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San Diego offers the same coveted Southern California lifestyle perks of Los Angeles, without the Hollywood dirt and drama. 75-degree weather, flawless beaches, swanky resorts, posh nightclubs and luxury spas all served on a silver platter, sans paparazzi wars. While many celebrities prefer jet-setting off to remote tropical islands, their busy schedules don’t always allow for such a lavish escape. San Diego’s close proximity to L.A. makes it an ideal staycation out of the scene. But if privacy is the goal, stars don’t exactly announce their arrival on Twitter.
There are a few different ways to predict and participate in local celebrity sightings. The top nightclubs hire and promote celebrity-hosted parties every weekend. From FLUXX to the Andaz Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Stingaree, anyone in town can pay club cover to party with the stars. And bonus, many of the big name hosts also surprise the crowd with live in-club performances. These mega-clubs have welcomed high-profile performers and under-the-radar VIP guests including Usher, Jessica Biel, Joel McHale, Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Lebron James, Mario Lopez, Kendra Wilkinson, Kelly Osbourne and even Prince Harry, just to name a few. Aside from the nightlife scene, you can expect to see big stars during huge summer events like Comic-Con and Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day.
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FLUXX: When FLUXX nightclub broke out onto the scene in 2010 it introduced San Diego to an elevated nightlife experience. State of the art sound and lighting, Vegas-style dance floor-centric design, and A-List talent both live on stage and hanging in the VIP section. FLUXX has consistently brought in the biggest names in the local nightlife scene, and it’s our go-to club for celebrity sightings and unique in-club performances. Just a few of the celebs who have been spotted partying at FLUXX include Usher, Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Nelly, Big Boi, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Rob Dyrdek, "The Situation" and Ronnie Magro of Jersey Shore, Lebron James, and most recently Ashton Kutcher who was reportedly cheating on Demi Moore. FLUXX promotes weekly parties with A-List hosts, and also welcomes under-the-radar stars and starlets who are looking to blow off some steam. For the ultimate thrill, hit up one of FLUXX’s industry night parties featuring a top-secret surprise celebrity performer.
Read the full celebrity sightings guide and more on DiscoverSD.com