A local's guide to: San Diego

When travelling to a new country or city, it can be tough to know where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Sometimes, only the locals know the truly great spots and we’re tapping into all that knowledge so you can enjoy the best of the best while you’re away.

San Diego is renowned for its beaches, parks and great weather all-year round. With so much to see and do from exploring the museums and gardens to visiting the famous zoo, Laura Johnson from You and Yours Distillery in San Diego shares her insider tips on this beautiful city. 

Where to stay

“I love Loews Coronado Bay, especially if you're looking for a quiet and relaxing trip. Plus, you won't have to leave the property.

“If you're looking for a bit more action and want to stay in the heart of the Gaslamp district, I recommend The Pendry. And of course, for luxury, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is a must.” 



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What to do

“There's always something to do, somewhere new to eat, some excuse to get outside. And we're also so close to the mountains, beaches, the desert, and Tijuana, Baja, that the options are almost limitless.

“A few must do's though: ‘hike’ Torrey Pines or do a workout in the park - either Kate Sessions or Waterfront Park at the Embarcadero.

“My favourite activity is taking our little boat out on the bay (being by the water is a must), hanging at Marine Street beach, or heading down to the Valle de Guadalupe for a day of vineyard hopping.”

Where to eat

“San Diego is probably most known for fish tacos... my favourites are from Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill.



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“Also, I’m currently obsessed with the Thai Croissant at Herb and Eatery – think Thai chicken sausage, egg, arugula and spicy aioli on a fresh croissant.

“For great food, drinks, and atmosphere, I love Herb and Wood, as well as Kettner Exchange, two great neighbourhood spots.

“Lastly, if you do end up staying at Rancho Valencia, The Pony Room is a little hidden gem, perfect for cocktails and appetisers.”

Visit San Diego for more information. 

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