San Diego joins Singapore, Paris and Amsterdam on Forbes Travel Guide’s 14 Top Destinations Of 2019 — all having “monumental moments” this year.
“For a destination to officially be having ‘a moment,’ it needs more going for it than mere festivals or a few restaurant openings,” says the magazine catering to the wealthy and business leaders. “The city has to be experiencing a shift in the way it looks and feels.”
Forbes travel editors note San Diego milestones including the 250th anniversary of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the 50th anniversaries of the Padres and Comic-Con, and the inaugural year of the ANOC World Beach Games.
“Yet what has us most excited,” says a 163-word squib posted Monday, “is its rise as an up-and-coming foodie city.”
“Taiwanese xiao long bao purveyor Din Tai Fung recently brought its beloved soup dumplings to town, and spring will see the debut of both chef Michael Mina’s barbecue-centric International Smoke and celebrity chef Akira Back’s modern Japanese restaurant Lumi.”
Noting the area’s craft beer scene, Forbes singles out one: Pendry San Diego’s Nason’s Beer Hall.
The top 14 weren’t listed in any order.
Besides San Diego, the only other California designation was California’s Central Coast.
But a generic overview of San Diego tourist delights may bring snickers: “Weathermen here have it easy: every day is 70 degrees and sunny.”
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