Y ou know San Diego for its ever-present sunshine and delicious craft beer. Unfortunately, the former makes you crave the latter, which makes you seemingly impervious to the former, which is a vicious cycle that too often ends with a really, really bad sunburn. Fortunately, when you feel like covering up that leopard-print Speedo to take a day off from the beach, we have plenty else to keep you busy.
On top of biannual horse-racing seasons at one of the best tracks in the nation, Del Mar, there's a lot of incredible stuff to do in San Diego aside from living out your fantasy of shredding the gnar to the adoration of bikini-clad sunbathers because surfing is, like, really hard. Below you'll find totally legal ways to get high, shoot marines (not at the same time, miscreant!), and even a few ways to escape our No. 1 commodity if baby's got a sun rash.
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1. The Prado 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

From the terracotta tiles and 16th-century ceiling pattern in the foyer to the ruby red Moorish lamps and maroon leather benches, The Prado at Balboa Park oozes otherworldly comfort. The menu spans various cuisines but seafood-based plates like blue crab, shrimp, and cod "sea cakes" and lobster saffron broth paella stand out. However, you'd be remiss not to try the wafer-thin seared American Kobe Beef sushi roll -- seriously, how do they get that meat so thin?

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2. Liberty Station 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Formerly a Naval Training Center, Point Loma’s Liberty Station has recently undergone a full civilian makeover, becoming a top local destination for those partial to eating and drinking high-quality things. Liberty Station is also home to Liberty Public Market, a food emporium with dozens of stalls featuring local San Diego artisans, restaurants, and bars. With great shopping, acres of grassy fields for revelry, tons of booze, and plenty of food, Liberty Station is worth an afternoon of exploring.

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3. WestBean Cafe 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

WestBean Cafe at Liberty Public Market is the Point Loma outpost for WestBean's locally roasted, micro-batched coffee. WestBean Cafe uses its handcrafted roasts to create a vast array of coffee drinks beyond just pour-overs and espresso-bases; try one of the signature cold brew creations like the mint-infused Kryptonite or a flavored latte. Enjoy your coffee or tea with a doughnut from Mary's Donuts as you stroll through the Public Market's grounds, or soak up the San Diego sun on WestBean's custom patio.

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4. Venissimo Cheese 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

With numerous locations across San Diego, Venissimo Cheese at Liberty Public Market in Point Loma is the fifth outpost of the artisanal cheese shop. The specialty grocery store sells cheese from across the globe, offering trays and individual cheeses to go, jams, crackers, chocolates, and other accoutrements, as well as dine-in options like sandwiches and the signature veninis (grilled paninis), cheese and charcuterie boards, and cheesecakes, all best enjoyed around the vast greenery at Liberty Station.

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5. Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego’s signature slab of urban nature is 40 percent bigger than New York’s Central Park and about 100 percent more wild. Balboa Park is home to a wide range of entertainment options, like the San Diego Zoo (which is exponentially better than the Central Park Zoo), a pavilion with free live pipe organ concerts during warmer months, the Old Globe Theater, museums like the Museum of Photographic Arts and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the world’s first IMAX dome theater.

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