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With its mild climate and gorgeous setting, San Diego and the surrounding area is a perfect place to get away from it all—or get in to something new. It has a relaxed vibe, but there is no shortage of things to do, see, eat and enjoy.

Here are just five reasons to visit San Diego in 2016:

San Diego Zoo’s 100th anniversary.

If you have never visited San Diego Zoo, there is no better time than during its 100th anniversary year. The zoo is world renowned for its design and diversity of animals, and it is a one-of-a-kind experience for animal lovers of all ages. Get a small preview of the zoo now with its animal cams (including panda cam) and then plan your visit for later this year.

Wine and Craft Beer

Many people are surprised to learn that there are more than 100 wineries in San Diego County, and the area’s wine tradition dates back to the 18th century Franciscans who took advantage of the favorable climate and soil to grow wine grapes. Wine tasting in San Diego County is a more laid-back experience than the more congested Napa Valley, and September harvest season is a great time to visit. If great beer is more your speed, check out one of the more than 115 craft breweries in the region.


Foodies could spend months in San Diego and never get bored with the variety of interesting, innovative – and just plain tasty – restaurant options for every budget and appetite. La Jolla Chef Trey Foshee listed just a few in this article for Food & Wine, but there are hundreds of options to try. Be sure to sample San Diego signature Cali-Baja cuisine found throughout the region.


There are so many galleries and museums in the San Diego area that there is a website dedicated to planning your art experience. With Art Trails San Diego, you can map out your trail along the coast, inland or in the back country. Or visit Balboa Park, known as the “Smithsonian of the West,” which boasts 17 museums and beautiful gardens all in one place.

Live music.

San Diego has a thriving local music scene, which ties in well with the area’s premier music, arts and culinary event, KAABOO Del Mar. Held September 16-18, 2016, at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds, KAABOO takes San Diego’s rich live music heritage and combines a carefully curated set of amenities and attractions for the ultimate “mix-perience.” The event features performances by local bands, plus a an incredible lineup of internationally known acts, a full schedule of A-list comedians, one of the nation’s largest culinary events, the second largest art event in California and a set of onsite amenities guaranteed to make your weekend both comfortable and inspirational. The weekend also includes live art exhibitions, cooking contests with famous chefs, on-site spa amenities, places to sample small batch spirits and local wines, and much, much more. And it’s all located just 30 minutes north of San Diego in the beautiful ocean-side town of Del Mar. From art galleries to gourmet food and beautiful beaches, Del Mar is a peaceful escape, and an ideal setting for this destination event.

Book now to visit in September and you can enjoy three days of music, art and culture at KAABOO Del Mar, where live music, gourmet food, comedy and fine art combine for an extraordinary “mix-perience.”