The eighth largest city of United States and the second largest in the state of California, San Diego is brimming with life, culture and nature. It was voted by Money magazine in 2006 as the fifth best place to live in the country. Little wonder then ‘Sunny San Diego’ as its denizens like their city to be known, offers a whole range of dating opportunities.
Located on the Pacific coast and on the southernmost tip of the west coast of mainland United States, San Diego is naturally blessed with beautiful scenery and a comfortable Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and even dry while winters are mild, making the climate suitable for a wide range of outdoor activities like walking, hiking or biking. So singles in San Diego can visit the exquisitely maintained Balboa Park or the wide-ranging Presidio Park which are prime horticultural destinations of the city. For those who are inclined to enjoying nature in its original elements, a visit to the San Diego’s extensive nature preserves like the Torrey Pines State Reserve, the Border Field State Park or the Missions Trails Regional Park can offer excellent opportunities to bond over shared interests like nature and adventure.
Head to the beach
In San Diego, the beach is more than a place to watch the sun go down. For people of this fun-loving city, beaches are a way of life, a source of pride in the place they call home and a defining influence in their lives. So you may find singles heading to the Pacific beach for some gentle sunbathing or making a beeline for the Mission beach to take part in intense, adrenalin-packed sports like surfing and cycling. The Coronado Beach is frequently mentioned by the Travel Channel as one of America’s best where you could either take your date for an amazing outing or which you can explore in the hope of meeting someone who is equally thrilled by the view of white foam breaking on the shores.
Best watering holes
Apart from its natural beauty, San Diego is well known for its wide range of pubs and bars. Many of these places are not only ideal places to bump into attractive singles but also destinations which thrill with great music, liquor and ambience. If you are a single woman but dislike being groped by desperate guys, a few places to have a good time are the Universal – the latest EnDev club in Hillcrest or the KN Lounge which one among the latest rooftop destinations downtown. Other places where you can mingle with the crowd while sampling the delectable offerings from the bar are the Bondi Bar, the Finley Lounge, Firehouse Lounge on the beach, Jade Theater for its Japanese theme as well as the Yogi’s which is a hopping sports bar.
The liveliest nightspots
San Diego is justly famous for its colorful nightlife with discotheques and nightclubs to suit every pocket and taste in music. While the Gaslamp quarter is traditionally famous for its hip young crowds, you can explore other destinations in the city too. For instance if you want to impress your date, set out for the Ivy Hotel where you can either custom order cocktails at Envy, relax in its VIP lounge or shake a leg at the bass-bombing dance floor downstairs. Again for jazz lovers Anthology at the Little Italy hotspot is a perfect dating venue while singles can always find something to smile about at Jack’s La Jolla, especially on Thursday nights. However if the sparking ocean view is more in your line of indulgence, check out the Bleu Bar and Tower 23 for their breathtaking locales as well as fashionable crowd. For a cozy and affordable destination, it is difficult to beat 3rd Corner with its twin locations at Ocean Beach and Encinitas. Again if European sophistication is the thing you want, head for the sexy subterranean setting of the Minus One Lounge while for a more casual time you could set out for the East Village Tavern and Bowl where you might be able to pack in a friendly one-on-one game along with an evening of dancing.
Cultural hot spots
Lovers of art and culture have a lot of opportunities to come together in this vibrant city. San Diego has a thriving artistic scene with several exhibitions and workshops hosted through the weekends in the Arts and Design District, Little Italy while there are several smaller art galleries in areas like North Par, La Jolla and Solana Beach. For those singles interested in music, productions by the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera can make for ideal meeting opportunities while theater lovers can catch performances at the Old Globe Theater or the La Jolla Playhouse on date nights. Apart from these, singles with a rich sense of history can explore in each other’s company the various types of museums located in the city, ranging from those based on classical or contemporary art to maritime and aeronautical engineering.
Thanks to a long coastline and comfortable climate, San Diego has an active outdoor and sporting culture. Most young men and women are avid players of some sport or at the very least, die-hard fans of a sporting team. So whether you are a San Diego Chargers follower or an unflinching supporter of San Diego Padres, be sure to attend important matches live at the stadiums or at sports-themed pubs and who knows you may meet an attractive single who shares your passion for the same team. Again explore sporting events typical to the city like the San Diego Crew Classic, the Bayfair Cup which is a hydroplane race, Over-the-line which is a beach sport invented in the city or competitions hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club. Most of these events are not only fun ways of spending a sunny day in the outdoors but also great ways of meeting people who are equally interested in the unique sporting culture of the city.