San Diego. Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

The Port of San Diego has reached an agreement with Commander Navy Region Southwest to jointly address the local effects of sea level rise.


They say seawalls, sand retention and beach replenishment are better ways to preserve their coastal homes, and that their property values would plummet if they acknowledge that someday their property could be inundated by the sea.


Highlights and Headlines: Summer 2018

South Coast Region

San Diego

Why San Diego Is the Perfect Summer Getaway

“In this southern California city that feels like a town, visitors can truly enjoy the summer sunshine at one of the city’s gorgeous beaches (hello, La Jolla), eat at some of the best Mexican restaurants north of the border, and sip on an ice cold beer or two from San Diego’s famous breweries. Of course, if beaches and breweries aren’t your thing there’s still plenty to do in San Diego, like checking out its public gardens at Balboa Park, seeking out one of the city’s best art galleries, or paying a visit to the famed San Diego zoo for a bit of family fun.”  Stacey Leasca

Where to Dine Outdoors in San Diego

“If there is one city that was made for outdoor dining, it’s San Diego. We have the space, we have the perfect weather and we have a laid-back attitude that makes al fresco eating and drinking a given more than a special event. Here are 14 restaurants not only long on views and beautiful spaces to sit, but that are serving good food and drinks, too.”  Jackie Bryant

Heading to San Diego this summer? Here are 10 breweries where you can quench your thirst

“Almost anywhere you find yourself in San Diego, from hipster enclaves to sunny beach towns, and no matter what activities you have planned — shopping, golfing, surfing or an outing at the zoo — there is sure to be a delightful cold one with your name on it nearby. Last year, with more than 120 San Diego County craft breweries to explore, I limited myself to just a portion of the beer scene in the northern part of the county (“11 breweries to try on San Diego’s Hops Highway”). This year I’m taking on the rest of the county. I researched beer pairings, so to speak, linking prime visitor destinations and interesting neighborhoods with top-notch breweries. The goal: to give readers a brewery in a locale in which they are likely to stay or visit while on vacation.”  By Irene Lechowitzky

What to Do in San Diego

“To please the younger folks in your crew, head over to Balboa Park, where you can explore miles of trails, check out the gardens, and play all day long at the World Famous San Diego Zoo. San Diego also has plenty to offer the foodies in your life, including some of the best Mexican restaurants north of the border, and more than 130 local breweries. Truly, San Diego is home to the endless summer. So go ahead, book your tickets now. We’ll be waiting for you on La Jolla beach.” Stacey Leasca

Port of San Diego and U.S. Navy Make Plans for Sea Level Rise

“The Port of San Diego has reached an agreement with Commander Navy Region Southwest to jointly address the local effects of sea level rise. It is the first partnership of its kind, and it will allow the port and the Navy to share information and modeling on the future impact of rising seas. “The potential impacts of sea level rise do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries and demand collaboration among all stakeholders,” said Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey, Commander Navy Region Southwest. ‘We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Port, local municipalities, and other interested parties on this challenge to ensure the resiliency and viability of our Navy installations, San Diego Bay, and its surrounding communities, now and into the future.’” (The amphib USS Makin Island prepares to moor at Pier 12, Naval Base San Diego, 2018 (USN))

North San Diego County

Del Mar takes another look at rising sea level and unpopular ‘planned retreat’

“Low-lying homes along the coast in Del Mar have become increasingly threatened by sea-level rise. Residents are working to develop an adaptation strategy .  Many of the city’s residents have fought long and hard against including planned retreat as part of their strategy. They say seawalls, sand retention and beach replenishment are better ways to preserve their coastal homes, and that their property values would plummet if they acknowledge that someday their property could be inundated by the sea. However, the California Coastal Commission requires all coastal cities to have a sea-rise adaptation plan, and to include planned retreat as part of their strategy. Failure to comply could result in the Coastal Commission refusing to certify the city’s plan, thus robbing Del Mar of the authority to approve permits for developments such as seawalls, homes, businesses, roads and other structures.” Phil Diehl (Photo by K.C. Alfred)

Del Mar. Downtown improvements in Del Mar get green light

“The overall project will include improvements to sidewalks, parking areas, bike lanes, medians, landscaping and the roadway between Ninth Street and the intersection at the northern entrance to Del Mar Plaza. Elements include new benches, trashcans, bicycle racks, newspaper displays, bus shelters, disabled accessible ramps and transitions, retaining walls, site walls and lighting. Of the 94 trees in the total project area, 59 will be left in place and 35 will be removed. Eighty-five new trees will be planted, resulting in 144 trees for a net gain of 50.”  Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Encinitas aims to start Beacon’s Beach project in fall

“Encinitas may borrow money to improve access to Beacon’s Beach. The beach project is a public safety issue because of concerns about the current condition of the hillside pathway, while the Leucadia Streetscape’s planned beautification of Coast Highway 101 has the potential to generate a great deal of tax revenue, council members said as they declared both items high priorities for funding in the coming months. Support for the Beacon’s Beach project, which includes building a new staircase and reworking the parking lot to resolve hillside erosion issues, was unanimous.”  Barbara Henry (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Encinitas. Surfhouse Now Offering Surf Coaching With Damien Hobgood | Adventure Sports Network

“The Surfhouse is steps away from so many great waves, including Beacons, which is right up the street. When was the last time you saw footage of yourself surfing? Was it when you were on boat trip in the Maldives and hired a local lensman to shoot your session when it was overhead and firing? Or was it at waist-high T-Street, when you asked your buddy to stand on the steps and try not to miss your best wave? Whatever the case may be, chances are it doesn’t happen all that often for regular surfers like you and I. And it certainly doesn’t include a critical analysis from one of the greatest surfers to ever hit the water … Mr. Damien Hobgood. If you feel like your surfing is good enough to warrant some fine-tuning from a pro, then Surfhouse in Encinitas, California, has a new service that might just be right up your alley.” ADVENTURE SPORTS NETWORK · Jon Perino Photo: Jackson Van Kirk

Carlsbad makes park ranger program permanent

“Carlsbad has 27 parks, nearly 50 miles of trails, and 13 nature preserves, the largest of which is the Lake Calavera preserve in the city’s northeastern quadrant. The Lake Calavera trails are popular with hikers and mountain bikers. The summit of a volcanic plug, once a column of molten lava, is a frequent destination at the elevation of 513 feet. At Batiquitos Lagoon, in Carlsbad’s southwestern quadrant near Encinitas, one of the most frequent problems has been people letting their dogs run without a leash on the preserve’s two-mile trail, said Deb Mossa, vice president of the lagoon foundation’s board. “Since the inception of the ranger program, that has diminished considerably,” Mossa told the City Council. ‘That has just been wonderful for Batiquitos.'” Phil Diehl (Union-Tribune file photo by Charlie Neuman)


20)  Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21) Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

30) Review headlines and relevant news as far back as you can find online to surface each community’s unique pulse and identify information necessary to make your decision. Is there a “ticking time bomb” issue you may uncover that eliminates the resort from your bucket list? Search on

32) Plan extended seasonal vacations during summer and winter months. Group destination locations together in regional trips to explore what several bucket list towns have to offer in the general vicinity – with only a week or two vacation time to spend, we recommend organizing your itinerary by travel regions.

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