What to do in San Diego, America’s Finest City

first_img The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities San Diego has a dozen different identities. It’s a military town. It’s a surfing Mecca. It’s a craft beer smorgasbord. It’s a neighbor to Mexico.These various influences and cultures blend together in a city that’s driven by a 17-mile coastline, north to south. This California destination boasts a slower pace of life and just enough urbanity in the thriving downtown core. From Balboa Park to La Jolla, there seems to be a bite-sized chunk of enchantment for any taste.What to do in San Diego? We took a little bit from as much of “America’s Finest City” as we could explore and put it together in one easy read, just for you.StayThe U.S. Grant HotelThe U.S. Grant is situated in a historic building right in the middle of downtown San Diego. The large hotel has been nicely renovated and you’re mere steps from the eclectic nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter.Estancia La Jolla Hotel and SpaThis ritzy resort is what you’d expect from an idyllic Southern California retreat. The property offers plenty of quiet and relaxation in one of the region’s most well-to-do cities. For an active retreat, there are plenty of hiking and water sport options nearby too.Sheraton San Diego Hotel & MarinaThe Sheraton down by the marina is a family-friendly option that features a spa, three heated pools, and water sport rentals. It’s also conveniently located near the San Diego International Airport.EatTurf Supper ClubA Golden Hill neighborhood tradition since 1950, Turf Club is one of those spots that hasn’t changed much with time, but still feels as fresh as ever. Beyond a solid lineup of classic cocktails and fresh taps, the star is the communal grill in the bar’s second room — it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a steak and a few cheap beers. Simply choose from a tailored selection of meats, slap it on the grill, and cook it to your liking. Residents from all walks of life stop in. It’s a place to welcome friends, much as you’ll feel welcomed yourself.El Pubelo Mexican FoodIn a city driven by Mexican food, everyone has their favorite taqueria for a hundred different reasons. An interesting choice is this Cardiff counter-service joint, which is literally in a gas station. If you’re looking for crispy morsels of meat, cheese, and tortilla, El Pueblo is your spot.Hillcrest Farmer’s MarketSure, this Sunday market has all of your standard California produce, but we suggest venturing across the street to the variety of vendors that would make any food hall blush. You’ll find everything from barbecue to Thai to tamales, all made by local folks who are pretty damn good at what they do. Did we mention tamales? There are at least seven different flavors. You should probably start with those.O.B. Smoothie Bar & SubsO.B. is a nondescript sandwich spot that makes acai bowls as big as your head. The smoothies in their name are good too, but really, come for a acai bowl loaded with fruit, granola, or a variety of other options that make a lazy morning walk along Ocean Beach much better.DrinkNoble ExperimentIt would be a shame to make the trip to San Diego and not experience one of the best bars in California. Tucked behind a wall of beer kegs at Neighborhood, a top-notch restaurant downtown, Noble Experiment quietly (and consistently) puts out amazing classic cocktails, plus the occasional twist by bartenders at the top of their game. Reservations are highly encouraged, but you can also try putting your name on the list and having a beer up front. Spend some time with Noble’s menu — it’s almost as beautiful as the drink lineup.Jayne’s GastropubJayne’s GastropubThis quaint bistro near Normal Heights classifies itself as a British pub but showcases a much better wine list than the average fish and chips place. Expect updated takes on Tikka Masala and kebabs, as well as the pub fare you know and love. It’s a great spot for a casual dinner in a excellent walking neighborhood.ShopClairemont Surf ShopJust over 40 years ago, Steve O’Connell opened a surf shop with a commitment to being accessible for anyone and everyone interested in surfing. Today, he runs the shop side-by-side with his son, Dan, and maintains a great selection of gear. San Diego’s surf culture is legendary, and it’s places like Clairemont that are keeping traditions alive and relevant to the next generation.Liberty Public MarketLiberty Public Market/FacebookNot one to be left out of the public market/food hall resurgence, San Diego’s contribution to the national trend is right on the water, near the airport and the marina. More than two dozen artisans offer everything from full meals to locally produced goods perfect for take-home gifts.La Jolla Shores, San DiegoDoHarbor IslandHarbor Island is the spot to explore the calm waters of San Diego on a paddle board or kayak, especially if you’ve had a long flight (or even a long drive coming from LA) and need to unwind and transition into the vibe of the city. You’ll paddle alongside multi-million dollar yachts, but think of them as extra eye candy on top of the glassy waters.Balboa ParkPhoto Courtesy of Balboa Park and Richard Benton/FacebookBalboa Park, which is home to the San Diego Zoo and multiple museums, is a great place to walk around. The grounds are well-maintained and the gardens are beyond scenic. There are few better places for a morning jog.Potato Chip RockThe slender, outward-facing rock at the summit of Mount Woodson resembles — you guessed it — a potato chip. It’s just 40 minutes from the city center and wildly popular on social media, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into. Be sure to take plenty of water (the trail can get hot and dry).La Jolla ShoresWhile basking in the splendor of the La Jolla neighborhood, take time to check out its most popular beach. During the day, it’s frequented by families and surfers. Once the sun sets, bonfires sparkle along the mile-long shoreline under typically clear, nighttime skies.last_img read more

Baugh A Statesman a True Gentleman of Jamaican

Dr. Kenneth Baugh OJ, transitioned this morning at home in Kingston. He was born on February 24, 1941, in Montego Bay, St. James. Prime Minister Andrew Holness today recognized the tremendous contribution of Dr. Kenneth Baugh to the development of Jamaica and hailed him as a true gentleman of Jamaican Politics. He attended the Springfield Primary School; Cornwall College and University of the West Indies (UWI). Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness today recognized the tremendous contribution of Dr. Kenneth Baugh to the development of Jamaica and hailed him as a true gentleman of Jamaican Politics.Dr. Kenneth Baugh OJ, transitioned this morning at home in Kingston. He was born on February 24, 1941, in Montego Bay, St. James.He attended the Springfield Primary School; Cornwall College and University of the West Indies (UWI).Dr. Baugh was a surgeon by profession. As a physician he was always motivated to heal and care, a perspective based on his love for humanity which he also brought to political service.Anyone who knew him, whether as a patient or a constituent or even a colleague, would agree that he was a kind and caring person.During a distinguished political career as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, Dr. Baugh served as Member of Parliament for North West St. James between 1980 and 1987, as a Senator from 1989 to 1993 and then as Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine until his retirement in 2016.Dr. Baugh also served as Opposition Leader, Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica as well as General Secretary and Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party.Prime Minister Holness noted that Dr. Baugh was the consummate professional and that he gave the better part of his life in service for the people he represented and his country.“He exemplified dignity and integrity throughout his public life. He was respected and held in high esteem by both sides of the political divide and could always be relied on to be a balanced and reasoned voice. His manner was always conciliatory and solution-oriented. He was an honest man, a sincere man; a decent man. His conduct gave him stature elevated above politics. He was a true statesman and we will miss his guidance and steady hand. The entire nation owes him a debt of gratitude,” said Prime Minister Holness.“On behalf of Juliet and the boys and the entire Jamaica Labour Party, I extend sincere condolences to his wife Vilma, his two sons and daughter and to his extended family including Dr. Horace Chang, his brother-in-law, as well as his colleagues in the medical fraternity and his friends,” expressed Prime Minister. read more

NSC Approves Citizen Security Plan

The National Security Council (NSC) has approved the Citizen Security Plan (CSP).The Plan, which was approved on Thursday (October 3) during the regular monthly meeting of the NSC, is aimed at improving citizen security in at-risk communities and is a key component of Plan Secure Jamaica (PSJ).The presentation was delivered by PSJ Coordinator, Brigadier Roderick Williams of the Office of the National Security Advisor.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who is Chairman of the NSC, received an update from Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson regarding the recent closure of the Criminal Records Office of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Commissioner Anderson assured the Council that services will resume next Monday, October 7, at an alternative location in Downtown Kingston.The closure of the Criminal Records Office was initiated by the JCF, due to health reasons. The Council acknowledged there is an infrastructure deficiency at the new location and in the interim has asked the Commissioner to report to Cabinet on an Infrastructure Plan. Government entities are also being asked to exercise discretion where Police Records are required until a return to normalcy.In the meantime, concerns were raised regarding habitual traffic offenders who breach the Road Traffic Act. The Police Commissioner advised the NSC that there will be increased focus on interdicting such offenders. Prime Minister Holness directed the Ministries of Justice and National Security along with the Attorney General’s Office to coordinate efforts to ensure there is a robust system of enforcement.The NSC also discussed recent concerns raised by members of the Entertainment Fraternity about the enforcement of the Noise Abatement Act. The Prime Minister, while recognizing the value of the Entertainment industry to Jamaica, emphasized that all relevant stakeholders will be working towards solutions, for objective standards and services, within the ambit of the Law.In his operational update, Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, disclosed that the Jamaica Defence Force Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that has been assisting in Hurricane Relief efforts in the Bahamas since September 7, had a successful mission. The DART will begin returning to Jamaica next week, while a small advisory team will remain in the Bahamas.Additionally, Director General of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), Colonel Desmond Edwards, informed the Council that there are currently 320 cases before the courts; 102 are being actively investigated while the Agency has secured a total of 29 convictions since the start of the year.The NSC meeting was also attended by Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson signaling the Government’s bipartisan approach. The National Security Council (NSC) has approved the Citizen Security Plan (CSP). The Plan, which was approved on Thursday (October 3) during the regular monthly meeting of the NSC, is aimed at improving citizen security in at-risk communities and is a key component of Plan Secure Jamaica (PSJ). The presentation was delivered by PSJ Coordinator, Brigadier Roderick Williams of the Office of the National Security Advisor. Story Highlights read more