Popular as ‘America’s Finest City’, San Diego is known for offering some of the best surfing and golfing opportunities to the travellers. With a friendly vibe that immediately puts the visitors at ease, San Diego looks like a city that is pleased with itself. Ideal for holidaying, the city has beaches, museums, wineries, park and lot more to keep tourists hooked, but it is the ability to make them smile that brings San Diego its many visitors.

Here are top five offbeat things to do in San Diego once you have explored the usual tourist attractions:


A Dining Experience in a Bank Vault

This might sound crazy but hear us out. The Courtyard by Marriott downtown in San Diego has a vault that was a part of the bank that existed here before the hotel was built. This vault has been preserved and is available for hosting private dinners. There is a marble table in the vault around which still lie the original deposit boxes. The place is ideal for hosting a lunch for close friends or for arranging a surprise romantic dinner.

Be a Part of San Diego Comic-Con

One for the fans of comics and superheroes, San Diego hosts a Comic-Con every year in the month of July. The event sees participation from different fan groups who go to lengths to pay tribute to their favourite superheroes and the movies or comics that feature them. Among these is a group called the Underground Lightsaber Fighters that can teach you how to wield the neon lightsaber popularised by the Star War movies. You can sign up for classes held at the LionHeart Fencing Academy by the end of the event, a perfect way to take back San Diego with you from your holiday.

Rejuvenate with a Hot Tub Cruise

From all the cruises that you might have taken in your life, this cruise through the Mission Bay is the one that you’ll remember for long time to come. What you’ll be signing up for is a boat with built-in hot tubs that can accommodate a maximum of eight people. What could be better than sitting in a tub of hot water with the jets massaging your back as you make your way through the gentle waters? It is lazing around on the couches aboard the cruise as the wind strokes your hair.

Explore the Sunny Jim Cave

The only cave in California that is accessible through the land, being led into the Sunny Jim Cave through the Cave Store in La Jolla is an experience filled with thrill. The 144-step tunnel that leads to the cave is well-lit and there are hand rails to guide the visitors. On the other end awaits that panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and some fossilized sea shells. Be sure to visit this boutique store when in San Diego to have your own version of the Diagon Alley from everyone’s favourite Harry Potter books.

Participate in the Ninja Night Race

If you like cycling, you have a unique opportunity waiting for you. The Ninja Night Race that is held from 7pm on the race days begins at San Diego Velodrome. Licensed by the USA Cycling, this mountain bike race series has different tracks for varying levels of skill. You can pick your route from the options available, and there are live bands to cheer up the participants throughout the race. Racing through the streets at night with a crowd to cheer you on, you will feel like a Ninja yourself.

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