GRL 2015 is going to be an absolute blast in San Diego. It’s a wonderful city to hold an event like this. For those of you who like to go in early and explore the city, or organize a fun activity or two, you have much to choose from. This will be my turn to drive, instead of fly! Ooh-rah!
Also, if you’re coming from up north, you could drive as far as Goleta, then park and take the Surfliner train into Santa Fe Station. It takes a little while longer than driving does, but you don’t have to make restroom stops, and there’s a café car, so no stopping for food. Instead of the stress of driving (the I-405 and the I-5 can be absolutely nasty), you can sleep, read, or get some work done on one of your devices. Santa Fe station is a short taxi from the Bahia.
First of all, September and October are typically the warmest months. The Pacific Ocean has warmed up by then, so the early morning low clouds and fog are no longer a problem. Clear, warm days with chilly to cold nights are highly likely.
The Bahia Resort is conveniently located. If it doesn’t have its own shuttle from Lindbergh Field, it’s a short taxi ride that shouldn’t cause too much trouble.
The Bahia’s beach is part of the bay, not the open ocean, so surf and the dangerous rip tides aren’t a problem. It’s closely located to most of what is awesome about San Diego. Sea World is nearby. San Diego also features an old Spanish Mission and a Presidio. The resort is one hour south of Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, and 45 minutes south of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (this used to be a Navy base, and was the home of Top Gun at the time the movie was filmed). The Bahia is very close to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (where Marine recruits west of the Mississippi undergo intake and Basic Training), the Point Loma submarine base, North Island Naval base, and most importantly, it’s just across the Coronado Bay Bridge from the Coronado Naval base. Coronado is where Navy SEALs and Recon Marines go through BUDs and Basic Recon (this is where Corey leads Zodiac training in the surf, in The Final Line). Basically, this means the area is swarming with sailors and Marines, many of whom are hot!
Old Town is very close (http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/). Old Town State Park is literally one of the oldest, original portions of the city itself. Many structures are historical sites, including the famously haunted Whaley House. The Bazar Del Mundo features some lovely boutiques and fantastic Mexican restaurants. There are often live action displays and demonstrations of Mexican culture and art, from the time before California was stripped away from Mexico.
Balboa Park (http://www.balboapark.org/) is a reasonable distance from the Bahia, and features several places of interest. The park has a significant history, and is celebrating its centennial the entire year of 2015. If you’re a theater buff, there’s the Old Globe Theater. The world famous San Diego Zoo is there, and is seriously worth a visit. The animals, the state-of-the-art enclosures, and the rare animal breeding programs are phenomenal. There are several quality museums in Balboa Park, including the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum is interactive (and so much fun), the Museum of Man (what it says on the tin), and there are museums of art, automobiles, and railroads. I myself might be checking out the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.
If you like to shop, there’s Horton Plaza (http://www.westfield.com/hortonplaza/) which is right in downtown San Diego. There are several beaches and beach communities. Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach have the most colorful personalities, on par with Venice Beach. About 30-45 minutes north is La Jolla, which is an upscale community with some Rodeo Drive type shopping. It’s also the home of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The Gaslamp Quarter is party central (http://www.gaslamp.org/). It’s named for the vintage gas lamps that have been restored and decorate the area. There’s a convenient trolley stop, but weeknight parking is easy and inexpensive. It’s designed to be a walking community. Once there, part of the fun is to stroll from pub to pub, shop to shop. There’s everything from family owned single locations, to Hooters and Dick’s Last Resort.
Now for the most important information of all. There used to be two very nice male strip clubs, but that was years ago. We’ll need a little research to find out if there is one there now. However, San Diego has a thriving theater and movie/television industry, so there’s no shortage of very, very hot men. Black’s Beach is a famous/infamous nude beach, located at the base of the Torrey Pines cliffs. You can hang-glide from on top of Torrey Pines. Unfortunately, getting to Black’s Beach is very arduous. The cliff climb is arduous. The grade of the emergency access road requires you to have a fairly high level of fitness. You can walk north from La Jolla Shores, but it’s quite a distance, so again, it requires a healthy fitness level. Also, be aware of two things: clothing is optional, and it’s open to everyone. This means that you have to be prepared to observe both the bad, along with the good (if you get my meaning).
And finally, San Diego’s gay-borhood is called Hillcrest (http://fabuloushillcrest.com/). It’s just a little outside of downtown, and is an older, quaint, and colorful community. It’s fairly foot-friendly, and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. If you look for them, you’ll locate some more obvious and overt clubs, and shops that cater to various fetishes.
I’m sure I’ll remember other things between now and then.