San Diego, California
Already a no-brainer for catching a good surf, you may be surprised to learn San Diego is home to 100 (and counting) craft beer breweries. Head west to this sunny, SoCal city — but try to hold off on your voyage there until after the moody “June gloom” weather passes. Surf season is at its best starting in August, anyways, and San Diego has more than 70 miles of open ocean coastline, acting like a siren calling you and your surfboard. If you’re an experienced surfer, paddle out at Sunset Cliffs. (If you’re a so-so surfer, the locals will probably tell you to get out of the way). Stop by the Green Flash Brewery and its tasting room, with a beer garden and rotating line-up of food trucks serving up anything from crab cake sandwiches to grilled cheese with asparagus. Worthy of an après-surf visit: Book a signature “Synchronicity” Swedish massage at the Hard Rock Hotel. The treatment is billed as more Zeppelin, less zen. You’ll lie on the table, equipped with speakers that send vibrational pulls and bass through the body. A speaker-like dome overhead (Think: hair dryer at your grandma’s salon, but cool) falls overhead, playing a curated list ranging from Fleetwood Mac to the Rolling Stones.
How to blow $3,120 in San Diego: Check into a rock star suite at the Hard Rock Hotel for a long weekend in August. The suites start at $460 and climb up to $1,826 a night, with plenty of options in the middle. Put your extra money toward surfboard rentals and flights of beer.Back to top