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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.
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Classic city park with lots of museums. One of our favorites is the Museum of Photographic Arts.”
  • 1038 locals recommend
Zoo
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“What's a trip to San Diego without seeing the ZOO! It is World-Famous for a reason. ”
  • 765 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for hiking and dramatic coastal views. My favorite hike is the Ho Chi Minh trail (start from Torrey Pine's Gliderport). You can hike down to Black's Beach from there -- San Diego's very own nude beach! The Ho Chi Minh trail hike is challenging, you'll have to walk through slot canyons, streams and climb down the side of a rock with a rope. There is a more accessible trail right next to the Gliderport. ”
  • 517 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Find lots of great shops and restaurants, right in the heart of San Diego. Or come in the evening to check-out the clubs and bars.”
  • 464 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Sea world is more of a theme park and has a lot less shade then the zoo so make sure you bring lots of water and sun block. Have kids wear swim suits under clothes and bring extras cause there are lots of places to get wet. Go right when they open cause it does get crowded fast!”
  • 304 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A 2 story outdoor mall with AMC theater. Newly renovated. There is golf putting or maybe a full gold course nearby.”
  • 292 locals recommend
Beach
“Amazing snorkeling in a protected giant coral filled kelp forest surrounded by bright orange Garibaldi fish while seals swish by and sun themselves on rocks. ”
  • 393 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Touristy but has some nice shops and restaurants. El Agave is one of our favorites. ”
  • 377 locals recommend
Museum
“The USS Midway is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.”
  • 265 locals recommend
Zoo
“30 minute drive but well worth the experience. They allow bringing your own food/drink so pack a lunch and don’t miss a chance to snuggle the baby kangaroos! Can get hot in the summer in Escondido so pack sunscreen and bathing suits for the splash pad!”
  • 268 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Take guided tours of Petco Park, visit premier venues, enjoy Padre Baseball opening day Mar 26th Colorado Rockies at Petco, - The Links -Golf event, concerts in the park like the KAABOO Concert Sept 18-20 2020, Beer, Wine and Cocktail Fests, Monster Jam, the Supercross , Soccer, Rugby, Dog Days of Summer, Post Event fireworks, Laser Shows and much more this year! Your Host will provide greater deals and information about schedules, transportation and upcoming events.”
  • 230 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
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“enjoy a stroll along seaport village and our San Diego Bay. enjoy an ice cream and a ride on the carousel while you are there!”
  • 299 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Marine life shows, rides, aquariums, and plenty of other opportunities to see what San Diego has to offer!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“There are numerous museums, a beautiful arboretum, access to the famous San Diego Zoo right next door, beautiful strolls through a well-preserved San Diego landmark. ”
  • 356 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Roller Coaster, mini golf, games, arcades, laser tag, artificial wave/surfing, etch”
  • 232 locals recommend
National Park
“Excellent place with awesome views. I think its the best place in San Diego for views. National Parks pass is free to enter $10 per vehicle”
  • 303 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Mall
“A very nice outdoor mall. Recently renovated. There is a wine bar inside or the men can chill at one of the restaurant bars.”
  • 150 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Best pizza in San Diego! Our favorite is the Nicola. They also have gluten-free crust, and you can’t tell the difference!”
  • 157 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“The Hodad's burger is widely credited with putting Ocean Beach on the map! Now a Guy Fiere favorite, it has long been known that when anyone hears someone is heading to San Diego, Hodad's will usually be the first thing they want to tell you about!”
  • 116 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Relaxed to active bar with lots of windows features ocean views, sports on TV & a full food menu. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing seafood tacos with a great view of the ocean. Perfect to come during sunset and watch the surfers riding waves in the ocean. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Three places in one for the perfect one-stop progressive dining experience or just get the best of both worlds and enjoy unforgettable world class food in an unconventional rooftop environment! Make a dinner reservation in advance for just after sunset at the Michelin-starred "California Modern" formal restaurant on the first floor. Get there before well sunset to snag a spot on the third floor "Ocean Terrace" to enjoy a cocktail as you watch a beautiful sky over the La Jolla cove. I like their tropical spin on a G&T served properly with peppercorns! If you'd like to stay put on the rooftop which often happens to me, they are famed for their fish tacos, I love the curried mussels, and their lobster roll is an explosion of decadence. If you want to have the full lavish dining experience, enjoy a fantastic dinner down below in their opulent formal restaurant as you watch the sky turn dark. After dinner, complete the circle with a cocktail at "Level2" the craft cocktail lounge. If the night is still young, go next door for live music and more great views at Eddie V's terrace.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“OB Noodle House comes from humble beginnings in the heart of Ocean Beach. Having immigrated from Southeast Asia through a sponsor family, the Yeng brothers grew up in OB working at his parents’ donut shop, OB Donuts. When the opportunity to open a restaurant of their own arrived, OB Noodle House was founded with a simple mission: simple, delicious meals, served quickly. Now with two locations, the original on Cable Street, and Bar 1502 on Niagara Avenue, as well as a music hall on Newport Avenue, the OB Noodle House family has become a mainstay in Ocean Beach, always giving back to the community that supported the Yeng family so much the past few decades. OB Noodle House is known for our signature pho bowls and Asian-fusion dishes. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, it’s the meal Guy Fieri says “You’re going to have a pretty tough time finding it this good.” If you don’t take Guy’s word for it, check out our our 4+ Star Yelp reviews, 4.5 Stars on Trip Advisor, or 4.4 rating on Zagat!”
  • 104 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Located right next to amplified, this place has a direct ocean front, come for the brunch special and enjoy some first class mimosas ”
  • 95 locals recommend

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