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Best things to do in San Diego

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“This is also a must-see it’s really amazing it’s good to walk on the cliffs and also ride your bikes along the road of the cliffs”
100 locals recommend
Bar
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“MY FAVORITE TACO PLACE IN SAN DIEGO. Lots of different fish taco choices under $4.00 Happy hour M-F 3-6 pm $2.75 I haven't eaten anything else”
128 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“They have ocean views! Super casual restaurant & pub serving breakfast, lunch & dinner with American, seafood, Mexican, & eclectic options. Get there early to get a good spot to watch the sunset.”
129 locals recommend
Garden
“As you stroll along four miles of trails, the San Diego Botanic Garden will amaze you with the diversity of its environments and the stunning plants that adapted to them – you’ll see everything from arid deserts to a tropical jungle and bamboo groves. The plants thrive, and you will enjoy different vistas, numerous flowering trees, majestic palms, and the largest bamboo collection in the country. The San Diego Botanic Garden is one of the best things to do in Encinitas, California. Garden plants are divided in many exhibits such as desert gardens, a tropical rainforest with a large waterfall, a succulent garden, a subtropical fruit garden and many others. One of the most popular is Hamilton Children’s Garden with three acres of playground space filled with plants kids can play with and tend, including Toni’s Tree House. The garden has more than 3000 species of plants.”
74 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A 5 minute drive up the hill. Panoramic views of San Diego County. Also has a Veteran's Memorial at the peak.”
107 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great view of Pacific Beach! Right on the waterfront offering Seafood, Burgers and Appetizers. Monday after 4PM is 1/2 Price Appetizers! Get there around 4PM to get a table quickly. Moderate-Expensive”
90 locals recommend
Trail
“If your an early riser this is a perfect hike! When you get to the top you’ll enjoy breathtaking 360 views of all San Diego and enjoy a beautiful sunrise! ”
130 locals recommend
Co-Working Space
“free fun. go see the cliffs and have a short hike. beautiful views. great for picnicking.”
99 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great food with beautiful ocean views. I recommend the terrace and they do not take reservations but they have a waiting list and it is very organized.”
103 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
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“ WELCOME TO OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO OLD TOWN is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century. Old Town San Diego, where Interstate 5 and Interstate 8 meet, is nestled in the heart of San Diego. Old Town is just across the street from the San Diego Trolley Old Town Transit Center, across the freeway from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) and a short drive from most San Diego destinations. ”
81 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“It is a simple 15 minute walk from the Casita. Food is available during the summer. There are volleyball courts, a kids play area, bathrooms and showers. The lifeguards are there year round. ”
90 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Delicious cocktails are served in a historical setting that is truly unique to Normal Heights. ”
124 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A beautiful place to see the ocean and see people fly, without the crazy expensive parking of Torrey pines”
118 locals recommend
Beach
“Great place to watch surfers and very mellow compared to most other beaches. ”
99 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Large and lively farmers market takes place in the center of Little Italy every Saturday morning through afternoon.”
130 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Nice dog beach with small waves. Long walk on sand to get to the beach. Your dog must be on leash until you get to the beach. But the dogs have fun once they get there. Hose available in the park by the street to wash your dog off.”
67 locals recommend