Corey Haines
June 8, 2022

San Diego Travel Guide (From A Local)

I found myself sending really long Twitter DMs so if you’re coming to San Diego and want some recommendations from a local, here’s a TLDR version:

Where to stay

Avoid staying in south/south-east San Diego. The Gaslamp and downtown, in general, are also not great areas to stay. Here are my recommendations:

  • Little Italy (Recommended hotel: Hilton Garden Inn)
  • Coronado (Recommended hotel: Hotel Del)
  • Downtown/Seaport Village (Recommended hotel: Grand Manchester Hyatt)
  • Mission Valley (Recommended hotel: Legacy Resort)
  • Pacific Beach (Recommended hotel: Tower23)
  • Oceanside (Recommended hotel: Mission Pacific Hotel)

What to do

  • Shop: Fashion Valley Mall, Westfield UTC, One Paseo
  • Beaches: Coronado, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Shores, Sunset Cliffs
  • Hikes: Torrey Pines Beach Trail, Big Laguna Trail, Cowles Mountain, Potato Chip Rock
  • Zoo or Safari Park
  • Legoland
  • SeaWorld
  • Balboa Park
  • USS Midway
  • Seaport Village
  • Coronado Ferry
  • Liberty Station
  • Old Town
  • Padres Game
  • Belmont Park
  • La Jolla Cove (see the seals & sea lions!)

What to eat




What to drink




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