San Diego is one of the most popular J1 destinations, a paradise for surf dudes and sun lovers. Certainly the year-round warm weather and 70 miles of beaches contribute to the pleasantness and possibly even to the surprisingly low crime rate here in the nation’s 8th largest city. The sweeping blue Coronado Bridge is the landmark of San Diego’s skyline, which curves attractively along the edge of San Diego Bay. San Diego has grown into a major centre for culture and recreation in California’s southwest!!
San Diego offers every kind of activity imaginable; from world-renowned attractions, unlimited outdoor recreation, a thriving arts and culture community, sightseeing tours and award-winning restaurants, you're sure to find a host of things to entertain and inspire.
So if considering going to San Diego get ready for a huge outdoor playground!! You can swim, snorkel, windsurf, kayak, bicycle, in-line skate, and partake of other diversions in or near the water, as well as in the mountains and desert. Just pack a laid-back attitude along with your sandals and swimsuit, and prepare for a warm welcome to California's fully-fledged beach town!!!
This also means that there is an extremely competitive job and housing market, so plan early and avoid disappointment.
Climate: J1’ers your heading to San Diego at the right time!! Because the summer months into the fall are San Diego’s hottest months! So get your sunscreen readyJ Average summer temperatures very from 20 C—27C. All though because of the mountain range there tends to be some very strong winds!
Culture: San Diego has always been a hotbed for surf and skateboard culture! Headquartered here are some of the industry's biggest names including Sector 9 Skateboards, TransWorld Media, and Rusty Surfboards. Some very well known surf spots include Swamis, Black's Beach,and Windansea. The region even has its own chain of surf shops, Sun Diego. Pro surfers Rob Machado and Taylor Knox, pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, and pro snowboarder Shaun White call the San Diego area their home!!
Transportation: Cyclers are common in San Diego! Also there is a public transporation that can get you from point A to point B! For details on there Public Transportation check out this website! http://www.sdcommute.com/
The most popular places to rent accommodation is Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach, these towns are full of shops, cafes, surfers, students and hippies.
Because this is such a popular destination, there can be competition for accommodation. Living close to the beaches will increase your cost of living, but its worth it to experience that South California experience.
Go4Less recommend finding a job & housing before you go! So to do so below are a list of websites that will help you out!
Big Bay Boom – July Fireworks are discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around San Diego's Big Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park, Coronado Ferry Landing and Imperial Beach. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 15 minutes.
San Diego Comic Con – July The largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Started as a modest comic book collector's convention, over the years Comic Con has become synonymous with Hollywood blockbusters and the hottest TV shows. Panel discussions with top movie stars are common, as are in-depth production discussions with directors, animators and producers. Screenings, signings, and omnipresent Klingons keep this party going year after year.
Del Mar Racing Season – July through September Live thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Race Track in the beautiful seaside city of Del Mar. The season starts with the annual opening day hat contest and ends in early September. In addition to special admission deals throughout the season, there are "4 o'Clock Fridays" concerts each week.
San Diego Summer Fair!! Nothing says summer like food, music, barn animals and rides. Just try not to eat so many fried Snickers bars before the Ferris wheel this year, OK?!
Since you lad’s and lassies are working so hard here are some hot spots in San Diego! Be sure to check out Hard Rock Hotel!! It has 4 clubs connected to it and they all have a fabulous reputation for memorable nights! Missing Ireland?? The Field Irish pub shipped literally piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter!! Either way San Diego is quite the happening city so you will never find you’re self-bored on an evening off work!
Beyond what is served up in a highball or martini glass, San Diego bars often offer lively entertainment. From live performances and DJ's to open mic night or karaoke with a live band behind you
Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo.
The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center.
SeaWorld San Diego: Experience the amazing Shamu show, and thrilling rides like Journey To Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. Dive into the world of sea turtles at Turtle Reef, an attraction featuring a 300,000-gallon aquarium with up to 60 threatened sea turtles. Feed and touch dolphins, and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park immerses you in an active, hands-on safari experience where herds of animals roam natural habitats in a 1,800-acre reserve. Choose from a variety of exciting safari expeditions by tram, caravan truck, cart, segway, zip line, and more that reveal lions lounging in the grasslands, antelope and giraffes mingling, rhinos wallowing in waterholes, and sightings of many other amazing animals.
Take the Great Rift Lift elevator down the hillside to Lion Camp, where you can come face to face with an African lion and experience Cheetah Run to see just how fast the spotted cats can move.
If you're looking for some retail therapy, San Diego is the perfect place to indulge. Shopping can be enjoyed outdoors in San Diego, where open-air malls and shopping centers beam with sunshine throughout the year. From luxury brand storefronts, unique boutiques, vintage shops and antique malls, if you're looking to make some investments or just browsing for inspiration, there's plenty of places to exercise your stroll, and your wallet.
For more detailed information use the link provided http://www.sandiego.org/what-to-do/shopping.aspx
The above tips provided by Go4Less are intended as a guide only. Go4Less accepts no responsibility for any jobs or housing accepted by students through these resources.