Author: Ashleigh Bandimere

Ashleigh grew up enjoying the sunshine and beaches of San Diego, California but her love of adventure led her to live in both Costa Rica and Spain before she returned to her hometown. Her passions include wildlife conservation, sustainability, seeing the world's natural beauty, and sharing these interests with others.
15 Best San Diego Beach Towns for 2022 (By a Local)

15 Best San Diego Beach Towns for 2022 (By a Local)

San Diego’s beach towns are truly world-class. The beaches alone are renowned for their natural beauty and variety, qualities that led to the formation of equally eclectic and lovely towns that have sprung up around them. I’m a San Diego local, and I’m here to spill the beans on the best beach towns in San…

48 Best Things to Do in San Diego in 2022 (By a Local) 

48 Best Things to Do in San Diego in 2022 (By a Local) 

San Diego brings to mind spectacular beaches and great weather. But, while those are certainly highlights, you may be surprised by how many more fun things to do in San Diego you can find … if you know where to look!  Never worry, because I’m a San Diego local who is here to guide you…

31 Best San Diego Historical Sites & Landmarks (By a Local)

31 Best San Diego Historical Sites & Landmarks (By a Local)

A city rich in history and culture, there are some excellent San Diego historical sites and landmarks. Because of San Diego’s pivotal role for so many groups throughout history, the city has tons of historically significant places. Many of these are the best things to do in San Diego. In fact, The Kumeyaay (the first…

29 San Diego Date Ideas in 2022 (By a Local)

29 San Diego Date Ideas in 2022 (By a Local)

If you’re looking for some fresh and exciting San Diego Date ideas, then I’m here to help! San Diego is an awesome city to meet someone new or keep a lasting relationship full of fun and excitement. The warm weather of America’s Finest City has fostered a thriving outdoor culture and lots of creative and…

Where to Stay in La Jolla (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

Where to Stay in La Jolla (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

If you’re wondering where to stay in La Jolla, just read this guide to the best places and areas. La Jolla, which aptly means “The Jewel” in Spanish, is a lovely seaside village just north of San Diego. It’s one of the best areas to stay around San Diego. La Jolla attracts tons of visitors…

19 Best La Jolla Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

19 Best La Jolla Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

La Jolla is a top San Diego destination and is worth a visit as much for its natural beauty as for its culinary scene. Many of the best La Jolla restaurants celebrate their proximity to the ocean by incorporating seafood, a beachy atmosphere, ocean views, or some combination of all three. From romantic, elegant restaurants…

23 Best San Diego Beaches for 2022 (By a Local!)

23 Best San Diego Beaches for 2022 (By a Local!)

Let’s be honest, San Diego beaches are legendary. In fact, when you think of San Diego, chances are sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and turquoise surf spring to mind. And with over 70 miles of coastline that range from long sandy beaches to rugged cliffs jutting out over the pacific, it’s no wonder that San Diego’s…

The Best Time to Visit San Diego in 2022 (By a Local)

The Best Time to Visit San Diego in 2022 (By a Local)

The best time to visit San Diego is during the summer months when you can take full advantage of the stunning beaches, which are the city’s most prominent attractions. Late summer, especially September, tends to boast the best weather, warmest ocean temperatures, and smaller crowds. Most people come to San Diego for its beautiful beaches,…

21 Best Things to Do in La Jolla (in 2022)

21 Best Things to Do in La Jolla (in 2022)

If you’re looking for fun things to do in La Jolla, you’ll find plenty of activities, sites & activities to fill your day. Located in Southern California, the small seaside community of La Jolla offers some of San Diego’s best attractions, views, natural beauty, history, culture, and wildlife. The town, though small, has tons of…

13 Best La Jolla Beaches (in 2022)

13 Best La Jolla Beaches (in 2022)

La Jolla, Spanish for “the jewel” lives up to its promising name. The upscale town not only offers tons of high-end hotels, restaurants and shops, but its spectacular coastline also is the real standout, even compared to San Diego’s other awesome beaches.  Whether you’re hoping for a relaxing day tanning on the beach, exploring underwater…

The Best Time to Visit Costa Rica (in 2022)

The Best Time to Visit Costa Rica (in 2022)

While most places experience spring, summer, fall, and winter, Costa Rica operates on a two-season cycle – dry and rainy. Since the rainy season can hinder outdoor activities, the best time to visit Costa Rica is during the drier months between November and early May. Taking Costa Rica’s seasons into account when planning your trip…

27 Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica (in 2022)

27 Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica (in 2022)

Costa Rica has made its name as a top travel destination for the astonishing diversity of ecosystems, wildlife, and activities that are contained within its small boundaries. The Central American country caters to wildlife and nature lovers, beachgoers, resort vacationers, and hikers alike. Costa Rica is an easy decision to decide to visit the country,…

15 Best Places to Go Camping Near San Diego (By a Local)

15 Best Places to Go Camping Near San Diego (By a Local)

Camping is such a unique and wonderful way to experience a place! Often campgrounds are in prime locations for access to the best hiking, views, and sites in natural areas. Plus, there’s something so fulfilling about eating outside around a campfire, stargazing before bed, and waking up to nature sounds. I’m a San Diego local…

15 Best Hikes in San Diego County for 2021 (By a Local)

15 Best Hikes in San Diego County for 2021 (By a Local)

A hike is the best way to enjoy the San Diego sunshine and beautiful landscape! San Diego is Southern California’s coastal desert gem that boasts some surprisingly high elevation mountains to boot. As a celebration of this unique landscape, the county has done a great job of preserving plenty of land for hiking and recreation…

Is San Diego Safe? (Honest Local Advice)

Is San Diego Safe? (Honest Local Advice)

Receiving an average of 35.1 million visitors a year, San Diego is one of the United States’ top travel destinations. And for those of us lucky enough to call the city home, we live in the 26th happiest city in the country.  And with its gorgeous coastline, lively nightlife, awesome sights, and rich culture there’s…

Where to Stay in San Diego, by a Local (Best Areas & Places)

Where to Stay in San Diego, by a Local (Best Areas & Places)

San Diego is a sprawling city consisting of a bustling downtown area and a collection of beach towns, each with its own unique personality and attractions.  So much variety can make deciding where to stay in San Diego challenging. But never fear, because I’m a San Diego local and I’m here to break down what…

21 Fun Day Trips from San Diego for 2022 (By a Local)

21 Fun Day Trips from San Diego for 2022 (By a Local)

As a San Diego local, I’ve come to appreciate “America’s Finest City” even more for all of the incredible nearby places to explore. Whether you want to spend a day hiking, enjoying some beautiful sandy beaches, or exploring unique historical sites, you’re sure to find several day trips from San Diego to choose from.  Lucky…