Planning a Trip to San Diego

San Diego: It’s a vacationer’s paradise with near-perfect temperatures and a laid back vibe that will leave you wanting more. When most people visit San Diego for the first time, they tend to stick to the downtown area, but you haven’t seen the real San Diego until you get out and explore the coast!

This San Diego travel guide is perfect for any short or long stay in San Diego, complete with insider tips on where to stay, where to eat, and more.

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO PLANNING A TRIP TO SAN DIEGO

WHERE TO EAT IN SAN DIEGO

George’s at the Cove in La Jolla

George’s is great for either lunch or dinner and has one of the best beach views in all of La Jolla. If you come on a weekend, you must make reservations! George’s Famous Soup — a hearty, cream-based soup with smoked chicken, broccoli and black beans — is one of my favorite items on the menu.

Beach Break Cafe in Oceanside

Beach Break is great for breakfast if you are staying on the coast in north county. It’s diner-style food with friendly service. Make sure to try their famous coffee cake!

Public House in La Jolla

Public House has an extensive beer menu, which includes some of my favorite Belgian beers and almost any other type of beer you could imagine. This place is just off the main strip, so it has more of a local vibe to it.

Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest

The thing that appealed to us initially about Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest was the Chicken and Waffles on the menu, but we had no idea we would love this place so much. Their brunch menu offers menu items like meatloaf and eggs, chicken fried steak benedict, and five different types of unique waffle dishes — including their famous chicken and waffles.

Gaslamp Strip Club

No, it’s not that type of strip club. This place is a personal favorite mostly because it’s so unique. Not everyone will love it here because you actually have to cook your own steak — but we think that is part of the charm. Come during happy hour for half off appetizers and, of course, specials on alcoholic drinks. This is a fun place to come with friends.

Bull Taco in Cardiff

If you ask any San Diegan about their favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican food restaurant, you will probably get a different answer from each person. My favorite places tend to be near where I live, so this is another personal favorite. BUT… you really can’t go wrong with many of the Taquerias in San Diego. Bull Taco is known for their delicious lobster tacos and the amazing open-air seating overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

Sailing Adventure from Harbor Island

There are multiple options for sailing adventures in San Diego. For about $70 per person, you can take a two-hour sail around San Diego Bay. Companies like San Diego Sailing Tours include a round of local craft beer or a glass of wine and a platter of snacks. The best part is that you don’t have to rent the whole boat, so even if you are traveling solo, you can experience San Diego on the water.

Catch a Sunset at Windansea in La Jolla

After my aerial tour of San Diego, I’ve fallen in love with Windansea Beach. It’s located at 6800 Neptune Place in La Jolla. Just make sure to give yourself enough time to find parking.