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Cities for Local Culture in Greater San Diego, California 

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    San Diego

    California, USA
    647 reviews

    There is so much to do in this city... if you have a car! The beach, mountains, Mexico are all so close-by! Try some food, there's every cuisine you can imagine. Hiking, camping, surfing, museums.. you name it San Diego has it!

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    Julian

    California, USA
    13 reviews

    A nice get-away from the city. Go shopping in town, apple picking, hiking, or play in the snow! There is lodging in small inns or plenty of camping/RV options in the nearby mountains. Quaint shops, homemade goods, natural treasures, and great places for a relaxing day in this tiny town.

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    Coronado

    California, USA
    73 reviews

    Possibly 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 enjoyment, splurge for a hotel - my favorite is the Marriott Island Resort hotel down toward the bridge. Pamper yourself with a spa/massage treatment, ...

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    Carlsbad

    California, USA
    41 reviews

    Carlsbad is a very pretty city. From the flower fields and Legoland to the sandy beaches, it's great tourist attraction and a nice place to live. It's a great place to go for a relaxing do-nothing vacation involving nothing more than relaxing on the beach. There are lots of restaurant and shopping options, from cheap to fancy and pricey.

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    La Mesa

    California, USA
    7 reviews

    I am biased as I grew up here.. La Mesa is called "The Jewel of the Hills" and rests at the bottom of Mt. Helix (a beautiful lookout)! There is a lot to do in the downtown area, bars, restaurants.. it hosts car shows Thursday nights in the summer and a really fun Oktoberfest!

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    Imperial Beach

    California, USA
    9 reviews

    The site of the annual U.S. Open Sand Castle Building Contest, Imperial Beach draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and competitors from around the world each July. The creations range from fairytale castles to science-fiction landscapes to fantasy mermaids and other inspired forms. The party lasts all weekend, with a street fair on Saturday and main event on Sunday, but ...

  • 7

    Encinitas

    California, USA
    24 reviews

    Browse among the 700 boards at family-run Hansen’s Surf Shop, and take your pick to world-famous Swami’s beach, named for the nearby Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat, Gardens, and Hermitage. During winter months, the right point break, reef breaks, and beach breaks lure a steady stream of local and international surfers. Stroll the short walk to downtown Encinitas, full of Mexican restaurants ...

  • 8

    La Jolla

    California, USA
    86 reviews

    been there for the beach. It's really nice there, I think mostly locals go there. Also, it's a good place for surfing ;)

  • 9

    Pacific Beach

    California, USA
    17 reviews

    Pacific Beach, to me is the tourist capital in San Diego, but Mission Beach gives it a good running for it's money. Gorgeous beach area to surf on, although drinking alcohol is prohibited... so pour it in a cup :) This is a perfect area for vacation as everything is in walking distance. Beach bikes and surfboard for rent, lessons, ...

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    Escondido

    California, USA
    17 reviews

    This hillside looks like a lady laying on her side. We refer to it as sexy hillside. :)

  • 11

    Cardiff by the Sea

    California, USA
    6 reviews

    A delightful, beautiful little seaside town between Encinitas and Solana Beach in San Diego. A quiet little road winds through some hillside neighborhoods and emerges on the coast, with swaying palm trees and happy locals trotting around with tanned skin and beaded flip-flops. The atmosphere is relaxed and quaint, a peaceful retreat from some of the more bustling and gritty ...

  • 12

    Del Mar

    California, USA
    29 reviews

    Where I learned to surf.. quiet, long stretches of beach. You can go to the park area near 15th street or find your way to secluded areas. It can seem crowded when looking for parking because it's quite residential, however, there's plenty of sand to enjoy and you will not regret it. So peaceful, lovely weather, and plenty to eat ...

  • 13

    Oceanside

    California, USA
    39 reviews

    Great place to spend a vacation. Awesome for outdoor activities like surfing, running and fishing. Very friendly environment.

  • 14

    Borrego Springs

    California, USA
    9 reviews

    Neat little arty town. No stop lights. One grocery store. Great nature book store.

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    Poway

    California, USA
    5 reviews

    Great city with a lot to offer for residents and visitors. Hiking trails, parks & lakes are some perks in the area! Check out the mount Woodson trail to the potato chip rock.

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    National City

    California, USA
    2 reviews

    National City has a bad rep, but some of my favorite places are here! This place is home to some of the best ethnic groceries and restaurants in San Diego. In fact, when I fly back to San Diego, I insist on stopping at a couple of restaurants in National City straight from the airport (Tacos El Gordo and Manila ...

  • 17

    Chula Vista

    California, USA
    10 reviews

    The town is very nice and has a lot in the area to see, close to freeway and easy to get around

  • 18

    San Marcos

    California, USA
    6 reviews

    San Marcos has grown a lot in the last decade, and now it has everything you could need: shopping, dining, a good selection of bars and breweries, coffee houses, family activities, and a college scene. Plus it's a great launching point for other things to do, like the beach, nightclubs and the downtown scene.

  • 19

    Rancho Santa Fe

    California, USA
    5 reviews

    This is home to some of the wealthiest folks in the county. Gated communities with multi-million dollar mansions, lovely golf courses and still, close to Del Mar (the Beach). I was once given an opportunity to attend a party in one of these gated communities and was in shock at the wealth that was exuded within.

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    Solana Beach

    California, USA
    11 reviews

    A great area to learn to surf, calm waves and long stretched of beach. The town itself is very health conscious and active and also full of great boutiques and spas.

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