Beyond NY Mark Beyer Summer 2014

Why You need to travel to San Diego

After being home for 2 short, but sweet weeks before returning to Wagner for the summer, I found myself inspired to brag about my amazing hometown. Hopefully this motivates you to go visit.

We have the two best food groups: (Authentic) Mexican and In-N-Out

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The California Burrito

Just bask in the glory of the California Burrito...The signature burrito of Southern California. This bad boy packs a full punch: carne asada (seasoned steak), french fries, shredded cheese, sour cream, and some amazing local guacamole. This is one item amongst a large selection of Mexican dishes including rolled tacos, street tacos, tostadas, salads, desserts...the list goes on. Here's a quick Top 10 but always feel free to ask a local.

Double- Double Animal Style and fries

Next on the list is the infamous In-N-Out. You haven't lived until you've had an In-N-Out burger. I'm sorry to the the loyal 5 Guys fans, but you're beat in this battle, proven time and time again by Easterner's who decided to try one. Just do yourself a favor and make it priority #1 on your travel to-do list.


Two seasons exist in Southern California: Spring and Summer. Yes, you heard that right. Spring and Summer. Might I add humidity does not exist. (It does but you don't feel like you're in a swamp.) You would think I'm making this up but when I say it's 75, it feels like 75. Thanks to the lovely people over at weather.com, they made an average temperature chart for San Diego...

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Monthly temperature averages for San Diego from weather.com

If you ask me, that's just about perfect.

Activities to do...year round


Imagine you have a weekend off in December and you can't choose whether you want to do, beach or snowboarding? Well, thanks to the perfect location of San Diego, you can do both in the same weekend. Drive 2 and a half hours north and you can go snowboarding all day at Big Bear Mountain on Saturday then come back home and go surfing on Sunday. Yes it might be with a wetsuit on, but with a year round average ocean temperature of 64F, you might be able to get away with just trunks on.

Not only does Southern California have a plethora of natural beauty but it also provides tons of man made activities. Let the list begin: 6 Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland (The Original), Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland, Sea World, The World Famous San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Safari Park, Belmont Park, Birch Aquarium, Balboa Park, The San Diego Fair, Del Mar Horse Races, and the USS Midway. I think that just about closes out the list of major places to go or see. As an aside, all of those locations are within 2 hours of Carlsbad, CA.

I did leave out one of the most unique things about San Diego, The Hotel Del Coronado. Not only is it one of the nicest and most historic hotels in America, but for one month in the winter, they put an ice rink on the beach, literally.Ice-Rink coronadoIf that isn't enough, I don't know what is.

Take my word, make time to go visit this beautiful place once in your life.