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The Best Street Art in San Diego

a photo of the welcome to san diego mural

When you plan your next trip to our city, be sure to take a look at some of the best street art in San Diego! It may be known for its gorgeous weather and beaches, but it also has a lesser-known arts scene. The best street art in San Diego can be found around corners and tucked in neighborhoods you may not expect. It’s up to you to find it on your visit. Ready for the challenge?

Here’s a list of the best street art in San Diego.

  1. Barrio Logan
  2. US Naval Training Station Mural
  3. Colossus
  4. Greetings from San Diego Mural
  5. SeaWalls: Murals for Oceans

 

a group of people on a sidewalk next to a graffiti covered wall1. Barrio Logan

 

Barrio Logan is considered one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets. It’s the center of the city’s Mexican-American culture which makes it an ideal place to see and experience trendy art and local culture. There’s not a single piece of public art that you’ll want to see in Bario Logan. The history of neighborhood art goes as far back as the 1960s, which means you can find it around nearly every corner. You can go for a portion of the neighborhood or spend a whole weekend checking it out. There are formerly vacant warehouses that have been transformed into art galleries. The culinary arts have been thriving, making it an authentic place to experience homestyle Mexican food. 

 

 

2. US Naval Training Station Mural A photo of the US Naval Training Mural

 

San Diego is home to several Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guards bases. As a result of its strong military ties, you may want to check out the US Naval Training Station mural. It’s located at Liberty Station, which was once a Navy training center, and it is a colorful reminder of patriotism. It tops the list for best street art in San Diego.  

 

A photo of the colossus mural3. Colossus

 

This street art piece was painted by Torero in 1975. He described the mural as a “reawakening of a Sleeping Giant, setting off the imaginations of all pass-byers.” Colossus is located in Chicano Park, an area considered a cultural treasure because of its quality art. Roughly 80 pieces of art fill the 7 acres in this park, so there’s lots more to see besides Colossus once you’re there. 

 

4. Greetings from San Diego Mural a photo of the welcome to san diego mural

 

First time to San Diego? We guarantee you’ll love this San Diego street art because it’s perfect for your Instagram feed. Go have a mini photoshoot and let everyone know that you’re vacationing in a gorgeous place. They’re sure to be jealous! The best part is that it’s tucked on a drive aisle, so you won’t be standing in traffic while you snap your pictures. You may want to make this your first stop because each picture in each letter of the city’s name will give you an idea of where you need to visit while you’re there. 

 

a photo of one of the sea walls murals5. SeaWalls: Murals for Oceans

 

This is a group of 18 murals intended to raise awareness of environmental issues, and it’s also where you can find some of the best street art in San Diego. While some murals above have been established parts of the city, SeaWalls has only been around since 2016. San Diego’s Cohort Collective collaborated with Hawaii-based PangeaSeed Foundation, the music festival KAABOO, Surfrider Foundation, and several national and international artists to make it happened. With San Diego being one of the most scenic beach destinations in the country, protecting them is of the utmost importance. 

 

Final Thoughts

Seeing the best street art in San Diego is an awesome way to spend your trip. You can see all of these murals on your own, or you can book one of our San Diego tours and see these murals and more in just a few hours. Our tour options include San Diego Speed Boat Adventures offers GoCar and scooter tours that are perfect for this purpose. You can learn more about our tours by visiting our San Diego tours page! 

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