San Diego isn’t called America’s Finest City for nothing. Perfect weather? Check. Beaches? Check. Endless possibilities for exploration? Check. You must admit this SoCal city seems to have it all and San Diego in the summer is one of the best times of the year to visit. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that roughly 35 million people visited San Diego in 2016 with about half of them staying overnight for a vacation. We’d venture a guess that a majority of those people were there to soak up some of that summer sunshine. Who could blame them?
Ask anyone what comes to mind when they think of San Diego and you’re likely to get a barrage of answers. It’s a beach city. It’s a music hotspot. It’s where Comic-Con is headquartered. The thing is that everyone would be right. It’s all of these things and more, which is why it’s quickly becoming one of the top best summer destinations in the world. Let’s take a look at what San Diego attractions make this destination one that makes summer dreams come true.
Beaches Upon Beaches
We’re talking about 17 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, to be exact, that make up the beaches of San Diego. Starting from Imperial Beach and moving up past Pacific Beach, there is a beach spot within close distance no matter where you are in San Diego County and each one has a slightly different vibe. Whether you’re wanting to get a glance of the local sea life in La Jolla or have been waiting to walk the gold-flecked shores in Coronado, when it comes to beaches few can beat what some refer to as the “best coast.” And, when it comes to summer, there will be beach umbrellas for as far as the eye can see.
San Diego Zoo Keeps Getting Bigger and Better
As one of the premiere San Diego attractions for locals and visitors alike, you can’t miss a chance to visit the San Diego Zoo. Their newest 8-mile, $68-million exhibit – Africa Rocks – recently made its debut and hosts six unique habitats for visitors to learn about and experience. Through the summer months, visitors can also take advantage of Nighttime Zoo, which is a schedule of special events and extended hours through this vacation-heavy time of year.
They’ve Got the Con
Comic-Con that is. The annual four-day event attracts over 150,000 every July from around the globe. With special celebrity appearances, trailer debuts, costumed characters, all in addition to the actual convention floor booths make this a one-of-a-kind experience that draws visitors every summer. Even for those who have chosen San Diego as their destination for other reasons, there is still plenty of free entertainment available surrounding Comic-Con for those who don’t have badges. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glance at one of your favorite comic book characters casually walking down the street. There are no limits to what you’ll see, hear, and experience come July in downtown San Diego.
It’s the New Craft Beer Capital
While that’s a sensitive subject to many of which city can really be crowned the official reigning champ of craft beer, with over 130 breweries (and still counting) all within San Diego County, it’s tough not consider this vacation town a heavy contender when it comes to the capital of craft. People are serious about their style of beers here and you’ll find enough on tap to taste your way through many a sample. The brewers take great pride in their work and the locals are more than willing to share their own personal favorites, so don’t be shy. Sidle up to the bar and find yourself among new friends with a cold brew in hand.
Free Festivals, Movies, and Concerts
Since summer makes us all feel a little more carefree, we’re usually out and about for longer hours filling our days to the max. Fortunately, San Diego summers are meant for doing just that and event spaces and neighborhoods all over the county make it their mission to show visitors a good time. For something truly SoCal, there are surfing competitions (some even involving dogs!), poke festivals (celebrating the raw fish salad everyone is crazy about), or watching a free movie screened by the waterfront. All of these activities are an addition to the top things to do in the summer in San Diego.
One-of-a-Kind Coastal Events
San Diego offers a long list of events that can’t be experienced just anywhere. With the Pacific Ocean serving as the ultimate background, it allows the opportunities to extend from the shore into the sea. The annual grunion run, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and boating are all part of the stream of activities that make up the excitement of one the world’s most incredible destinations.
These summer events don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what makes San Diego such a wonderful destination. It doesn’t matter the season, you can enjoy the sunny weather year-round and get your fill of whatever delights you!