Invaluable Tips for Canadians Moving to the San Diego Area


Thanks to the shared border between the United States and Canada, it’s quite common for people to move from one country to another whether for a short-term stay or a long-term move. For those Canadians who are gearing up for a move to the San Diego area, there’s a whole lot to prepare for outside of the great weather that awaits you. So, before you start feeling too flustered and stressed about the move and the preparations, here are some invaluable tips that can make the process a whole lot smoother and even enjoyable.

Look for a Moving Company that Facilitates Out-of-Country Moves

While there are all kinds of moving companies available across Canada, not all will move you out of the country. Some companies only help with local moves or moves within a certain radius. Take, for example, Phillips Moving Company.  This is a Toronto moving company that offers long distance moving services and have been in operation for more than 90 years. By hiring professional movers like these, you will have peace of mind knowing that your items will arrive safe and sound, and without any effort on your part.

Even if you plan on driving your own vehicle to your new home in San Diego, you don’t want to have to truck all your belongings yourself. Instead, you can just throw your essentials in your car and then take your time driving.

Give Yourself Some Down Time When You Arrive

If you have already secured a job opportunity in San Diego, then it's a good idea to arrive at least a week or so before you are set to start. It's always sensible to give yourself a little downtime when you first arrive in a new city, whether it's San Diego or any city. This provides you with the opportunity to get to know your neighborhood a little better, learn where all the important stores are, sample some restaurants, plan your route to work, and just start to settle in.

Give the Public Transportation System a Try

Unlike Los Angeles, San Diego doesn't have that same level of congestion and volume on its streets, but that's not to say it doesn't get busy. With that in mind, you may want to give the public transportation system a try. You will be able to navigate the city without any issues, and the transit system even connects to the suburbs. If you plan on using it for work, it would be a good idea to do a few mock trips at the time you’d be heading in, just so you get an idea of timing.

Try to Plan the Move During Off-Season

Because San Diego is such a beautiful city and offers spectacular beaches, there is a tourist season here. Summer tends to get pretty busy and hectic in the city, which can mess with your moving plans. If at all possible, plan to move during the months of November to February. The weather will still be pleasant, and you'll avoid the large tourist crowds.

Update Your Driver's License

If you plan on driving while you're in San Diego, you will also need to update your driver's license. You will need to register your car and transfer its title to California. The license needs to be done within 10 days of moving, whereas you have 20 days to register your car. Both can be done at the local DMV office.

Bringing Your Dog - It Needs a License Too

California requires all dog owners to get a license for their dog as long as it is five months or older. In order to get that license, you'll need to show proof that it is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination. This license will need to be obtained within 30 days of moving to the state. As for where you can get the license, you can visit the local county animal services shelter.

Explore the Beaches

Let's face it, a big part of why you are moving to San Diego, if not the main reason, is the beaches. There are 70 miles worth of coastline to explore here, which means you've got a whole lot of sightseeing to do when you arrive.

As for the best beaches to check out, well that depends on what you plan on doing at the beach. If you're taking the whole family with you then Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, and Del Mar Beach are all fabulous options. Meanwhile, if it's surfing you're after then Cardiff, Oceanside Harbor, and La Jolla Shores should top the list. If you're looking for a quieter beach then Marine Street Beach, Silver Strand Beach, and South Ponto Beach can be just what you're after.

Settle In Just Like the Locals

With these tips, you’ll be able to quickly and easily settle in with the locals and alleviate all the stress of the move.