Our “Local Expert” Tips for a perfect San Diego Vacation



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Whether you are planning a trip to sunny San Diego with the whole family, your spouse or traveling alone, you’re guaranteed a good time. This top travel destination is just that for a reason, plenty of sun, fun, attractions and food. Lets look through a local’s eyes at some of the best things to do on your vacation.

There are no shortages of hotels in downtown San Diego and along the bay, so if possible, get your hotel in one of these. A local would point out you can keep yourself busy on foot and with local transportation, without need of a rental car. That is not only a major coat savings, but also allow you to enjoy adult beverages without fear of getting lost or pulled over late at night.

Walking around Seaport Village, or perhaps renting a cycle or rollerblades for the long wide sidewalk allows you to view the sites, and get some exercise. From coffee shops to awesome restaurants, with of course outside seating so you don’t miss the sights. Just the little shops are well worth spending time there.

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Hopping aboard the ferry or a “water taxi” across the bay to Coronado Island is a days adventure worth exploring. The special and quaint little island of Coronado has been the playground of the rich and famous for many years. There are quiet and well-groomed beaches perfect for a quiet day of sunning, and quiet streets and shops to wander about.

One of the top “attractions” on the island is the Hotel Del Coronado, a beautiful old hotel with trademark red turrets that sit on the waterfront. This is an awesome choice for lunch on the outside patio, “happy hour” in the piano bar, and or dinner in the restaurant.  The island as you will see is a perfect location for a bicycle ride along the waterfront and in town.

Hotel Del “spooky fact”: Beware the ghost of Kate Morgan walks the property day and night!

The local trolley runs from the Mexican boarder up the coast, and is a great way to get around. We suggest catching it with the kids and getting off in LaJolla for a day at the beach. This is especially a great idea for young children because there is a concrete barrier that creates a “wave-free” water area. Also, the area known as the “Children’s Pool” where the local seals live, and you can watch them while hanging in the picnic area.

Doggy Tip: San Diego is very “dog friendly” around town if you brought your pup with you. Many restaurants have outdoor seating where “Fido” can sit with you. There are also dog friendly beaches in Del Mar and Ocean Beach.

If you choose to stay in Downtown San Diego, another super advantage you have is you are almost close enough to see Mexico from your room. Ok, so you aren’t that close, but the smells and tastes of Mexican food is nearby, and a must try if visiting. You need to experience authentic Mexican in San Diego Old Town,

The best example and our top suggestions for experiencing Mexican Cuisine would be Casa Guadalajara, and specifically dining in the outside courtyard.

Lastly, the experience you will have walking the decks of the U.S.S. Midway, the famous Aircraft Carrier, that now a museum on the boardwalk is unforgettable. It’s well worth the cost to take the audio self-tour, which will take you a couple hours. This is a super experience for you and old, and is handicapped accessable.



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