There are few cities in the U.S. that are as perfect for solo travel as San Diego. From the friendly locals to the huge selection of activities and events, folks flying solo to SD are sure to have fun, meet new people, and feel safe while doing both.
1. Sign Up for a Cooking Class at Hipcooks
Meet some new friends while learning to cook some delightful dishes at the same time. Classes are reasonably priced at $60 and include a wide range of options, from Cajun cuisine to flavorful Japanese favorites. You have to sign up for classes in advance, so you’ll want to be sure to book a class as soon as your travel plans are confirmed.
2. Browse the Boutique Shops or People Watch on Kettner Boulevard
If you’re staying at a hotel in San Diego’s Little Italy, do a little browsing and maybe a little shopping, too. You’ll discover an eclectic selection of boutique shops on Kettner Boulevard offering everything from contemporary furniture and fashion accessories to affordable wall art and unique collectables. Or, you can head over to 98 Bottles, Kettner Exchange, or Waterfront to partake in some local craft beer while doing a little people watching.
3. Buy a Club Crawl San Diego Ticket
Immerse yourself in some of the top clubs in San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter by buying a ticket for the SD Club Crawl. For $25, you get access to four clubs in one night, all of which are walking distance to several Gaslamp hotels in San Diego. You’ll also make new friends and might even find some other solo travelers.
4. Kayak Along the San Diego Coast
Looking for some solo adventure in SD? You can conveniently rent a kayak and any other supplies you need around at almost any waterfront area or in Seaport Village. La Jolla is noted for its caves, but you can pretty much kayak anywhere along the SD coast. La Jolla is also a good spot to grab lunch or relax in the sun.
5. Take the Winery Train Tour
A typical tour includes stops at various SD wineries, some tasty samples, a light lunch, prizes and games, some background info on San Diego and its association with the wine industry, wine making tips, a look at the wine making process and a casual train ride through one of the most scenic regions on the West Coast. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable, so you definitely get your money’s worth.
6. Run, Walk or Jog in and Around the City
There’s no better way to explore SD on your own than to take advantage of the many trails and pathways throughout the city. Run along the embarcadero and see Seaport Village, jog through Balboa Park to explore the cultural heart of the city, or hit the boardwalk and grab a drink at a beachfront bar after.
7. Visit Spanish Village in Balboa Park
If you’re on your own in San Diego, consider a visit to the collection of artisan shops in Balboa Park known as Spanish Village where you’re free to take your time browsing and chatting with the friendly craftspeople. You’ll find a bunch of handmade trinkets and other goodies that can serve as a reminder of your trip to SD.
8. Stop By the San Diego Museum of Art
Since you’re visiting on your own, you’re free to take as long as you wish to soak up the sights, ask questions to the courteous staff members or even chat with artists who may be on-site setting up their exhibits. The museum also hosts special events throughout the year, including Art Alive every spring.
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