San Diego, California is one of those cities that businessmen and women just seem to love traveling to. And that’s no surprise because the city is home to one of the most enviable climates in the 48 contiguous states. It also is blessed with gorgeous beaches, great restaurants, and an endless number of attractions to keep business travelers busy when they’re not in the middle of their meetings.
With so much going for it, you can easily see why San Diego is one of the top cities when it comes to extended stays. In this guide, you’ll find things to do in San Diego to help make the most out of your extended stay.Going to #SanDiego? We've rounded up some classy #attractions for you! #businesstravel #mustseeplaces #visitSanDiego #traveltips #SD Click To Tweet
San Diego Restaurants
From pizza by the beach to exciting food trucks to fine dining at its best, San Diego has it all!
Addison at The Grand Del Mar
Helmed by executive chef William Bradley, who also happened to be picked as the best chef in the city in 2017 by San Diego magazine, Addison at The Grand Del Mar is one of the best fine dining establishments in southern California. Chef Bradley specializes in taking fresh regional ingredients and transforming them into a brilliant French-inspired tasting menu that changes with the availability of seasonal ingredients. It’s exactly what you would expect from the man who once had Thomas Keller as his mentor.
Located in artsy La Jolla, Galaxy Taco is led by one of San Diego’s top young chefs, Christine Rivera. She has made waves in southern California thanks to her modern takes on Mexican staples. She even continues the labor-intensive masa production because she believes there are some things you just can’t scrimp on. Galaxy Taco is hip, colorful, and a great place to eat.
Mariscos German Beyer
If you’re craving some Mexican-inspired seafood, skip the sit-down restaurants and head to San Ysidro where you should look for a food truck called Mariscos German Beyer. The food that comes out of the window of this truck is considered some of the best seafood in the San Diego area. If you do decide to give this incredible cuisine a try, don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line.
With such ease of availability for fresh seafood, it’s no wonder why sushi bars can be found all over the San Diego area, But if you want the best of the best, head to 4529 Mission Bay Drive where you’ll find Sushi Ota. The restaurant sits in the corner of an unassuming strip mall, but don’t let that fool you, Sushi Ota is an award-winning sushi restaurant of the very highest order, and quite possibly the best you’ll find outside of Japan.
San Diego Pizza Company
Odds are you’ll want to visit beautiful Mission Beach during your extended visit and if this is the case, there’s nothing like having a slice of delicious pizza with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. And, you’ll find some of the best pizza (and pork sliders) coming from San Diego Pizza Company. This food truck has been consistently rated by San Diego’s BEST reader’s poll as THE best place for pizza in the Mission Bay area.
San Diego Attractions
Whatever you want to do, you’ll find it in San Diego
Beaches and Bays
Without a doubt, the top thing to do in San Diego is sunning and surfing along the city’s 70+ miles of beautiful beaches. The most popular beach is arguably Mission Beach, but there are plenty of others worthy of your consideration, such as Coronado Beach, La Jolla Shores, Del Mar Beach, and Cardiff-By-The-Sea. If you’re a surfer and you want a challenge, take the hike to Black’s Beach. Besides being a surfer’s dream, Black’s Beach is also one of the area’s three nude beaches. It remains so despite the fact that public nudity is against the law in San Diego.
San Diego Zoo
As far as zoos go, the San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the country. In fact, in 2015, it was voted the “#1 Zoo in the World” by TripAdvisor. Known for its vast collection of exotic animals and outstanding events, the zoo is usually one of the top items on most to-do lists, and it makes for a fun, educational, and interesting way to spend an afternoon during an extended stay. If you want to see some of the zoo’s most popular guests in action, check out the live panda cam, polar bear cam, or ape cam.
2920 Zoo Dr.
Nestled up against the Pacific Ocean is Belmont Park, one of the city’s most entertaining places to visit. Belmont Park has a host of amusement rides, including a roller coaster and carousel. It also has a sky climb wall climbing attraction and Tiki Town Miniature Golf. There is a variety of culinary options, ranging from sushi to ice cream at the Sweet Shoppe and all of the shopping you can handle.
3146 Mission Blvd.
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego’s SeaWorld is one of the top attractions in the city and has been for quite some time. The park sits on 190 acres in Mission Bay Park, where it has grown in recent years from an aquarium to a full-blown amusement park, complete with rides like the thrilling Journey to Atlantis, Manta, and plenty of others. Other popular attractions in the park include the new Orca Encounter, the live sea lion shows, and Turtle Reef, just to name a few. There’s even free Wi-Fi available, so if you need to email a colleague a spreadsheet, you’ll be able to do it quickly and easily without using your data plan.
500 Sea World Dr.
Arts and Culture
San Diego is home to nine inspiring arts districts. In La Jolla’s art district, you’ll find a plethora of galleries, architectural sites, and a museum dedicated to La Jolla’s most famous resident, Dr. Seuss, on the campus of UC San Diego. In Point Loma, the spot where California began, you’ll find the Women’s Museum of California, ArtWalk NTC, and more, as well as the favorite Cabrillo Festival. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll find a rich variety of arts and culture in Barrio Logan, City Heights, Miramar, Mission Valley, North and South Park, the Northeast, and Southeastern San Diego.
San Diego Recreation
One of the best cities for watersports
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
In San Diego, scuba diving and snorkeling are just as popular as surfing. And, you’ll find the best scuba diving at Point Loma and La Jolla. If you’re new to diving, La Jolla Cove is a great place to get accustomed to the recreation. Or, if you’re an avid diver, then you can take a charter boat out to San Diego’s Wreck Alley, where you can dive and explore the 366-foot Canadian Destroyer called the Yukon as well as five other wrecks. The ships were intentionally sunk at the site so they could develop an artificial reef. Since that time, it has become one of the top diving spots in the world.
With more than 70 miles of gorgeous coastline, San Diego is paradise for those who love to kayak. Although you can kayak just about anywhere, La Jolla Cove tends to be one of the most popular places, thanks to its calm waters and the abundance of sea caves located there. If kayaking on the ocean isn’t for you, you can opt to go kayaking on San Diego’s numerous freshwater lakes or rivers. In fact, fishing by kayak is one of the most popular watersports in the area.
Hiking in San Diego can provide you with a range of experiences; for example, you can hike along the coastal bluffs, in the mountains, and even in the desert. With more than 2,100 native plant species, over 500 species of birds, and hundreds of different mammals and reptiles, few places can match San Diego’s beauty and diversity. Only in San Diego can you watch the sunrise from a desert palm grove, play in the snow in the mountains at noon, and be back to catch the sunset while hiking along the beaches.
With more than 90 golf courses, you have no shortage of options for spending your afternoon off playing a round or two of golf. San Diego has been heralded by Golf Digest magazine as “one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world,” and it has played host to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines is also home to the annual Farmers Insurance Open (formerly known as the Buick Invitational). Other must-try courses in San Diego include The Crossings at Carlsbad, Mission Bay Golf Course, Riverwalk Golf Club, and the Coronado Golf Course.
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