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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Discover San Diego by public transportation and foot I love the place looking forward to my next trip and hopefully look at permanent living arrangements. I like Santee but downtown best waterfront. Food in Old was great. Balboa park lovely.
Jacqueline
United States of America
February 26, 2017
10
Exceptional
We went with an 18 month old toddler, and absolutely loved our stay. So much to do from the zoo, New Children's museum, beaches, SUPing, hiring boats, Sea World, Legoland...we did it all over 2 weeks, and all loved it!
Christina
United Kingdom
February 26, 2017
8
Very Good
Very nice city, with friendly and relaxed people. Great weather and a lot to see: Del Mar, and the nearby natural park, Sea world, harbour, Old Town, Little Italy, Downtown... I recommend the Old Spaghetti Factory if you like pasta and are in the Gaslamp Quarter.
caroline
United Kingdom
February 26, 2017
10
Exceptional
Could walk to many good locations on Waterfront and Gas Lamp quarter. These areas have lots of great restaurants and bars. Buses easily available
Peter
United Kingdom
February 26, 2017
10
Exceptional
Lots to do. Even though it was cool temperatures, we had a great time. The trolley ride was fantastic! and La Salsa is the best Mexican food around!
wayne
United States of America
February 26, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in San Diego

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

7.5 Good

Score from 756 reviews

$167

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Wyndham San Diego Bayside

8.1 Very Good

Score from 3,197 reviews

$135

Average price per night
  • “amazing views”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

8.9 Excellent

Score from 2,470 reviews

$189

Average price per night
  • “amazing views”
    303 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    294 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Best Western PLUS Bayside Inn

8.5 Very Good

Score from 1,245 reviews

$160

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    189 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    84 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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Inn by the Sea, at La Jolla

8.5 Very Good

Score from 1,167 reviews

$149

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    247 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    87 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    65 related reviews
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8.4 Very Good

Score from 2,650 reviews

$183

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    324 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    299 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center

7.6 Good

Score from 552 reviews

$95

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    114 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    66 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
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San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

8.6 Excellent

Score from 994 reviews

$179

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    165 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
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  • “great pool area”
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La Pensione Hotel

8.3 Very Good

Score from 520 reviews

$145

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    144 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    50 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Discover San Diego

Popular Neighborhoods in San Diego

Downtown San Diego

100 properties

Won’t you take me down to Funkytown? This busy area moves and shakes with the best of them. During the day, PETCO Park buzzes with baseball buffs and Little Italy’s pizzerias reverberate with clinking cutlery and delighted diners. At night, the clubbers come out to the Gaslamp Quarter, filling the dance floors at Onyx Room or Stingaree.

La Jolla

93 properties

"I don’t wanna brag, but I’m kind of a big deal." Sun-kissed celebs splurge in Girard Avenue’s high-end boutiques. Bigwigs of science and politics stay classy in La Jolla Cove’s swanky seafood joints. And if you prefer starfish to stardust, don your snorkel and plunge into the teeming waters of La Jolla Underwater Park.

Pacific Beach

71 properties

Livin’ is easy in PB. Happy youthful faces abound, welcoming you to their world of fun and sun. Join boarders in the surf or dangle your legs off Crystal Pier, shooting the breeze ‘til sunset. After dark, Garnet Avenue’s slew of bars keep the party going. Head to Tap Room for home-brewed ales, or Bub’s Dive Bar for good ol’ American fare. Far out!

Little Italy

29 properties

Mamma mia! An influx of Italian tuna fishermen gave this neighborhood a splash of Old-World color back in the day. Though most have long since hauled anchor, you can still munch meatballs at Mona Lisa or Pappalecco. And don’t miss Little Italy Mercato, a street market awash with green smoothies, gourmet tamales and stuffed sea urchins. Buon appetito!

Gaslamp Quarter

21 properties

This place is a gas. Named after streetlights of yore, this historic district has come a long way from its days as a seedy pleasure-town for grog-swilling seamen. Today its quaint Victorian buildings are crammed with eateries and bars. Devour a juicy steak at Greystone, sample rare brews at Tipsy Crow and shake your moneymaker at F6ix hip-hop club.

Coronado

14 properties

Coronado’s a place for California dreamin’. Across the bay from the city, it’s got a family-friendly, small-town feel. Mamas and papas bring their rug rats to pristine Coronado Beach, famous for its gentle surf and fine, white sand. Stop into a hotel that you pass along the way – iconic Hotel Del has dominated the beachfront for 125 years.

Marina District

7 properties

Avast, landlubbers! Rows of moored-up boats bob in Marina’s marina, while the SS Midway, a warship-turned-museum, looms over the waterfront. From watercrafts to handicrafts, the artsy New Children’s Museum gives the kids a space to create and play. Walk the plank and try the fish tacos at Pier Café, perched on stilts over the lapping waves.

Old Town

7 properties

The birthplace of California. In 1769, Spanish explorers set up camp in Presidio Park, firing the starting pistol on California’s colonization. In Old Town, you’ll get a glimpse of San Diego’s infancy. Budding prospectors can pan for gold at Mormon Battalion Museum, while thrill-seekers test their nerve at Whaley House, haunted since 1852.

Ocean Beach

5 properties

Surf’s up dude! Once known as Mussel Beach, this chilled-out seaside paradise swapped mussels for muscles – these days it’s toned surfers who slink over the sands. OB’s still riding the waves of 60s far-outness; the bongos, hula hoops and amorous twenty-somethings speak for themselves. For that classic California sunset, head up to Sunset Cliffs.

Harbor Island

2 properties

This is definitive Sunday stroll territory. Families and sweethearts meander along Harbor Island’s sweeping coastal path, giving a contrast to the sun-splashed fitness fanatics that zip by in a blur of logoed lycra. Follow the path to Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, where craft beers and sweeping bay views make that lazy lunch all the more tasty.

Local Tips for San Diego

Pedicabs
Kylie by Kylie

When she’s not boogie boarding in La Jolla, Kylie loves discovering good eats, drinks and thrifts.

If your feet get tired after bar hopping in the Gaslamp District, take a pedicab. The bike-pulled carriage is slower than a cab, but cheaper, and you'll get to see the historic downtown architecture while people-watching. It’s a good way to experience the hustle and bustle of Gaslamp.

  • 641 17th St, San Diego, CA 92101
  • www.yelp.com
  • Open 24 hours every day
Clem's Tap House
Lee by Lee

Native San Diegan Lee enjoys Balboa Park, plays at the Old Globe Theatre and relaxing with family.

I love catching up with family members at Kensington area’s Clem's Tap House, a beer and wine bar with rotating local and regional brews. It’s located behind Clem's Bottle House on Adams Avenue, and has a friendly and knowledgeable bartender.

  • 4108 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
  • www.clemstaphouse.com
  • Open Wednesday to Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
Roast at the Hotel Del Coronado
Paula by Paula

A self-proclaimed foodie, Paula continuously explores the different flavors San Diego has to offer.

Many people visit Coronado Island’s historic Hotel Del Coronado, but few experience the hotel’s Classic Roast. With comfortable beach chairs, cozy blankets, a delicious do-it-yourself s'mores kit and bonfires on the beach at sunset, this becomes the ultimate San Diego experience.

  • 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
  • hoteldel.com
  • Open every day 4 pm – 4:15 pm and 8 pm – 8:15 pm
San Diego Hot Tub Cruisin Mission Bay
Kelly by Kelly

From longboarding in the OC to hiking at Torrey Pines Park, Kelly lives weekends to the fullest!

I’ll let you in on an insiders’ secret: rent a Cruising Hot Tub on Mission Bay! The easy-to-manage pontoon boat has a small grill, large hot tub, and a sitting area with a small table. One of the seats doubles as a cooler, so be sure to bring drinks, ice, food to grill, and sunscreen!

  • 1010 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego, CA 92109
  • hottubcruisin.com
  • Open every day 9 am – 10 pm
Dounut Bar on B Street
James by James

When not running at Balboa Park, James can be found biking in downtown or catching a Padres game.

To satisfy your morning sweet tooth, head to the San Diego Donut Bar on B Street. The fresh batches of specialty pastries attract a crowd even before they open, and they're only open until they sell out – which happens every day! Make sure to get there early!

  • 631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
  • donutbar.tumblr.com
  • Open Monday to Friday 7 am – 1 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 12 pm
Little Italy Mercado
Jaxton by Jaxton

Jaxton likes spending time in nature, especially when sailing his catamaran to the Channel Islands.

If you're here on a Saturday, definitely check out the Little Italy Mercato. This city market has a great selection of local foods, goods and produce. There are vegan and gluten-free options too, not to mention yummy free samples. Get there early and BYOB (bring your own bag)!

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Recommended in San Diego

There are plenty of wide beaches everywhere for sun bathing or surfing. Waves seem to be quite big which makes swimming difficult.

We visited during the week during Christmas break--the crowds were minimal.

Cuisine(seafood)..Harbor lights, International flavor, close to Mexico!!!

Too many skateboarding/bicyclists and drug addicts/bums.

Going Swimming at night. Water was Excellent.

Fantastic to visit as so well kept and managed.

Nice restaurants in La Jolla.

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Why do you recommend San Diego for food?

Fish tacos!

Transportation

San Diego Transportation

Air – San Diego International Airport.

San Diego International Airport is 3 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, and has 2 terminals. Taxis are available outside the terminals and cost about USD 13 to downtown. Travelers can also take the Flyer Route 992 bus to Santa Fe Depot Station, where they can transfer to the Amtrak and Coaster trains; bus fare is USD 2.25 each way. A number of car rental and shuttle services are also readily available.

Train

Running parallel to the Pacific Ocean and connecting San Luis Obispo and San Diego (with stops in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles), the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a scenic way to travel to and from San Diego. Ticket prices vary according to destination, but cost between USD 11 and USD 24. There are 12 daily round-trip services. Guests can bring along a surfboard or bicycle, but must reserve a space beforehand.

Bus

San Diego MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) has 93 bus routes connecting downtown San Diego and the rest of San Diego County. Bus fare is USD 2.25 each way, and must be paid in exact change upon boarding. Regional Day Passes are available for USD 7, which includes a Day Pass and a reusable Compass Card. Day Passes are valid on most MTS buses and trolleys. Be sure to check bus schedules in advance, as some lines have limited service on week nights and weekends.

Trolley Bus

The 3-line trolley conveniently serves tourist sites such as Old Town, Mission Valley, PETCO Park, Qualcomm Stadium, SDSU and even the Mexican border. Purchase a one-way ticket for USD 2.50 or use your MTS Regional Day Pass. Tickets are available at ticket machines and are valid for 2 hours after the time of purchase.

Taxi

There are several taxi services available throughout San Diego. The more popular taxi companies are Orange Cab of San Diego, Yellow Cab and AK Cab. Fares start at USD 2.80 and each mile costs an additional USD 3 – but don’t forget to add a 10-15% tip. You can either hail a cab on the street or call one for pick-up. A ride from San Diego International Airport to downtown costs around USD 13. Note: extra fees apply to taxis departing from the airport.

Car

At San Diego International Airport, car rental reservation boards are located near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Travelers can use courtesy phones to request shuttle transport to the car rental company of their choice. Driving in San Diego is relatively easy, especially with a GPS – but rush hour traffic can get heavy, so plan accordingly. Metered street parking or paid lots are generally available. Watch out for fast-moving highway traffic.

Food in San Diego

Top Restaurants in San Diego

Upscale Dining
American
Searsucker
  • 611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Friday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-23:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-22:00
  • www.searsucker.com
  • 001 6192337327
Upscale Dining
Brazilian
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
  • 668 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:00, Friday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:30, Saturday 16:30-22:30, Sunday 15:30-21:00
  • www.fogodechao.com
  • 001 6193380500
Upscale Dining
Italian
Asti Ristorante
Cheap Eats
Local
Hub Market & Deli
  • 748 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 08:30-23:00, Friday-Saturday 08:30-02:00, Sunday 08:30-23:00
  • www.yelp.com
  • 001 6195441917
Cheap Eats
Italian
Gaslamp Pizza
Mid-Range Fare
Mexican
Las Hadas
Upscale Dining
Italian
de'Medici
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Blue Point
Cheap Eats
Cafe
LION Coffee
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Cafe 222
Mid-Range Fare
Greek
Athens Market Taverna
Cheap Eats
Turkish
Cafe Istanbul
  • 921 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday 09:00-00:00, Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-00:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-03:00, Sunday 11:00-00:00
  • www.yelp.com
  • 001 6195441700
Cheap Eats
Bar Bites
Tivoli Bar & Grill
Mid-Range Fare
American
Neighborhood
  • 777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-00:00, Friday-Saturday 11:30-02:00, Sunday 11:30-00:00
  • 001 6194460002
Upscale Dining
Asian
Full Moon Sushi and Kitchen Bar
  • 926 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Tuesday-Thursday 17:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 17:00-23:00, Sunday 17:00-21:30
  • fullmoonsd.com
  • 001 6192333711
Upscale Dining
Italian
Bice Ristorante
  • 425 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 17:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 17:00-23:00, Sunday 17:00-22:00
  • bicesandiego.com
  • 001 6192392423
Mid-Range Fare
Asian
J Wok
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Richard Walker's Pancake House
Mid-Range Fare
Seafood
Spike Africa's
Upscale Dining
American
Gaslamp Strip Club
Mid-Range Fare
French
Cafe Chloe
  • 721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:30-22:30, Saturday 08:30-22:30, Sunday 08:30-21:30
  • cafechloe.com
  • 001 6192323242
Upscale Dining
American
Saltbox
  • 1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 07:00-10:00 and 11:30-23:00, Thursday-Saturday 07:00-10:00 and 11:30-00:00, Sunday 07:00-10:00 and 11:00-23:00
  • www.saltboxrestaurant.com
  • 001 6195153003
Upscale Dining
Italian
Acqua Al 2
  • 322 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Open Monday-Friday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday 17:00-23:00, Sunday 17:00-22:00
  • www.acquaal2.com
  • 001 6192300382
Upscale Dining
American
Donovan's Steak and Chop House
Mid-Range Fare
American
Marina Kitchen Restarurant & Bar
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