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Your Guide to Exploring San Diego

San Diego is the perfect vacation for people looking to get both a city experience and a beach town one. No matter when you visit San Diego, you’re sure to get perfect weather for your trip. Being the second largest city in California, San Diego has a lot of attractions and neighborhoods to choose from. There’s plenty to do while you’re in San Diego, but picking from its many neighborhoods can be difficult.

Here are some of the best neighborhood to choose from during your visit to San Diego.

Balboa Park

You could easily spend your entire trip exploring Balboa Park. Museum lovers will especially like Balboa Park for its 17 museums. You’ll find more than museums, too, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in America. It’s also the home of the San Diego Zoo, the Botanical Building, and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture can be found everywhere.


While Coronado has the look and feel of an island, it’s actually a peninsula. Coronda should be on your list of San Diego neighborhoods to visit if you love history and the beach. Coronda has pristine white sand beaches great for surfing and paddleboarding. They also have historic tours of the areas at locations like the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.

Downtown San Diego

If you’d like to spend some time away from the beach, check out Downtown San Diego. Here you can enjoy all the amenities of a big city with amazing restaurants, great dining, and, chic shopping areas. Downtown San Diego also has an active nightlife scene.

La Jolla

La Jolla is the perfect place to get the Southern California beach experience. You can spend the whole day enjoying idyllic beaches surrounded by rocky cliffs. At the Birch Aquarium, you can explore a wide variety of different marine life. You might not even have to go to the aquarium to see some sea animals, sea lions can frequently be seen across the beach in La Jolla.  

Little Italy

Located in Downtown San Diego, Little Italy has strong Italian influences and a rich history of Italian culture. Little Italy has an amazing farmers market, and of course plenty of Italian restaurants.

Mission Bay

If you’d like to get more action during your trip, check out the amusement parks in Mission Bay. Mission Bay is also a popular spot for all types of water sports, like sailing and kayaking. SeaWorld San Diego is also located in Mission Bay.

Mission Valley and Old Town

Get to know the history of San Diego in Mission Valley and Old Town. If you’re feeling up to it take a tour of the most haunted house in America that’s right in Old Town. Old Town in San Diego is even called the birthplace of California, it’s where the first permanent Spanish settlement was

Heather Brummett

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