Ever since I moved to San Diego 12 years ago, I’ve always said that October is my absolute favorite month in this beautiful city. This October is no exception so I thought I’d share my top 5 reasons why I love this month in San Diego:
- The tourists are gone but the beaches are still here.
Don’t get me wrong, I work in the hospitality industry so I love tourists Monday-Friday 9-5. However, in my personal life, I prefer empty, wide-open beaches, parking options abound, and no long wait times for window seats at some of the best oceanfront restaurants in San Diego.
- It’s the best month for overall weather and sunsets.
I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t San Diego always 70-something?” While this may be true, during the month of October you don’t have to worry about the “May Gray”, “June Gloom” or August heat waves. It’s mostly blue skies, mid-70’s during the day and light crisp (but not cold) air in the mornings and evenings. October is San Diego’s prime time and if you don’t believe me, here’s proof:
- Kids are Free in San Diego!
No, we’re not giving away children! Kids get free (almost) everything in October. This includes admission to some of San Diego’s best attractions including, but not limited to: USS Midway Museum, Birch Aquarium, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and much more! Many restaurants also offer “Kids Eat Free” specials in the month of October. See the full list of “kids free” activities here.
- How do you like them apples?
October is (award-winning) apple harvest time in the quaint town of Julian – just a quick 45 minute drive from San Diego. Explore the town, get your fix on some true fall foliage (I’m not talking about brown palm tree leaves), enjoy art shows and entertainment and I dare you to leave without buying some homemade apple pie!
- Beer, beer and more (really good) beer.
Now, maybe it’s the German in me, but when I think of October I think of beer (Prost!) And with San Diego climbing the ranks as the micro-brew capital of America (we’re kinda a big deal), October is a great month to explore our city’s new claim to fame. Find a few local Oktoberfests including celebrations in Ocean Beach and La Mesa and check out some of my personal favorite breweries (when I’m not prego of course): Mother Earth Brew Co., Stone Brewing Co. and Coronado Brewing Co.
(Glass Wall of Beer Bottles at Stone Brewery, Point Loma)
Now go out and enjoy the last half of the best month in San Diego! Welcome to the good life!