Go to the Beach! There are 33 beaches in the San Diego area, and they're all open to the public. Southern California is known for its beaches and surfing, so why not spend some time in the sun without spending any money?
Seaport Village: This shopping and dining center lies next to the stunning San Diego bay. With over 70 shops, galleries, and restaurants, you're sure to have an entertaining afternoon stroll on the miles of winding paths.
Wahoo's Fish Tacos: Started by three surfer brothers with a passion for food, this is a great spot for post-beach, fresh food at a great value.
Gaslamp Quarter: Visit the "historic heart of San Diego." This downtown area is also the center of the city's nightlife. Its development began in the early 1800s, and today it is a bustling hub of entertainment and business.
Farmers' Markets: San Diego has several farmers' markets where you can buy and taste local produce. You can find out which are closest to you and their hours by clicking the link.
Cabrillo National Monument: This magnificent monument is found on the most southern tip of the peninsula. The park offers stunning views, a hiking path, a lighthouse and opportunities to learn about 16th century exploration and military history. It costs $5 to enter the park via car, and $3 for walk-ins and bicycles
Firehouse Eatery & Lounge: This great happy hour spot has beautiful views (come around sunset!) from its rooftop patio as well as cheap food and drinks.
Padres Baseball Game: Support the home baseball team and catch a game! If you buy tickets in the Bleachers section in advance, they're usually just $10 a piece.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: This awesome contemporary art museum in the La Jolla area of San Diego is free the third Thursday of the month from 5-7 p.m. General admission is also just $10, and students under 26 can go free anytime with a valid student ID.
Hodad's: Check out this cheap, awesome burger joint! SD locals and visitors say it's a must.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.