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  • Relaxation (675)
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  • Sightseeing (497)
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  • Sand Beaches (328)
  • Old Town (311)
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San Diego was highly rated for beach by 92 guests from the United Kingdom!

The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in San Diego mean to you?

Jonathan, U.S.A.

19 days ago Report

I'm from New York and frequently travel to Los Angeles. Up until I visited San Diego, I used to think Los Angeles beaches were the best. I was wrong. San Diego beaches are much more beautiful and what's best is that there is significantly less traffic to reach some fun in the sun.

How can you enjoy the sights in San Diego while avoiding the crowds?

Milton, U.S.A.

5 days ago Report

For us part of sightseeing includes checking out the crowds and the local people and how they interact among themselves and visitors. Sightseeing is more than just looking at the prairies in Kansas or beautiful Black Hill of South Dakota, the Yellowstone River running through Wyoming and Montana, or the forest and coastline in Oregon and California or even the Cactus Forest that we saw in Arizona. It also about checking out the people in crowded streets of downtown Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, and San Francisco or the people who are at the other table at restaurants in Vancouver Canada, Newport Oregon or San Diego California or the waiters and waitresses who served us in Oklahoma City, Seattle, Vancouver, Oakland, San Diego and El Paso. There is a lot to see on this wonderful continent and my wife and I try to take in all the sights. San Diego's Balboa Park is a cross between the natural environment and the man-made structures at the park which includes many interesting museums, statues, and works of art. We would also encourage you to check out Old Town San Diego which has a very history and many shops and restaurants to visits. Two of the hidden treasures we found in San Diego were two restaurants; we had one of our best breakfasts during our three week vacation at the Hob Nob Restaurant which is near Little Italy area and dinner at the Kansas City BBQ restaurant where one of the scenes from the Tom Cruise Movie "Top Gun" was shot. The food was good to and dining experience was interesting at this restaurant which sits next to the railroad tracks where trains would pass by. If you're sitting outside for your meal you might have the good fortune to see Diesel Engines pulling it cars right by your table. No matter where we visited during our last trips (Rapid City where a Piano player entertained at breakfast or in Nebraska where a car dealership was selling an Army Truck, or maybe at the restaurant in Newport Oregon which sits on the Pacific coastline where you can see the sunset over the Pacific Ocean or even is Seattle Washington where we saw an Eagle protecting it bird's nest in one of the Red Oaks of the Northwest) we saw and enjoyed many interesting sights.
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What did your kids enjoy the most on the beaches of San Diego?

Alexi, U.S.A.

3 days ago Report

Enjoyed Mission Bay with the family. It's a park right next to the beach. Less waves that knock your kids down. Less sand that ends up in your picnic. Water is warmer than the actual beaches because its a bay.

How do you best cope with the warm weather in San Diego?

Michael, U.S.A.

22 days ago Report

Lots of sunscreen and a light jacket or sweater for mornings and evenings!

How could the beaches in San Diego be more accommodating to walking?

Anonymous, Location unknown

12 days ago Report

Add more room for walkers and cyclists. I felt as though I was going to get run over by a cyclist every 30 seconds!

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in San Diego.

Laura, U.S.A.

6 days ago Report

Sitting on the balcony of the hotel, looking at the marina with a nice glass of wine, as the sun set. Sitting on the balcony watching the sun rise with a nice warm cup of coffee. It's never really too hot nor too cold, to enjoy the sights of San Diego.

What made the beach in San Diego unforgettable?

Paul, U.S.A.

16 days ago Report

The dog beach is amazing. People keep it clean and there were no aggressive dogs there. AWESOME!

How does San Diego go the extra mile to make your family feel at home?

Ravi, U.S.A.

22 days ago Report

They really care how my family was feeling in SD....comfortable...etc

Are the animals cared for in San Diego? What did you like and what didn't you like?

Anonymous, Location unknown

24 days ago Report

Yes..apart from polar bears...should be in their natural cold environment, not in the californian heat.

Why would you recommend San Diego for food?

Sergiu, Romania

29 days ago Report

A beautiful experience, with beautiful people. A great place

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in San Diego.

Holly, U.S.A.

29 days ago Report

San Diego has fun clothing and accessories that you find no where else. The stores are always fashion forward more so than in Washington State.

Why is the atmosphere in San Diego something people rave about?

Diana, U.S.A.

28 days ago Report

Perfect weather coupled with a myriad of activities, arts, entertainment, culture and history !

What makes fine dining in San Diego different?

Carl, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

There's everything from fancy haute cuisine to great tasting simple Mexican food at Alfonso's

What makes the people from San Diego so friendly? Tell us your story.

Kary, U.S.A.

1 day ago Report

Cater to tourists, besides the military, tourism drives the San Diego economy, so they are willing to help because they want you to come back, and I WILL!

What's the best way to make the most of San Diego on foot?

PHILIP, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

If you buy a day ticket (at any trolley station) it makes getting around San Diego very easy. There are lots of bus routes so it is easy to get off a bus, walk through an area and then catch another bus to get back to your hotel. Do not waste time taking the car into town and wasting time getting back to it. Use their public transport. The trolleys will get you around very quickly.

What is it with people in San Diego that makes them so watchable?

Milton, U.S.A.

5 days ago Report

During our travels around the San Diego area we had a chance to do a lot of people watching. The Hotel is in the Little Italy area of San Diego and we arrived on the weekend so the streets were jumping with people into the late evening. The restaurants and bars were crowded with everyone having a good time. The people of San Diego are very watchable because of the way they carry themselves with a laid back attitude.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

John, U.S.A.

14 days ago Report

Try some of the newer restaurants in Little Italy, Ocean Beach, Point Loma.

What is it in San Diego that makes history come alive?

Przemyslaw, United Kingdom

26 days ago Report

Old Town, Coronado, Gaslamp - each different, each carries the weight of significant history, also: maritime museum and USS Midway and immediate area - highlights San Diego's connection with Navy

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