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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Recently updated shopping mall with a nice movie theater, plenty of restaurants including Dave and Busters, Islands Burgers and the Cheesecake Factory. Also houses a large 24 hour fitness.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee, quick walk to great beaches for views or hanging there after. Yummy food! Tell Jose we sent you!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“A quick walk away & you are at our little neighborhood beach! No bathrooms & a bit of a switchback, but worth it! And definitely, the best spot to watch the sunset!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great Whiskey Bar and Microbrewery. Also has great food and neat atmosphere.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“Just head west on la Costa and take a right on 101 great place to watch sunset ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Resort
“Purchase a Spa service and get all day access to the pool and spa facilities”
  • 29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great for a special night out. Excellent food & cocktails. Would not bring young kids on weekend nights. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“I love the Leucadia vibe, and I love finding any excuse I can to visit this bar, which is right near Coffee Coffee and Surfy Surfy. It’s bar food, but it’s really good, and the beer list is always awesome.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Rent a stand-up paddle board, jetski, or kayak and spend the day in the lagoon”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Across from Tamarack State Beach, great views, outdoor seating, great food.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a focus on six different musical eras and a collection of musical instruments.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Best organic street tacos in North County. Open for lunch. You will wait but it's so tasty”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is our Favorite Pizza. We love the Veggie pizza with the Avocado & Green Olives...Yummmm!!! We usually get it Gluten Free; however, it comes both ways. We learned about this restaurant from the Mother of one of the owners who stayed at our Airbnb a few years ago. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Organic focused foods and produce including a decent selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free products and deli. A good selection of cheese and wines and a better price point than Lazy Acres. It's about a five minute drive.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Batiquitos Lagoon is a coastal wetland north of San Diego between the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas. It is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast of the United States. batiquitosfoundation.org/ Trail-guides are available for download.”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Din's is nostalgia for me, one of the first places a friend brought me, more years ago than I will mention, lol. I have taken all my friends from back east, my parents and my kids here for a true welcome to a southern California experience. Patio overlooks the ocean. Great for people watching joggers and dog walkers passing by. If you are lucky, you may find yourself dining on an evening the trumpeter appears on the outdoor patio and plays taps at sunset. Really awesome....”
  • 18 locals recommend