What’s Not to Love?
San Diego is a great place to visit regardless of time of year, but there are some particularly wonderful things that happen here in the spring. The winter rains are generally over, and the average temps are 66 degrees for a high and 53 degrees for a low. We enjoy 13 hours of sunshine a day during March, and things aren’t as crowded as they will be in the summertime, so it is perfect time to visit, and think about making San Diego your home!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The stars all align when St. Paddy’s Day ends up on a Saturday, like it does in 2018. The annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest parade west of the Mississippi. Head to Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street on Saturday, March 17th. At 10:30am, thousands of spectators and marchers gather to celebrate Ireland’s Patron Saint. This year the parade’s theme is “Celebrating Our Irish Roots,” which will happen with more than 120 parade entries, including floats, high school marching bands, dancing groups, equestrian units, clowns, dignitaries, and of course, Irish Setters!
Irish Festival in Balboa Park
Just decide you are going to be Irish for a day and make a day of it! Following the parade, Balboa Park, at Sixth Street and Maple will be filled with fun at the Irish Festival. You can enjoy live entertainment on three stages throughout the festival. In the morning you can see Irish Step Dancers, then the afternoon will be filled with Irish folk singers and bands. Throughout the day you can visit craft booths, a Celtic food village, a beer garden and kids zone. The Irish Festival in Balboa Park runs Saturday, March 17th from 1-6 pm.
The Carlsbad Flower Fields are an incredible site this time of year, with 50 awesome acres of blooming color near San Diego. The fields are a patchwork delight with blossoms in orange, red, yellow, purple and green flowers. This tourist attraction during this time of year is also a business: the owners are commercial growers of Giant Ranunculus Bulbs. The are stunningly gorgeous, so check out their website to see when the blooming will occur this growing season. It is a photographer’s paradise! The fields look like a vivid box of crayons, but there are other options to discover. The owners also have a miniature rose garden, a sweet pea maze, a greenhouse filled with poinsettias, and you can see more than 180 All-American rose selection winners. If you like, there are wagon rides around the fields as well. You can also buy flowers and other products at the company’s store. It makes sense to allow an hour or two for your visit, and don’t forget your hat and sunscreen. Weekdays are less crowded than weekends at Carlsbad Flower Fields. They are located in north San Diego County, just off Interstate Highway 5.
We know we are partial, but we think San Diego is one of the best California cities for whale watching. It is awe-inspiring to see these beautiful mammals migrate, particularly the mothers who are leading their babies north for the summer. You can book a trip that will take a few hours from a number of reputable companies. The whale watching season in San Diego starts in the middle of December and continues through April. You can book whale watching cruises, and several companies guarantee a sighting or you’ll go again for free. Or, if you’d prefer to see a whale from the shore, here are a few of the best spots:
- Scripps Park just above La Jolla Cove
- The Birch Aquarium
- Torrey Pines State Reserve
- Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument
Be sure and bring your binoculars! At Richard Realty, we like helping San Diego home buyers see the value of living here. Allow our team of experts to assist you when you are ready to call San Diego home!