As if it weren’t enough that San Diego has an edenic climate and upbeat vibes, L.A.’s laidback, prettier sister also boasts tons to see, hear and do. And who better to find out the best spots for Complex than San Diego’s own, The Soft Pack guitarist Matty McLoughlin. The man who helps give the indie rockers their sun-burnt, garage-rocking sound was kind enough to offer up all the must-see San Diego spots, from the best breaks to the finest grub.
Best Beach/Eye Candy: Black's Beach
It’s hard to know what the best part of Black’s Beach is – the gorgeous sand cliff that drops off into aquamarine water, or its clothing optional policy. If you’re not content to sit there and stare, the beach boasts great birdwatching, as well as all manner of activities. (Think: Naked Volleyball.)
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Best Surf Spot: Pill Box aka Fletcher Cove Park
A much-loved local favorite, Pill Box(aka Fletcher Cove Park) features few folks and lengthy breaks, meaning longer rides with less boards. Ample parking and showers allow a little luxury for wave riders (and everyone else, really).
Pill Box aka Fletcher Cove Park
111 S Sierra Ave
(between Clark St & Estrella St)
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Best Sneaker Store: Blends
Sneakerheads rejoice! Whether you’re looking to buy or just gawk, this Market Street haunt likely has what you’re coveting, despite the store’s small size. From limited edition to latest styles, be prepared to leave with your wallet emptier, and your feet happier.
726 Market Street
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhood: East Village
Best Denim Shop: Levi's Store
There’s a reason Levi’s has been the last name in denim for over 200 years, and you’ll be reminded of that when you stop into their impressive San Diego outpost. Unparalleled style, frequent sales and massive selection make this store one of the best in the area for men’s clothes.
67 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101