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Cure the Bad Day Blues with a Trip to One of These SD Spots

Written By: Ivan Chung 10 Things to Do in San Diego If You’re Having a Bad Day

Let’s face it, we all have a bad day every once in awhile. Whether it’s the lousy weather, a slow day at work or stress, we always try to look for the perfect mental remedy to escape these bad vibes. Luckily in San Diego, there’s about a thousand things you can do to get your mind right. We’ve come up with a list of places and events in SD to help you through your daily struggles (at least temporarily).


Swell Coffee Co.

Swell Coffee Co. has the best remedy to anyone’s blues: artisan coffee. Swell makes sure that every step of their coffee roasting process has integrity and quality in mind, from the relationships with their coffee farmers, to the “low-flow” faucets in-house to lessen water waste, to the artful and delicious taste of their roast. As if the taste alone is not enough to brighten your day, enjoying a vibrant and fresh Acai bowl will put a pep in your step! Check them out in Mission Beach and Del Mar at Flower Hill Promenade.

3833 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

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Catamaran Ocean Spa

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The Catamaran Spa at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to go when you need an escape. As San Diego’s only beachfront spa, Catamaran sets you up for an unforgettable experience from its location to its services. The spa offers a wide selection of pampering choices from aromatherapy massages and detox wraps to personalized facials and pedicures. For an even greater boost to your day, make sure to take advantage of their specials offered each month. More opportunities to save means more opportunities to experience the beauty and luxury of The Catamaran Spa.

3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

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San Diego Museum of Man

Take a walk through the San Diego Museum of Man located in the beautiful Balboa Park, because who doesn’t like to educate themselves? The museum features a large variety of new exhibitions every year like Beerology and MONSTERS! To make these galleries more accessible, they offer free admission to all San Diego residents on the third Tuesday every month. So make sure to get off work early and wander around this beautiful facility.

1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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Iron Mountain

What better way to let off some steam than conquering this fun and challenging hike? Being one of the most popular hiking spots in SD, the Iron Mountain trail offers an enjoyable hike and an amazing view at the peak. We guarantee this will be a good getaway from all your fears and anxieties as you work up a sweat and take in the breathtaking scenery. You can also check out other top-notch hikes in the SD area if Iron Mountain isn’t your cup of tea.

San Diego Central Library

You might think to yourself, “Why go to a library when I’m trying to avoid using my brain?” Well, not quite. The gorgeous architecture of the new Central Library might just be something you could appreciate. Take a look around a massive library structure that is both visually pleasing and historically significant. Feel free to wander around this beautiful space and forget your troubles.

330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

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Vitality Tap

You want to drink your sorrows away? No problem, go pound some shots…of juice! Vitality Tap offers some of the best juices and smoothies in SD. Go get yourself an Undressed Greens drink and cleanse that negative energy out of your system, or get your fill of their delicious acai bowl to-go.

650 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel

Enjoy your view 40 stories above San Diego Bay at the Top of the Hyatt. Open daily from 3 p.m., the rooftop lounge will definitely make you feel on top of the world. Spend an evening with your friends or significant other at this skylounge.

1 Market Pl
San Diego, CA 92101


The Little Yoga Studio

Do a little yoga at The Little Yoga Studio located in Downtown SD. They offer a wide range of classes from Vinyasa Flow to Ashtanga, but more importantly, a channel to sooth your mind with breathing techniques. Drop in for a class and you’ll find yourself in a headspace of peace and serenity.

702 Ash St
San Diego, CA 92101


Bike Along the Beach

If you’re ever in Downtown La Jolla, you can’t help but notice the beautiful La Jolla shores over yonder. Go grab your bike and ride along the shore during sunset; the view is surreal. Stop by the La Jolla Cove and pay a visit to the sea lions while you’re at it. Make sure to break a sweat and flush out all that nonsense!


The Casbah

With different performers coming in every single night, The Casbah is the perfect place for you to hit up when you want to lose yourself in music. It’s simple: make some friends, get a couple of drinks and have yourself a good time. You might just be able to stumble upon your next favorite indie band or local talents at the next show.

2501 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101


Seaport Village

Not only is the view of the harbor refreshing, the distraction you get from all the street performers will create a great atmosphere for bad day recovery. The sophisticated structures and all the yachts by the waterfront will instantly put you in a good mood. Go snap some selfies, walk around the shops and get yourself a tasty pastry to go.

849 West Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

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Modern Times Point Loma

Now it might be cliché to get inebriated after a stressful day at work, but getting buzzed at Modern Times might just be an awesome remedy. If you don’t already know, apart from having a wide selection of beers, Modern Times features tons of cool art for you to look at. Whether it’s the infamous giant drawing made of post-it notes or the comic book wall, this place never ceases to amaze.

3725 Greenwood St
San Diego, CA 92110

C A U S E /// Ya Had a Bad Day. Visit One of These SD Places to Fix the Bad Day Blues.