Beaches, warm weather, and picturesque parks are often what come to mind when you imagine the popular Pacific Coastal city of California. With more than 1.4 million residents, you may be imagining yourself as a wanna-be San Diegan, but have yet to make the move, until now.
The anticipation of changing your home address can be an exciting experience, but there are a few preparations that need to be made before you pack your bags for this scenic destination. Here are the top 10 things to know before you move to San Diego.
If you are coming from a location that has four seasons, then be prepared that San Diego doesn’t. So, if you are used to the changing of the leaves in the fall and a white Christmas then brace yourself because this simply doesn’t exist in this warm climate.
The Drought is Real
Rain is almost a sacred thing in San Diego; it can become very dry and the drought is a much talked about topic there. Due to this drought, there are strict rules about the use of water and as a resident, it is your job to follow them.
When rain does break through the sky, it becomes an immediate topic of conversation and is celebrated. Take a listen to the country song, or even watch the video, “Rain is a Good Thing,” by Luke Bryan, although he is from Georgia, the theme is similar and will help you to understand this real weather concern.
The Cost of Living is High
If you are thinking that you can move out here and simply enjoy the beach and the warm weather without having a secure income or some big-time savings, then you may have to re-evaluate your relocating to San Diego.
The cost of living here is higher than the national average, not only is rent more expensive, so too are groceries, which may relate back to that drought we talked about earlier. Moving out to San Diego may seem like your dream plan but be sure to back up that plan with a good paying job.
Food and Drink
Due to the Mexican influence from its southern neighbors, one of the favorite foods that San Diegans love to eat is tacos. This food is not restricted to the time of day, so you will find them available at all meal times.
There are a variety of craft brewers all throughout the city that make a great accompaniment to the Mexican tacos you will be eating. If you are wondering which are the best places to go for a drink in the city, then be sure to check out these top 5 San Diego Bars that all the San Diegans frequent.
Bring Your Dog
If you have one or more dogs then you are in good company because these residents love their furry friends. Not only will you find some great dog-friendly restaurants, but you will also find some great areas, from the beaches, the boardwalk, to the many parks for you and your dog to get some exercise in. Just be sure to get a license for your dog within a month of moving there.
Mind the Nude Beach
Black’s Beach is a secluded section of the beach located just beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines State Beach. Although the nudity is optional, it is the largest nude beach in all of the United States, so it is good to be prepared. But don’t worry, you won’t get kicked off if you decide to keep your clothes on.
The rules of the boardwalk are to respect the path you are on, so stay to the right and don’t interfere with others who are also using the path. There is one exception, ask anyone about Slomo, and they will tell you he is a Pacific Beach institution who can do whatever he wants. He is on the boardwalk every day, you can’t miss him.
The Rules of Surfing
If you choose to move out to live by the beach then chances are you will pick up the pastime of surfing. If you do decide to test the waters, be sure to follow the rules in the water and ask questions if you don’t understand. There are flags to help guide your path in the water, pay attention to these flags so that you don’t get injured or upset the surfer community.
Driving in the City
There are a variety of great ways to get around the city, from biking, rollerblading, to taking the trolley. That said, there are still many who choose to have a car, you may be one of them. If you do decide to have a car be sure to pay attention to the many parking signs that tell you where and when you can park.
Update Your License
And while we’re on the subject of driving in the city, you are expected to update your driver’s license within 10 days of moving there. You can do this by visiting your local DMV and to make it an even quicker process book your appointment online. You will also need to register your car and get it taken in for a smog check.
Danielle thrives on researching and writing on all aspects of life. Further to writing for Zumper blog and personal finance, she is an advocate of self-improvement and living a life that is both financially responsible and knowledgeable. When she is not on her computer, she can be found spending time with her husband and two sons.