It’s hard not to like San Diego. The city’s southern coastal location ensures the weather is good almost all year round. On one of the days I was there, the weather was overcast and, after I asked a local if she thought the sun would return the next day, she confidently asserted that it would. She hadn’t seen the weather forecast – it was just more likely that normal service (a sunny 23°C) would soon resume!
San Diego is a remarkably chilled out place and the relaxed atmosphere is epitomised by the large number of surfers who grab their boards each morning to ride the waves before work. The city is blessed with several gorgeous beaches, such as Ocean Beach (OB to the locals), Mission Beach and the affluent La Jolla Beach.
The central attraction in downtown San Diego are the bars and restaurants of the famous Gaslamp Quarter. Just ten minutes away from this busy centre lies the popular Balboa Park – a huge area of land that accommodates museums, pretty gardens and a renowned zoo. Wandering around on a sunny afternoon, it is easy to forget the park lies in a city with a population greater than that of Birmingham in Britain.
In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in San Diego. I’m envious of the lifestyle enjoyed by many of the residents. Here the weather is favourable and the cost of living is relatively cheap. I just hope it’s not too long before I’m back…