- Old Town2383 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110recommended Old TownThe haunted Whaley House, old-fashioned penny candy shops, a Wells Fargo history museum, an old preserved school house, and the best Mexican food in the entire county. I really enjoy the Old Town ... read moreculture, where the Mexican influence on San Diego is showcased. It's a really enjoyable day in your San Diego itinerary, and with parks, playgrounds, arts and crafts interspersed among the historical aspect, there's something for everyone.recommended Old TownThe entrance of Old Town San Diego and landmark of the birthplace of California! A visit to O'town will be a moment full of history, entertainment, typical food and drinks in a unique atmosphere!
- Gaslamp Quarter417 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101recommended Gaslamp QuarterIt's the nightlife quarter of San Diego - fine dining, pubs, bars, clubs, and endless shopping. They also have festivals, premieres, and parties throughout the year - for example, at Halloween, Mardi ... read moreGras, etc. It's a good place to make your homebase if you want the excitement, but keep in mind that it's easier to walk around here. If you are driving, parking is only at pay machines on the streets and can be very difficult to find - especially on the weekends.
recommended CoronadoPossibly my absolute favorite place in the entire world - and if you look at my passport, you'll know I've traveled a fair bit. But then again, as a San Diego native, I'm biased. For maximum ... read moreenjoyment, splurge for a hotel - my favorite is the Marriott Island Resort hotel down toward the bridge. Pamper yourself with a spa/massage treatment, tan a bit at the palm-tree-lined pool (with a view of the bay and bridge), then rent a bike and pedal around the island on your own self-tour, where you can choose what to do next: serious shopping in "Emerald City"? A charming stroll along the promenade (with an unbeatable view of the SD skyline)? Or hitting the waves at the public beaches on the other side of the island, where you can also hit up Hotel Del - the famous, luxurious, historic, and haunted hotel that dominates the landline? The best part is you don't have to hyperplan everything into your itinerary - 2 days is perfect to see everything and still relax in the enticing sunshine. And if you still run out of things to do, hop on a ferry (they run every 30 minutes) and cross the bay to Seaport Village on the mainland, where a thousand more opportunities await you. Tips: if you take the ferry, CAREFULLY check the times posted on BOTH docks (the Coronado landing and the mainland landing). The first time I went with my boyfriend, we crossed the bay at 7pm from Coronado, thinking we could take a 9pm ferry back across. After a relaxing dinner and a romantic stroll along the boardwalk, we arrived at the Seaport Village landing to find the last ferry had already left at 8:45 -- which meant it got BACK to Coronado at 9. Since my car was parked on the island, it cost a good $40 taxi ride to get back to it. Parking is not the best experience on the island, as public parking is limited and pricey (and on the weekends, nearly impossible.) Take it from a local and do what I do: when you exit the freeway (coming off the bridge), turn right on Orange, then right on 1st St, and turn left into the public parking lot for Peohe's restaurant (behind the promenade shops). There are no signs that specify who can park there, and I've done it for years without a problem. Good luck!
- Seaport Village849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101recommended Seaport VillageSeaport Village is a blend of San Diego laid-back culture mixed with LA's eclectic 3rd Street Promenade. Performers, tattoo artists, parrot keepers, and magicians dot the boardwalk and captivate ... read moretourists, while locals ignore them all and jog by in the beautiful sunshine. Horse-drawn carriages take you through the village if you so choose, while live jazz bands entertain visitors in the center plaza as they sip iced lattes or lemonade. Watch dive-hunting pelicans, seals dozing in the sun on floating planks, or lazy sailboats slowly make their way down the bay from San Diego's best front row view.
recommended San DiegoHome sweet home, what else can I say? :) Of all the place I've traveled in the world (so far), this golden bay city is my favorite. The weather is gorgeous 95% of the year, and there is no shortage of ... read morethings to do - from the nightlife bars and clubs to Seaport Village, Balboa Park, Old Town, Sea World, or the Zoo. There's literally something for everyone - and everything for someone. For specific reviews, check out my San Diego guide. There's too much to put into one broad review! My favorite thing about San Diego though (aside from the sunshine): the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and the friendliest locals I've ever met. You will feel just as at home as I do, even if you're from the other side of the world.Becky Mahan
That's what I have to say! ;) ^recommended San DiegoIt's got great weather, beaches, shopping, restaurants and museums. Don't forget the zoo too! And it's easy to drive or take the trolley to Balboa Park. Yes, San Diego is fun to visit year 'round.
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for that long of a stay, I would look into a rental list on craigslist or perhaps extended stay america... something along those lines will be much more efficient and I bet cheaper overall. make sure wherever you stay has a kitchen or kitchenette... you will not likely want to eat out the entire time as that is ridiculously expensive
- Top of the HyattOne Market Place, San Diego, California, USA 92101recommended Top of the HyattRaise your glass for this WOW view of San Diego Bay and Coronado. Top of the Hyatt is a lounge at the 40th floor of the hotel perfect for a happy hour watching the sunset or a dinner at night. A ... read morepersonal suggestion for a cocktail.... Ask for Venus!
- Fred's Mexican Cafe527 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101recommended Fred's Mexican CafeFred's cousine combines the best of tradicional flavor, foods and drinks. Famous for it's "Taco Tuesday" when tacos are $2,00. Great place to get together with your friends and have fun! If you are in ... read morePB party will be starting soon at Typhoon Saloon just next door. Another Fred's that deserves a visit is the one in Old Town (the one in the photo)
- Ghirardelli's Ice Cream Shop643 5th Avenue, San Diego, CArecommended Ghirardelli's Ice Cream ShopLooking for some dessert? Ghirardelli is your place at Gaslamp for an ice cream and chocolate. The shop is at 5th Av. Between Market St and G St! Make your trip to SD even sweeter!
- Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown530 Broadway Street, San Diego, CA 92101recommended Courtyard by Marriott San Diego DowntownThe hotel itself isn't bad - the rooms are clean, the interior lobby(a former 1920s bank) is quite impressive, and there is a buffet breakfast if you don't feel like leaving the hotel. I was not, ... read morehowever, fond of the area. True, it is in the heart of the Gaslamp District and thus a happening place at night if you want to go out to bars or clubs. But during the day, this area is absolutely desolate. Even on the weekends there were not a lot of people wandering around - it was quite eerie. The restaurants in the area are decent but overpriced. If you're looking for a hotel in San Diego, I would head closer to the water or SeaWorld.Erin K
If you're going to stay in the Gaslamp District, this is a fine hotel to stay in. It's close to Balboa Park and the Zoo. When I visited San Diego (over a weekend in September), this part of the city was hopping at night but pretty dead during the day. So it depends on what you're coming here for...but if you're into the nightlife, I would recommend staying in the Gaslamp area.
- Pannikin Coffee & Tea7458 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037recommended Pannikin Coffee & TeaPannikin is an eccentric and fun coffee place in La Jolla that also serves great food. Whether you sit in the indoor area surrounded by interesting decor or the outside seating space to soak in the ... read morewarmth, this neighborhood spot certainly offers enough personality that it's set apart from other similar cafes.Keane
Very cute cafe in La Jolla.
- La Jolla Open Aire Market7335 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA, United Statesrecommended La Jolla Open Aire MarketIf you want to get a sense of the people and culture of La Jolla, the Open Aire Market is a must-visit event. A huge variety of food and craft vendors set up shop every Sunday morning in the upper ... read moreplayground at La Jolla Elementary. Parking around Girard is ample, and there are several nearby lots. The vibe is really pleasant and fun. And just in case you're traveling with a pup, dogs are not permitted in the market.Keane
Really nice farmers' market :)
- La Jolla ShoresS La Jolla Ave, San Diego, Californiarecommended La Jolla ShoresLa Jolla Shores, my how pretty you are. At the risk of using a cliche term, this place is "idyllic." Watching the sun set here amongst surfers and beach-goers was just spectacular. It gives me ... read moregoosebumps just remembering it, and this is coming from someone who grew up in Hawaii.Keane
Simply beautiful. Take a trip here and watch the sunset, Gabriela!
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I wish this site had a way to add restaurants because SD is full of great places. SD is also becoming the top Micro beer spot to be. many great spots like Escondido's local favorite Stone Brewery. A must stop place if your into brews.
- Old Town Trolley4010 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110recommended Old Town TrolleyIt's fun, convenient and takes you where you want to go. Also, you can relax a bit and avoid some driving and hang out with friends and family instead of looking for a place to park.
- Balboa Park1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101recommended Balboa ParkYou can spend a day or two enjoying the many museums, (art, photography, science and way more) and the famous zoo. Or you can relax on the lawn with a picnic and then walk the paths through gardens ... read moreand around the historic buildings.
- Mission Valley Resort875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108recommended Mission Valley ResortJust awful. Where to start? ...dirty dirty dirty.... The ceiling paint was peeling a lot. The wall paper in the bathroom was peeling, the cabinet in the bathroom was rotting. the bathtub was stained ... read moreand scratched. There were holes in the walls. The walls are very thin and you can hear people in other rooms all night. They have obnoxious and loud "church" services that wake everyone up. They had no towels at the pool because they were "in the dryer" at 9pm at night. The sliding closet door is so old that it is almost impossible to open and close. I saw someone having their wedding reception there. I hope they didn't make their guests stay there. It just really feels like it's really dirty and they don't care. The room we were in was supposedly an "upgrade" so I can't even imagine what they other rooms are like.Andrea L
Stay away from this place!
- Pacific View Motel610 Emerald St., San Diego, CArecommended Pacific View MotelThis basic motel has a few things going for it: location, it's got kitchenettes, and it's not expensive. Our family got 3 rooms here, one with a kitchenette, and we had a great reunion. We had ... read morebreakfast and made picnic lunches in the motel and had dinner out. We didn't spend much time in the motel, but appreciated the location near the beach and restaurants. It's also a short drive to downtown San Diego, or La Jolla.Barbara Kossy
You're near the beach, have parking and a kitchen.
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Have you considered the two hostels that San Diego has? The Gaslamp hostel is closer to the party zone, while the Point Loma hostel is fairly isolated but not as far from the beach. For more information, check http://www.sandiegohostels.org/
- Belmont Park3146 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109-7726
- Pacific BeachPacific Beach, San Diego, CA, USA
- La Jolla Cove1100 Coast Blvd (at Girard Ave), La Jolla, CA 92037
- Fashion Valley Mall7057 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
- Sunset Cliffs2231 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, San Diego, CA
- Downtown San DiegoSan Diego, CA 92101
- Little Italy District1668 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101
- Mission BeachMission Blvd and Portsmouth Ct, San Diego, CA 92109
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
- Ocean BeachSan Diego, California
- San Diego Zoo2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1646
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)3225 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
- SeaWorld San Diego500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109