San Diego

Ranked among the top LGBT destinations in the world, if you’re young—or young at heart—and gay, this is the destination for you. An astounding six pride events take place each year, including Out at the Park for Padres fans…but there’s no need to wait for one of those to crop up to visit. The bars and clubs in Hillcrest, University Heights, and North Park are always hopping. Trendy Hillcrest is an exotic mix of bistros and eclectic coffee houses, cafés, urban boutiques, and night spots. The latter two are a smoother blend of neighborhood charm, Craftsman style, neighborhood diners and eateries, and fun dive bars for kicking back low-key. In all three, what’s common is diversity, whether it’s the food, drinks, or people. And among the city’s populace, a trait they all share is friendliness. After all, under 300 days of gorgeous sunshine, it’s nearly impossible to be anything less than warm!

Enjoy that Southern California climate best in Mission Trails Regional Park, where 5,800 acres of hills and valleys are crisscrossed with trails dotted by beautiful people. Or, spend your days by the sea. Choose from Coronado Central Beach and its silver mica sands, Silver Strand State Beach for the shells that give it its name, busy Ocean Beach and the longest pier on the West Coast, Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster-marked Mission Beach, or the many beaches of La Jolla. LGBT visitors often bring their families to La Jolla Shores and take them to see the seals at Children’s Pool, but look for romance at Windansea Beach and La Jolla Cove. Alternatively, do both hiking and sunbathing. The trek to Black’s Beach is worth it, where you can unofficially frolic sans suit on the north end. Want to do more people-watching? Catch a show at the Diversionary Theatre, known for its queer-influenced edgy dramas and playful musical; Tony Award®-winning La Jolla Playhouse; The Old Globe; or LGBT anchor Observatory North Park, restored in 2005.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay-sd.com is a great resource for LGBT news and events of the day
  • Famous gay bars include Bourbon Street, Baja Betty’s, The Brass Rail (the longest-running in the city), The Hole, Martinis Above Fourth cabaret, and more
  • Tijuana is only minutes away—you can even take the trolley to the border of this gay-supportive country, then walk to Club Fusion
  • Gay marriage legal since December 2013

Featured Resorts:

Hotel Del Coronado

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The iconic Hotel del Coronado is the world's choice for creating inDELible moments and connections. This majestic oceanfront beach resort engages the senses and its storied personality captivates the imagination of global guests and San Diego locals alike. Situated on America's most beloved beach, The Del is an iconic destination on every savvy traveler's must-see list. The ever-evolving transformation embodies the resort's character agelessly, blending the legendary past wit ...

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and adjacent to the famous SeaWorld Adventure Park. This San Diego luxury resort features comfortable, California beach bungalow-style guest rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons. Perfect for families, weddings, groups and conferences, the resort features over 460 guest rooms, including everything from luxury suites, ...

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

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Nestled at the water's edge, The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has earned a reputation as one of the bay's premier resorts. Relax on the balcony of one of the traditional rooms or enjoy amazing panoramic views of the bay, marina or skyline from the deluxe rooms. With a wealth of great amenities such as the Spa & Fitness Center, tennis courts or one of the three pools you are sure to leave completely reinvigorated. Outstanding shopping, fantastic dining and a vibra ...

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