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San Diego United States of America, California

Top reasons to visit:

  • Beach (3189)
  • Zoo (1643)
  • Food (981)
  • Shopping (839)
  • Relaxation (803)
  • Sightseeing (615)
  • Nightlife (581)
  • Museums (519)
  • Restaurants (471)
  • Old Town (466)

San Diego was highly rated for beach by 1,709 guests from the United States!

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What's the best way to deal with the warm weather in San Diego?

Michael
Michael, United States of America

27 days ago Report

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

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

Milton
Milton, United States of America

9 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 at the beaches in San Diego?

Alexi
Alexi, United States of America

7 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.

What made the beach in San Diego unforgettable?

Paul
Paul, United States of America

21 days ago Report

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

Are the animals well taken care of in San Diego? What did you like and what didn't you like?

Neville
Neville, New Zealand

15 days ago Report

Animals are very well taken care of but definitely go to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park if you only have time for one zoo rather than the more famous San Diego Zoo. Much better to see animals in settings closer to their natural habitat rather than regular enclosures. Can get expensive if you opt for the extras but we utilised the african safari bus thats part of the ticket price and got a special on the balloon ride. If you love animals and zoos then you will conside tired legs from wandering around this vast place a small price to pay. The Cheetah run demo is worth it for the small glimpse you get to see one in full flight, just hang around after everyone leaves and watch over the fence as the keepers give info about the cheetahs and photo ops to those that paid $100ea extra. Free unless you want the photo.

Why do you recommend San Diego for food?

Anonymous, Unknown location

7 days ago Report

Downtown has a lot of restaurants. We ate almost exclusively at clubs along the street. Not disappointed by anything and most places had tables outside. The wait people were fantastic no exception here. Loved the beer garden and meeting area put together by the architectural students, what a great idea.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in San Diego.

Laura
Laura, United States of America

10 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.

How could the beaches in San Diego be made better for walking?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 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!

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

Holly
Holly, United States of America

3 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.

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

Lois
Lois, Canada

14 days ago Report

first day - we were trying to negotiate our way to Point Loma for the sunset, a passing motorist saw us with the map and stopped to see if we were lost. When we told him we were just trying to find the Point, he said "follow me, I'll show you", as we approached the turn, he pointed us in the right direction and waved good-bye. Great introduction for our holiday.

What were the best places for wandering in San Diego's old town?

Anonymous, Unknown location

8 days ago Report

The Alamo Restaurant - Congress Avenue, Old Town San Diego! A++ Tacos and Breakfast!

What seafood experience in San Diego is still on your mind?

Linda
Linda, United States of America

19 days ago Report

Mitch's. A restaurant on Scott St. We were there for Taco Tuesday. Fresh fish tacos. The boats tie up at the marina. Pet friendly patio overlooking the marina.

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

Diana
Diana, United States of America

2 days ago Report

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

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

Phil__H
Phil__H, United Kingdom

15 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 makes fine dining in San Diego stand out?

Carl
Carl, United Kingdom

14 days ago Report

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

What did you discover about the museums in San Diego that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Yasmine
Yasmine, United States of America

27 days ago Report

The staff was very knowledgable!!! They provide many interesting facts about the items they display in the museums. They also have many interactive activities that motivate kids into searching for answers within the aquariums.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in San Diego?

Ryan
Ryan, United States of America

17 days ago Report

Make sure you check to see if there are Padres games - driving downtown was nuts!

What was your best surf session like in San Diego?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 days ago Report

Lessons from San Diego Surf School were excellent! Very friendly and professional instructors.

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