San Diego Must See Attractions (From A Local’s Perspective)

Planning a trip to San Diego? With so much to offer, it can be hard to solidify an itinerary for a weekend away. Lucky for you, we have an editorial intern who is local to this sunny city on the coast. From sights to see, to food to taste, we’ve rounded up our tried and true places that this charming city has to offer you! A local’s perspective of San Diego will give you the infamous locations and the hidden gems, all in one. Read on to see our San Diego must see attractions and build your perfect San Diego itinerary!

Places to See

Sunset Cliffs

The Sunset Cliffs is without a doubt, a San Diego must see attraction. This is one of the most gorgeous spot for a sunset picnic, an evening stroll, or a sunrise swim. There are also the most superb blooms in the spring, if that’s when you find yourself in California.

Coronado Island

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Coronado Island is another stunning sight. We highly recommend making the drive to this area. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and be sure to check out living legend hotel, The Del Hotel. Not only is it the perfect beachfront location, but it also offers amazing views, live music and a variety of different cuisines.

Petco Park

The Petco Park is a San Diego sports fan’s must see place. You won’t be disappointed if you catch a game at Petco Park during your time in San Diego. Even if you aren’t a huge sports fan, the gorgeous city view and salted pretzels could be enough to convince you to make this part of your itinerary.

Little Italy

Little Italy has more to offer than just yummy pasta and gelato. Did you know that it is 48 square blocks, which makes it the largest in entire United States? They also have over 200 vendors at their farmers market, which makes them the largest in San Diego County. It also offers beautiful city views, endless shopping, and overall a great atmosphere. Be sure to visit the Waterfront Bar, as it’s one of the oldest bars in San Diego. (See our section below for one of our favorite Little Italy restaurants)

La Jolla

From the cliffs overlooking the ocean, to the shopping, La Jolla has so much to offer you. It is one of the top destinations for San Diego tourists to see! You might even see a few Sea Lions on the cliffs! If food is your love language, you are in luck. In La Jolla, you’ll find coffee shops, casual dining, fine restaurants, and a plethora of takeout options!

Places to Eat & Drink

Palmy’s Pacific Beach

Palmy’s Cafe is a great local place to grab a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. From acaì bowls, to breakfast burritos, they have a little something for everyone.

Nolita Hall

If you find yourself cruising around Little Italy and need to stop for a bite, Nolita Hall is for you. They have you covered from pastas, to steaks, to pizzas. The best part, is that they also offer gluten free pizza! What more could you ask for out of Little Italy.

Ortiz’s Taco Shop

Tacos anyone? If you are looking for some authentic San Diego Mexican food, Ortiz’s Taco shop is where it’s at. Ortiz’s has all that you are looking for when it comes to Mexican food that hits the spot. The best part is that they offer both breakfast and lunch/dinner options!

Moniker Coffee Co.

This specialty coffee shop has both great coffee options, as well as a great atmosphere to work or catch up with your loved ones. They also have this great little gift shop inside the coffee shop incase you find yourself wanting to look around and pick out a souvenir.

Hermosa Surf Shop

If you are a surfer, or someone who loves San Diego surf culture, this is the spot for you. They have surfboards, adorable clothing, matcha, acaì bowls and smoothies. Talk about the dream combo!

We hope that you have found some inspiration and put these San Diego must see attractions on your itinerary when you visit! If you are looking for a luxury escape in San Diego, look no further! You won’t be disappointed booking your stay at this amazing resort.