called our city home. Whether it’s the original Mission-style homes found at Mission San Diego de Alcala, the turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions standing regally in Mission Hills, or the Midcentury Modern houses in La Jolla, we continue to bring beauty and wonder to our San Diego architecture.

Architecture Landmarks in San Diego

With so many competing architectural designs influencing our city, it’s no surprise to see these various elements translated onto some of our more famous architecture in San Diego. From using clean, sharp lines to employing more curving, sinuous shapes, these buildings are sure to leave you speechless with both their innovation and their unprecedented design techniques.

Salk Institute

The Salk Institute in San Diego
The world-famous Salk Institute. IG photo by @khiro_kawajiri

When Jonas Salk (famed for his polio vaccine) decided he wanted to build a research facility in San Diego back in 1960, he didn’t want another generic laboratory. He wanted one that would draw the audience of even Pablo Picasso himself. To accomplish this, Salk turned to the renowned architect Louis Khan for help. In turn, Khan designed a building that has since been dubbed “single most significant architectural site” in all of San Diego. Featuring ample natural light and using materials that can withstand our harsh climate, the Salk Institute not only continues to impress with its appearance, but also with its contributions to medical research.

Geisel Library at UC San Diego

Geisel Library in San Diego
Geisel Library. IG photo by @alhoconsultingproyect

If the name “Theodore Geisel” doesn’t ring a bell, then perhaps the name “Dr. Seuss” will. Named after the famed children’s book author, the Geisel Library at UC San Diego presents the same whimsy as can be found between the pages of one of Seuss’s books. Almost inverted in appearance, it was designed by the American architect William L. Pereira in 1970. Marrying brutalism with futurism, this building is arguably one of the more unique buildings in San Diego. A sight to behold in the daytime, its true splendor becomes apparent after the sun sets and it starts to glow from within.

San Diego California Temple

The San Diego California Temple
San Diego’s Mormon Temple. IG photo by @austinnhoang

At first glance, this building closely resembles a fairytale castle, fit for royalty. Featuring white marble and plaster on its exterior, the San Diego California Temple takes on an almost golden hue in the late afternoon sunlight. There is something almost magical about this building designed by one of our more famous San Diego architects, William S. Lewis, Jr., in 1993. Its stark-white color lends to the wonder and intrigue of the temple, and its jutting spires seem to pierce the heavens. Perched atop of this building is a statue of Moroni, who — according to the Mormon faith — was the prophet who delivered the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith.

Superior Court of California

Superior Court of California in San Diego
The Superior Court building downtown. IG photo by @susan_thacker

Towering at an imposing 22 stories above our cityscape is the Superior Court of California, the tallest building in all of San Diego. An iconic piece of downtown San Diego architecture, this building completed its construction in 2017. Architect Javier Arizmendi dotted aluminum panels along the exterior of the courthouse to bounce light off its surface, a symbolic gesture of San Diego’s own radiant internal light. A canopy juts out from the roof of this building, shielding it from the brilliant California sunlight and further adding to the appeal of this distinguished structure.

San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Convention Center
San Diego Convention Center. IG photo by @sdconventionctr / Scott Murphy

When people flock to the San Diego Convention Center each year, they’re likely not doing it to admire its architecture — but they definitely should! Vaguely resembling a ship at full mast, this building was created in 1989 and was crafted as a celebration of our city’s long-standing maritime history. The nautical motif continues inside, where vaulted ceilings welcome in natural light. The convention center was not the work of one singular architect, but a collaboration between many, including Arthur Erickson Architects and Ward Wyatt Deems of Deems Lewis McKinley. 

San Diego Central Library

San Diego Central Library
San Diego Central Library downtown. IG photo by @sandiego.city

Seeing the San Diego Central Library come to fruition was the result of nearly two tireless decades of earnest campaigning by a local San Diego landscape architecture prodigy, the respected and highly talented Rob Quigley. His goal was to make the library a welcoming and enjoyable place for all, and with its stately dome, two-story clear-glass windows, and breathtaking views of the city from its penthouse level, he certainly succeeded at it. Opened in 2013, the library features several novel elements, such as a wall made entirely out of discarded books and its own lush, garden courtyard. 

Torr Kaelan

Torr Kaelan in San Diego
Torr Kaelan. IG photo by @kaori_fukuyama

The word “Torr Kaelan” comes from the Gaelic word for “outcropping,” and it’s easy to see why Rob Quigley named this building such. Built in 2015, this zero-energy building was groundbreaking in its design. Quigley created it to encourage an interactive experience between its guests and the street below, thanks to its large bay windows and open balconies. The Torr Kaelan serves several purposes, as the lower levels are offices, and the two upper levels are residential. With its abstract geometric shapes, it’s certainly one of the most handsome additions to our San Diego architecture.

Point Loma Nazarene University Science Complex

Who says science and art can’t get along? Designed in 2017 by architectural firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the Point Loma Nazarene University Science Complex successfully subverts expectations. This university science building manages to merge form and function exceptionally well, resulting in a stunning and purposeful structure. Boasting a curved exterior and perforated panels on its facade, the Point Loma Nazarene University Science Complex invites both students and visitors into it. The Greek letters “alpha” and “omega” are etched into its side, allowing dazzling sunlight to stream down onto the walkways.

Spanish Colonial Style Confections in Balboa Park

Spanish colonial style confections Balboa Park
Spanish colonial style in Balboa Park. IG photo by @never.ending.summertime

Nothing had quite the same impact on our San Diego architecture as did the Spanish Colonial Style Confections in Balboa Park, which revived an enthusiastic interest in this type of Spanish-style architecture. Designed in 1915, this building is an exhilarating mélange of various architectural styles. While they may have been somewhat haphazardly thrown together, they still manage to attain striking visual harmony. Bearing incredibly ornate carvings in its edifice and delicately patterned columns, taking in the Spanish Colonial Style Confections in Balboa Park can easily feel overwhelming, it’s so stunning in its design.

William Heath Davis House

William Heath Davis House
The oldest building in San Diego. IG photo by @joelglobetrotter

With its unassuming yellow paint and perfectly square foundation, the William Heath Davis House bears the distinct honor of being the oldest building in San Diego. Erected in 1850, this historic saltbox-style home now serves as a museum, transporting everyone who steps through its doors back in time to the Victorian era of yore. While it once was the home of one of our earliest settlers, William Heath Davis himself, it now affords its visitors a glimpse into our past. Each room portrays the various responsibilities that the house once bore, which include a hospital and a military barracks. 

Our History Within These Walls

San Diego has always been an inviting and diverse city, warmly welcoming to anyone who calls it home. Every one of these buildings represents a pivotal time in our history, and witnessing our history come alive through our San Diego architecture further crystallizes how eclectic and impressive we truly are. It’s not difficult to recognize the various influences which have shaped and molded our community when they are as tangible and salient as these remarkable structures are. From the original Spanish missions to the more Midcentury Modern homes found here, we continue to build upon our evolving San Diego history with every new structure we add to our skyline — and we will undoubtedly continue to do so for many years to come.

About the author: When Karyl Trejo isn’t writing articles about health and fitness, you can find her hanging out with her husband and two cats on the beautiful Central Coast of California, chipping away at her next science fiction novel. If you want to hit her up for her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or swap running tips with her, you can find her LinkedIn here.

About the banner photo: The banner photo is of a house in Alvarado Estates, designed by Richard Neutra for Julian Bond in 1960. IG photo courtesy of @modarchitecture.

Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Dispensary in San Diego

These are not coffee shops or pubs. There are no bartenders. There are only budtenders. The loose leaf is not for tea. Those greens are not for salad. You can be forgiven for thinking you wandered into a promising bistro. But in reality, you are in a San Diego dispensary. Don’t worry about the fuzz killing your buzz. In San Diego, pot is perfectly legal. So grab your favorite CBD drink and take a tour of the best dispensaries in San Diego:

Which San Diego Dispensary Should You Visit?

If you are new to San Diego and are new to the scene, you are probably wondering which San Diego dispensary to visit. A recreational dispensary in San Diego will offer a different mix of products and services from a dispensary geared toward medical marijuana. There is no single best dispensary in San Diego. If you want to be sure the party is still going strong past midnight, you will want a 24 hour dispensary San Diego has on offer. Here are a few of the local favorites to get you started:

Urbn Leaf bus in San Diego
The Urbn Leaf bus takes you to the dispensary. IG photo by @urbn_leaf

Urbn Leaf

Do you love the atmosphere and ambiance of a matcha bar? Then you are going to love Urbn Leaf’s two locations in Bay Park and San Ysidro. Lubes, suppositories, and salves are just the tip of the iceberg. They offer a large variety of non-flower products. In fact, it is one of the largest you will find. They deliver throughout the San Diego area and those deliveries are free with orders over $100. There is a $60 minimum for delivery.

  • Address : 1028 Buenos Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

March and Ash

March and Ash are eco-conscious and eager to serve. With locations in Mission Valley, City Heights, Imperial Valley, and Vista, plus a delivery service, you will find some of the best San Diego dispensary deals around. If descriptions like high quality oil infused with freshly harvested live terpenes gets you excited, you are at the right place. Plus, you know, Tommy Chong goes there sometimes.

  • Address : 2835 Camino del Rio S #100, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

Apothekare 

Posh – that is how some describe the vibe of this upscale, San Diego California dispensary. From the valet parking upon arrival to the free gift for first-time visitors on the way out, the experience is one of luxury and refinement. This is not just another cannabis dispensary in San Diego. It is an elevated refined experience. The central location near the football stadium makes it easy to access no matter where in San Diego you happen to live. 

  • Address : 3455 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Everyday Hours : 8AM-9PM

Golden State Greens

If you are looking for a San Diego dispensary that’s open late, Golden State Greens has you covered. This Point Loma shop is heavy on the wood and glass aesthetic. What it lacks in excessive flair, it more than makes up for in customer service. Flower, oil, and wax reign supreme with regard to quality. If you have questions, expect friendly and knowledgeable answers from this highly experienced staff.

  • Address : 3452 Hancock St, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 
Tommy Chong at Marsh and Ash in San Diego
Legend Tommy Chong in a customer photo at March and Ash. IG photo by @e.r.i.c.a_r.i.e.l.y

SouthWest Patient Group

Never mind the vast array of concentrates or the convenient location near the Mexican border or the quality care you will receive. The reason you want to visit SouthWest Patient Group is for the second to none educational experience you will receive from the moment you arrive. The microscope just past the entrance should prepare you for something very different. The seminars and workshops in the theater make this a destination for visitors even without the presence of the largest showroom in the region.

  • Address : 658 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173
  • Everyday Hours : 9AM-9PM 

Klover

Do names like Friendly Farms, Papa & Barkley, Farmer & the Felon, and ABX, mean anything to you? To people in the know, these names evoke the highest quality product on the market. They are also just a few of the brands you will find at Klover. Expect friendly San Diego dispensary delivery service.

  • Address : 3500 Estudillo St, San Diego, CA 92110
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

Harbor Collective

Did you need some dab of shatter, CO2 oil cartridges, or pressed water hash? Harbor Collective is the one-stop shop just outside the Gaslamp for everything you are looking for. There are edibles as well as smokes. Don’t just settle for whatever you can get from the nearest weed truck. This convenient location has brands such as Cookies by Berner. A $50 order is all it takes for free delivery.

  • Address : 2405 E Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92113
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

Goldn Bloom

This low-key shop has been described as having a crazy diverse supply. It is the place to go if you just want to be in, out, and on your way. It goes without saying that they always have plenty of stock. While easy to get to, you might find the location outside the normal tourist zone. It is the kind of place you don’t accidentally encounter. You go there because you know where you are going. You return because you get what you are after every time.

  • Address : 3385 Sunrise St, San Diego, CA 92102
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

Torrey Holistics

Do you live north of the 52? Welcome to North County. I hope you enjoy your stay. With Torrey Holistics doing their thing, your stay will be most enjoyable, indeed. North County does not have many dispensaries which is rather surprising since it happens to be the surfing capital of the world. You have access to the finest beaches in the world. The area is awash in luxury homes and wealthy residents. Yet the area is not underserved because Torrey Holistics has you covered.

  • Address : 10671 Roselle St #100, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 
Staff of A Green Alternative in San Diego
The staff of The Green Alternative. IG photo by @thenuggetnerds

A Green Alternative

South Bay has it lucky in a lot of ways. Herb is plentiful and legal, unlike on the other side of the border which is literally just a few feet away from A Green Alternative. The lab-tested stash is examined thoroughly to ensure the highest quality. The aesthetic is a cross between a pharmacy and a coffee shop. There will not be long waits so 10 minutes is more than enough time to budget for your run to the border. If you want to avoid the crowds, AGA is your destination.

  • Address : 2335 Roll Dr #4, San Diego, CA 92154
  • Everyday Hours : 9AM-9PM 

Mankind

Miramar welcomes all mankind to its shores. And Mankind welcomes all of Miramar. There is probably a Top Gun reference for those who feel the need, the need for weed. That welcome extends to looking and touching. The product is right out there on store shelves, you know, like a store. And you can pick up the products, handle them, read the labels, and do it all without some impatient clerk holding a key and making you feel like you are holding up the line. If you like that more tactile experience. Mankind is your kind of place.

  • Address : 7128 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

THCSD

It is not the poshest location. It won’t always feel like the most well-oiled machine in the world. Yet there are plenty of reasons to get your shatter and pollen here. First, It is nicely located in the Mission Valley area. Second, what they lack in polish, they make up in purity. Everything they carry is twice tested. With quality like that, you won’t miss the frills.

  • Address : 3703 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

Hikei

The dispensary is said to look like a hipsterized garage, as if that were a bad thing. It looks like it belongs between Mountain View and City Heights. In other words, it looks like what it is and is placed exactly where it is right at home. The budtenders will serve you up whatever you need from their very wide variety. If you want to read about CBD for hangovers, head to their blog. If you want to pick up some CBD for hangovers, Hikei awaits.

  • Address : 3940 Home Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
  • Everyday Hours : 7AM-9PM 

Conclusion

There is a good chance you got the munchies just from reading this article. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with the best Mexican food in San Diego. If you are still craving more, check out this La Jolla restaurant and food guide. There is more to do and see and experience in San Diego than you can possibly squeeze into a single visit. But whatever is on your agenda, you can make it as chill as you want it to be. If you don’t have a solid agenda planned in advance, don’t worry. You can hash out the details when you arrive.

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

Celebrity Alicia Keys lives in San Diego

Celebrities That Live In San Diego

Celebrities in San Diego are not exactly a dime a dozen because they are worth a lot more than a dime and there are a lot more than a dozen. No one can compile an exhaustive list of celebrities who live in San Diego because none of those words are particularly easy to define. What is a celebrity? How much fame does a person need to have to be considered famous? Are youtubers and tiktokers celebrities? How about football players and other athletes? Most people only know a handful of the names of players on a particular team. There is a lot to consider.

Famous People Who Live In San Diego and Where to Spot Them

There is also the question of what it means to live in a particular city. It is not easy to figure out what celebrities live in San Diego vs. celebrities in San Diego right now. Many celebrities have multiple houses. So if one of their houses is in San Diego, does that mean they live there? How much time do they have to spend in San Diego for it to be said that they live there. If a celebrity vacations in San Diego for half a year every year, can it be said that they live there? San Diego is the extended vacation spot of a lot of people who can afford to do it. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What we’re saying is that a lot of people live in and move fluidly through San Diego as if they were permanent residents. Some people don’t consider themselves a permanent residence of any place but always feel right at home in San Diego. Celebrity sightings in San Diego are pretty easy to come by. 

Del Mar is a great place to start for football fans. Both Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have houses there. The Fairgrounds and Racetrack is a good place to begin your search. Rancho Santa Fe has been a favorite haunt of Bing Crosby and Howard Hughes. Let’s not forget about Phil Mickelson, Bill Gates, and Jenny Craig. The Carlsbad area was once home to Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. You still might find celebrity resident, Tony Hawk shredding through the scenery. From La Jolla to the North County, anywhere in San Diego is a good place for celebrity sightings.

Do celebrities live in San Diego?

As you can see, the question is not, do any celebrities live in La Jolla. For the record, the answer is a resounding YES. The tougher question is where in San Diego do celebrities not live? There doesn’t seem to be a single part of America’s finest city where celebrities don’t or haven’t called home. While Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood where film stars work, places like La Jolla, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, and the surrounding area are where many of those same celebrities prefer to call home. True, they have one heck of a commute. But that is no problem for a person who can afford a personal helicopter. Don’t cry for them. Your commute is much worse.

What famous people live in San Diego?

Remember, this is only a partial list of people who currently live, or have lived, or who frequently stay or own a home in San Diego:

Alicia Keys

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For a while, Alicia Keys worked for RIM, now called Blackberry. There was a period where every tech giant brought on celebrities to represent the brand. Keys had the unfortunate distinction of being RIM’s last gasp. Her fans would say that Keys did not fail RIM. Rather, RIM failed Alicia Keys

Shaun White

You might know Shawn White as a snowboarding Olympic gold medalist. What you might not be aware of is that he is also said to be an expert house flipper. 

Bill Gates

Besides his home in the Del Mar Country club, Bill Gates famously purchased Jenny Craig’s horse ranch in Rancho Santa Fe for $18 million. While Microsoft is identified with the Seattle area, its founder has a deep love affair with San Diego.

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is one of the wealthiest doctors in the world. He did not necessarily gain his wealth in hospitals working on patients. He gained celebrity status as a new age guru and public speaker. He happily calls San Diego his home.

Pauly Shore

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This resident of La Jolla has made the rounds as a comedian, writer, actor, and director. If you thought Hollywood had all the stars, you are looking at the wrong constellation. 

Aaron Rodgers

Isn’t he the one who plays for the Green Bay Packers? By my calculations, that is a long way from San Diego. But who can blame him? Nobody really likes that much cold, snow, and ice. 

Steve Perry

Del Mar has the highest property crime rate in all of San Diego County. That hasn’t stopped the likes of Journey’s lead singer from making it his home. It is not unexpected to see property crime in a place with such desirable property. It is the same reason bank robberies occur at banks. 

Phil Mickelson

Before there was a Tiger Woods, there was Phil Mickelson. He has been a consistent winner and a mainstay in the sport of golf. We all love watching him play on Sundays when the likes of Aaron Rodgers has the day off. Play enough golf in the area and you are bound to see him practicing his art.

Zandra Rhodes

Do you know of any famous fashion designers? If you follow that world at all, you might know Zandra Rhodes. While she maintains a place in London, she is equally happy calling her place in Del Mar her home. 

Drew Brees

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hang on! Is this yet another pigskin passer posing as a San Diego resident? He is also another Del Mar celeb. It seems San Diego has more Super Bowl-caliber quarterbacks than the Chargers ever had. Even without the Chargers, the city could put together a winning team just from the players from other teams that choose to live there.

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk is still skating somewhere. His name and likeness are on some of the most popular games on the most popular platforms. He has the distinction of creating a sport and making it legitimate. Before, skateboarding was the kind of thing reserved for a certain kind of obnoxious and rebellious teen that no one wanted in their neighborhood. It took San Diego to produce the one who was destined to change all that. 

Jason Mraz

This singer is not just a lover of music, but a lover of avocados. He grows them on his palatial estate. Yes, celebrity has its privileges. One of those privileges is owning the kind of home that makes other super wealthy people green with envy. 

Bill Murray

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Murray got his big break on Saturday Night Live. Everyone knows that it is based in NYC. Before that, he was featured in Chicago. But somehow, as is the case with many big stars, his home is San Diego. He is happy to identify as a local. 

Joe Walsh

#54 is not a bad ranking when the subject is the greatest guitarists of all time as determined by Rolling Stones Magazine. Of course you will know him for his performances with the Eagles. San Diego is more than a hotel California. It is home.

San Diego Influencers

If you don’t know the following names, you are probably just too old:

  • hayleykiyoko
  • merrickhanna
  • adelhynkova
  • alissabutt
  • 7ethofficial

These are a handful of youtubers in San Diego and tiktokers in San Diego. You don’t have to know who these people are. But your kids do. The next generation of San Diego Celebrity is already in the works. 

Why Are So Many Celebrities Moving to San Diego?

We know what celebrities live in San Diego. It is just a matter of determining why so many celebrities in San Diego insist on making it their home. Celebrities who live in La Jolla, Del Mar, and North County are all making a choice to live apart from where they work and make most of their money. There must be something in the air and water.

In fact, the air and water are a part of the draw. You don’t get much beach time in Green Bay. New Orleans isn’t known for the surfing. Maybe it is the coffee culture, or the legalized pot, or the dog-friendly places to stay, or the world-class dining. It is all of that and so much more. The reason there are so many celebrity sightings in San Diego is that at the end of the day, like everyone else, they are drawn to the closest thing the world has to paradise. 

Conclusion

You will definitely need to save your pennies if you want to move to San Diego. Property is not cheap. But you also don’t have to be a celebrity to earn a place among San Diego’s finest residents. At bottom, you just have to know the kind of lifestyle you want to live. New York can be exhausting. L. A. can be overwhelming. Chicago is a little scary. And much of what’s left is fatally flawed in some way or another. San Diego is a city that certainly has its faults. But when you visit San Diego, finding those faults will be quite the challenge, and the furthest thing from your mind. 

Welcome to San Diego. 

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

The banner photo of Alicia Keys is from @aliciakeys on Instagram.

Off-roading in San Diego

Where to Go Off Roading in San Diego?

The freedom of off roading is as vast as the trail enthusiasts travel. The cloud of dust, the burst of adrenaline as your wheels veer close to a decline of a few hundred feet, and the near-vertical view of the bright, blue California sky is in the dream of every off roading traveler. 

Regardless of whether you’re going out for a day trip or to camp, there is nothing more refreshing when the dust settles as you reach the peak of your destination than the view that encompasses multiple states on the horizon. Although California is known for spectacular weather and stunning beaches, there is a complete culture of off roading in San Diego that can offer a lifetime of adventure. 

The Best Off Road Trails in San Diego

Are you looking for waterfalls or mud pits? Either way, here are the best off road trails in San Diego. Some of these trails have earned a reputation, while others are lesser-known and ripe for exploration. From beginner trails to expert adventurers, these trails are ready for you and your friends to rev your engines and experience the exciting majesty that off-roading in San Diego has to offer.  Just make sure you have a winch between you because the chances of getting stuck when navigating the dusty, natural oasis found within these trails is fairly high, regardless of your expertise. 

Otay Mountain Truck Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Otay Mountain Truck Trail is one of the more popular trails to go 4 wheeling in San Diego, as it is a well-maintained beginner’s track. Yet, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its fair share of obstacles. The coolest thing about this trail is that you can see Lyons Peak, Jamul Mountains, Tecate Peak, and Mexico throughout your adventure. There are great sunset views, too, if you’re there at the right time of day. 

Proctor Valley Road Trail

The Proctor Valley Road Trail is one of the best Jeep trails in San Diego due to its rugged terrain. In addition to off roading, bike riders, hikers, and runners use this 7.9 mile-trail. Off roaders like it because it offers a view of beautiful vegetation and flowers in the spring. The track isn’t too long, leaving you with plenty of the day to visit the Jamul Casino or find another trail. (NOTE: The Proctor Valley Road Trail is reportedly closed as of March 2021.)

Palomar Divide Road

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Palomar Divide Road is one of the longest unpaved off roading trails in San Diego County. Throughout your journey, you will trek up to High Point Lookout in Cleveland National Forest, witnessing one-of-a-kind views from Lake Henshaw and Dodge Valley. Commenters on trail review websites regularly mention the views (using adjectives ranging from “nice” to “great.”) Off roaders choose Palomar Divide Road over other OHV trails in San Diego due to its length and beautiful scenery. This trail is 25.1 miles and moderately trafficked, which makes it relatively safe for adventurers.

Smugglers Cave Trail

Smugglers Cove Trail, located in Jacumba, provides a fairly easy ride for the first stretch of dirt road. This road turns into a single track trail area where you will encounter terrain more suited for 4×4 vehicles. Oh yeah–and there is also a cave at the end! Besides the cave and iconically scenic views, you will likely interact with some humongous boulders, as you might expect while off roading in San Diego. If your 4×4 is a pickup truck, it might be a good idea to have a cover to protect the bed between the boulders and the caves to avoid flying rocks or debris. (Here is a great guide to picking truck bed covers to help you get the right shield for your vehicle.) 

Corral Canyon OHV Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Corral Canyon OHV Trail is another one of the more popular ATV parks in San Diego. Besides off roading, you’ll probably find a lot of ATV enthusiasts having fun at this location. For off roading, Corral Canyon offers 13.8 miles of mudding, with moderate clearance. If you’re looking for an adventure-packed medium trail this is a great place to visit. However, when the area experiences rainy weather conditions, the park will close. Just make sure to check if the trail is open before you dive out there.

Anderson Truck Trail

The Anderson Truck Trail in Alpine is far from a one-trip wonder. This option for off road trails in San Diego offers an array of unique views of the El Capitan Reservoir, complete with winding, open paths and plenty of side paths to explore.  Although, for either hiker or off road enthusiast, this trail is rated difficult. Therefore, it is a good idea to earn some experience points before getting this 7.5 miles of lightly trafficked trail underway.

Wagon Creek Falls

Wagon Creek Falls is another great place for ATV riding in San Diego, but it is also great for going off roading. This trail is a little over 12 miles with plenty of scenic mountain views and a waterfall along the way. If you are not that experienced going off roading in San Diego or do not have a vehicle you are sure can traverse steep bouldering, you might want to consider hiking the end. Either way, though, this trail is sure to provide an exhilarating adventure. 

Thomas Mountain Road

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Thomas Mountain Road is another one of the many excellent ATV parks in San Diego, with the addition of camping and breathtaking sunset views. The trail is easy and family-friendly. So, it is also a fun place to camp out or just spend the day off roading. 

Bear Valley Road

Bear Valley Road is another great one of the many off road trails in San Diego. The 12.6 mile-road is sprawling with majestic views of Bear Valley and Cottonwood Valley lining the horizon. Plus, there are plenty of wildflowers along the trail to enjoy in the spring and summer. Off roaders can enjoy this trail, regardless of expertise. However, you want to avoid this trail during bad weather as it can quickly become wet when the road gets wet.

Bee Canyon Truck Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bee Canyon Truck Trail is for the moderately experienced off roading explorer, as the terrain of the 15.5-mile trail can be tricky to navigate. Yet, if you brave this moderately trafficked San Diego OHV trail, you will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and a unique bird-watching experience. 

Sugarpine Mountain OHV Trail

Sugarpine Mountain OHV Trail is a fantastic place to go dirt bike riding in San Diego, along with 4-wheeling and off roading. This 17.6-mile trail is moderately trafficked and accessible all year round. In addition to the main trail, there are also plenty of other trails connected to it, which wind around Silverwood Lake’s perimeter.

Bonita Cove Park

Bonita Cove Park is a gorgeous 11.7-mile loop that offers access to waterways and islets that add to your trip’s adventure. Additionally, this trail is close to the Fiesta Island Trail, making it easy for you to finish one and experience the other all in one trip.

Cedar Creek Road

Cedar Creek Road is getting another lease on life as an adventure spot for explorers. A few years ago, this trail was closed due to a bad fire. Fortunately, in October 2020, the  5.2-mile course was deemed safe to reopen for anyone wishing to go off-roading, walk, hike, or bike. This trail is also a popular spot for nature buffs as the road leads you to the majestic waterfall at Cedar Creek Falls.

Black Mountain Truck Trail

The Black Mountain Truck Trail is another one of the beautiful off road trails in San Diego. This trail is 14.1 miles, with stunning scenery that visitors enjoy all year long, along with wildflowers that sprout in the spring and summer months. This OHV trail is moderately challenging, and don’t forget to check before visiting Black Mountain Truck Trial due to the possibility of seasonal closures.

Boulder Creek Road

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Boulder Creek Road is just southwest of Julian, offering visitors an easy-going off roading experience at most 21 miles long. This trail is great if you are just starting on your off roading adventures or want a gorgeous area to take the family. There are also fantastic mountain views and an easy path, with one trailhead leading to 3 Sisters Falls.  

Double Peak

If you’re looking to get a moderate, steep challenge from off road trails in San Diego, you should visit Double Peak. While this is a great spot for seeing nature and bird watching, it is also a fairly challenging 3.9-mile trail. Another interesting thing about this particular trial is that both dogs (leashed) and horses can go on the trail. Therefore, if you are off roading, be aware that there could be hikers and animals traveling your same route.

Fiesta Island

This trail just sounds like a good time, and even though this is a paved trail, Fiesta Island is a great place to take a ride.  This trail is a family-friendly, wheelchair accessible, heavily trafficked loop of only 4.1 miles, perfect for all experience levels.

Upper Coyote Canyon Trail

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Upper Coyote Canyon Trail is not for beginners. This 17-mile trail has light traffic but difficult terrain. While there are many different scenic views throughout the trail, the rocky, narrow, and often steep passages make it difficult to traverse. Regardless of your experience level or which trail you choose, travelers will be in for a real treat, destined to experience some of the best views in San Diego along their journey. 

Conclusion

Whether you seek adventure and difficult terrain or waterfalls and other amazing sources of California’s finest natural beauty, these trails are perfect for both off roading or walking; as nature enthusiasts count these trails as also being some of the best hikes in San Diego! So, whether you are traveling on four wheels, on foot, or a little bit of both, make sure you check out some (or all) of these spectacular off road trails in San Diego.

San Diego Museum

The Top Art Museums & Galleries in San Diego

Imagine a lazy day in Balboa Park browsing a photography museum, a natural history museum, a modern art museum, and a train museum. You take a break in there somewhere to grab a bite and sip a local beer at one of the park’s open air restaurants. Or imagine an afternoon at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, after which you stroll over to sit on a bench in the sun and marvel at the La Jolla coastline. 

As you begin your search for museums and art galleries in San Diego, you’ll soon realize that you have more options than you ever thought possible. You could spend days on end at local museums and galleries and still only see a fraction of what the area has to offer.

What to Know About These Art Museums & Galleries in San Diego

The San Diego art scene is every bit as impressive as you can imagine. From museums in downtown San Diego to La Jolla art galleries, keep an open mind as you decide which venue to visit next. So while there’s no shortage of San Diego art museums and galleries to visit, we’re here to bring you a list of the best. Below, you’ll find our choice of the TOP 14 VENUES in and around San Diego. Did we say 14? That’s right!

San Diego Museum of Art

 

 
 
 
 
 
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When it comes to any art lover’s itinerary, the San Diego Museum of Art is generally somewhere near the top of the list.  Located in Balboa Park (along with 16 other museums), the San Diego Museum of Art is best known for its large collection of paintings. For example, there’s no shortage of art from both Italian and Spanish old masters. Combine this with paintings, such as the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection and displays from well-known artists such as Zurbarán, Rubens, and Goya, and you’ll quickly find yourself lost in the moment. 

It’s also worth noting that exhibition text is available in both English and Spanish, which goes along with the museum’s goal of providing a diverse cultural experience. In addition to paintings, don’t forget to check out the many full-body sculptures located throughout the museum. These are breathtaking! 

  • Address: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102
  • Hours:
    MON-SAT 10AM-5PM
    SUN 12-5PM

White Box Contemporary

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sadly, White Box Contemporary is permanently closed. But it was clear that this gallery used some type of review management platform, as visitors had nothing but nice things to say. And although White Box Contemporary only dated back to 2011, it quickly became one of the best venues in and around the San Diego area. Opened and managed by artist and international art dealer Alexander Salazar, this was the place to be in the region for access to works from top new talent.  For example, White Box Contemporary has displayed the works of Andrew Salgado, who’s regularly named as one of the top artists of today.  You’re weren’t going to find any historic art at White Box Contemporary, but that didn’t make it any less exciting. As far as San Diego contemporary art galleries, it was a clear favorite. 

  • Address: 225 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: Permanently Closed

Space 4 Art

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Some art galleries are more lively than others, and Space 4 Art fits that mold. When it comes to San Diego’s contemporary art scene, this gallery in the city’s East Village is the place to be. Located in three former warehouses, it’s now home to more than 30 artist studios. It’s a great place to visit if you’re interested in art by promising local young artists. 

Adding to the above, Space 4 Art is one of the area’s hottest art communities. So, don’t just visit this gallery for the art. Visit it to connect with other like-minded individuals. You never know who you’ll meet! 

  • Address: 340 16th St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: Events are typically held on Friday or Saturday evenings

Wonderspaces

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Interested in Virtual Reality? Located in Liberty Station, Wonderspaces brings a unique take to the local art scene. Every other Friday through Sunday, Wonderspaces is home to the VR Film Series. For example, Gloomy Eyes, an all-age-appropriate spooky animated film narrated by Colin Farrell, was popular among visitors to the gallery.  But movies aren’t all they offer. Another popular exhibit was called “Submergence.” Visitors would walk through an installation made up of over 8,000 points of light, which were continually changing colors in response to music that was playing. “A Religious Experience” was an exhibit that depicted the night sky in a spiritual framework. If you’ve yet to visit Wonderspaces, take in a show the next chance you get.

  • Address: 2590 Truxtun Rd., Bldg 176, Studio 200, San Diego, CA 92106
  • Hours: 
    FRI 5-10PM
    SAT 2-9PM
  • SUN 11AM-6PM

Thumbprint Gallery

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You’re not going to find many galleries in the local area that are as unique as Thumbprint Gallery. It features various forms of art, ranging from murals to street art to graffiti — and that’s just the start.  Located in La Jolla, Thumbprint Gallery has been wowing visitors since opening its doors in 2009.

With month-long exhibitions, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in art from some of the top talents in the area. Some of the most popular exhibitions over the past few years include Red White Blue by Saratoga Sake and Monstro and the Kelp Kids by Michael ‘Monstrinho’ Amorillo.

Even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy this type of art, it’s worth a second glance. 

  • Address: 920 Kline St. #104, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Hours: SAT 12-4PM

Best Practice

 

 
 
 
 
 
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From 2000 to 2014, Best Practice was one of the top art galleries in the area. And then they closed their doors. Fortunately for the local art community, Best Practice is back and better than ever. For instance, its Voz Alta: Time & Space — courtesy of artist Noé Olivas — attracted a large audience.

One of the many things that makes this venue unique is the intimate interviews with the artists, poets, and musicians who once set up shop in the former space. 

  • Address: 2284 Kearney Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
  • Hours: Only during exhibitions SAT 11AM-2PM

Murals of La Jolla

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The name says it all, right? Since 2010, Murals of La Jolla has been attracting both locals and those from other parts of the San Diego area (and beyond). But here’s the cool thing: the Murals of La Jolla advisory committee is responsible for commissioning artists to create unique pieces to cover the walls of private buildings throughout the neighborhood.  It doesn’t cost anything to visit La Jolla and take in the murals that are displayed. There’s nothing better than free art! 

  • Address: None. Just drive around La Jolla!
  • Hours: N/A

Helmuth Projects

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In 2011, Joshua Pavlick decided to turn a part of his home into an art exhibition space. And while that sounds like a wild idea, it’s paid off big time for Pavlick, local artists, and the community as a whole. Helmuth Projects was designed with the idea of helping lesser-known artists display their work to the masses. Additionally, the shows at Helmuth Projects are often done in collaboration with other art venues, thus bringing even more eyeballs to the gallery. 

  • Address: 1827 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: Google reports this gallery as closed as of April 2021

Mingei International

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s an art gallery. It’s a museum. It’s a theater. It’s all three! Upon setting foot in Mingei International, you’ll soon realize one thing to be true: there’s nothing like it in the area. In fact, you may conclude that there’s nothing like it in the rest of the world.

The primary mission of Mingei International is to celebrate the art of the people, regardless of culture and when it was created. In addition to the gallery, there’s a museum that displays more than 25,000 unique pieces of art. And best yet, they’re produced by non-artists. Remember, Mingei International is all about displaying the “art of the people.”

The next time you’re seeking a unique experience, spend a few hours at Mingei International. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Address: 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: Temporarily closed – scheduled to reopen Sept. 3, 2021.

Bread & Salt

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Don’t let the name fool you. Bread & Salt (all 45,000 square feet of it) is a unique gallery that currently operates by appointment only. Also known as the Barrio Logan gallery, it has displayed the works of artists such as Melissa Walter, Kaori Fukuyama, and Alanna Airitam. The focus is on international artists here, along with events that can only be described as “eclectic.” Even though you have to make an appointment to visit, it’s well worth the effort. This will give you access to breathtaking art in a quiet and intimate environment. 

  • Address: 1955 Julian Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
  • Hours: TUES-SAT 11AM-4PM, Closed Sundays and Mondays

Museum of Photographic Arts 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Museum of Photographic Arts has a long history, as it first opened in 1983. It’s well known for being one of the first museums in the United States to exclusively exhibit photographic images. With such a rich history, you won’t be disappointed by what you see. There’s truly something for everyone at this museum.

Currently, there are roughly 7,000 photographs by nearly 1,000 photographers. This includes big names such as Margaret Bourke-White and Alfred Stieglitz. If photographic art is your thing — and even if it isn’t — visit the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. 

  • Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours: FRI-SUN 11AM-4PM

Quint One

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Many people forgot about Quint One, as it shut its doors for four years. However, the former Quint Gallery recently returned under the name Quint One. Located in La Jolla, this is an appointment-only gallery. As long as you plan in advance, it’s easy to find a spot in your schedule for a private tour. Quint One reopened with a bang, thanks to its display of Gisela Colón’s wall sculpture Rectangluoid (Gold Spectrum). This exhibit goes to show you what type of quality you can expect in the future. 

  • Address: 7722 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Hours: TUES-SAT 11AM-5PM, Closed Sundays and Mondays

Lux Art Institute

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Lux Art Institute is anything but a traditional art gallery or museum. Instead of exhibiting finished pieces, the Lux Art Institute provides a different type of experience. Artists take up residency at the venue and share their creative process with anyone and everyone who stops by. This provides the unique opportunity to see world-class artists at work.  If you’re an inspiring artist or simply want to connect with a professional on a deeper level, visit the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. 

  • Address: 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Hours: THURS-SAT 2-5PM

Timken Museum of Art

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s not a large museum — in fact, it’s one of the smallest in the area — but the Timken Museum of Art is home to art created by Anne and Amy Putnam. The two sisters are well-known throughout the world for creating a variety of American and European paintings during the early 20th century.  But that’s not all there is to see. The museum is also home to a variety of paintings from the Italian Renaissance, dating as far back as the 18th century. Adding to the excitement of what you find inside the Timken Museum of Art, the building itself is just as unique. Designed by Frank Hope Jr., it’s a great example of American modernist architecture.

  • Address: 1500 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Hours:
    SUN 12PM-4:30PM
    TUES-SAT 10AM-4:30PM
    CLOSED MONDAYS

Conclusion

What do you think about our list of the top art museums and galleries in San Diego? Do you agree with these choices, or would you add others to the list? From must see art spots in La Jolla to art museums in San Diego, spread your wings and take in anything and everything that piques your interest. You never know what you’ll find! 

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About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

La Jolla dentists

Which La Jolla Dentist Should I Consider?

When it comes to your health and hygiene, there’s no reason to settle for second-best. However, finding the right provider is easier said than done. That’s especially true with a La Jolla dentist, as there are so many high-quality professionals to choose from.

On the plus side, more options increase the likelihood of finding a dentist that suits your every want and need. 

Dentists in La Jolla, CA

Finding the best La Jolla dentist means something different to everyone. What’s important to you may not be as important to the next patient, and vice versa. If you need some help finding the top dentist in La Jolla — based on your personal requirements — you’re in the right place.

Here are seven dentists in La Jolla, CA that have top of the line reviews:

Dr. Grey Cunningham

As a 3rd generation University of Southern California dentist, dentistry runs in Dr. Cunningham’s blood. With the reputation for being one of the top dental schools in the United States, Dr. Cunningham was ready to hit the ground running upon his graduation in 1988. For more than 30 years, he’s been one of the top dentists in the area, with a focus on cosmetic and impact dentistry.  Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of La Jolla, 7300 Girard Ave. #206. Website.

Dr. Kami Kohani

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Kami Kohani has been making it as enjoyable as possible for patients to receive dental services. He takes great pride in comforting his patients to the maximum extent. In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Kohani has provided a variety of orthodontic care and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. With a focus on eliminating painful and aggressive procedures — whenever possible — Dr. Kohani is truly a “patient’s dentist.” La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics, 4510 Executive Dr. #205. Website.

Dr. Anthony Scoma

It’s easy to see why Dr. Anthony Scoma is one of the top pediatric dentists in the area. Not only did he attend Northwestern University School of Dental Medicine in Chicago, but he’s also a Northwestern University School of Dental Medicine in Chicago. Add the above to the fact that Dr. Scoma has three of his own children, and there’s no denying that he understands how to approach his job. With a focus on the prevention of dental issues, Dr. Scoma strongly believes in the power of daily dental care. La Jolla Pediatric Dentistry, 875 Prospect St. #202. Website.

Dr. Richard Bialick

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Richard Bialick is no stranger to the office. Currently he’s a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Diego County Dental Association. Also, he is the San Diego County chairman of the  national “Give Kids a Smile” campaign. With a focus on both family and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Bialick is able to assist with a variety of dental needs. Richard Bialick PhD, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 8950 Villa La Jolla Dr. Website.

Dr. Jamie Breziner

Dr. Jamie Breziner has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for more than 30 years. He specializes in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, and the latest in teeth whitening. Dr. Breziner is a current member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society and Hispanic Dental Association and past trustee of California for the Hispanic Dental Association. La Jolla Family Smile Design, 7817 Ivanhoe Ave. #305. Website.

Dr. Gavin Miller

Dr. Gavin Miller has nearly 35 years of experience as a dentist. He began his career in 1986 with a private practice located in Sandton City, South Africa. He then relocated to the San Diego area where he’s been practicing since 1998. 

In addition to his experience in all phases of dentistry, Dr. Miller completes hundreds of hours in continuing education, ensuring that he’s up to date with the latest industry standards. Additionally, he recently completed the UCLA School of Dentistry Aesthetic Continuum.  La Jolla Dentistry, 4435 Eastgate Mall #125. Website.

Dr. Joseph D’Angelo

You don’t have to look any further than Dr. D’Angelo’s affiliations to understand just how much experience he has:

  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • San Diego County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Add this to the fact that he has one of the oldest private practices in the area, and you have a dentist (and dental team) you can trust for all your needs. D’Angelo, Hoffman, Olson La Jolla Dentistry, 1111 Torrey Pines Rd. Website.

FAQs About La Jolla Dentists

Even with this information, you may still have some questions about finding and choosing a La Jolla dentist. Here are three to immediately address:

Q: How do you find a good dentist?

There used to be a time when finding a dentist meant scouring the phone book and/or hoping to receive a recommendation from a friend or family member. Fortunately, those days are long gone. You can now find a La Jolla dentist online, which allows you to proceed in a more efficient manner.

The most reputable dentists make sure they’re present online, such as by using a search engine optimization company to get their practice in front of their target audience. You can find a dentist near La Jolla, in La Jolla, or farther out online. It’s all the same. 

Q: What are the types of dentists?

It’s easy to believe that all dentists are the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are many different types of dentists with the seven most common as follows:

  • General Dentist
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Periodontist
  • Endodontist
  • Oral Pathologist or Oral Surgeon
  • Prosthodontist

While a general dentist is good enough for most visits, there may be times when you need a specialist, such as if you require braces or need to have a tooth pulled as a result of a more serious ailment. 

Q: How often should you go to the dentist?

This is something that many people struggle with, often because they have fears of going to the dentist. According to the American Dental Association, there’s no right and wrong answer to this question. But they do provide some guidance:

“Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year; others may need more visits. You are a unique individual, with a unique smile and unique needs when it comes to keeping your smile healthy.”

If you have questions about how often to visit your La Jolla dentist, ask your professional for guidance. 

Q: When should children start going to the dentist?

This is also a difficult question to answer, especially since no two children are the same in regards to when their teeth come in and how they deal with it. As a general rule of thumb, your child should visit the dentist for the first time within six months of their first tooth coming through. 

Should you have questions or concerns about the development of your child’s teeth, you may need to see a dentist sooner. 

Conclusion

With this guide, it’s our hope that you’re able to find the right dentist in short order. Doing so will improve the likelihood of maintaining a high-level of oral health. Remember this: it doesn’t matter if you’re searching for a cosmetic dentist in La Jolla or a dentist for your children, the internet is your best friend. The more La Jolla dentist reviews you read, the easier it becomes to make an informed and confident decision.

Happy smiles! 

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

San Diego beach in August

San Diego Weather in August

There are many benefits of living in or visiting San Diego, including the comfortable weather year-round. However, some months are better than others in regards to the weather, and August is somewhere near the top of that list.

What Is The Weather Like in San Diego in August?

Unlike most major cities, San Diego is comprised of several unique microclimates. This includes:

  • Desert
  • Mountains
  • Inland valleys
  • Coastal regions

When deciding which part of San Diego to visit, it’s critical to understand the weather patterns associated with each microclimate. Most visitors are interested in the coastal region’s weather, as this is where the San Diego International Airport and many of the city’s top resorts are located.

With that in mind, let’s review some basic statistics associated with San Diego weather in August:

  • Average temperature (high/low): 77°F/67°F
  • Rainfall: 0.39 inches
  • Daylight: 13.5 hours
  • Days of sunshine: 70%
  • Ocean temperature (high/low): 69°F/66.2°F

Below, we go into greater detail regarding these data points, among others.

Is August a Good Time to Visit San Diego?

There are many reasons why August is a good time to visit San Diego, including the following:

  • Temperatures in the coastal region are typically in the high 70s, which is comfortable for most activities. 
  • Rainfall is at a minimum, so you don’t have to worry about precipitation keeping you indoors.
  • Sunshine is plentiful, which is just what you need to enjoy the outdoors.

How Hot is San Diego in August?

As noted above, San Diego temperatures vary based on where you are in the region. If you’re visiting the coast, you can expect average high temperatures of 77°F and lows of 67°F. 

However, as you move further east toward the desert, it’s not uncommon to experience highs around 100°F. 

San Diego Average Temperature in August

With the average high hovering around 77°F, it’s warm enough to spend all day outdoors and cool enough to do so in comfort. Even during the evening and nighttime hours, temperatures very rarely dip below the high 60s.

San Diego weather in August is perfect for dining outdoors, spending the day at a local beach, or hitting a local bicycle trail.

San Diego Humidity in August

The relative humidity in August generally peaks at 80 percent during the morning hours, with it reversing course as the day goes by. By the early afternoon, humidity levels drop to 60 to 65 percent.

With humidity at its highest during the morning hours, you may want to put off outdoor activities until later in the day. 

San Diego Sunshine in August

It may not be sunny all day, every day, but you can expect to soak up the rays at least 70 percent of the time.  When the sun is shining brightly above, there’s no limit as to what you can do during the month of August. 

San Diego Wind in August

When it comes to the average San Diego weather in August, don’t overlook wind speed. In August, there’s generally a constant wind throughout the area. On average, wind speed ranges from 0.1 miles per hour of 5.9 miles per hour. 

During the morning hours when humidity is high, a little bit of wind makes it much more tolerable. 

San Diego Rainfall in August

San Diego is known for a lot of things, but wet weather isn’t one of them. Over the course of the year, there’s an average of 61.8 rainfall days. And on those days, an average of 8.7 inches of rain is accumulated.

August is one of the driest months of the year, with less than an inch of rain falling. So, does it rain in August in California? Yes, it does, but not very often in San Diego. 

San Diego Clouds in August

You can’t talk about the weather in San Diego in August without mentioning cloud cover. In August, you can expect constant cloud cover, with some days overcast from start to finish.

Many days start out with heavy cloud cover in the morning, giving way to party cloud skies in the afternoon and evening hours. 

San Diego Ocean Temperature in August

The average high ocean temperature in August is 69°F. While that’s not the warmest ocean temperature you’ll find in California, it’s still reasonable. Can you swim in San Diego in August? It all depends on your tolerance for cold water.  At 69°F, you can expect a bit of a chill. However, once you settle in, you’ll come to enjoy it. 

Popular water activities in San Diego in August include:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing 

Tip: most of the resorts in San Diego have heated pools, ensuring that the temperature is higher than the ocean. 

San Diego Daylight in August

With an average of 13.5 hours of daylight per day in August, there’s plenty of time to spend outdoors. Starting early in the morning, you can visit the beach for a jog, swim, or to watch the sunrise.

As the evening hours set in, consider booking reservations at an outdoor restaurant. If you time it right, you’ll arrive when it’s light outside and finish after the sun has gone down.

What is there to do in San Diego in August?

A better question is this: what isn’t there to do in San Diego in August? In addition to spending a lot of time outdoors—such as swimming in the ocean and bicycling—there are plenty of indoor activities to consider. 

For example, you can visit one of the many local museums. Or maybe you want to stop by some of the many local shops in and around the city. The temperature in San Diego in August makes it possible to do a little bit of everything, regardless of the day.

What Should I Wear in San Diego in August?

Most of the time, shorts and a t-shirt are just fine. And of course, when visiting the beach, you’ll want to wear your bathing suit. For the cooler morning and evening hours, pants and/or a long sleeve shirt are helpful.  Tip: don’t forget your sunglasses!

Final Thoughts

San Diego California weather in August is just about as good as it gets. It’s not too cool and not too hot. Furthermore, there’s little rain and the winds are generally calm. If you’re seeking a great place to visit in August, America’s Finest City will suit you well!

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Banner photo by BommaritoArt.com.

San Diego beach in July

San Diego Weather in July

It’s no secret, Southern California has some of the best weather in the world. San Diego is known as quite possibly the place with the best weather in the area. The summer offers warm, sunny weather that is great for outdoor activities, warm date nights, and plenty of beaches where you can swim or lay out on the sand. With clear skies and some of the most vibrant days around, there is little to complain about when it comes to San Diego weather in July.

What is the Weather in San Diego Like?

The hot days encourage swimming and the warm nights are perfect for eating on an outdoor patio. If the weather wasn’t good enough for you year-round, the July weather in San Diego is near-perfect. It is beautiful out every month of the year in San Diego, but if you’re thinking about visiting the city July is one of the best times of year to do it. You won’t just have many fun things to do, the weather will be gorgeous for your trip. Here is a full rundown of the average weather in San Diego in July.

Is July a Good Time to Visit San Diego?

July is perhaps the best time to visit the city of San Diego. Not only are there so many activities to do, beaches to visit, restaurants to enjoy, and bars to drink at. During the summer the city becomes vibrant, with a laid-back atmosphere that is perfect for vacations, spending time on the beach, and relaxing in the sun with a cocktail. When you want to take a trip to the city of San Diego, you also have all the things to do in north county San Diego where you can visit the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, the upscale neighborhood of La Jolla, and much more.

How Hot is San Diego in July?

While it can get hot in San Diego, the average temperature is moderate. It is warm year-round, but it doesn’t get that hot comparatively to the desert. It is rarely ever cold, but it stays at a moderate and warm temperature during the summer. While it can get quite hot on summer days, you won’t have to worry about it being consistently unbearable in San Diego. When people said that the city has the best weather in the country, they mean it. It rarely gets too hot or too cold. The weather for San Diego in July is simply lovely.

Temperature in July

The average weather in San Diego in July is a high temperature of 76 degrees. While it can be hotter or colder, this is a very reasonable high for the middle of summer. On the other hand, the low temperature is 66 degrees. When you’re asking how hot is San Diego in July? You’ll be surprised how moderate it is. Every day in summer is warm, providing sunny days and cool nights to do all kinds of activities. You’ll be able to do whatever you want outdoors in San Diego during July.

Humidity in July

San Diego in July has a humidity of 82 percent in the morning on average and 64 percent by the early afternoon. If you want to avoid the humidity, you should wait to do your activities like going to the zoo in the afternoon, when the sun burns off the moisture in the air. Since July is the most humid time of year in San Diego, you might encounter some muggy mornings but it usually burns off when the sun is at its peak. While the humidity can be high in July, the temperature isn’t typically hot enough to make it uncomfortable.

Sunshine in July

July is the sunniest month of the year in the city of San Diego. With 300 hours of sunshine, this makes July the best month to vacation in the city. There are 26 days of sun during the month, providing many opportunities to spend time at the beach, out on the water, at the San Diego Zoo, or eating lunch on a beautiful patio. San Diego provides an endless array of awesome things to do. You probably won’t have to worry about the weather on any stay in the city, but especially when you visit in July.

Wind in July

As for the wind, it is nearly constant in July. The wind remains within 0.1 miles per hour of just over six miles per hour. The winds in San Diego aren’t erratic. There can be a coastal breeze of course, but it won’t be enough to ruin your plans. You might want to avoid eating outside on windy days, but overall the hourly wind doesn’t change.

Rainfall in July

There is never much rain during San Diego weather in July. With just about zero rainfall during the month, the city receives 0.03 inches of precipitation one in every four years. When you’re visiting San Diego in July, you won’t have to worry about rain. You’ll be able to do whatever you want outdoors. Whether you want to go for a hike, hit up the Wild Animal Park, go fishing, or lay out at the beach, you won’t have to worry about rain.

Clouds in July

There is, however, a lot of cloud coverage in July. San Diego experiences clouds 12 percent of the month. Having said that, most of the cloud coverage that comes in from the ocean occurs in the morning before the sun burns it off. This is commonly referred to as “the marine layer.” Even when it is cloudy, most of the time it is only part of the day. Keep this in mind for brunch, when you want it to be sunny while you’re having mimosas.

Ocean Temperature in July

While the ocean in California is known for being surprisingly cold, in July the water along the Southern coast is about 68 degrees. You should keep this in mind when you’re planning on going swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. You’ll have the best time when the sun is out and the air is warm. It provides a nice contrast where the water will cool you down as you get out in the ocean.

Daylight in July

One of the best parts of San Diego in July is that there are nearly fourteen hours of daylight at the month’s peak. This large amount of sun provides many hours to do activities outdoors. Combining the sunlight with the great weather and wide variety of things to do in San Diego, July is a great time to visit.

San Diego is an amazing city all the time, but when the weather is at its best you can take advantage of all the things the city has to offer. It is known for the outdoors. With fantastic beaches, places to hike, a world famous zoo, and much more, San Diego is the perfect place to have a warm, sun-soaked vacation. With near-perfect weather in July, there’s no doubt that you will love a stay in San Diego.

 

About the author: A former resident of San Diego, Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and travel blogger who has written for The Slovenia Times, Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and many more.

Banner photo by BommaritoArt.com.

A San Diego beach in June

San Diego Weather in June

There are no shortage of questions to answer when planning a trip to San Diego. However, before you get too far ahead of yourself, there’s one important word to consider: weather. Chances are, if you’re coming to San Diego, you want to take advantage of everything San Diego has to offer, including its many outdoor activities. We typically have somewhere around 150 sunny days a year, and you probably want to be here for some of them. But what if the weather doesn’t cooperate?

What is the Weather Like in San Diego in June?

The weather is just one of the many reasons why June is one of the most popular tourism months in San Diego. During June, you can expect comfortable temperatures (between the high 50s and low 70s, typically) and dry weather, both of which lend nicely to spending as much time as possible outdoors. 

We will say that June is the most humid month of the year, but there’s not usually much rainfall in San Diego during this month.

Is June a Good Time to Visit San Diego?

In simple terms, yes, June is a good time to visit San Diego. However, there’s something you need to know: there’s no bad time to visit America’s Finest City.

No matter when you visit San Diego, there are plenty of things to do both indoors and outdoors. 

What Is June Gloom in San Diego?

You might have heard that San Diego gets more than its fair share of May Gray and June Gloom. Should you be worried? 

June Gloom is used to describe the weather in many parts of California during the late spring and early summer months. It’s characterized by cloudy and overcast skies accompanied by cooler temperatures. 

But on the plus side, even when it’s gloomy, temperatures are comfortable and rain is at a minimum. 

What is There to do in San Diego in June?

It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking fun things to do in North County or taking that special someone out for a date in the city, there’s no shortage of things to do–especially during the month of June!

Here are just a few of the many things to do and places to visit in and around San Diego:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Balboa Park
  • Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
  • San Diego beaches
  • Old Town State Historic Park

Of course, there are hundreds upon hundreds of other ideas, so keep an open mind. 

Temperature in June

While you never know what Mother Nature will bring, San Diego averages a daily maximum temperature for June between 69 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit. On the low end, the minimum temperature is generally in the 60 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit range.

Unlike the earlier months of the year, temperatures warm much more quickly in June. This allows you to start your days earlier, without as many concerns of chilly weather.

Note: the average temperature at the end of June is typically four degrees Fahrenheit warmer than at the beginning. 

The question of “How hot is San Diego in June?” doesn’t have an exact answer, but planning for daytime temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit should put you on the right track. You’ll often see locals wearing a hooded sweatshirt with shorts until July because the morning and evening hours still carry a little bit of a chill.

Humidity in June

When reviewing the weather forecast for San Diego in June, you must also take into consideration the humidity. The temperature is important, but the humidity will affect how you spend your days outdoors.

The relative humidity in June ranges between 65 and 81 percent, with an average of  73 percent. Generally, the humidity begins to fall during the middle of the day, before once again picking up during the late evening hours.

As the most humid month of the year, plan on ways to stay cool if you’re spending time outdoors in June. Even though the temperature is low, the humidity can make it feel much warmer. 

Sunshine in June

There’s no better feeling than enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day, especially in a beautiful place like San Diego.

In June, there’s an average of 14.3 daylight hours, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. 

Of these 14.3 hours, the average sunshine is 11.8 hours per day.

While there’s not as much sunshine in June as there is in July, it’s not far behind. 

Wind in June

June is the windiest month of the year in San Diego, with an average speed of 7.8 miles per hour.

While that may be the highest average of the year, it can make you more comfortable when the humidity level is at its highest. 

Tip: when the wind picks up, head for the beach with a kite in hand!

Rainfall in June

Does it rain in June in San Diego? There’s nothing more disappointing on vacation than rain. Fortunately, when you visit San Diego in June, you’re in luck. June is the month with the least rainfall, with this occurring on an average of 2.7 days. And even when it does rain, it’s not a lot. The average monthly accumulation is only 0.12″.

Clouds in June

June gloom is very real, and you’ll soon realize that if you visit San Diego in June.

On average, you can expect the sky to be clear on nine days of the month, with no more than 30 percent cloud cover.

On the other days, cloud cover is much heavier, often blocking out the sunlight entirely. 

Ocean Temperature in June

There’s a lot to do in San Diego, but spending time at the local beaches is one of the most popular activities.

San Diego beach weather in June lags slightly behind other summer months, as temperatures are generally cooler (and there are more clouds in the air).

The average ocean temperature during June is 64.6 degrees Fahrenheit. To maximize the amount of time you can spend in the water, it’s best to visit the beach during the warmest parts of the day. 

But the question everybody wants to know is: Can you swim in San Diego in June? The answer depends on your tolerance for cold water. Yes, 64.6 degrees is cold, but depending on how you dress and your chosen activity, you may be able to swim in the ocean.

Daylight in June

As noted above, there’s an average of 14.3 daylight hours per day, which lends nicely to spending a good portion of your days outdoors.

For example, you could take a walk on the beach in the morning, have lunch at Balboa Park, visit San Diego Zoo in the afternoon, and still have time to watch the sunset while you eat dinner in La Jolla. 

Final Thoughts

The typical weather in San Diego in June is appealing to those who are seeking comfortable temperatures, little rain, and above average cloud cover.

Now that you know the average weather in San Diego in June, there’s only one question left to answer: Is this the right time for you to visit?

There’s a good chance the answer is yes

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Cars of different colors

What Your Car Color Says About You

Everything is “Better in Color.” It’s the title of a bopping Lizzo song and an actual psychological fact. Colors are used to express style, emotional state, and culture.

Whether you’re picking out a new car or painting your vehicle to fit your personality better, there are things to consider. Doing your research and asking questions like, “Are red cars more expensive to insure?” goes a long way before making any major decisions.

The language of color introduces who you are and where you want to be in life, but how does that get expressed in the world of auto design? Glad you asked.

What car colors are the most popular?

Cars may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to expressing your style, but what you’re drawn to is incredibly revealing. Looking to choose an exterior car color is a lot like picking out nail colors that fit your personality. Your style may be funky, chic, classic, or a mixture of all three.

You likely don’t think much when a white, black, or silver car drives by because those tend to be the most common colors for a car. Neutral car colors tend to be the most popular car colors since they are the most sensible and readily available.

Car Colors on the Rise

Wanting something custom but not too flashy is pretty standard in the car world. In recent years dealers have expanded their options to meet the higher demand caused by trends. Outside of the main three colors (black, white, and silver), the most popular exterior colors rising among dealerships are:

  • Ebony black
  • Dark moss green
  • Pearl white
  • Cactus grey
  • Burnt orange shades
  • Deep reds
  • Golden and sultry shades of brown

The catchy color titles alone are enough to make you want to spend a little extra on your vehicle’s final look. 

Why are car colors expensive?

You can customize your car color with a small variety of options that only slightly increase your overall price at any dealership. When choosing between colors, you’ll notice price variations, but contrary to popular belief, the correlation between cost and color has little to do with the shade itself.

A common misconception made by custom auto body customers is that exterior car colors should be priced the same everywhere. The most prominent place you’ll see this is if you’ve been exploring the “build your own” tabs on multiple dealership websites. 

Why is the Atlas Blue at Ford $400 less than the Long Beach Metallic Blue at BMW? It’s not that the BMW salesmen are running a scam or that Long Beach Blue is superior to Atlas Blue. Simply put, it’s the quality of the paint. 

Auto insurance tip: Insuring different car colors won’t affect your monthly premium, but the paint’s quality on your car will. If you’re thinking of getting a paint job, speak with your insurance provider first to see what paint brands will either raise or reduce your monthly premium.

Anything you do with your car should be used as smart ways to invest in your future. Though your MSRP cost will increase if you choose a custom color, doing so can pay off. 

You can choose an option provided at your dealership or choose from a wider variety from a customs shop, but whatever color you decide should elevate your look.

The Color and Cost of Luxury Auto Paint

You don’t need to be driving a Maserati to look fancy, professional, or even lavish. Your vehicle’s color scheme should speak to you and the aspirations to where you want to go.

Choosing a luxury paint brand and color is excellent for some personal vanity but can also help you sell your car at a higher price. Most people don’t keep their cars forever and use vehicles to keep leveling up their possessions. 

The auto body colors most associated with luxury cars are:

  • Gold
  • White metallics
  • Cream
  • Fog greys
  • Dark blues
  • Polar blue
  • Light browns
  • Medium-dark greens
  • Pinks
  • Chrome or color-changing paint

Many of these trends begin with luxury models because a custom paint job typically ranges anywhere between $2,500 and $7,500, making paint not the first thing average buyers think about. 

No matter what you are driving, considering what add-ons will add value (or increase your auto insurance) to your vehicle is always smart.

The Unspoken Language of Car Color

So what vibe does a red car give that a black doesn’t, and what are you saying to the world as you cruise the streets? Below is a breakdown of what is commonly expressed by your exterior.

  • Black cars used to be seen as service industry cars, but that stigma has recently changed. A black vehicle expresses that you are a classic. You tend to be introverted, even if those around you would describe you as an extrovert. You are a little mysterious in nature and likely love to travel.
  • White cars are for the chic and logical. Those who favor white vehicles tend to love the finer things in life. You’re independent and don’t mind getting your hands dirty to get a job done. You weigh your options before making a decision and always seem to have a calculation for your actions.
  • Silver or grey gives the impression that you are an intellectual. You want to come off professional, trustworthy, and understanding when you pull up. You are likely the friend that everyone comes to for advice or to borrow money.
  • Brown hues are typically attractive to good listeners. You may be an observer, but you’re never absent. Though you may not always say what’s on your mind, you’re likely the friend that calls things before they happen. Your intuitive nature makes you dependable and able to enjoy having stability over materials in life. You don’t need to be the loudest in the room to feel confident and usually let your actions speak for themselves. 
  • Blue naturally expresses calmness and sensitivity, but on the road, blue is courageous. You want to stand out in a natural and understated way. Blue lovers are typically those who are extremely driven but very grounded and sentimental. You feel deeply for the causes and people you care about and are not shy about showing your emotions or speaking your mind when needed. You are a shy lover, but a lover nonetheless. You are often misunderstood but not jaded and hopeful for seeing positive changes in the world.
  • Green shades of cars indicate that you are an adventurer. You’re the person no one should take for granted because you are incredibly loyal. Though you know a lot of people, not many people know the real you. You tend to categorize your life but somehow manage to make everyone feel comfortable and safe around you. You thrive under pressure and may even create your own chaos at times. All you want is to have some fun, make new friends, and check off fun things on your bucket list.
  • Yellow expresses that you are bubbly yet feisty. You thrive in any situation where you get to learn and share with others. You are content overall in your life and just want to share your unique happiness with the world in style.
  • Pink, purple, or pastel paints show the road that you are an original. You likely love the arts even if you wouldn’t call yourself an artist. You’re likely to be a bit stubborn but always giving others the thought you also wish to receive. 
  • Red is for the ultimate bombshell. You know your worth and want to display it for the world. You are passionate and firm in your convictions. You want to live life as free and as open as possible. Being daring is a typical Tuesday for you, and others are envious of your care-free attitude.

Does your car color fit your brand?

With your new outlook on the meaning of car colors, what does your car say about you? Does your description align with your personality or life’s intention? 

Tell us in the comments if this article was accurate for you, helped you think about your car’s message, or was even just fun to read. Here’s for driving in style and, most importantly, safe.

About the author: Danielle Beck-Hunter is an insurance expert who writes and researches for the car insurance site, CarInsuranceComparison.com. Danielle is a designer that loves using color to help express the emotions and personality of her clients. From homes to cars to business logos, she believes showing your authentic self will always make something better.

 

Singles in San Diego

Should Singles in San Diego Buy Life Insurance?

When you’re single, it’s easy to get lost in the fantasy of the multiverses that is the future. You know the daydreams of what your future husband, wife, children, or home will look and be like.

Not that everyone dreams of being married or even having kids, but we all fantasize about the way our future looks. How our brains make predictions and narrate situations is one of the many wonders of the mind, but we all do it.

Often, single people view their lives as only having responsibility for themselves, but being single forces us to be more accountable. In many ways, single people and those who live alone have to be more cautious and healthy. Single people tend to be more physically fit and be more diligent about safety precautions like locking doors and being aware of their surroundings when in public. 

Even as a single person, planning to protect the ones you love isn’t something you should wait on. You don’t have to wait until you have children or a spouse to choose your life insurance beneficiary or even prepare for what you could be leaving behind.

4 Common Myths About Life Insurance

It’s not that you’re irresponsible. And it’s not that you’re not in the right place. You haven’t given life insurance a thought because life insurance hasn’t been advertised to you. Companies simply don’t want to waste money on advertising to age groups not likely to open a policy.

Let this article be the sign you needed because, despite the lack of target advertising, life insurance is an insurance you need for various reasons.

Let’s debunk some of the common reasons that have kept you from doing so already.

Myth #1: You’re too Young for Life Insurance

If you’re reading this, you aren’t too old for life insurance. You can get a life insurance policy at any age, so nothing is stopping you from becoming a member with any life insurance provider.

The average age most people find themselves becoming parents is between ages 26 and 31. The oldest age is four years younger than the average American who has life insurance. So even the California hipsters should start looking into life insurance if they have a family.

And out of the nearly 60% of Americans who are insured, the most common age of those opening life insurance policies are between 35 and 45.

Myth #2: You Have Time to Get Insured

Another eye-opening fact that gives even more reason for young folks to have some sort of life insurance is simply because you’re not expecting to die. Chances are you’re finishing school, focusing on your career growth, and finding new experiences to live.

Those are all great things, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common cause of death for people between 20 and 40 is unintentional injury. 

For most of us in our 20s to late 40s, we don’t think much about dying or even divvying out assets, but life insurance isn’t only about thinking about death.

Myth #3: Life Insurance is an Unnecessary Bill

Did you know that you can build a life insurance company that pays for itself? Life insurance not being affordable or necessary is only another falsehood excuse when opening a policy while you’re young actually makes life insurance more affordable over time. 

Signing up for a well-organized policy when you’re young can maximize the benefits of having life insurance for the vital years that you need it. A good plan ensures that your life insurance policy covers the cost of living and can even support itself after a certain amount of time.

Through most insurance companies, policyholders who are generally healthy and between the ages of 20-30 only pay between $21-$30 a month for a policy that holds $500,000 in coverage.

That money would not only assist your family in case of a tragedy but can also be a tool for you to grow your financial portfolio. It can also ensure the passing of generational wealth to whoever becomes your beneficiary.

Myth #4: My Parents Have it, so I Don’t Need It

Wrong again, my friend, and this time you can tell your parents that you know what you’re talking about. Shopping for life insurance is like finding reasonable car insurance rates, meaning the more coverage, the better.

Only about sixty percent of people who currently have life insurance, and less than a quarter of them won’t leave enough money behind to extend past or cover the expenses of their death, accumulated debts, and funeral services.

There is no maximum number of policies you can own or that can be placed on one person. Therefore, even if your parents are a part of the majority of Americans who are insured, having a separate policy for them could be what keeps your family afloat after their passing.

Support Those Who Supported You with Life Insurance

Life insurance is another way for you to give back to those who believe in you. We like to ignore our debts until we can pay them off one day, but what if something were to happen before that day comes?

Protect Your Cosigners

You can’t discuss the finances of the average Gen Z or millennial without discussing student loans. Before 30, most students today will have around a whopping $30,000 debt solely in student loans. 

This amount only increases if you have any other loans or debts such as:

  • Mortgages
  • An auto loan
  • Accumulated credit card debt
  • Debt from a wedding or vacation

Having life insurance will keep these debts from becoming your loved ones’ burden by leaving them with enough coverage to pay or fight any of your outstanding charges.

Good Business Practice

Our generation is full of innovative, creative, and bright-minded individuals who have redefined the workforce and the entrepreneurial spirit. And it just makes sense to bring that creativity to all aspects of life.

Whether you have a business or are thinking about starting one, having a life insurance policy for you and your business partner is one of the most significant types of insurance you can have. Leaving your partner to pay off business loans, mortgages, rent, inventory, supplies, and vendors alone could quickly sink the entire business.

Having a life insurance policy can also help keep your partner from needing any personal assets you may have used as collateral if your business is still in the start-up phase. Nobody wants to add court dates in addition to a funeral and funeral expenses, and the more coverage you have with life insurance ensures peaceful mourning for everyone who will miss you once you’re gone.

It’s Time to Compare Life Insurance Quotes

So now you know why you need it and what the basics of having life insurance are. Whatever plan you sign up for now is only the start, so don’t worry if you hear of policies you like but maybe too financially straining at this time.

Incorporate life insurance into your five and 10-year plans to build your financial portfolio further and ensure coverage for all of your loved ones.

Tomorrow is never promised, but death and debt only become fatal if you let them.

About the author: Danielle Beck-Hunter writes and researches for the life insurance comparison site, QuickQuote.com. Danielle is a 27-year-old insurance expert whose objective is to educate her generation on using insurance to better their futures and further their financial stability.

 

San Diego coffee

Coffee Shops in San Diego

There are 851 coffee shops listed in San Diego. And those are just the ones listed in a single, online directory. With a population of roughly 1.43 million people, that is 1 coffee shop for every 1,680 people. Wherever you go for coffee, you had better get there early. It’s going to be crowded.

When the average Joe and Joanne are jonesing for their morning java jive, they know exactly where they’re headed. San Diego sojourners are super serious about their coffee. They will happily direct you to the best bistro for the brown bean scene. Rest assured, it is way better than the one across the street. That is what they all will tell you about their favorite coffee shop. Seattle is far from the only city out West with a sense of pride about their coffee.

The Best Coffee Shops in San Diego in Different Neighborhoods

As a visitor to the city in motion looking for the best Coffee in San Diego, you are likely to suffer a paralysis of choice. You just want a great cup of coffee. It won’t help to ask everyone you meet for the best coffee shop because they will all have different answers for different reasons. Furthermore, those reasons are all valid.

What you need is a way to narrow down your choices before you arrive. You will not be visiting every nook and cranny of America’s finest city. What you need is a guide to coffee shops for the particular neighborhoods you will be visiting. The good news is no matter what time your flight arrives, you will find plenty of 24 hr coffee shops. Slake your thirst at 3 a.m. if that is what floats your boat. But when you are serious about having a session with everyone’s favorite, morning beverage, here are a few of the places you will want to try first:

Coffee Shops in Downtown San Diego

Regardless of what neighborhood you will be spending most of your time in, you are going to visit the downtown area while scouting coffee shops in San Diego.

Make Kenzi Coffee & Tea Garden your first stop. The atmosphere is inviting. The coffee is highly beloved by the patrons. And the flower shop inside means you can grab a little something for that special someone in your life while enjoying something decadent and delicious for yourself.

Many will attest to the fact that every location of Peet’s Coffee is the best location, including the one downtown. Pleasant atmosphere and great pastries are a given. The service is the real standout feature. As everyone knows, good service makes great coffee taste even better.

Coffeentalk is on the newer side and is already the talk of the town. They fresh roast their own blend of organic coffee. They also offer tropical ice cream, breakfast, and brunch items. No matter what you try, it is sure to be something worth talking about.

No list of the best coffee shops in Downtown San Diego is complete without the Bean Bar. You will see and feel the passion for the craft in every painstakingly prepared cup of espresso heaven.

Caffe Italia in Little Italy
Caffe Italia, a coffee shop in Little Italy.

Coffee Shops in Little Italy San Diego

Your search for the best coffee shops in San Diego will eventually have to go through Little Italy. Coffee shops in Little Italy San Diego will make you feel like you are in Italy. But without the need for a passport.

Caffe Italia stands out for its authentic espresso imported from Italy. They also serve Cafe Moto’s locally sourced coffee. It is not just espresso; it is the fine dining of espresso.

Pappalecco Welcome to the family. That is how you will feel when you experience the warm service. You don’t just go for the coffee; you go for the gelato.

Hob Coffee On Park is the place to go if you are looking for single origin fair trade, direct trade, organic coffees. While offering cutting-edge drinks, they take pride in a “snob-free” environment where conversation is king.

Coffee Shops in North Park San Diego

Any search for the best coffee shops in North Park San Diego has to go through Holsem Coffee. They are all about ethical sourcing, pure ingredients with no preservatives, additives, or colors, the latest in brewing methods, and high design environments.

At Communal Coffee, come as you are. Their passion and creativity are infectious. Perhaps not everyone there will know your name. But they would like to. Community is a word that evokes feelings of connection. That is what you will find at Communal Coffee and all the best coffee shops in San Diego.

If you want to find the most insanely popular coffee shop in the area, try Dark Horse on Adams Ave in Normal Heights. Get your vegan on with cold brews, pour overs, and churros. Because of course they have churros. Even if you are in the back of the line, it will be worth the wait.

Coffee Shops near the San Diego Convention Center

If you are coming to town for a convention, then you will need to visit these coffee shops near San Diego Convention Center. Don’t overlook Starbucks near Seaport Village. It is a taste and atmosphere you know well. There is something rather comforting about the familiar when you are far from home.

Lani Coffee on Market Street is not just another one of those cute coffee shops in San Diego. It has bite. That is to say, it has a bite of this and a bite of that. How about acai and pitaya bowls, breakfast, burritos, crepes and waffles? You can not only quench your thirst, but satisfy your appetite as well.

It is perfectly okay to be late for your convention if you find yourself at Achilles Coffee Roasters. You like a good handcrafted mocha or latte, right? Just wait till you try one where they make their own syrups in house. Better hope there is a recorded version of that convention because you are going to miss a lot of meetings.

Coffee Shops in South Park San Diego

Are you at all surprised there is a Captain Kirks coffee shop in South Park? The fact that the King Crimson latte is to die for doesn’t mean this is a red shirt of a cafe. Their Electric Pitaya Bowl sets taste buds to stun and ensures this most eclectic of coffee shops in South Park San Diego is solid gold in your heart.

After you are done with your intergalactic adventures, set sail for Seven Seas Roasting. According to their marketing team, they build relationships on both sides of the cup. They are owned by veterans and work directly with the farmers. They don’t just care about the finished cup. They care about the process.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention The Forum Coffee House. And you would be remiss if you didn’t go. If you don’t, you will be missing out on a variety of fun and approachable flavors that allow you to experiment with confidence. If you are a tea drinker, be sure to try the matcha. Naturally, the baked goods are as unique as the coffee.

Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla
Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla – during the late 1960’s.

Coffee Shops in La Jolla San Diego

Coffee shops in La Jolla San Diego are as fun and diverse as the region. Pannikin stands out among a host of standouts. When was the last time you had Greek eggs, homemade granola, and a dirty chai in front of an epic fireplace? If it has been a while, then you should head over to Pannikins right away.

Do your house rules forbid eating in the living room? Well you can eat in The Living Room La Jolla as much as you like. The breakfast and lunch menu is inviting for carb loaders and vegans, alike. You will also enjoy the view of the water.

Ahhh… Harry’s. Your need for nostalgia will be richly satisfied. It has been recognized as one of the best retro coffee spots in the nation. Rest all four of your weary legs and have a belly flop on the floor. No, not you. I’m talking to your dog. You see, your dog is also welcome at Harry’s. Water for your four-legged friend is on the house, and in it. A coffee shop hardly gets more informal than that.

All of these nice coffee shops in San Diego feed more than your thirst for coffee. Some have impressive food offerings. But if you have room for more, be sure to check out the La Jolla restaurants and food guide.

Coffee Shops in Pacific Beach San Diego

Ever had buttered coffee? It is a local treat at Local Krave. Stay for breakfast and try the waffles and variety of breakfast bowls.

California Bean is a nice little surprise. You won’t necessarily discover it in a lot of write-ups because it is so small and intimate. The multiple 5 star reviews speak for themselves. A common theme is that this would be a fan favorite even if the coffee wasn’t fantastic.

At Clairemont Coffee, you will find locally roasted, organic coffee, a single roast, rainforest blend, not to mention 14 varieties of loose leaf tea. You have arrived.

Coffee Shops in Hillcrest San Diego

Students love Lestat’s Hillcrest. It could be because of the service, or the menu, or the atmosphere, or the great coffee. But chances are it has as much to do with the fact that it is open 24 hr a day. Come to think of it, those are all great reasons to love it.

Don’t just go for any buzz. Go for Better Buzz Coffee. They don’t just serve cold brew; they have a cold brew lab. There is not just a seating area; there’s a mezzanine. Did we forget to mention the conference room? That vintage Probate coffee roaster isn’t just a prop. There is plenty of seating and choices galore.

Don’t leave Hillcrest without breaking bread at Bread & Cie Bakery. Think of it as a mini vacation in France without having to get on a plane. Patrons swear by the authentic French bread. If you are a fan of really good sourdough, this is the place. Oh, and there’s the coffee.

Coffee Shops in North County San Diego

Patrons of Koffie accuse this chill and relaxing shop of very friendly, non-pretentious service, and simple but perfect lattes. Guilty as charged.

Kettle Coffee & Tea has a lot going for it. Sometimes, the only thing you want with your coffee is a table to get a little work done and an outlet to keep your devices charged. While you’re there, try the iced vanilla latte with oat milk. You’re welcome.

As the name implies, Manzanita Roasting Company and Coffee House does their own roasting. Word on the street is that no matter which barista makes your coffee, the taste is always consistent. The brown butter latte on ice is strong, and so are the 5 star ratings.

Coffee Shops With an Ocean View in San Diego

Pinpoint Cafe, Portal Coffee, and The Living Room La Jolla all have nice views of and easy access to the water. One of the main reasons people choose to live in a seaside town is because they love the sea. If you want the full experience of this coffee town, visit one of the coffee shops with an ocean view in San Diego.

Dark Horse Coffee in San Diego
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is one of many chains that started in San Diego.

Coffee Shops Chains Founded In San Diego

The following coffee shops were born and raised in San Diego. Consider this list if you want to support local:

Better Buzz – Since 2002, 12 locations 

Bird Rock Roasters – Since 2002, 6 locations 

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters – Since 2013, 6 locations

James Coffee Co – 3 locations 

Lestat’s Coffee House – 3 locations

WestBean Coffee Roasters – 4 locations 

Lofty Coffee Co – 5 locations

These shops are sensitive to and involved with local interests because they are as local as it gets. Home grown in San Diego, they take pride in ethical sourcing, maniacal attention to detail, and excellent service.

Conclusion: An Embarrassment of Riches

San Diego is a great place to visit and live. It has an embarrassment of riches with regard to many things. Great coffee is just one of many. There is a biblical reference that describes how much a person will receive back when they give generously. The reward will be “a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” That is the San Diego coffee scene in a nutshell.

If you want to visit the best coffee shop in San Diego follow these instructions: Park your car in a randomly chosen neighborhood, Take a right at the next light, and enter the second door. That is how many places there are in San Diego that serve great coffee. Defying all the laws of physics, they are all the best.

May your cup always runneth over.

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

 

Anti aging skincare

Anti Aging Treatments




No one likes getting older, but this shouldn’t be the case. You are only your current age once and life is fleeting. While you should always enjoy whatever age you are, it is also possible to feel better about your skin and the way you look. San Diego is a capital of health and wellness. It is no surprise that there’s an abundance of anti-aging treatments and doctors who can help you feel better about your skin. 

Are you afraid of getting more wrinkles? Do you want to try to get rid of the wrinkles you already have? While you should never be ashamed of your age or your skin, here are some anti-aging treatments you may find useful and a way to find an anti-aging doctor in San Diego, California.

What Does Anti-Aging Mean?

Anti-aging treatments are essentially a method or combination of methods that are used with the help of doctors to look and feel younger. The skin is the most common area of anti-aging used to get rid of wrinkles and prevent others from forming. These methods range from Botox to laser skin resurfacing to the use of creams and oils. 

While it is very important to consult a doctor for your skin and anti-aging treatment, there are a variety of methods that you can use to comprise a treatment. Of course it all depends on what you want to spend and go through for your anti-aging process, but there are a lot of options. You might just want to get a consultation for what you can do without getting a procedure or you could go the distance and invest in the following treatments.


How to Anti-Age?

Everyone is different. Your skin is unique and needs its own specific treatment. Luckily there are a wide variety of treatments including dermal fillers, non-ablative skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and botulinum toxin therapy, otherwise known as Botox. There are also a lot of anti-aging creams, lotions, oils, supplements, and other anti-aging skin care products to choose from. After consulting a dermatologist who specializes in aging, you can find the best anti-aging treatments that will work for you.

The Best Anti Aging Treatments to Consider

IV Hydration Therapy

IV Hydration Therapy is a treatment for anti-aging that slows the process of aging in the skin by hydrating your body and flushing damaging chemicals from your skin. By utilizing an IV, it provides hydration that helps slow down the aging process. While this won’t necessarily get rid of the wrinkles you already have, it will improve them over time. Not only will it make your skin better, IV hydration therapy prevents wrinkles and aging in the skin.

IV Vitamin Therapy

A similar therapy is IV vitamin. This is when vitamins are administered through an IV. Not only does this provide all sorts of benefits for health and wellness, vitamin IV therapy will give your skin what it needs to fight off aging. With the proper vitamins that your skin needs, you will have the opportunity to prevent further aging and improve the health of your skin. IV vitamin therapy is a great method for anti-aging treatment that doesn’t require much more than an IV.

NAD + IV Therapy

NAD is a coenzyme that plays a role in several of your body’s functions like the metabolism, brain functioning, and digestive system. While your body produces NAD naturally, as you age your levels can become depleted. Through lengthening telomeres, which are the protective caps at the end of your DNA, reversing age-related damage at the cellular level.

Combined with IV therapy, it slows the aging process and flushes damaging chemicals from your body. It also restores energy, muscle tone, and cognitive function. While you can simply get NAD therapy, using this method in tandem with other IV therapies, it can be quite effective to slow the aging process in the skin.

PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections is a method not to improve your skin but to rebuild your knee, shoulder, and joints. It is commonly an anti-aging treatment for men. These injections are restorative and can protect from complications and pain in the knee and shoulder. This prevents some of the physical effects of aging and acts as a great way to cut down on physical pain it causes. By utilizing platelet-rich plasma, this treatment accelerates healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints that are strained.

PRP Facial

Typically an anti-aging treatment for women, PRP injections have been so effective that doctors worked to figure out how it’s effective in the face. It is one of the best anti-aging treatments for the face. Now doctors can inject PRP into the face to rebuild cells, prevent aging, and make you look younger than you do currently. Since it is a regenerative and restorative procedure, it doesn’t just work on tendons, joints, and ligaments, it provides these qualities to the skin of your face. Not only does PRP provide healing to your body, it helps your face and skin look young and vibrant.

PRP Hair Restoration

The healing properties of PRP are not kept to the face and joints, it can provide hair restoration. By injecting PRP into the scalp, your hair can appear healthier and fuller. PRP hair restoration is a great way to work on your comprehensive anti-aging strategy. When you work on your hair, you will look a lot younger than you would if it were thinning or unhealthy.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the best anti-aging skin treatments available to you. The process consists of a doctor using an acid that peels away the outermost layer of your skin, removing age spots and wrinkles. It provides a brighter, more vibrant skin tone. While your skin will need some time to heal after the peel. You will appear red for a week or two, but with multiple treatments you will accomplish the results you want.

Botulinum Toxin Therapy (Botox)

Perhaps the most commonly known treatment for anti-aging is botulinum toxin therapy, or Botox. While these injections reduce frown lines, they can also mitigate the eyebrows and crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes. The way this works is by keeping the muscles in specific areas from tightening. It doesn’t take much time to recover from Botox. Still it can take up to a week to see the results, which last for around three or four months.

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

During fractional laser skin resurfacing, a doctor uses special lasers to treat narrow columns of the skin. Essentially it is damaging deep layers of the skin so that they grow back. This stimulates new skin cell growth while the damaged areas peel away, revealing smoother skin that looks younger. Used to help treat wrinkles and lines, it is a great way to get fresher, more vibrant skin.

Anti-Aging Doctors in San Diego

There are a wide variety of doctors in San Diego who provide anti-aging treatments. Depending on what treatment you’re looking for, there are plenty of professionals in the area. Cosmetic Laser Dermatology and Elite Body Sculpture are in La Jolla. Laser Away is in San Diego. Dermacare is in Carlsbad. These professionals will also provide the best anti-aging products to buy. Whatever you’re looking for, there is a doctor in San Diego who offers what you need.

About the author: Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and travel blogger. He has written for many publications including Paste Magazine, The Slovenia Times, and more.

 

San Diego Daycare

San Diego Daycares

San Diego Children learning in daycare

When it comes to your child, only the very best will do. With parents busier than ever, especially with pandemic stress, balancing obligations has become extremely challenging. It’s reassuring to know there are options when it comes to finding quality and reliable child care. While the pandemic has drastically shifted the lives of many in California, the topic of child care is essential in allowing parents to work. Having a supportive home life for the family carries weight like never before, and even the best parents need assistance. 


Affordable daycare in San Diego amid the pandemic has become a hot topic in the news, amid economic issues. According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership and San Diego Foundation, around seventy percent of San Diego families have parents that work outside the household. Discovery Preschools makes this powerful statement, “All parents are dealing with a paradox. If they are working from home, they are grateful to have a job and have that flexibility, but at the same time, they are drowning in how hard this is to juggle.” 

A study conducted by the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network found about a quarter of parents reported that in 2020, they relied on family members, friends, or neighbors to watch their kids. As time goes on, many parents are now choosing licensed San Diego daycare facilities because they provide more reliable schedules, better security, and more stringent health protocols.

The Best Child Care In San Diego To Consider

When selecting the best daycare in San Diego, every family is different when they choose to send their child to daycare. Former United State representative Judy Biggert assures parents, “Research has shown time and again that infants who receive high-quality child care and early education programs do better in school, have more developed social skills, and display fewer behavioral problems.”

Sorrento Valley KinderCare

Industry-leading Sorrento Valley KinderCare’s mission is to support each child by helping them grow on an emotional, academic, personal, and social level. Accepting children from six weeks up to sixth grade, the facility provides a large outdoor play area where children are free to engage in playful learning activities. Teachers make an extraordinary effort to pay individualized attention to each child’s growth.

The Vine Learning Center

At the Vine Learning Center in San Diego, they’re dedicated to providing quality care to children from six weeks to primary age by emphasizing the importance of development and age-appropriate curriculum. Each day offers the power of play to grow your child socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Their teachers acknowledge the importance of communication and utilize technology. They’ll establish a baseline education that will instill skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives.

Honey Bear Preschool & Child Care Center

San Diego’s Honey Bear Preschool and Childcare Center have provided a transformative experience from birth up to five years of age for over fifty years. Children are highly engaged, and teachers combine learning, social development, and play. They’ll benefit from programs that utilize positive reinforcement and multi-sensory activities. The atmosphere creates an environment that your child will actively look forward to attending. 

San Diego Brighter Day Care

State certified San Diego Brighter Day Care’s inclusion philosophy assures parents that infants eight months to children five years are unique and deserving of acceptance. Small class sizes mean staff are attentive and can provide daily updates so you can monitor your child’s progress. They offer a nurturing environment in which children have opportunities to develop cognitive and motor skills.

Childtime of San Diego

Childtime Learning Center in San Diego provides a warm and inviting environment. Infants from six weeks to twelve years enjoy educational experiences that can help fill in the gaps. Highly trained staff ensure your child’s well-being and guide them on their journey. The secure environment makes their centers the perfect place to play, laugh, and discover. The facility even provides a free app that will provide photos, video’s and live feed for parents. 

Frequently Asked Daycare Questions

Whether you’re a new parent or learning how your child operates, know that it’s alright to ask questions. Most important, trust your gut and take cues from your child. Children feel the pandemic’s effects, so it’s essential to be patient and have open discussions about concerns. The right daycare in San Diego will accommodate your needs, listen to you and provide solutions. 

Q: Should I Send My Child To A Daycare In San Diego?

A: The majority of parents prefer child care centers over any other child care option because the facilities follow more stringent guidelines, are cleaner, and have more space to social distance than in-home facilities. Daycares have greater control over those on the premises, provide a more extensive curriculum, and provide solid dependability. Pre-pandemic, nannies were a popular option, but with Covid cases, San Diego daycare facilities are much safer and dependable. San Diego child care and education facilities are also stepping up to help parents fill in the gaps with distance learning in school-age children. 

Q: Are Daycares Safe In San Diego?

A: Thankfully, San Diego daycare facilities meet the demands and ensure their clients’ safety, health, and well-being. By training their staff, following sanitation policies, checking temperatures, wearing masks, hand-washing, practicing social distancing, and providing employee testing, facilities ease parents’ concerns. Licensed facilities have higher government standards they must comply with, which offers parents greater peace of mind.

Q: How Many Daycare Providers Are In San Diego?

A: There are over nine hundred facilities to choose from and vary in age acceptance and class size when it comes to San Diego daycare. We’ve researched the top selections and best environments for your little ones in this article to assist you. A few other tips include visiting facilities to watch how the staff interacts with children, looking for facilities that keep staff long-term, and asking friends for recommendations. Online reviews can also provide honest opinions and help narrow down the choices.

Q: What If My Child Has Special Needs? 

A: When it comes to child care in San Diego, each will have different policies and rules. Educated child care professionals can assist with everyday struggles parents deal with, such as picky eating, know tricks in how to break oral fixation, potty training, coping with tantrums, dealing with disabilities, behavioral problems, and helping guide your child with instilling healthy habits. 

Q: How Much Does A Daycare Cost in San Diego?

A: Daycare cost in San Diego will vary by location, availability, as well as duration. According to the San Diego YMCA Childcare Resource Service, the average cost of full-time infant and toddler daycare annually falls around $17,000. Preschool-age to elementary-age children around $11,000 per year. On average, this comes out to approximately $40 per day. This investment allows parents to work efficiently and ensures their children are getting the attention they deserve. If you are looking for affordable daycare in San Diego, government programs, subsidiaries, and payment options are available for those who qualify. 

Q: What Daycares In San Diego Accept Infants Or Newborns?

A: While it’s a personal decision for each family, those first six weeks are imperative to bonding and attachment at home. The majority of daycare’s standard earliest age accepted for infant daycare in San Diego is usually six weeks. Availability for each age group varies greatly, and every situation is unique. KinderCare in San Diego, for example, knows the importance of grouping children by age groups to ensure they get the correct age-appropriate care. 

Q: What San Diego Daycare Providers Accept Toddlers?

A: The toddler phase is an excellent time for them to be in daycare as they are on the move, need socialization, and want to discover. A recent study found the children who attended center-based care for at least one year had lower rates of emotional, conduct, relationship, and attention problems later in life than kids watched by a family member or babysitter. Some development centers, Montessori schools, and academies also provide toddler care, so make sure to explore those unique options. 

Conclusion

A child’s happiness, your peace of mind, and a family’s well-being have no price tag. Without having childcare on your plate, when the weekend rolls around, you’ll be sure to be able to truly spend quality time together. Southern California’s recreation options offer so many great family activities. If you’re looking for things to do in La Jolla with kids, check out watching the sea lions, exploring the Birch Aquarium, take a surf lesson, build a sandcastle, sea kayak, or share a meal at your favorite restaurant. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to create special memories that you’ll both cherish for years to come. Child care in today’s world provides options for all ages and can provide parents the assurance that their child will be happy now and in the future.

About the author: Erica Adams, the owner of Mountain Girl Creative, is passionate about traveling the world. Artistic talents include expressing herself as a content writer, blogger, and photographer. Follow her on LinkedIn.

San Diego in May

San Diego Weather in May

Are you looking to visit San Diego in May? Great! You couldn’t have picked a better time or a better place to visit. San Diego weather in May elicits words like privilege, pretty, perfection, and paradise. There is something for everyone with easy access to other beautiful and exciting places.

How does 70 °F sound to you? That is roughly the average weather in San Diego in May for the high. Do you enjoy the kiss of a gentle, 60 °F breeze on your morning walk? San Diego weather early May can accommodate your desires. Read on to learn more:

How is the Weather Looking in San Diego in May?

You might think the weather on an average May Day sounds too good to be true. However, May weather in San Diego California really is that good, and way too good to miss. San Diego weather in late May is just as moderate. By way of comparison, it is 69 on a late February evening. There is very little change in the temperature from the coolest to the warmest day. Trip planning could not be easier. If you are wondering if the temperature will cooperate with your vacation plans, history tells us that it will. In this case, past really is prolog. Here are some other things to keep in mind when planning your trip:

Is San Diego Warm in May?

San Diego is definitely warm in May – warm, not hot. For many, the temperature is ideal because it is cool enough to do vigorous exercise outdoors while being warm enough to do nothing at all outdoors. However, we are all still experiencing the realities of COVID. How will that affect your vacation plans?

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover that there are still plenty of things to do in San Diego during COVID. While there are still some safety restrictions in place, many have been lifted. The beaches are open for fun in the sun and waves. Eat outdoors at your favorite restaurants, or grab and go to your favorite picnic area. The vast majority of what you want to do in San Diego is outdoors. This is the perfect time to enjoy the best of what the region has to offer.

Temperature in May

Between 60 ° and 65 ° is the perfect temperature for a morning jog along the beach. If jogging is not your speed, try a bit of yoga or tai chi. Add a cup of your favorite iced coffee beverage and get the morning off to a fast start, or slow start if that’s more for you.

Not a morning person? San Diego California weather in May is just as accommodating at night. That means date night in San Diego is not limited to an evening at the movies. Whether it is romantic excursions or a romantic staycation, San Diego is the place to be. And May is the time to be there.

Humidity in May

In places like the Southeast, humidity can be a real problem. It makes the temperature feel hotter than it really is. What Arizona lacks in humidity, it makes up for in searing heat. How is the weather in San Diego in May with regard to humidity? It averages about 71%. That is nicely offset by the breeze. That means you will still enjoy all there is to do in the North county.

Wind in May

Go fly a kite. No, really. With an average wind speed of 7.9 mph, it is perfect kite-flying weather. And that is just one of the things you can do in this peaceful wind. If you would rather have the kite fly you, grab your windsurfing gear and head to the beach. One of the 5 best surfing spots in the world is located just 30 minutes north of San Diego. You really don’t have to go that far, though, to enjoy some of the best wind sports on the planet.

Rainfall in May

Your chances of rain in San Diego are diminishingly small. Long-term, historical data suggests once every 4 years, San Diego gets roughly 0.08 inches of rain. Honestly, there is no need to pack an umbrella. Make your outdoor special occasion planning with confidence that it will not be called off on account of rain.

What you will get are overcast skies. That is actually a good thing. That means you will be able to see without squinting, and walk around without unfiltered sunlight beating you down. It is a sky you can actually look at and enjoy. Hungry? Have an unforgettable breakfast at The Mission. Head to Tidal for lunch for seafood, gluten-free, vegetarian options, and more. Naturally, you will want to stop by Harney Sushi. In case of rain, you have plenty of places to go.

Ocean Temperature in May

Ocean temperature in May is about 63 °. While that is a bit chilly for swimming, you can enjoy a range of activities from stand up paddle boarding, to surfing, to jet skiing, to kayaking. The possibilities are wide open.

Daylight in May

Expect between 13.5 hours to 14 hours of daylight everyday. So go ahead and grab a full 8 hours sleep because you’re going to need it. The rest of the time is fun in the sun. And for adults, the fun doesn’t end when the daylight fades.

Conclusion: Come for the Weather, Stay for Everything Else

You might have chosen San Diego for you next vacation because of the unrelenting perfection of the weather. Once you get there, you will be tempted to check out housing prices and long-term rentals. You will come for the weather and stay for everything else. San Diego is more than a vacation spot. It is a lifestyle worth living. The weather is just the beginning of what it has to offer.

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

 

One of the best places to take pictures in San Diego

The Best Places to Take Pictures in San Diego

It doesn’t matter if you live in San Diego or are simply visiting the area, there’s one thing that never changes: the beauty that surrounds America’s Finest City.

If you’re interested in taking pictures in San Diego, you’re in luck. No matter where you turn, photo opportunities are calling your name. All you have to do is listen! 

San Diego Instagram Spots To Know About

With approximately one billion monthly active users, Instagram is by far the best place to share photos online. And for that reason, a list of the best San Diego Instagram spots is sure to come in handy. Below, we break down the best places to take pictures in San Diego, along with information to help you decide where to spend your time. 

Tip: Don’t hesitate to share your photos on other social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. 

Where Can I Take Pictures in San Diego?

The better question may be: where can’t I take pictures in San Diego?

You can get beautiful pictures of San Diego in almost every corner of the city. As long as you keep your eyes open, you’re sure to find a handful of opportunities at every stop.

Digging in a bit deeper, let’s examine some of the best general areas for photography:

  • Any beach or ocean
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Petco Park (maybe while you’re taking in a game)
  • Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego photographers—as well as amateurs—enjoy the unlimited opportunities and potential provided by these areas. 

Sunset Cliffs Ocean Beach

When you’re talking about the best places to take pictures in San Diego, you can’t overlook Sunset Cliffs, near Ocean Beach.

The name alone tells you everything you need to know about this popular destination. 

Sunset Cliffs has long been a top attraction in the area, thanks to its 18 acres of parkland located on the ocean bluffs. Add this to the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and you have a winner.

If you’re seeking unique photoshoot locations in San Diego, this is a great place to start. Just make sure you leave plenty of time for all the shots that are available to you. 

View of Coronado in San Diego
Coronado. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

Coronado

It doesn’t matter if you swing by the famous Hotel Del Coronado or take a walk to enjoy the picturesque beaches and water, you’ll find it difficult to put your camera down.

When visiting Coronado Island, it’s likely that you’ll find hundreds of photo spots. You could spend an entire day here and never see everything. 

Not only is Coronado one of the best San Diego photo spots, but it’s also one of the most well-known throughout the world. 

La Jolla

If you thought Coronado has a lot of photo spots, wait until you spend some time in La Jolla.

From its rugged coastline to its walking trails to its wildlife, photos are yours for the taking. 

Maybe you’re looking to snap some of the best La Jolla engagement photos you’ve ever seen. Or perhaps you want to take a few shots of your children or friends. 

It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish, there’s no denying that there are many La Jolla photography spots that will suit your needs. 

Balboa Park

Are you searching for the most Instagrammable places in San Diego? Well, look no further than Balboa Park.

Not only is it a 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park, but it’s also home to theaters, museums, and the San Diego Zoo. Everything you need is right here. 

There’s plenty of open space for photos, as well as gardens and walking paths to add some character and color to your shots.

The Botanical Garden, in particular, is a local favorite for engagement, wedding, and graduation photos. 

If you want a lot of everything—to ensure that you miss nothing—set up your next photoshoot at Balboa Park. You won’t be disappointed. 

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines Golf Course. Photo by BommaritoArt.com.

Torrey Pines

Are you a golf enthusiast (or maybe you just watch on TV)? If so, you’re probably familiar with the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.

However, there’s more to this coastal area than the golf course. It’s a well-known community set on more than 2,600 acres.

If you’re seeking San Diego scenic spots for your next photos, head straight for the Broken Hill.

Located within the Torrey Pines State Reserve, this is one of the best places in the city to watch the sunset over the ocean. And for that reason, photos can be magical.

There’s a reason why Torrey Pines is among San Diego’s most-Instagrammed places. But, you have to visit yourself to find out just how much the area has to offer photographers.

Old Town San Diego

Before you ask, yes, Old Town San Diego is every bit as cool as it sounds. There’s something about the ambiance that will keep you in this neighborhood for as long as time allows.

As for photo opportunities, there’s no shortage of places to visit in Old Town San Diego:

  • The entrance of Old Town
  • Old Town State Historical Park
  • Presidio Park 
  • Serra Museum in Presidio Park 
  • Las Casa de Estudillo Museum, Old Town

Along with the above, there’s plenty of unique architecture around the neighborhood, so keep your eyes open.

Flower Fields in Carlsbad

While you can only visit the Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields during the spring months—generally from March to May—it’s well worth it.

During these three months, its flowering fields are open for the public to enjoy. 

It’s become so popular that people from all over San Diego, as well as the rest of the state (and country), make it a point to visit at least once each spring. 

Between the months of March and May, the Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields opens up their lush ranunculus fields to the public. While these fields are only open for a short amount of time, this place is a fantastic attraction for locals and tourists alike.

Note: if you’re seeking cute places in San Diego to take pictures, you’ve found your location. For instance, spring wedding photos at Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields will knock your socks off! 

Seaport Village

Located in downtown San Diego, in close proximity to San Diego Bay, this waterfront shopping and dining complex is home to nearly 100 stores, eateries, and galleries. Add this to its location on the water and abundance of waterfront property, and it’s easy to see why so many people come here to take photos.

What’s better than taking photos while you shop and eat? 

North Park

If you’re a student or young professional in the local area, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. But there’s more to it than restaurants, pubs, live music, and a vibrant nightlife.

North Park is also one of the best places to take pictures in San Diego. 

Day or night, when you stop by this historic neighborhood, make sure you have your camera ready. 

Taking beautiful photos in San Diego.
San Diego is a beautiful place for scenic photography. All of the San Diego photos on this page are by BommaritoArt.com

Final Thoughts on Taking Photos in San Diego

Located on the Pacific coast of California, San Diego is the place to be for southern California pictures

With 325.88 square miles of land and 46.54 square miles of water—plus the Pacific Ocean—you can’t go wrong in this city when taking photos.

The photography trend is booming, and it only takes a few minutes in and around San Diego to see just how true this is. 

So, find your favorite spot (start with the list above), take some pictures, and upload them to social media for the world to see. You might as well share your enjoyment with everyone else!

About the author: Chris Bibey is a professional writer who loves creating travel, finance, and entertainment-related content. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Photos by BommaritoArt.com.

 

La Jolla Village is a popular choice when moving to San Diego

Moving to San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken things up for everyone. The entire world has been turned upside down. While the virus has remained a problem in the world for three calendar years, people in the United States have begun making decisions to change their lives in response to the new normal. The number one decision that people are pondering is whether to move and where to move to.

Not only are they trying to figure out if they should move, the choice of where to move is even more perplexing. Of course it is advantageous to get out of COVID-19 hot spots, but the atmosphere of the city and what it has to offer are equally important. 

Guide to Moving to San Diego

San Diego doesn’t only have some of the best weather in the world, which you can see from the above video, it has a great vibe and many opportunities available to you. Here is a guide for moving to San Diego, which can provide a lot of happiness and fulfillment.

Where Is San Diego?

When you’re thinking about moving to San Diego, you are probably wondering where it is exactly. Downtown is set in the middle of San Diego County, not far from the United States border with Mexico. Living in San Diego provides one of the best locations in the world for multiple reasons.

Here you are far enough from the hustle of Los Angeles, which is a COVID-19 epicenter, and close enough to everywhere in Southern California. Its longitude, latitude, and location near the coast provides some of the best weather in the world. When you are living in San Diego you’re near the suburbs of Orange County and the border towns of Chula Vista and Tijuana. Living in San Diego is quite advantageous in a number of ways.

What’s the Population of San Diego?

While the population of San Diego isn’t small, it is less than Los Angeles and as equally spread out. When you’re thinking about what to know before moving to San Diego, you should think about these details. San Diego has a population of around 1.4 million people

Compared to LA, the population of San Diego is about half. With a smaller population and neighborhoods that are less dense, San Diego has lower COVID-19 numbers than larger cities like Los Angeles. Furthermore, you can find the best places to live in San Diego for yourself and what you’re interested in. If you are trying to find where to live in San Diego, take a look at the different neighborhoods it has to offer.

Petco Park in downtown San Diego

Best Neighborhoods in San Diego

Whether you’re looking to be in the city of San Diego or one of the many adjacent towns, there are plenty of San Diego neighborhoods to choose from. It depends on what you are interested in when you’re thinking of moving to San Diego, but there is most definitely a place for you.

If you want to relocate your tech business or work in finance, you should think about moving downtown. Not only is it a beautiful city with great views, it is near the beach and has an impeccable food and nightlife scene. Beyond downtown, there are plenty of other neighborhoods that are more relaxed with a lower San Diego cost of living.

North Park is a hip neighborhood where you can find craft breweries, restaurants, boutique stores, and more. It is a laid-back area where you can walk to a wide variety of places, restaurants, stores, and places to drink. There is also a diverse array of job opportunities. When you’re trying to work at a record store or a hair salon, North Park may be for you.

There are beach neighborhoods if you’re looking to live somewhere on the ocean. Ocean Beach is for those who want an eclectic atmosphere. Not only is it a diverse, vibrant neighborhood, there are plenty of beautiful houses and local restaurants. There are bars and breweries alike, with local culture that you’ll fall in love with. Pacific Beach is another beach neighborhood. Pubs and lively nightlife are here and there’s a boardwalk to ride hikes or take a walk. You will never run out of fun activities to do in the neighborhood of Pacific Beach.

The Gaslamp Quarter isn’t a place a lot of people want to live, but it is known for its bars and clubs. There are plenty of restaurants and businesses. This is where you go to a party. If you want to be close to the action, move to the Gaslamp.

Coronado is an island where the wealthy move to soak up the sun. It has one of the best views of downtown anywhere in the city. While being one of the most laid-back spots in the city, it is also one of the most expensive. If you can afford to live here, you’ll be able to take advantage of the culture, shopping, and amazing sights.

La Jolla is one the nicest areas of San Diego County. It is a great place to move if you can afford it. With restaurants, bars, beaches, and beautiful real estate, La Jolla is inarguably one of the best neighborhoods of San Diego. Not only does La Jolla have some of the best beaches anywhere, it is the home of University of California, San Diego if you or your child are going to college.

San Diego Education System

San Diego is also known for its great education system. In addition to the elementary and high schools, San Diego has some of the best colleges in California and the United States in general. If you have kids you should take a look at the schools in La Jolla. It isn’t just UCSD that La Jolla has to offer, all of the schools in the neighborhood are great. There is also San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and tons of other options for community colleges, high schools, and primary schools.

San Diego Beaches

San Diego beaches

There is no shortage of beaches in San Diego. If there is one thing that the city has all around it is its lovely coastline. Whether you’re going for large beaches in Ocean Beach or all the coast off-the-beaten-path, you won’t struggle to find your own spot of paradise. There are the La Jolla Coves, which are great for swimming but also for looking at the sea lions and seals. It is a fun place to walk, have some dinner, and enjoy the lovely coastline. 

Coronado Beach is another option. It is one of the most beautiful out there. Depending on what time of day it is, the beach can be empty or crowded, but it’s always worth it. South Mission Beach is the perfect spot for surfing and swimming. Finally, La Jolla Shores Beach is expansive and gorgeous. These beaches are just the beginning. There are countless other options that will give you every opportunity to find your own secluded spot in the most sought-after beaches in the world.

Fun Things to Do in San Diego

In addition to the beaches, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do in San Diego. Moving to San Diego tips should also include what you’re going to do here in your free time. There are so many options, it can feel paralyzing. It is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. The Gaslamp is a must-visit if you want to party. While few people approve it these days, it is also the home of Sea World. There is also LEGOLAND. If you like music, when live concerts return you’ll have plenty of options. Love sports? Go to a Padres game. There is no end to San Diego attractions.

Places to Eat in San Diego

Whether you’re looking for fine dining or low-rent deliciousness, you have it here in San Diego. There are a wealth of gastropubs, burger spots, and fancy restaurants. It is also the birthplace of the famous California burrito with French fries inside. Mexican food is amazing in San Diego, but there is also a lot of great Asian food. Some of the most famous spots you should be sure to eat at include Ironside Fish & Oyster, Trust, Hodad’s Burgers, Blind Lady Ale House, Herb & Wood, and so many more. Mexican food is almost universally good. You can also go to Little Italy for some amazing and authentic Italian. Sushi is fantastic and South Asian food is abundant.

Moving to San Diego FAQs

When it comes to moving to San Diego advice, there are a few things that people tend to ask. With endless reasons to relocate to San Diego, there are some things you should know. Here are a few questions that concern what to know before moving to San Diego.

Q: How much should I save before moving to San Diego?

A: Of course it depends on your budget and how much you can afford to spend on rent, but you should be sure to have at least two months’ rent saved. You’ll like to pay the first and last upfront with a security deposit so it is better to have a third or fourth month saved so that you can make the transition easy on you, especially if you’re looking for a job.

Q: How much money do you need to live comfortably in San Diego?

A: A lot of people ask the question “what salary do you need to live in San Diego?” The better question is how much do you need to be comfortable? If you don’t have any children you should make at least $20/hour or $40,000/year. These are the minimums. You might struggle if you make this much because you want to be able to live comfortably.

Q: What is the San Diego job market like?

A: The job market in San Diego is varied and thriving. There are a lot of tech and finance jobs in the city, but it is also a place for artisans, chefs, and creatives of all types. There are service jobs and bank jobs. There are positions at large companies and small alike.

Q: What are the safest neighborhoods in San Diego?

A: Most of San Diego is very safe, but the safest neighborhoods include La Jolla, Coronado, Torrey Hills, and Black Mountain Ranch among others.

Q: How can I get around San Diego?

A: San Diego is a lot like the rest of California in that it is a car culture, but it also has a much better public transportation than most of the state. The trolley can take you all over the county and you’ll have access to trains to other places in California. There are also plenty of Ubers and even some cabs still left. Public buses are everywhere. You shouldn’t have a hard time getting around.

An example of the climate in San Diego

Q: How is the weather in San Diego?

A: People aren’t kidding when they say that San Diego has the best weather in the world. It really does. It is sunny and cool the vast majority of the year. It gets little rain. It is bright and warm but not too hot.

Q: Is moving to San Diego a good idea?

A: Yes. Between the weather, laid-back culture, slower pace, friendly people, diverse culture, and relative affordability, it has become one of the most sought-after places to live in the country.

Q: How can I make the move to San Diego easier?

A: While it depends on where you’re coming from, moving is usually difficult. You can make it easier by putting some stuff in self storage San Diego so you can take multiple trips if you need to.

Are you convinced yet? San Diego is one of the best places to live in the country. There are very few cons to the city. It isn’t nearly as expensive as Los Angeles or San Francisco. It is a laid-back atmosphere and relaxed vibe. The weather is wonderful. The location is perfect. There are endless things to do and areas to explore.

Whether you’re looking for great food, beautiful beaches, fun places to drink, amazing activities, great job opportunities, or a diverse local population, San Diego is where you can find it. If you are looking for a less tense environment during or after COVID-19, you simply can’t go wrong with moving to San Diego. Living in San Diego is quite enjoyable. You won’t regret the move. Take the plunge and get started on moving to San Diego today.

 

About the author: Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and blogger who has written for a variety of publications including The Slovenia Times, Paste Magazine, Deadline News, and more. He used to live in San Diego. 

Photos by BommaritoArt.com.

Stay healthy and happy watching the sunset

Stay Healthy and Happy

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle.

Stay healthy doing yogaYour health and happiness are more intertwined than you may realize. In fact, to answer why is it important to stay healthy means living a happier life.  As a result, it is proven to alleviate pain, combat stress, improve heart health, boost your immune system, and generally have a better quality of life. 

To live a healthier, happier life, we have a few pointers we recommend you to focus on. 

First, you need to begin to believe in yourself. A positive mental attitude helps establish the links between your thoughts and actions and sets a positive neural pathway between happiness. Your healthy activities are the first step. 

Next, it’s the subsequent actions you take that you build upon to develop a rich life in both health and happiness. 

From eating well, drinking water, getting the proper amount of sleep, surrounding yourself with uplifting people, practicing great dental hygiene, and getting enough exercise are some of the best ways to become healthier.

Remember, it’s the actions we create and follow through with that make the habits and change we seek. 

The key is to make a behavioral shift in what you do, and the key to changing your behavior is changing your perspective. Your thoughts become your actions, so change the way you think about your health and set out a plan to act on what you want to become. 

Once you decide to become healthier and to stay healthy, those positive behavioral changes in your life are dependent upon the systems you put in place to support your actions and are crucial to making those behaviors stick with you. 

Newton’s 1st Law of Motion states an object at rest will stay at rest unless an outside force changes its behavior, and an object in motion will continue until an external force causes it to stop. This applies to you living a healthier, happier life because we tend to stay with our actions’ momentum as long as they aren’t acted upon by an outside force. 

A good starting point is to make your behavioral changes publicized. Tell your friends and family about what you want to do and ask them to support you in good times and the bad. 

Ways to Stay Healthy & Things to Do

As discussed with Newton’s 1st Law, we tend to continue doing those things that we have the momentum to continue. That’s because it’s easier to maintain doing something than starting with some new activity or behavior that requires a lot more reliable energy to begin. The key is to start slowly and take small actions that you can build upon over time. 

Behavioral psychologists discuss the process of forming lasting habits as a series of incremental steps that are reinforced with rewards. Their research identifies a few key metrics you need to set-up to make your habits permanent, and they are:

  • Identify your goals
  • Start small
  • Identify obstacles
  • Make them public
  • Have support and accountability
  • Create a reward system

Following these essential tips to stay healthy will help you create a support system to make your behaviors permanent and make it easier for you to stay healthy and happy. This process will help you create a momentum that allows you to maintain the changes you wish to make and build upon the momentum of small gains that, as Newton has proven, bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. 

What to Eat to Stay Healthy

We have all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” That is an absolute truism for a healthier life, and creating a diet that is rich in vitamins and nutrition are keys to stay healthy. 

The CDC recommends a diet that is plant-based with whole-grains, lean proteins such as fish, poultry, and nuts that are low in fats and use “good” sources of fats such as olive oil avocados. 

Among other recommendations are to limit the amounts of refined sugars, keeping within your caloric needs, and drinking proper amounts of water as crucial tips for your dietary health. 

Don’t worry, making a dietary change doesn’t mean it’s all-or-nothing. You can still choose to have an occasional burger, a spaghetti plate, or steak. These could be part of your “rewards” system,  but keep it all in moderation. 

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

As mentioned, drinking an appropriate amount of water is vital for staying healthy, especially as you begin to positively change your behaviors. 

The reason is that water is therapeutic, meaning that it restores and repairs our bodies at the cellular level. 

Benefits of drinking water are:

  • Aids in digestion and weight loss
  • Enhances brain function, including minimizing impact from headaches
  • Regenerates and repairs cellular functions
  • Improves energy
  • Optimizes physical performance

How Does Sleep Affect Your Health

Too often, the first thing we give up on and lack is sleep. The amount and quality of sleep directly impact our moods and energy levels we receive every night. 

Insufficient sleep has been shown to lead to several chronic illnesses, depressed immune systems, increased risk from heart disease and strokes, and many other cognitive and mental health issues

Any plan you have to stay healthy and safe should begin with a good night’s sleep. 

Surround Yourself With Good People

When you’re establishing your goals, you want people that will support you and help you stay committed to those goals. 

There are always going to be obstacles in life. Often you don’t have any direct control over them, but you do have control over who you associate with, so choosing a group of people who can support your goals is crucial for you to stay healthy and happy.

Exercises to Stay Fit and Healthy

Stay healthy and swim in the San Diego waves
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Low impact exercises are the best solution for anyone looking to improve their overall well-being and stay healthy and happy. 

The correlation between health and happiness with exercise has long been studied, and the best type of activity to consider should consider your age and overall health. 

That said, we have a list of some great exercise options for you to consider below.

  • Swimming: Swimming is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It’s a great cardiovascular exercise that is low-impact and has the added benefit of elevating your moods and boosting your overall mental state.
  • Tai Chi: Another low-impact activity for you to consider Tai Chi is a combination of movements, balance, and mediation that improves your overall fitness levels without being too weight-bearing or stressful on the joints. 
  • Resistance Training: Benefits of resistance training are improved muscular strength and ligaments, increased cardiovascular flow, enhanced bone-density, and caloric expenditure. Resistance training can be done with weights, body-weight, or isometric exercises such as those utilized in yoga. 
  • Walking, hiking, biking: The benefits of walking, hiking, and biking are an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory health. Increased blood flow with a low impact activity allows you to exercise further, longer, without the risk of injury from high-impact activity such as running.  

There are plenty of trails throughout the Greater San Diego area and if you’re ever in or around La Jolla, California, check out our list of some of the top activities for you to explore outdoors.  Even if you’re not in the San Diego area, these suggestions may inspire you to explore your hometown and get some exercise along the way.

Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

Smoking carries an increased mortality rate, and more deaths stem from smoking than alcoholism, HIV, motor-vehicle, and firearm deaths combined. 

In addition to being an ugly habit, smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by 2-4 times the average person. According to the CDC, the risk of lung cancer increases by 25% in men, with women just over 25% higher risk due to smoking, making smoking 90% of all lung cancer deaths.

The Importance of a Health Check-Up

One of the essential steps to stay healthy and happy is to have an annual health check-up. Regardless if you’re looking for options when it comes to women health check up services, such as this cervical health screening from Hologic Women’s Health, or one for men, the goal is to get a health examination regularly.  As one of the most recommended ways to stay healthy, a regular health screening can detect disease or other ailments well before they become a significant problem for you. 

Some of the key benefits to getting a health check-up are: 

  • Reduced risk of serious illness or disease
  • Learning about medical devices that can make your life easier, like a new hearing aid
  • Screen for life-threatening disease
  • Improve quality of life and increased life span
  • Improved relationship between doctor care and patient

Early diagnosis for disease is one of the best ways to minimize the risk that illness may incur, and improved communication between the doctor and patient is another mitigating factor. 

As you’re exploring things to do to stay healthy, getting an exam is essential to ensure that your exercise program is the right fit for your condition and overall health. 

How Does Positive Thinking Help Your Health

As we discussed, our health and happiness are interlinked, and according to the Mayo Clinic, studies show that one of the best ways to stay healthy is through positive thinking. 

The power of positive thinking acts as a motivator for you during difficult times such as when changing behaviors, but also positive thinking has direct impacts on;

  • Lowering levels of depression
  • Lowered levels of stress and distress
  • Enhanced immune system function
  • Better cognitive skills
  • Improved psychological and mental well-being

Whether you’re looking for a significant behavioral change or merely looking to improve your diet and exercise routines, it’s critical to take care of yourself to stay safe and healthy.

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About the author: David Throop is a freelance writer specializing in marketing, health, fitness, and wellness with an eye toward his clients achieving their outcome objectives. When he is not being bitten on the ankles by precocious puppies and children he likes to spend his time outdoors.

Why are Property Values So High in California?

Many people dream about living in California. The state is beautiful, the weather is nice, and the cities are iconic, to say the least. However, the property values in California are also known as being some of the highest in the country. This makes it difficult for many people to afford to own a home in the Golden State.

Let’s take a look at why that is.

Not Enough Housing

One of the reasons that housing costs are so high in San Francisco and other cities across California is because there is not enough housing to go around. The result is a disparity between supply and demand. According to the state housing department, the state needs to build 180,000 new houses every year in order to keep up with demand. However, California has only managed to build half of that over the past 10 years.

While many factors contribute to the failure to keep up with high demand for housing, one of the biggest obstacles is a lack of available land. While California is an enormous state – the third largest in the U.S. by size – the vast majority of its acres are hills and mountains spread across harsh desert. Nearly every nook and cranny of suitable land has been used up, and this is certainly the case the closer you get to the coast.

When new communities are developed, they’re designed to maximize the use of available space. While aspiring homeowners in California are happy to secure small plots of land to plant wildfire-resistant naturesseed.com blends and build the cozy little home of their dreams, attempts to squeeze the most out of available space can only go so far.

Growing Demand for Housing in Urban Areas

Not only is there not enough housing to go around but many Californians are trying to cram into urban areas. The Bay Area – which encompasses San Francisco, Oakland, and surrounding suburbs, is one of the fastest-growing areas in California. While the Bay Area only made up four percent of California’s growth between 2000 and 2007, this figure jumped to 20 percent from 2010 to 2017. 

Proposition 13

Proposition 13 was passed in 1978. The purpose of Proposition 13 was to reduce the amount of property tax that the government could collect. While it was designed to prevent Californians from paying sky-high property tax, it has had a lot of other negative consequences.

This has forced the local governments to use other sources for revenue. That is why the government would rather build retail a store on vacant land instead of a set of apartments.

Developers Face Changes

If a lack of housing is one of the things that has led to the housing crisis, then it would seem as though the simple solution would be to build more housing. However, it is difficult and time-consuming to do this. That is why developers are hesitant to build new housing.

The high cost of materials and labors has also made it difficult for developers to build new housing. It is more expensive to build housing in California than other places in the country. There are strict building codes that developers have to abide by. Furthermore, there has been a push to make the building designs more environmentally friendly. That is also making it harder for developers.

It is difficult to find an affordable real estate in San Diego and other major cities in California, but it’s not impossible. Californians simply have challenges that many other states do not have. On the other hand, the Golden State also has weather, culture, and an economy which is the envy of the world. People who want to live in that environment have to be prepared to pay a premium.

Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The 2018 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to downtown La Jolla on October 6th and 7th! Now in its tenth year, this two-day festival is packed full of great art from more than 120 juried artists, a beer and wine garden featuring local brews and wine from California’s best wineries, a kids’ activity zone, and plenty of food and local craft vendors. Along with a gourmet marketplace, a two-day silent auction, 15 pet adoption stations, and an all-star line-up of live entertainment and music, there is something for everyone at this local festival!

Wine & Beer Garden

Festival visitors who are 21 and older can enjoy regional and international wines as well as local San Diego craft beers at the Wine & Beer Garden. Stop by and sample delectable wines from Valle De Guadalupe, California, France, and of course, a wide variety of internationally renowned brews by several local San Diego craft breweries.

This year, the festival will be highlighting two great restaurants in the Wine and Beer Garden! Sample bites from the Melting Pot on Saturday and Farmer & the Seahorse on Sunday.

Single wine or beer tasting: $5
Five tastes: $20

Live Music & Stage Entertainment

On both days, there will be live entertainment on two different stages starting at 12pm, and ending at 7pm. Artist highlights this year include Whitney Shay, the La Jolla High Marching Band, and Stone Horse.

Some highlights of this year’s live entertainment include a variety of different talks and discussions from local businesses. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the stilt walkers! They’ll be wandering around the festival (and make for some great photo ops) all day.

Geppetto’s Family Art Center & Lab

The Geppetto’s Family Art Center and Lab is an extensive family area that will not only feature fun crafts and art projects, but will also include science experiments and other participatory activities for kids of all ages.

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival encourages kids to roll up their sleeves and express themselves, all day long. Kids will be able to paint on a car, enjoy multiple hands-on activities, learn all about how 3-D printing works, and contribute to a public space art project. The inspiration is endless and the fun is abundant in this free activity center that continues to grow every year.

The Art

Art is definitely the highlight of the festival! Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone. The carefully curated, handpicked and juried collection of artists truly showcases the incredible talent of today’s top creators in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. You’ll be able to purchase most artwork that you see, and the artists will be around to answer any questions or discuss their work.

Stay tuned for more detailed information on which artists will be there this year!

Silent Auction

There will be several auction items this year for trips, spa resorts (including Rancho la Puerta), La Jolla’s finest restaurants, jewelry, and clothes from our best boutiques, gift certificates for local hair and spa services – and much more.

There will be two separate auctions, one on Saturday and a separate one on Sunday. Last year the silent auction raised more than $26,000 to support the underfunded programs in the elementary and middle schools in La Jolla! All of the profits go towards a fantastic cause.

Food, Food, and More Food!

The food never disappoints at the LJAWF! From Greek food to crepes to Maine lobster and everything in between – this is more than your typical festival food so be prepared to indulge in something delicious at this year’s food court. Here’s a list of this year’s vendors!

  • Bread & Cheese Catering
  • Hunter’s Steak House
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Bullseye Kettle Corn & Shaved Ice
  • Rebound Nutraceuticals / Magic Bullet
  • Greek Snack
  • Tacos El Rorro
  • Isola Pizza Bar
  • Sicilian Breeze Gelato
  • Desert Valley Concessions
  • Hawaiian Honey Cones
  • Doggos Gus
  • Lick it Lolly Pops

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Hours & Location

Saturday, October 6th: 10am-6pm

Sunday, October 7th: 10am-6pm

The festival will take place all along Girard Avenue, between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street.

For more information and an up-to-date activity and event schedule, visit the LJAWF website.

Find Local Produce, Art & Crafts Every Sunday at La Jolla Farmer’s Market

The La Jolla Open Aire Farmer’s Market happens each Sunday from 9am-1pm, rain or shine, at the corner of Girard Street and Genter Avenue (parking lot of the La Jolla Elementary School). Spend just a few hours here, and you’ll find more than 150 local vendors offering fresh, locally grown produce; international food; and unique handcrafted crafts and gifts.

There are usually musicians playing on the grass, and some Sundays are Family Fun Days – which is great if you are looking for activities with kids in tow. Here’s what to look for and a few tips for shopping at the La Jolla Farmer’s Market!

A Little Background

The market was started by former La Jolla Elementary School mom and La Jolla community supporter, Sherry Ahern. In 1996, Sherry had two children enrolled at LJES and was on the Friends of La Jolla Elementary, Inc. Board, the school’s non profit education foundation. The original motivation for the market was to help fund a library — at the time, it consisted only of a small collection of books in the back of the auditorium.

With help and support from San Diego Unified School District, local community groups, the Friends Board and Board President at the time Sarah Agler, the vision became a reality two years later. The first market was held on October 25, 1998 with 14 farmers and one artisan! Now, it’s a vibrant weekly community gathering, featuring more than 140 vendors.

Fresh Produce & Local Food

The food vendors are too many to name! One of the great things about this particular market is that some extremely popular eateries (usually too crowded to try on the weekend) have a booth here – making it ten times easier to grab a bite.

The market carries local organic and conventional produce, eggs, breads, cheese, grass-fed beef, seafood, almonds, jams, smoothies, olive oils, guacamole, hummus, baked goods including a variety of gluten-free options, chocolate, kettle corn, and coffee. The international food court features cuisine from the Mediterranean, France, Germany, Latin America, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Korea, and China.

Some of our favorite spots include:

  • The Donut Bar
  • Crepes Up
  • SoCal Lemonade
  • Small Goods (delicious cheese!)
  • Belindas Cocina (known for her outstanding Mexican food, Belinda serves up delicious dishes and flavors that change weekly!)
  • Cravory Cookies
  • Tango (empanadas are their specialty!)
  • Baba Foods (go for the hummus)
  • Egyptian Delights
  • Green Door Catering

At the center of the market are the Certified Farmers Market vendors, or the CFM. Many of the growers operate small family farms in San Diego County, and most of them have already developed a reputation for quality and high-value specialty crops. Here, you’ll find various fresh produce such as tomatoes, peppers, corn, avocados, strawberries, and more.

Local farms at the market include:

  • Living Earth Ranch
  • Carlsbad Strawberry Company
  • JR Organics
  • Tom King Farms
  • Futterman Farm

Don’t forget to check out the fresh flowers – they are always gorgeous! This is a great place to pick up some flowers for the table at home (and they aren’t too expensive).If you’re a cactus lover, keep an eye out for the succulents tent; there is always a great variety, and plenty of smaller options that you can carry home easily! Some of the cheapest ones start at just a few dollars each.

Artisans & Crafts

One of the things that makes this market so unique is the incredible variety of local boutiques, artisans, artwork, and multitude of arts and crafts available to look at and to purchase.

You’ll find everything from jewelry to small gifts, unique little knick-knacks, and wood-carved tableware; there is usually some artwork out and available to look at, as well. Other items include French linens, handmade T-shirts, hats, clothes, and scented, all-natural handmade soap. If you’re looking for a unique gift or something a little different for your own home, this is definitely the place! Many items that you see one Sunday may not be there the next, so the selection is really quite different each week.

For a Good Cause

All proceeds from the Farmer’s Market benefit La Jolla Elementary (LJES), a public school. The proceeds fund various initiatives enjoyed by all children at LJES, including school improvements and programs such as art, music, library, technology and additional classroom teachers to lower class sizes.

 

Historic La Jolla Hotels: Experience Hollywood Glam in San Diego

La Jolla has been a resort town for decades, attracting visitors from all over the country with its allure of sparkling ocean waters and essentially perfect climate. In 1894, the railroad line was extended to La Jolla from the heart of San Diego, making access to its beaches even easier for locals and visitors.

Here are the stories behind three incredible historic La Jolla hotels – when you stay at one of these beauties, you’ll be experiencing a decadent part of the Village’s incredible history.

La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia’s iconic pink hues and Spanish flair became a part of La Jolla’s history in 1926, when it first opened its doors as an apartment hotel. While its first name, Los Apartmentos de Sevilla, was not widely used, the new locale was designed to integrate the finest elements of various styles of the Spanish school of architecture.

Officially named La Valencia in 1928, the iconic hotel survived the Depression and quickly became a favorite among locals and Hollywood stars alike. And during World War II, because of La Jolla’s proximity to San Diego, La Valencia Hotel was very much a part of the war effort – locals spent long hours perched in the windswept tower scanning the skies and seas for enemy planes or ships.

The pool was built in 1950 with the gym, sauna, putting green and shuffleboard court put in shortly afterwards. The owner acquired Hotel Cabrillo (located next door) a few years later, increasing the number of guest rooms to 100. The old Hotel Cabrillo actually still stands today as the hotel’s West Wing.

The Hotel Cabrillo was designed by famous architect Irving Gill and constructed in 1908 under the supervision of James A. Wilson. When When it opened in 1909, it was considered a landmark achievement; with commanding ocean views and luxurious accommodations, it was the first hotel on the Pacific Ocean north of the Hotel Del Coronado. Four steam and motor trains stopped near the hotel each day, making it an easy destination for guests until it was bought by La Valencia in 1956.

Hollywood Glam

Notable actors of the time were known to stay at La Valencia and gather for glamorous parties: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer, Joseph Cotton, Richard Basehart, Charlton Heston, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Jones, Lorne Green, David Niven and many others to numerous to mention over that seventeen year period.

The Grande Colonial

The Grande Colonial is La Jolla’s oldest original hotel. The original Colonial Apartments and Hotel, as it was known when it opened in 1913, was designed by Richard Requa, the master architect of the California Exposition in Balboa Park. That old Colonial Hotel, a wood framed structure located on the corner of Prospect and Jenner streets, was moved down the street to the rear of the lot – where it still stands and is used today.

The owner of the property, George Bane, chose to build a new hotel out of concrete that would “rival anything in the west.” Completed in 1928 and boasting 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms, it was the first fireproof hotel to be built west of the Mississippi.

Fun fact: when it first opened, the Grande Colonial was only charging its guests $1 per night!

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

The Club originally opened in 1927 as the La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club; in 1935, Frederick William Kellogg (known as F.W. Kellogg) purchased the property with visions of an oceanfront resort that would attract people from all over the country.

Kellogg broadened the Club’s appeal by changing the emphasis to that of an exclusive oceanfront tennis resort. He built four tennis courts and a swimming pool, and promptly renamed the resort the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. To attract out-of-town guests, he constructed the “Beach Club Apartments” at the south end of the property.

After his death in 1940, his son William Scripps Kellogg (known as W.S. Kellogg) took over the hotel’s management. Under his watch, the resort quickly became a vacation destination.

Up until the early 1980s, W.S. Kellogg was still a familiar sight at the Club, taking children for rides on the beach in a 1915 Packard, known affectionately as the “Old Black Goose.” Children who rode in the convertible became members of the Old Black Goose Club, swearing an oath to never become litterbugs. Today, locals will often see W.S. Kellogg’s grandson behind the wheel – and children still take the oath after each ride, patrolling the grounds to pick up litter!

The historic La Jolla hotels were what drew the Hollywood stars to its shores by the mid-1930s. Initially, celebrities simply came to La Jolla for relaxation and retreat; but by the 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood stars began creating and producing plays at The Summer Playhouse, located in the auditorium of La Jolla High School – which is today known as the incredible La Jolla Playhouse!

14 Free Things to Do in La Jolla

If you’re looking for ways to get out there and explore without breaking the bank, you’ve come to the right place! Though San Diego’s jewel has plenty of upscale attractions – fine dining, fancy hotels, and classy galas – there are also plenty of free things to do in La Jolla (and you may not even know that some of these are free!). You can plan an entire day filled with activities, all without spending a cent. Here’s our list of the best free things to do in La Jolla California.

1. Walk the seawall at Children’s Pool

Go a step further than hanging out at the beach and take a stroll along the Children’s Pool sea wall. Constructed in 1931, its main purpose was to create a cove-like beach that children could safely swim and play in; nowadays, the La Jolla seals and sea lions have taken over and are a popular tourist attraction. It’s an incredible photo op, however, and gives you some unique views of the shoreline. Be careful about that tide, though – you will get splashed!

2. Take a self-guided tour of La Jolla’s historical buildings

The La Jolla Historical Society offers free maps for several different self-guided walking tours. Each one focuses on a different aspect of La Jolla’s history (historic beach bungalows, mid-century modern architecture, etc.) and features anywhere from 10-15 different buildings within the Village. The tours can typically be completed in a couple of hours, and make for a lovely afternoon stroll – plus, it’s a great way to get to know La Jolla!

3. Walk along Coast Blvd. for endless ocean views

Coast Blvd. runs the length of the La Jolla shoreline and is a terrific way to get all those ocean views in at one time! Start at Sunny Jim Sea Cave (Cave Street becomes Coast Blvd. here) and continue along past La Jolla Cove, the Children’s Pool, and Cuvier Park. The road will eventually curve just past Windansea Beach and become a different street, which is a good stopping point. Make sure to look for the rest of the seven sea caves along the coast; especially the larger caves like Clam Cave and White Lady Cave!

4. Check out the tide pools

La Jolla is home to several great tide pool areas: Shell Beach, False Point, Dike Rock, south La Jolla Shores, and Hospitals Beach. Each spot has its own unique highlights, and you’re bound to always see at least a few little sea creatures (or at least sea lions)! Always go at low tide (or even minus tide), and be very careful on the rocks as they do get slippery, and always be mindful of what you may be stepping on. During certain times of the year, the Birch Aquarium offers guided tours of the tide pools; check their website for information. Please note that it is illegal to remove any sea life from the tide pools.

5. Hike along the Coastal Meander Trail

The Coastal Meander Trail is a 380-foot section of pathways that extends from La Jolla Shores Dr. down to a bluff overlooking Scripps Pier. The  trail is actually a part of the state’s California Coastal Trail program, which is a network of public trails that, when finished, will allow people to walk along the entirety of the California coast – from the Oregon border all the way to Mexico. It will eventually span 1,200 miles and 15 different counties, and is currently more than 50% complete.

The trailhead is at the top of Biological Grade, across from the old NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Look for the “Coastal Trail Access” sign on the west side of La Jolla Shores Drive.

6. Have a bonfire at La Jolla Shores

There is really no bad time to have a bonfire in San Diego, but warm summer nights are tough to beat. There are fire pits along most of the beach at La Jolla Shores, though they do fill up early – especially on weekends and major holidays. Barbecuing on the beach is prohibited, but if you’re in the mood to grill up some burgers, there are a few BBQ pits on the grassy area just behind the sand.

7. Visit the Map & Atlas Museum

As the only museum that offers free admission in La Jolla, this one had to make our list. The museum is a hidden gem, and houses rare and often quite beautiful old maps from all over the world. This is a real treat to visit, especially if you are a history buff. Learn more about the museum here.

8. Check out the La Jolla Open Aire Market

La Jolla’s very own little Farmer’s Market happens every Sunday from 9am-1:30pm at the corner of Girard Ave and Genter Street. Incredible fresh produce, goodies from local artisans, and amazing farm-to-table eats are just some of their unique offerings. It’s great for grabbing breakfast or just picking up some things to take home.

9. Take an Architecture Tour at Salk Institute

The Salk Institute offers free guided public tours from Monday through Friday at 12 pm. The one-hour tours are led by trained and knowledgeable docents, and you’ll get to see why the Institute is truly one-of-a-kind. Please note that online reservations are required for all tours.

10. Look for shells at Shell Beach

True to its name, Shell Beach is a great place to explore and look for unique rocks or shells. Note: please practice ethical, responsible shell collecting. Don’t take anything that is alive, and leave the spiral shells where you find them. Better yet, just take some photographs – this is a great spot to practice your micro-photography skills!

11. Have a picnic at Ellen Scripps Park

Wide expanses of grass and plenty of sitting benches make Ellen Browning Scripps Park on Coast Blvd. a terrific place for an afternoon picnic that’s close to both La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool. You’ll have your pick of both sun and shade (the park is home to the famous Dr. Seuss Lorax tree!) and there is plenty of room to spread out a blanket and a yummy lunch.

12. The Stuart Collection at UC San Diego (Fallen Star, Bear & More!)

Sprinkled throughout the UCSD campus are several unique works of outdoor art. Ranging from neon lights to a house perched precariously atop a building aptly titled, Fallen Star, and a bear made from boulders, these 18 pieces are hidden gems – and finding each of them makes for a great day of exploration! Did you know you can enter the Fallen Star house? Entrance is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11-3pm. Follow this printable map and start exploring!

13. See some artwork by Dr. Seuss

The Legends Gallery [1205 Prospect Street] is home to an incredible collection of Dr. Seuss artwork. From rare pieces to some of his most well-known prints, the gallery has it all. Most works are available for purchase, though it’s fun to just go and have a look around; there are some rare collectibles here that you won’t see anywhere else! Want to see more? Head to the Geisel Library at UC San Diego during summer and around the month of March to see what special exhibit is on display. Because of the fragility of the materials in the Seuss Collection, access to the collection is restricted. Items from the collection are usually on exhibit during the summer session and during the month of March (Dr. Seuss’s birthday). Please consult the list of exhibits for more details.

14. Visit the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Don’t miss the chance to visit one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the US! This beautiful library is open and free to the public five days a week. The art exhibitions rotate every few months, but the beautiful collection of books and artists’ books stays year-round (note that only members can check out books). The current art exhibits are usually on show in the front room and are definitely worth a look.

When you’re done with these, start checking these things off your La Jolla California bucket list!

Del Mar’s San Diego County Fair

Del Mar’s San Diego County Fair

Summertime in Southern California is the epitome of a beachside Hollywood film. After you’ve soaked in plenty of sun at the beach, next stop? Hitting the Del Mar County Fair. From breathtaking gardens and wine tasting to deep fried Oreos and amusement park rides, it is a phenomenal event that truly has something for everyone.

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Entertainment

There’s a lot to do at this fair; it’s why so many people come back multiple times each summer. They want to make sure they see it all! Here’s our outline of the most major, must-see fair points.

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Competitive Exhibits:

Walking through the best of art, gardens, wine, photographs, livestock and other exhibits is very eye-opening. You get to see the talents of many people from all walks of life. If you have your own homemade cheese or art that could be prize-worthy, enter your selection! With a large number of prizes, you never know what you could win.

The Animals:

A county fair simply isn’t a county fair without animals! Wave to horses, meet bunny rabbits, pet goats and so much more at the many animal exhibits here.

Concerts:

This county fair is full of a variety of live music. There are great local artists at many of the small stages, and there are large concerts hosted throughout the season. Some of the bands are big names, so look out to make sure you don’t miss your favorite group.

Amusement Rides & Arcade Games:

Bumper cars. Flying swings. Haunted mansions. Need we say more?

The Food

The beauty of this fair is that you can cater the experience to your own taste, literally. You can take a day off your heart-healthy regime and go for the stereotypical fair food. Try items like deep fried Oreos, deep fried candy bars, chocolate covered bacon, massive barbecued turkey legs and more.

If those items sound a little much, don’t worry; the fair offers lighter options and upscale dining, as well. If you’re of drinking age, add onto to either meal type with an extra special kick!

For those Over 21

Perhaps you adore merlots. Maybe you love Stone IPAs. Whether you’re a wine or beer person, or hey, maybe are a fan of both, there are two specific events we want to draw your attention to.

The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival: A ticket in here covers unlimited samplings, the opportunity for some truly VIP dining and your admission into the fair.

San Diego International Beer Festival: Featuring beers that are local and from across the globe, this festival has become the largest beer festival on the entire West Coast. If you love beer, it’s something you don’t want to miss.