Why San Diego is the Perfect Place to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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The friends. The colors. The laughs. The Don Julio... Although not historically a day of debauchery (it’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862), Cinco de Mayo has ingrained itself into American culture as a time to let loose, enjoy some time with friends, and maybe kick back with a margarita... or three. Whether you’re familiar with its history or not, Cinco de Mayo has become a staple in American culture.

This day of fun and frolic holds a special spot in San Diego because of the large Mexican-American population and the city’s proximity to the Mexican border, creating a beautiful blend of cultures that enjoy celebrating both in and out of the bar. Yes, there are plenty of places to grab a Corona or Modelo, but there are a number of other ways to celebrate Mexican culture and history both on Cinco de Mayo and every other day of the year.

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Delicious Local Mexican Cuisine

San Diego is known for its broad selection of outstanding Mexican restaurants. From family-owned and operated taco shops to unique spots featuring handmade tortillas, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to Mexican eats. Our personal favorite is The Taco Stand, located in La Jolla, Encinitas, North Park and downtown San Diego.

Historic Locations, Museums + Events

Balboa Park: Head to Balboa Park to explore the 17 museums and 19 gardens (among many other attractions) including the Spanish Arts Village and the Centro Cultural de la Raza. Get inspired and take a closer look at the Latin American history of San Diego.

Barrio Logan: Around the turn of the 20th century, an influx of refugees fleeing the Mexican Revolution drastically changed this area of San Diego. One of the city's oldest communities, this neighborhood is comprised of Mexican shops, restaurants and galleries, as well as home to Chicano Park.

Cultural Events: San Diego hosts a diverse collection of cultural festival that celebrate the city’s Mexican heritage. Annual events include the Latino Film Festival, The National City Mariachi Festival and Competition and the Latin Food Fest.

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SoCal Vibes

We can’t think of many other places we’d rather party and enjoy the local culture than San Diego. The perfect weather, the laid-back atmosphere and people, as well as the amazing dining and beverage options make this part of Southern California one of the best places to partake in Cinco de Mayo.

Spring in San Diego is a truly beautiful time of year, and what makes spring better than a celebration? Gorgeous scenery, fun people, unique and diverse activities for both adults and families alike and beautiful Mexican culture make this city the place to spend your Cinco de Mayo.