San Diego, California’s beach city, welcomes Canadian visitors this summer with warm sunny weather—averaging 24°C during June through August—112 km of sparkling beaches, world-famous attractions, one-of-a-kind festivals and events, hot new restaurants and more.
Many people are avoiding travel more than normal it seems. They watch the news and see it is a bit on the scary side. Borders are tighter, tensions are high and the unknown, is a whole lot scarier than ever before. Add in having anxiety and I can see why so many are canceling trips, staying home or just travelling locally.
This year I turned 40 and promised myself I would say YES to more opportunities. I want to live my life to the fullest and not regret passing up fun things like travel. So when I received an email asking me to visit San Diego, I had mixed feelings. I really wanted to go. I had never been to California and always wanted to. But the news was scaring me and there were all kinds of random violent attacks happening throughout the USA. I asked my spouse what he thought and did some research. Then decided I was going to go on the trip.
Boy am I glad I did!
I am not a minority and I am a Canadian citizen, so I know chances of me having issues crossing the border were pretty slim. But still, my anxiety and the news had me pretty afraid. I found security at the airport to be really quick and thorough as long as everyone had proper documentation. I always carry my passport with me when travelling. I was also informed to make sure I had a contact for my host and the address for the hotel we were staying in. I was not asked for this, but was prepared just in case.
My first impression of San Diego was really good. It was a busy city with many beaches and beautiful communities. Over the 5 days I stayed there, my opinion only got better. People were so kind and helpful everywhere we went. In a place where tourism takes over your day to day life, I know many have mixed feeling about sharing their gem with outsiders. However, in San Diego, everyone was very welcoming and so kind. The group I was with was full of Canadians from all across Canada from every walk of life. We all experienced the same great hospitality from the local Californians.
We explored the beaches, attractions, and restaurants while getting to know the people of the area and their history a bit more. San Diego very much reminded me of Victoria British Columbia. We do not have the palm trees in Canada and are not near Mexico (sadly as I love Mexico) but the weather, people and landscape were very similar. It is like people know how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful spot and are happy to be there. So many people enjoying the outdoors walking, boating and bike riding everywhere you turn. Endless amounts of shopping, wildlife spotting, and even celebrity sightings.
I am now in the middle of planning a trip back to the area, this time I am bringing my children. I know they will love it there and can not wait to see them enjoying San Diego.
Some of our highlights of the trip are:
Belmont Park Mission Beach San Diego
Birch Aquarium La Jolla
San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
Seals and their pups on Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla
My tip for families travelling to San Diego is to choose a resort close to the water. The entire city is beautiful and we took Uber while visiting. However, if you can be near the water and shopping that you can walk to, you will find it way more relaxing. Their tourism website has lots of info when planning your trip. www.sandiego.org
Kim is a busy mom of four who loves to travel, cook with the kids and share her stories while enjoying life. You can find her over at talesofarantingginger.com