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!
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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
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
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
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
Imperial Beach Street Tacos
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
Ballast Point Brewery
El Camino Mexican Restaurant
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)
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
Solace & the Moonlight Lounge