27 Razones por las que Amamos Vivir en San Diego

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Hay un millón de razones por las que pensamos que San Diego es el mejor lugar en la Tierra – ¡estas son las primeras 27 razones por las que San Diego es un gran lugar para vivir! Nos parece una ciudad fantástica pero me encantaría saber de Uds si hemos olvidado algo. Por favor comenten abajo.

  1. El Clima – Cualquier lista sobre las ventajas de San Diego debe incluir “clima increíble” al comienzo. Al ser una ciudad costera, el clima puede describirse como “agradable afuera” durante gran parte del año. No hay nevadas o tormentas durante el invierno y durante el verano el calor no es tan intenso como en Los Ángeles o Phoenix.
  2. Playas – En segundo lugar (y muy cerca) están nuestras playas de categoría mundial. San Diego es famosa por sus playas variadas, por las largas y arenosas costas de Coronado hasta los peñascos en La Jolla y todo lo que está entre ellos. Encinitas en el condado Norte es un paraíso para surfistas, Ocean Beach es un homenaje a la era hippie de los 60 y la fiesta nunca acaba en el paseo tablado de Pacific Beach. Vivir en San Diego es como estar siempre de vacaciones, sin fin.
  3. La Comida – El paraíso de un sibarita, San Diego ofrece a los comensales hambrientos delicateses deliciosas de todas partes del mundo. Si está buscando burritos Mexicanos auténticos a medianoche, o tiene ganas de cenar en un restaurant con calificación de estrellas Michelin, lo encontrará aquí. Imagine comer comida de mar recién pescada en un restaurant junto al mar o degustar de todo en una trattoria italiana auténtica en Little Italy – ¡San Diego te tiene cubierto!
  4. Empleo – Si le preocupan sus probabilidades de empleo (¿a quién no en estos tiempos?), le contentará saber que el mercado laboral local está en ascenso actualmente. La economía local en San Diego se mantiene fuerte gracias a la presencia de las industrias de defensa, telecomunicaciones, biotecnología y salud. Independientemente de lo que suceda en el resto del país, puede estar seguro de que las grandes compañías siempre están en la búsqueda de talento en San Diego.
  5. Industrias de Ciencias Vitales – San Diego es un gran refugio para investigación y desarrollo en biotecnología en el mundo. De acuerdo a un reporte reciente de PricewaterhouseCooper, 2 docenas de compañías (mayormente biotecnología) en San Diego recibieron alrededor de $230 millones en fondos de capital de riesgo durante el 3er trimestre del año pasado, y se espera que esa figura siga creciendo en el futuro. Tras el éxito de compañías de biotecnología están otras ramas de la industria tecnológica, como software, robótica y diseño digital, que buscan hacerse un espacio en San Diego.

    Razones por las que Amamos Vivir en San Diego


  6. El alquiler y las hipotecas son (Relativamente) Asequibles – A diferencia de otras zonas metropolitanas de California como Los Ángeles o la Bahía, San Diego es más asequible para inquilinos y compradores de primer hogar. Sé que no lo parece, especialmente cuando comparamos a San Diego con otras ciudades fuera del estado. El alquiler y las hipotecas pueden estar por debajo de $2.000 mensuales. ¡Podemos ayudarlo a encontrar el hogar de sus sueños dentro de su presupuesto! Sólo deje un mensaje con la planilla de contacto en nuestra página web, y le responderemos cuanto antes. Es difícil de imaginar, pero recientemente ayudamos a alguien a comprar un bello apartamento por menos de lo que estaban pagando en alquiler. Es posible ser propietario a pesar de estar limitado por un presupuesto. Asegúrese de revisar nuestra lista de comunidades de San Diego.
  7. ¿Le gusta jugar golf? – ¿Le gusta jugar golf? Con un clima estable, San Diego es el lugar para disfrutar del golf durante todo el año. Ud tiene la opción de jugar en campos de US Open, como el de Torrey Pines, un campo increíble y abierto al público. Es costoso, pero los residentes reciben un descuento. El Condado de San Diego tiene cerca de 100 campos de golf en el área, lo cual le brinda múltiples oportunidades para salir a perfeccionar su juego.
  8. Una población creciente de Jóvenes Profesionales – Contradiciendo la opinión general, San Diego alberga más que jubilados y miembros de la fuerza armada. Por 2 años consecutivos, la ciudad ha registrado un crecimiento sobre el promedio con respecto a la llegada de jóvenes profesionales con edades entre 25 y 34 años, atraídos por las excelentes escuelas, alojamiento,  infraestructura, oportunidades laborales y recreación. Es la afluencia de jóvenes educados y talentosos que mantiene a San Diego competitivo, emocionante y mirando hacia adelante.
  9. Gran Ubicación Central – San Diego es la entrada entre California, Nevada y nuestro vecino al sur, ofreciendo a los residentes múltiples oportunidades de empacar y viajar a nuevas y emocionantes regiones  rápidamente. Si Ud busca explorar la península de Baja California, ir en un viaje terrestre a Los Ángeles o al Condado Orange, o ver las luces brillantes de Las Vegas, todas están en muy cerca de San Diego. También, al ser ciudad portuaria, puede acceder a viajes en cruceros a Hawaii y otros países del Pacífico.
  10. Fácil acceso a México – Gracias a la apertura del cruce fronterizo de 46 canales en San Ysidro, es mucho más fácil visitar a nuestro vecino en el sur. Los cruces terrestres San Diego-Tijuana ya son los más movidos en el mundo y está decidida su futura expansión. ¿Qué significa esto para el ciudadano común de San Diego? ¡Pueden hacer viajes diarios a Tijuana y estar de regreso para la cena! También tendrá acceso al aeropuerto de Tijuana con el Cruce de frontera CBX. Nunca ha sido más fácil ni más económico visitar México.
  11. Una Ciudad Más Segura – Gracias a un nuevo plan de compensación y a cambios operativos para rescatistas, San Diego redujo el tiempo de espera de las llamadas 911 a la mitad en 2016. El tiempo de espera por emergencias alcanzó un nivel histórico de 7.03 segundos, siendo previamente de 15.38 segundos, dándonos mucha más seguridad.
  12. Wi-Fi gratis en todas partes – Puede que esto no sea importante para muchos, pero para visitantes del Parque Balboa ha sido una bendición. Gracias a una beca de la Fundación James Irvine, El Parque Balboa ahora tiene Wi-Fi gratis para el público general,cubriendo casi 250 hectáreas desde el estacionamiento en el zoológico hasta el Spreckels Organ Pavilion y más allá.
  13. No uno sino DOS museos de barcos flotantes – Amamops nuestros museos militares flotantes tanto que añadimos el segundo. El USS Recruit (actualmente anclado y en renovación en la Estación Libertad en Point Loma) junto con el USS Midway serán los museos marítimos flotantes de San Diego.
  14. Parque Petco – Independientemente de qué tan bien le vaya a los Padres en cualquier año, el Parque Petco es una institución local. Ubicado en el Centro de San Diego es más que un local para juegos de béisbol – realmente cobra vida durante la temporada baja con una cornucopia de conciertos y eventos para toda la familia. El venerable estadio lo ha visto todo: conciertos de estrellas de la talla desde Paul McCartney a Taylor Swift, una exhibición anual de “maravilla invernal”, despliegues increíbles de luces y fuegos artificiales, y mucho más. Si hay algo grande y emocionante sucediendo en San Diego, lo más probable es que sea en el Parque Petco.
  15. Cómoda para perros – San Diego es considerada una de las mejores ciudades para tener un perro. Amamos a nuestros amigos peludos, y ellos también aman el clima. San Diego tiene parques y playas caninas asombrosas. Fiesta Island, por ejemplo, tiene hectáreas de parque y costa para el disfrute de su mascota.
  16. Oportunidades infinitas para la diversión familiar – No hay escasez de atracciones agradables para toda la familia a través de la ciudad. El Zoológico de San Diego, es comúnmente proclamado uno de los mejores zoológicos en el mundo, ¡con casi cualquier animal que se le pueda ocurrir (y algunos que no)! También está el Parque Safari de San Diego, donde visitantes pueden recorrer enormes recintos hogares de rinocerontes, guepardos, elefantes, jirafas, y otras bestias magníficas del mundo salvaje. Legoland California, ubicado en Carlsbad, es otra atracción, con más de 1.4 millones de visitas anuales – ¡tiene hasta su propio parque acuático temático de Lego! También podrá disfrutar un día en Sea World, que siempre es divertido para toda la familia.
  17. Parques Urbanos – Nada dice “ciudad joven y fresca” como el uso de terrenos vacíos reclamados como parques urbanos. Las autoridades locales de San Diego han aceptado la tendencia de reutilizar áreas que hubieran sido desperdiciadas, habilitando espacios públicos para el disfrute de todos. Algunos ejemplos incluyen: el nuevo County Administration Center Waterfront Park, Smarts Farm in the Makers Quarter, Lane Field Park y un parque canino en Quartyard de 5,000 pies (465 metros) cuadrados.
  18. El Gaslamp Quarter – Otra institución local. El Gaslamp es un sector del Centro de San Diego conocido por sus variados bares y restaurantes.Cerca del Parque Petco, es donde todos los fanáticos celebran (o despotrican) luego de un gran juego. La fiesta nunca termina en el Gaslamp Quarter, con sus bares chic en azoteas y sus clubes modernos en sótanos.
  19. Una Ciudad ecológica – Resistiendo la tendencia creciente de pretender ignorar la realidad del calentamiento global, las autoridades oficiales de San Diego han tomado la iniciativa de enfrentar el cambio climático de frente, publicando el reporte anual Plan de Acción Climática (Climate Action Plan), con el fin de reducir las emisiones de gases invernadero para 2035. ¡Las cosas lucen bien! El reporte más reciente demuestra una reducción del 17% desde 2010, y se proyecta una reducción de hasta la mitad para 2025, adelantándose en una década al plan inicial.
  20. Estimulando a los niños a comer balanceado – En un esfuerzo para promover una calimentación balanceada en los niños, 12 distritos escolares se han unido al programa Jueves Californianos, que sirve almuerzos con ingredientes cultivados localmente. Este programa tiene como meta inculcar a los niños los beneficios de comer alimentos frescos, apoyar granjas de la zona, y reducir la huella de carbón de la escuela.
  21. Hipódromo Del Mar – El Club de Purasangres Del Mar, “¡donde la pista se junta con el surf!” Del Mar fue sede de la Copa Breeders este año y la Summer Season siempre es una gran fiesta al lado de la playa. Adicionalmente, la pista de carreras es usada para la Feria del Condado de San Diego y es sede de muchos eventos durante el año.
  22. Ballenas y delfines – Todos aman a las ballenas y delfines, y hay muchas oportunidades para acercarse a nuestros amigos mamíferos durante el verano.  Pueden viajar en barco para ver a las poblaciones locales de delfines jugueteando en el agua, o a ballenas azules durante sus viajes migratorios de Alaska a México.
  23. Comic-Con de San Diego – San Diego estará para siempre grabado en la cultura “geek” al ser el hogar del mundialmente famoso Comic Con, un evento anual que une el mundo de los cómics, los videojuegos, TV , películas y coleccionables, en un evento masivo en el Centro de Convenciones de San Diego.
  24. Transporte Público – El sistema del tranvía no es tan bueno como en otras ciudades, pero San Diego ha llegado lejos. El tranvía está siendo expandido, y para alguien ubicado en el corazón de San Diego, es un gran método de transporte para eventos deportivos locales.
  25. Campos Florales de Carlsbad – Cada primavera entre marzo y abril, los campos del Rancho Carlsbad desbordan en una explosión de colores amarillos, rojos y rosados, gracias al crecimiento de las flores Ranunculus Gigantes de Tecolote®. Más de 50 hectáreas están cubiertas con flores que atraen a visitantes de todo el mundo.
  26. Mercados de granjeros – Cada martes a domingo, encontrará a agricultores de la localidad operando sus mercados en varios vecindarios por toda la ciudad, cada uno con sus sabores y especialidades particulares. Entre carnes curadas y espressos en el Little Italy’s Mercato a los modernos camiones de comida de North park y Hillcrest y los viajes en llama y toques de bandas en vivo en Ocean Beach, hay un poco de todo para todos en los mercados de granjeros de San Diego.

¿Qué más aman de San Diego? Por favor comenten y déjenos saber. Como siempre, si busca comprar o vender un hogar en San Diego, por favor contáctenos.

The Best Things San Diego Has To Offer (Images)

As I’ve mentioned before, I think San Diego is a great place to live in. Here are some of the Best Things San Diego has to offer, in pictures:

1. The amazing beaches:
The Best Things San Diego Has To Offer

2. Exploring our long coastline
The Best Things San Diego Has To Offer

3. Endless summer days by the pool.

4. Walking the dog.
Walking the dog

5. Going surfing with the dog.
Going surfing with the dog

6. Our floating naval museums.
Floating naval museums

7. The view from my balcony
The view from balcony

8. Our amazing local microbrews.
Microbrews

9. Our amazing food trucks
food truck

10. Watching the Padres at Petco Park
Padres at Petco Park

11. Catching a game at Qualcomm Stadium (R.I.P. Chargers)
Qualcomm Stadium

12. Incredible harbor views
Harbor views

13. Even more incredible harbor views from your downtown condo
Even more harbor views

14. Downtown San Diego
Downtown San Diego

15. Our incredible sunsets
Incredible sunsets

 

Photo sources, Alex, Vanessa,

27 Reasons We Love Living in San Diego

27 Reasons We Love Living in San Diego

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27 Reasons We Love Living in San Diego – There are a million reasons why we think San Diego is the greatest place on Earth. Here’s the first 27 reasons why San Diego is a great place to live! We think it’s a fantastic city but I would love to hear from you if we missed something. Please leave a comment below.

  1. The Weather – Any list about why San Diego is great is obviously going to have “awesome weather” at the top. Being a city on the coast, the climate in San Diego can be best described as “nice out today” for much of the year. There are no blizzards or heavy snowfalls to deal with in the winter and it doesn’t get as hot as Phoenix or LA in the summer.
  2. Beaches – Coming a close second to the excellent weather are our world-class beaches. San Diego is famous for its many diverse beaches, from the long sandy shores of Coronado to the craggy coastline of La Jolla Cove and everything in between. Encinitas in San Diego’s North County is a surfer’s paradise, Ocean Beach is a throwback to the hippie era of the 60’s and the party never stops along the boardwalk at Pacific Beach. Living in San Diego is like a vacation that never ends.
  3. Reasons Why San Diego Is a Great Place to LiveThe Food – A foodie’s paradise, San Diego offers hungry diners delicious delicacies from all corners of the world. Whether you’re on the prowl for authentic Mexican style burritos at midnight, or in the mood for some fine dining at Michelin Star rated fine-dining establishments, you’ll find it here. Imagine eating freshly caught seafood at a beachfront restaurant or sampling one of everything at an authentic Italian trattoria in Little Italy – San Diego has you covered!
  4. Jobs – If you’re worried about your employment prospects (and who isn’t these days?), you’ll be happy to learn that San Diego’s local job market is very hot right now. We all know the economy goes through boom-bust cycles every 10 years or so. San Diego’s local economy stays strong thanks to a strong presence of the defense, telecom, biotech and healthcare sectors. Whatever is happening in the rest of the country, you can bet your bottom dollar that companies are always on the lookout for top-talent in San Diego.

    27 Reasons We Love Living in San Diego


  5. A Booming Life Sciences Industry – San Diego is a major hub for biotech research and development in the world. According to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCooper, two dozen (mostly biotech) companies in san Diego received around $230 million in venture capital funding in just the third quarter of last year. That figure is expected to grow in the future. On the back of the success of the biotech sector other high tech industries such as software, robotics and digital design are looking to gain a foothold in San Diego.
  6. San Diego Craft Beer – This could be listed as one of the driving forces to the local economy. The craft beer scene in San Diego is unlike anything else in the world. With more than 100 independent craft beer companies San Diego is a great place to enjoy craft beer. You can visit some of the local tasting rooms or even enjoy a beer tasting tour that has become a popular thing to do.
  7. Rent and Mortgages Are (Somewhat) Affordable – Unlike other major California metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or the Bay Area, San Diego is actually affordable to renters and first time home buyers. I know it doesn’t seem that way especially when you compare San Diego to other cities outside of the state. Rent and mortgages can be had for less than $2,000 a month. We can help you find the home of your dreams that is in your price range! Just drop us a message via the contact form on our website and we will get back to you ASAP. It’s hard to imagine but we did recently help someone purchase a nice condo for less than what they were paying in rent. It’s possible to own if you’re on a budget. Be sure to check out our list of San Diego communities.

    San Diego is also known as America’s Finest City!


  8. Love to play Golf? – Do you love to play Golf? With the year round weather San Diego is the place to enjoy golf throughout the year. You have the option of playing at US Open course such as Torrey Pines which is an amazing course open to the public. It’s expensive but residents receive a discount. San Diego County has close to 100 golf courses in the area which gives you plenty of opportunities to get out and perfect your game.
  9. A Growing Population of Young Professionals – Contrary to popular belief, San Diego is home to more than just retirees and armed forces members. For two consecutive years the city has seen an above-average growth in the arrival of young professionals aged between 25 and 34, who are attracted here by excellent schools, housing, infrastructure, job prospects and recreational opportunities. It is this influx of educated and talented young people that keeps San Diego competitive, exciting and forward looking.

    It’s Easy to Understand Why We Love Living in San Diego


  10. Great Central Location – San Diego is a gateway between California, Nevada and our neighbor to the south, offering residents plenty of opportunities to just pack up and travel to new and exciting areas on a whim. Whether you’re looking to explore the Baja California Peninsula, go on a road trip to LA or Orange County or hit the bright lights of Las Vegas, they’re all in close proximity to San Diego. Also, as a port city San Diego is a gateway hub for cruise liners sailing to Hawaii and other Pacific Countries.
  11. Easy Access to Mexico – Thanks to the opening of the 46-lane San Ysidro Border Crossing it has never been easier to visit our neighbor to the south. The San Diego Tijuana land border crossings are already the busiest in the world and is set to expand in the future. What does this mean for the average San Diego citizen? They can make day trips to Tijuana and be back in time for supper! You also have easy access to the Tijuana airport with the CBX border crossing. It’s never been easier or more affordable to visit Mexico.
  12. A Safer City – Thanks to a new compensation plan and operational changes for first responders, San Diego cut 911 wait times in half in 2016. The city’s emergency wait times reached an all-time low of 7.03 seconds from 15.38 seconds the previous year, making us all a lot safer.

    We Can San Diego Has Incredible Weather Year Round


  13. Free Wi-Fi as Far as the Eye Can See – While this may not seem like a big deal for some, it has been a huge boon for visitors in Balboa Park. Thanks to a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, Balboa Park now has free public Wi-Fi covering some 250 acres from the parking lot in the Zoo to Spreckels Organ Pavilion and beyond.
  14. Not One but TWO Floating Ship Museums – We love our floating military museums in San Diego so much we’re adding a second one The USS Recruit (currently landlocked and undergoing renovation at Liberty Station in Point Loma) will join the USS Midway as San Diego’s second floating maritime museum.
  15. Petco Park – Regardless of how good the Padres do in any given year, Petco Park is a local institution. Located in the heart of Downtown San Diego Petco Park does more than just host baseball games – it truly comes alive in the off-season with a cornucopia of concerts and events for the whole family. The venerable stadium has seen it all: concerts by stars ranging from Paul McCartney to Taylor Swift, an annual winter wonderland exhibition, incredible light and firework displays, and so much more. If there’s something big and exciting happening in San Diego chances are it’s at Petco Park.

    San Diego Has Incredible Weather Year Round


  16. Dog Friendly – San Diego is listed as one of the best cities to have a dog. We love our furry friends and they also love the climate. San Diego has some amazing dog parks and beaches. Fiesta Island for example has acres and acres of park and coastline for your dogs to enjoy.Reasons Why San Diego Is a Great Place to Live
  17. Endless Opportunities for Family Fun – There’s no shortage of family friendly attractions throughout the city. San Diego Zoo is commonly heralded as one of the best zoos in the world, with just about every animal you can think of (and a few you can’t)! There’s also The San Diego Safari Park where visitors can roam around giant enclosures housing rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and other magnificent beasts of the wild. Legoland California located in Carlsbad is another perennial attraction, with over 1.4 million visitors per year – it even has its own Lego themed waterpark! You can also enjoy a day at Sea World which is always fun for the entire family.

    San Diego  is Family Friendly!


  18. Urban Parks – Nothing says hip young city like empty vacant lots being reclaimed as urban parks. San Diego city officials have embraced the urban parks trend by repurposing areas that would otherwise have sat vacant and turning them into public spaces that everyone can enjoy. Some examples of urban parks in San Diego include the new County Administration Center Waterfront Park, Smarts Farm in the Makers Quarter, Lane Field Park and a 5,000 square foot dog park at Quartyard.
  19. The Gaslamp Quarter – Another local institution, the Gaslamp is a stretch of downtown San Diego known for its many bars and restaurants. Close to Petco Park, this is where all the fans go to celebrate (or fume over) after the big game. From chic rooftop bars to hip basement clubs, the party never ends at the Gaslamp Quarter.
  20. An Environmentally Conscious City – Bucking the growing trend of sticking one’s head in the sand and pretending global warming isn’t real, San Diego city officials have taken the courageous approach of tackling climate change head on. San Diego city officials have started releasing an annual Climate Action Plan report, with the aim of cutting greenhouse emissions in half by 2035. Things are looking up! The most recent report has shown that the city has already reduced emissions by 17 percent since 2010 and is set to reach their goal of half emissions in 2025, a decade ahead of the initial plan.

    27 Reasons We Love Living in San Diego


  21. Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy – In an effort to promote healthier eating in kids, 12 school districts in San Diego County have joined the California Thursdays program, which serves school lunches from locally grown ingredients. This program aims to introduce kids to the health benefits of eating fresh produce, support local farms and reduce the school’s carbon footprint.
  22. Del Mar RacetrackThe Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, “where the turf meets the surf!” Del Mar hosted the Breeders Cup this year and the Summer Season is always a great party by the beach. In addition to the race seasons, the track is used for the San Diego County Fair and hosts many events throughout the year.
  23. Whales and Dolphins – Everyone loves whales and dolphins, and there are plenty of opportunities to get up close to our aquatic mammalian friends in the summer. Boat trips are available to see local dolphin populations frolic around or go watch great blue whales migrate from Alaska to Mexico.

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  24. San Diego Comic-Con – San Diego is forever etched in geek culture as the home of the world famous San Diego Comic Con, an annual event that brings together the worlds of comics, TV, video games, collectibles and movies into one massive event held at the San Diego Convention Center.
  25. Public Transportation – The trolley system is not as good as other cities but San Diego has come a long way. The trolley is in the middle of another expansion. For someone who lives in the core of San Diego the trolley is a great method of transportation for local sporting events.
  26. Carlsbad Flower Fields – every spring from March to April the fields at Carlsbad Ranch explode in a riot of reds and yellows and pinks thanks to the growth of Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus flowers. Over 50 acres are covered with flowers of all kinds (mostly ranunculus) to create an impressive tableau that attracts visitors from all over the world.

    San Diego Has Incredible Weather Year Round


  27. Farmers’ Markets – Every Tuesday to Sunday you will find local farmers’ markets operating in various neighborhoods across the city, each with their own local flavor and specialties. From the cured meats and espressos of Little Italy’s Mercato to the hip food trucks of North park and Hillcrest and the llama rides and live bands of Ocean Beach, there’s a little something for everyone at San Diego’s farmers’ markets.

What else do you love about living in San Diego? Please leave a comment and let us know. As always, if you’re looking to purchase or sell a home in San Diego please contact us.

4th of July Fireworks in San Diego 2014 Edition

4th of July Fireworks in San Diego – 2014 Edition

We here at Team Aguilar love fireworks and love celebrating our nation’s independence, and we believe you should too! Here is a list of all the fireworks displays scheduled in San Diego. Remember to call in advance before making the trip. All events are free-admission unless otherwise stated – check the event websites listed below for more information. Be safe, enjoy yourselves and have a great fourth of July everybody!

Here are a list of 4th of July Fireworks in San Diego 2014 events:

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2013 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

2013 San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon

Info as well as Six Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon

San Diego’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon kicks off this weekend on Sunday, June 2nd. Based on feedback from runners of previous marathons, organizers have decided to relocate the finish line to a new venue this year.

The 2013 event will start at its usual location of 6th Avenue and Quince, and finish at Petco Park. Both the 26.2 mile full marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon have the same start and finish lines. Special events for the big day include a massive post-marathon concert at Petco Park as well as mini concerts by local bands along the course.

2013 San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon course route

Commuters concerned about road closures will want to consult the official course route (PDF link) and make note of which roads will be affected. Keep in mind both races start at 6 am; the full course (marked in red) lasts 7 hours and the half course (in blue) is scheduled for 4 hours.

For more information including rules, registration and course details please visit the official 2013 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon page.

Six Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon:

1. Since its inception in 1998 the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon events have raised over $287 million for various children’s charities.
2. Runners from Kenya dominate the men’s event, having won 11 of the last 15 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons. Three Ethiopians and a Moroccan make up the remaining four.
3. The half-marathon has been won for the past two years by home-grown hero, San Diego’s own, Meb Keflezighi.
4. This year’s event is expected to attract over 20,000 runners and 100,000 spectators.
5. Clothing discarded over the course of the race will be collected and donated to local homeless shelters.
6. You get special perks if you show up at this year’s event dressed as Elvis.

Realtors Conference & Expo 2009

Let’s face it: real estate has been hard this year and because of this, the 2009 Realtors Conference & Expo should be a must-visit, if you are a realtor in the United States of America. No time would be better than now to invest in networking and education for your personal business and you can do so this weekend in San Diego.

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Feel Free to Run Away From Your Problems…At Least For the Weekend

Is anyone else in the doldrums these days? Can the news get any lousier and outlooks get any drearier? Don’t answer that. Well, I’m taking a stand. Right now, I’m taking a stand against everyone and everything that is trying with all their might to bring me down. I was having a tremendous year, a record-breaking all-time fun year and then the economy turned to hell, terrorist attacks ensued, family members were laid off from work, and a dear family friend just passed away. I understand as well as anyone about the highs and lows in life, and I accept what is going on in the world now as a very serious but necessary low. However, there’s only so much a man (or woman) can take. And I can’t take any more…at least right now. And what’s the greatest solution the world has ever known for getting one’s spirit’s back on top? Getting out of dodge.

Penni Crabtree, staff writer for the union Tribune had an article in today’s paper discussing the surge of travel deals being offered in an effort to “pry open reluctant wallets”. Crabtree got a quote from Rick Seaney, chief executive of Farecompare, a consumer airline ticket research website, who said, “Two months ago I wasn’t expecting to see this many travel sales, and we’re seeing prices 30 to 50 percent off what they were then. It borders on the crazy. Every Monday or Tuesday there is a spate of new airline fares that expire on Thursday and Friday evening, and the next Monday you see a whole new wave coming in.” If you’re anything like me, deals on flights bring to mind thoughts of VEGAS! But again, if you’re anything like me, getting to Vegas for cheap is one thing, but being frugal with your money when you’re there is another thing. But flights aren’t the only thing that are cheap right now.

I filled up my car the other day and was overjoyed to see it didn’t even reach the $22 mark. And one of the greatest things about San Diego is being able to drive to SO many different, amazing places. Need some ideas? (Cue my best Travel Channel Voice) A two hour journey from San Diego will get you to Joshua Tree where the hiking might not be the best, but it’s other-worldly terrain and life-changing sunset and sunrises make camping, especially in the winter, a perfect getaway for barely any money at all. Or what about renting a lodge in Idyllwild for the weekend?! Also only two hours away, you’d think you’d taken a trip to Colorado. Amidst thick forests of pine and granite peaks lies the quaint little artist town offering a constant smell of birch burning fire-places and chilly mornings are met with the scent of fresh coffee and maple bacon. Mmmmm, bacon. I’m heading there this weekend.

And now, a quick list of other road trips I’ve done and will consider taking again while gas prices are low and the news keeps dragging me through the dirt: 1) I’d go to San Francisco: an EASY 7 hours if you don’t run into LA traffic, and catch a show, any show at the Filmore. 2) Mammoth Mountain, an even easier 6 and a half hours (and much more scenic), make a couple turns on the mountain, get into a hot tub, and drink whiskey and cocoa. 3) Anza Borrego desert. Take your truck and go explore this vast desert and its canyons. And you can take your truck almost anywhere and sleep in it over-night. It’s cheap and tremendously fun and adventurous. 4) Head up the 101 and just see where your travels take you. If something looks fun, stop the car and do it. Those are always the best road trips anyway.

Or if you just want to stay in San Diego, you can get away here too. Check out the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and learn about some of the amazing hikes there are around here that you had no clue even existed.  Go to the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East near the Wild Animal Park, pack a lunch and forget your 401k’s in the toilet. I hear myself, believe me. I sound like a cheap travel writer. But if you can’t tell, I’m itchin to escape myself and writing about places I want to go is getting me excited. So let me leave you with this: I’m taking comfort in knowing that I’m far from the only one tired of hearing how “doomed” we are. I’m going to take any chance I can to go and enjoy myself. After-all we’ve still got it pretty good in this country. And even better, we live in San Diego. Safe travels.