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Things to do in San Diego

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.
Monument / Landmark
“If you manage to make it through all the amazing restaurants in North Park, check out Little Italy.”
  • 296 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The Real Beach community with plenty of Night Life and fun. About 15 minutes away...”
  • 193 locals recommend
Lodging
“Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe filmed SOME LIKE IT HOT! America's Beachfront Legend in Coronado On the edge of the Pacific, along miles of privately owned beach, where sands sparkle like gold, The Del offers a magical beachfront experience unrivaled on the West Coast. This majestic oceanfront beach resort engages the senses and captivates the imagination of international guests and San Diego locals alike. Situated on America’s most beloved beach, The Del is an iconic destination on every savvy traveler’s must-see list. Our ever-evolving transformation embodies the resort’s character agelessly, blending our legendary past with the relevance of a coastal Southern California lifestyle ”
  • 213 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“A great spot for sunset photos. We suggest parking on the south end and walking as far as you feel comfortable and walk back. it can get a little busy but parking is usually better on the south end.”
  • 206 locals recommend
Salon / Barbershop
“The most noticeable landmark for it beautiful old Spanish-style architecture. You can either ride there by the 2.2-mile long bridge crosses San Diego Bay to Coronado Island or take the ferry service, which is an easy 15-minute ride. Make sure to tour the Hotel Del Coronado and Coronado beach. ”
  • 194 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This mall is a bit of an experience. Definitely upscale - all my guests really enjoy it. Lots of places to eat & shop - a wine and other bars are outdoors and very relaxing. It's a nice day to stroll the shops, get a bite to eat and just relax. (note: this mall charges for parking > 2 hours)”
  • 147 locals recommend
Transportation
“Many conventions are held here such as the International Auto Show... and my favorite, the largest annual convention, COMIC-CON, attended by roughly 130,000 people and completely sold out months in advance. Sight-seeing all around!”
  • 137 locals recommend
Spa
“Funky town on the Ocean, reminiscent of the 60's great Pho at OB Noodle House!”
  • 183 locals recommend
Beach
“Mission Bay, many parks & several beaches, Seashells, Belmont Amusement Park, Sea World, Shopping, restaurants”
  • 148 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Best Live Music right across the street, with daily venues of all types. Hit it for a happy hour to disco, and then stay for the main show - after eating at the one note dining next door. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“La Jolla is a great place to visit as its coastline offers fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean. There are many beaches to body surf and sunbathe. The village of La Jolla is picturesque with its Spanish colonial architecture plus it is a great place to walk enjoying the many shops and eateries. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Best Italian restaurant in the city! My guests get free dessert! Ask me for details ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A small aquarium with lots of sea life. There is also a nice cafe and gift shop. Great for kids!”
  • 112 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“This outlet is right on the border of Mexico! Premium shops and great deals can be found at this outdoor outlet. The food trucks in the parking lot are amazing too! ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Trail
“BEST MOUNTAIN. Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain located in the San Carlos neighborhood, within the City of San Diego, San Diego County, California. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego. It is protected within Mission Trails Regional Park. Difficult but worth the hike straight up - the BEST VIEWS of the city!”
  • 140 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This place is a maze. it's a very unique outdoor mall in the middle of downtown. pretty cool”
  • 87 locals recommend