Jun 01/19
By Kerri Benecke

Twelve months of travel: A local’s guide to San Diego

2019 has arrived! If you’re like us, you’re starting the year off right by setting new goals and checking off that ever-growing bucket list. For most, bucket lists include new experiences, tackling a fear, finding new ways to be inspired, and of course, travel.

If travel is at the top of your list, then you’re in luck. Our 2019 Destination San Diego: Locals Only calendar will give you all the inspo and insider tips you need to visit one of our favorite places – San Diego. Okay yes, we may be biased, but who doesn’t love sunshine and beaches?

Check out our custom illustrated calendar inspired by our favorite local sights, scenes and eats. Each month we’ll release our next destination with insider tips and recommendations – so make sure to keep coming back!

Love these illustrations? Check out more of our work HERE.

June's Destination: Washington St. Skatepark

Illustration by: Chris Hylton

A hidden haven beneath the highway. Construction on the first skate park in San Diego began in ‘99, without permission, and was quickly threatened by city bulldozers. But local skaters stood their ground and in 2002 one of the world’s greatest skate parks was completed.

Hot spots near Washington St. Skatepark:
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
Starlite Restaurant
Aero Club
James Coffee Co.
Architectural Salvage of San Diego

May's Destination: Bario Logan

Illustration by: Miguel Perez

A cultural hub. This epicenter of the city's Mexican-American culture is a hotspot for cutting-edge art, culinary delights, and authentic local culture. And during the Summer months, festivals like La Vuelta Car Cruise bring classic lowriders with mucho hydraulics to the neighborhood.

Hot spots in Bario Logan:
Las Cuatro Milpas Restaurant
Chicano Park
Border X Brewing

April's Destination: Blacks Beach

Illustration by: Megan Duncan

A place to be free. Nestled below an impressive 300-foot sandstone bluff, Blacks Beach has stunning views and the best barrels in San Diego. But that’s not all – Blacks is a known nude beach where locals and tourists come to share a little extra skin.

Hot spots near Blacks Beach:
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Salk Institute
Viewpoint Brewing

March's Destination: Stardust Donuts

Illustration by: John Laird

A local sweet spot. Serving donuts since ‘67, this family-owned business makes the best donuts in town. Arnold, the owner, arrives every morning at 2:00AM to put his secret recipe to work. Locals’ tip – they open around 10:00AM and close as soon as they sell out.

Hot spots near Stardust Donuts:
Silver Strand Beach
South Bay Drive-in Theater
Sea 180 Restaurant
Trident Coffee
Imperial Beach Street Tacos
Coronado Brewery

February's Destination: The Casbah

Illustration by: Ed Garcia

A place to rock. Around since ‘89, this famed music venue has a garage-band vibe with a rich pedigree of musicians. The stage hosted many bands before their big break—Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins, for example—in an intimate, grungy setting with killer acoustics.

Hot spots near The Casbah:
Waterfront Bar and Grill
Nolita Hall
Ballast Point Brewery
El Camino Mexican Restaurant
Supernatural Sandwiches
Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market

January's Destination: Swami’s Reef

Illustration by: Joe Ross

Swami’s Reef: A world-class right. Located in Encinitas, this internationally known beach has a standout right point break that attracts surfers near and far. After hitting the waves, make sure to walk the grounds of the Self-Realization Fellowship and hit up the local eatery, Swami’s café.

Hot spots near Swami’s:
San Diego Botanic Garden
Beacon’s Point (Lookout and Beach)
Lofty Coffee
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
Culture Brewing
Solace & the Moonlight Lounge


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