Exploring San Diego Through Different Eyes

San Diego, one of America’s largest cities, always has something exciting going on.

Regardless of what activities you may be interested in, chances are San Diego has something that caters to that interest. From water sports and hiking, museums and coffee shops, tons of restaurants and bars, and numerous neighborhoods to explore, San Diego truly offers something for everyone.

For new students just adjusting to life at the University of San Diego, finding your place in the city might be difficult, as there is so much going on. However, the beauty of living in San Diego is that there is always a way to find your niche and tailor San Diego to fit your own needs. Check out these cool places to kick-start your exploration of San Diego.

Heading to a Padres’ game or to the races at the Del Mar Track is a great way to socialize with friends, while getting a little rowdy in the competitive spirit of the events.

Taco Tuesday is another right of passage for all new San Diegans, especially those who love to socialize. Chances are you’ll run into a ton of friends out and about in Old Town.

Another place one will be sure to run into fellow Toreros is Olive Café in Mission Beach. Students frequent the popular breakfast place, enticed by a sunny outdoor patio and the ability to use campus cash.

Farmers markets are also fun to attend with friends, and they make for an excellent excuse to explore the city’s different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood market brings something unique to the table. The Little Italy Market is by far the most popular, but the Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market offers the most samples.

Balboa Park houses numerous museums, the zoo, and The Old Globe theater, making for an excellent way to explore the city at your own leisure. The park itself is also beautiful, and it makes for an excellent place to picnic, toss around the Frisbee, or slack line.

San Diego is also home to great beaches and hiking trails, so those looking for some peace and quiet to explore nature are in luck. Torrey Pines, Black’s Beach, and Sunset Cliffs, make for a quieter beach going experience, but La Jolla and Coronado are excellent beaches as well.

San Diego additionally has some amazing hikes, like Potato Chip Rock and the Mushroom Caves that are fun options for students looking get out of the city for a bit.

Another option for a quiet day is spending it in one of San Diego’s more secluded coffee or acai shops, with a nice book or some homework. Some great options include Lestat’s Coffee House, Subterranean Coffee Boutique, Lazy Hummingbird Coffee and Tea House, and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.

No matter what mood you’re in or what sounds fun in the moment, San Diego has some great options that are sure to satisfy one’s interests. With an activity to suit everyone’s interests, new students can be confident that exploring the city is a worthwhile experience sure to deliver some hidden gems that can help make San Diego feel like home.

Written by Dani DeVries, Opinion Editor