Top 10 Gay and Away: San Diego
Perfect weather, amazing beaches and gorgeous sun-kissed locals, yes San Diego has a lot to offer gay and lesbian travelers. Here are 10 areas you must not miss when you’re in town.
10. Old Town
Step back in time and visit the birthplace of California. Old-fashioned buildings, food, performers and shops provide a unique experience for history buffs or anyone curious about the origins of the Golden State.
9. Fashion Valley
For all you ‘mos looking to get your shopping on, head to San Diego’s expansive outdoor mall, minutes from downtown. You’ll find a wide range of retailers, including Louis Vuitton, Bloomingdale’s and Lacoste.
8. North Park
This eclectic neighborhood offers a variety of gay and gay-friendly bars as well as diverse restaurants and shops, perfect for any taste. Birch North Park Theatre is the cultural centerpiece and popular arts venue for locals and out of towners.
7. La Jolla
Beautiful beaches, incredible restaurants and world-class shopping (like Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren), La Jolla has it all. This playground for the rich and fabulous is the perfect mix of incredible atmosphere and luxury establishments.
6. University Heights
Home to Bourbon Street, Lei Lounge and other popular gay and lesbian bars, University Heights is a central hub for the local LGBT community. There’s also a great mix of local coffee shops, restaurants and Diversionary Theatre, a gay and lesbian playhouse.
5. The Gaslamp Quarter
Located in the heart of San Diego’s downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter is a tourist trap you can’t help but fall into. Here you’ll find incredible restaurants, shops and gay-friendly hotels to satisfy any taste.
4. Coronado Island
One of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks should be on every gay and lesbian tourist’s must-visit list. Have a drink at the famed Coronado Hotel or walk along the beach, this is a great place for some R and R.
3. Balboa Park
One of the most legendary parks in the United States, Balboa Park is where you’ll find great running trails and the incredible San Diego Zoo. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the city’s amazing weather.
2. Black’s Beach
San Diego’s gay nude beach is a LGBT tourist’s dream come true. The hike down the mountain to get there is definitely worth it. The view is incredible and you’re sure to meet lots of friendly locals.
San Diego’s gayborhood is sure to delight. This is home to the city’s most popular gay bars including Rich’s, Mo’s and Baja Betty’s. There are also a plethora of amazing restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops to help you lounge the day away.