What it’s like to live in … San Diego

By on March 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

By Hoa Tran, guest blogger, regional college recruiter in San Diego, CA.

San Diego is renowned for its ideal climate, world-class attractions and beautiful beaches. As a local who has lived here all my life, I’ve often entertained the idea of living somewhere completely different. These thoughts quickly subside as the images of snow storms, downpours of rain and wind-blown hair fill up my head. After all, the weather is the source of all bad hair days. Why would anyone ever want to leave this place?

Although we are California’s second-largest city, San Diegans have a laid-back vibe that can be felt from the Laguna Mountains to Pacific Beach. Being the home of four distinguished colleges also contributes to this vibe. San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos, University of San Diego, and University of California San Diego all call this place home. From surfer-town Mission Beach to hipster-ville North Park, San Diego’s neighborhoods are as diverse as the people who live here.

And along with that diversity comes … amazing food. Whether you’re craving Peking duck, coq au vin, jamón ibérico, or kumamoto oysters, every palette can be satisfied in this foodie town. One of my favorite local spots is Quality Social in downtown. I’ve been hooked on their pork-belly BLT sandwich since my first bite. One of the newest food trends in San Diego is the restaurant on wheels, otherwise known as the food truck. Although the food truck frenzy cannot rival those in Portland, Austin or San Francisco, it’ll be a short time before it does. You can find gourmet items like grass-fed burgers at MIHO’s and Korean BBQ tacos at Tabe BBQ. Both often frequent my North Park neighborhood.

San Diegans enjoy gorgeous weather year-round with an average temperature of 70.5. With so many days of sunshine, locals here live an active lifestyle. Watersports such as surfing, kayaking, and diving can be done year-round at many of the beaches. Avid cyclists can enjoy a ride in any part of the county but the most beautiful is out east where picturesque mountains are the backdrop.

No matter what activities you enjoy doing or what you like to eat, there’s something for everyone here … unless you enjoy cold weather, of course!