A local’s guide to San Diego
- By Nina Garin
- Photos by Sandy Huffaker
Believe what you hear about San Diego. We’re laid-back. We surf. We drive everywhere. And we’re really defensive about our burritos. But once you’re here, you’ll see that there’s more to this place than stereotypes.
San Diego is a border town and a seaside escape, home to a world-famous zoo and West Coast-style IPAs. Our beaches are as diverse as the languages we speak. On the streets you’ll meet a blend of scientists, foodies, biotech professionals and even Tony-winning theater artists. But there’s one thing that connects locals and tourists alike: We all still geek out when we run into Tony Hawk at the skatepark.
Meet Nina Garin
Nina is a San Diego native who was also partly raised in Baja California, Mexico. She’s an arts journalist who, as a reluctant stage mother to two daughters, spends more time in theaters than the outdoors. Although she lives a few blocks from the ocean, she’s never been surfing and is too terrified of rip currents to try.
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- San Diego is outdoorsy, but make sure to explore the arts. There’s a strong theater scene here, with the Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse regularly sending shows to Broadway.
- Our weather really is perfect, although mornings by the coast tend to be overcast and it gets legitimately chilly at night. So, yes, bring shorts and sundresses, but carry a sweater at all times.
- We have an irrational hatred of Los Angeles. Maybe because they stole our football team.