Gay San Diego
“The birthplace of California,” Gay San Diego is the first location European explorers landed when visiting the West Coast for the first time. They subsequently built the first of Alta California’s missions here, along with a presidio to protect the growing region from attack; both of which can still be visited today, along with Old Town. This Spanish influence can still be seen today, although the influence from Mexico being only several miles away probably outweighs the former contemporarily. You’re not likely to find better, authentic Mexican food anywhere else in America and many citizens speak Spanish as well as English.
Gay San Diego boasts some of the most spectacular weather in the country. There’s always some event going on in the city, whether it’s a high-heel race through Hillcrest or Comic-Con downtown, and why wouldn’t you participate when it’s beautiful outside nearly every day!
“America’s Finest City” is always bustling with energy and that’s likely because there is SO MUCH TO DO. From all the museums, exhibits, hiking, and activities in Balboa Park, to entertainment arenas like Sea World, Lego land, the San Diego Zoo, and the Safari Park, you’re sure to have something exciting to see! San Diego County also boasts incredible diversity in its natural landscapes. The city proper is within an hour’s drive to mountains, deserts, beaches, and forests and sits atop gorgeous mesas that slope into brush-filled canyons.
California’s second largest city by population is also home to thriving science and defense industries. There are large firms in technology, aviation, biotechnology, military, and education, and that translates into over 40% of the population holding at least a bachelor’s degree. Being home to the world’s largest naval fleet means there are sailors everywhere. Marine base Camp Pendleton is only about an hour’s drive away too, so there is a large and celebrated military presence in the city. You’ll certainly be sick of seamen after staying in San Diego.
If you’re gay and happen to be in Gay San Diego, you’re going to want to head to Hillcrest. The gayborhood is north and west of Balboa Park and home to some of San Diego’s best food options. Here you’ll find dozens of bars and clubs along the main strip of University Avenue including perennial favorites like Urban Mo’s and Rich’s. Pride events also occur in the area, with the parade route running from University, down 6th Avenue and ending in the park. One of the largest nude beaches in the nation is also located in San Diego. Black’s Beach stretches for several miles under beautiful cliffs west of Torrey Pines State Park and is the perfect place to spend the lazy Sunday after Pride suntanning.