A Local’s Guide to San Diego

by Thomas Burtonelli

I’m fortunate enough to have lived in San Diego much of my life. I’ve traveled over seas many times, but always come back. Why? Because there is so much to do. If you are going to be visiting, here are some ideas to keep you busy and happy.

While the Zoo might dominate San Diego animal attractions, Sea World offers a definitive water inspired park. You can see killer whales do tricks and the like. Whether this is really a good things is debatable, but there you are.

Now for something completely different. You haven’t lived until you’ve gone grunion hunting. Grunion are little fish that come up on the beach to breed in the middle of the night during full moons. You chase them. Adult beverages are recommended.

San Diego has the Padres. They’re a professional baseball team. They’re not very good, but it really doesn’t matter. San Diego has a new baseball stadium that is amazing. Petco Park. You can even bring a dog while catching a game.

Love a good slab of meat? Prime rib specifically? Try Bully’s in Del Mar. This dingy bar/restaurant has been a famous gathering place for years for locals looking for prime rib that is simply mouth watering.

If an adult beverage in a more regal spot is your idea of a good time, the Hyatt in downtown San Diego is the place to go. Well, the top floor at least. It is a classy bar with large windows overlooking all of San Diego.

Looking to do a bit of dancing. From the Tango to line dancing to whatever is hot, one needs look no farther than downtown San Diego. Head over to E street and prepare to burn off dinner with some seriously fun gyrating.

Ever wondered what a yard of beer tastes like? Well, now you can find out. Head over to O’Hungry in Old Town. They serve beer by the yard. It comes in a long glass with a bulb on the end. At least, I faintly remember that being the case. Don’t Drive!

When it comes to having fun in San Diego, the list of things you can do is practically endless. It is pretty hard to have a bad time, so just get out there and go. We are all friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask for some help or advice if you need it.

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