If you’ve recently moved to the San Diego area for a new job, school or an internship, you’ll want to stop sightseeing like a tourist and start living like a local. Get off the beaten path and discover a whole new world of possibilities with the best secret spots in San Diego. From hush-hush restaurants to the underground art scene, we’ve compiled a list of everything to do and see in the San Diego area that’s not on every tourist’s to-do list.
#5. Cave Swimming at Luscomb’s Point – Have you ever dreamed of taking a dip in a gorgeous coastal cave? Well now you can at San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs at Luscomb’s Point. Head west on Interstate 8 until you come to the end. The southern end of Luscomb’s point is located parallel to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. You’ll see a narrow passage on your left near Monaco Street. Inside, you’ll find a massive cave with shallow waters and a stunning view of the local sunset. Ahhh, paradise.#4. Talking Trees at UC San Diego – Artist Terry Allen created an art installation on the University of California’s San Diego campus. Made with three historic eucalyptus trees, Allen’s piece, appropriately titled Trees, creates a cacophony of sound for viewers to appreciate. You’ll hear musical chants, ducks quacking, and spoken poems. Find them near the Geisel Library. Magic is real, folks.#3. Free Pork at S & M’s – As one of the city’s best butcheries, Sausage and Meat’s serves delicious carnivorous grub of all varieties. Check out their twitter page to get the “Safe Word of the Week.” It gets you two free servings of their featured meaty dish. Travel to the East Village to get your weekly supply of succulent pork, bacon and sausage.
#2. Brews at the Zoo – Yes, you can enjoy a range of scrumptious craft beers at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Located in the Lost Forrest, Albert’s is serving some refined culinary creations paired with an unbeatable selection of international and local brews. You’ll find dozens of offerings that will please any beer aficionado. Hanging out with the animals is better with a drink in your hand.
#1. Old Fashioned R & R – Are you suffering from screen overload? Maybe it’s time to go back to another time. At the Old Town Cosmopolitan Hotel, you’ll find 18th Century-style bedrooms, furnishings and dining rooms. Marvel in the building’s antique architectural design. Built in 1827, this historic monument transports its guests to a world free of texts, calls, and pay-per-view. Plus, you’ll find some of the most surprising dishes and cocktails at their restaurant and bar. Take a load off by turning your screen off.