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About two years ago, my best friend and her husband traveled to San Diego. This struck me as an odd choice. I’ve known these two for nearly 15 years, and they travel several times a year, often choosing exotic, interesting places. It’s common for them to fly to Copenhagen or Osaka.

So it was underwhelming when they announced this San Diego trip. But once I saw their photos and heard about their experience, I felt intrigued.

They sadly don’t have a blog but as their spokesperson, I’m going to share some tidbits about San Diego that will make YOU want to do something crazy — visit a city less traveled.

Beaches

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There’s a fringe surfing community in San Diego, but generally, most residents love the outdoors in one form or another. Parks attach to many beaches, dog owners let their canines play in the surf, and there are plenty of walks by the Pacific Ocean.

The two beaches I’m keen to see are the Windansea Beach and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach is a surfing mecca, but the beach is split into two areas — one side is for surfers and the other is for sun worshippers. It’s handy to have both sides to explore; I love watching the sport of surfing. La Jolla Cove is a quaint spot to snorkel and kayak — on top of being one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California.

Museums

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know about my passion for history and art. Not all museums are equal obviously, but San Diego has some gems!

Take the Museum of Contemporary Art, which has over 4,000 works and admission is free for anyone age 25 and under. Though this totally disqualifies me for free admission, I’d still go. However, admission is free to all every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; just time your trip accordingly.

For a laugh, hit the San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum. Seeing vintage badges, handcuffs, uniforms, or patrol cars seems like a hoot to me.

Culture

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Image: Trover

I’m a gal that loves culture, and although San Diego seems like a dry city for such interests, it’s really not!

Spanish culture is deeply embedded in San Diego, so a visit to Old Town San Diego should be on your list. You’ll find adobe buildings and haciendas, restaurants, and cool shops. Check the San Diego Old Town Guide for monthly events, as there’s always something going on — including street markets to performances like flamenco dancing.

An item on my bucket list is Balboa Park’s outdoor Spanish Village Art Center. I love Mexican art and expression, so being able to explore 37 different studios and galleries sounds bloody divine. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

That’s my quick overview of San Diego. As for hotels, my friends recommend grabbing a hotel by the water in areas like La Jolla Cove. After all, that’s partly why you’re there, right?

Have you ever considered San Diego as a place worth visiting?

This post is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series. Tag it if you love San Diego!