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SAN DIEGO CITY GUIDE

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“You stay classy, San Diego.” – Anchorman

San Diego was my home back in 2010 when my family and I lived in Coronado.  San Diego is unlike any other place.  With loads of sunshine, lush green trees, and a laid back southern California vibe, it's the perfect place to live a healthy lifestyle.  As a resident of 92118, I spent my days running around the island, I'd ride my bike to yoga at the community center, and played lots of tennis at Coronado Tennis Center, as well as clubs around the San Diego area.  San Diego has some of the best food, culture, music, and sports, and I hope you find your way there sooner than later!  It will steal your heart!

There are so many great neighborhoods within San Diego County it would be difficult to include them all. I'll share where I've spent time and some of my favorite places. The great thing about San Diego is there's always something new and exciting going on, whatever you're into, there's something for everyone in sunny SD. 

TENNIS

Tennis courts and clubs are abundant in this large city. As always, visit their websites for directions on reserving a court or signing up for lessons or clinics.

Coronado Tennis Center I played here a ton when we lived in Nado. Whenever we go back, I jump in the drop in clinics, always a good time!

Peninsula Tennis Club

Barnes Tennis Center

La Jolla Tennis Club

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club These courts are available to hotel guests and members. We stayed here for a girls trip and had such a great time! We also ran into James Blake!

Surf & Turf Tennis Club

Carmel Valley Tennis

Professional Tennis Tournaments

The ATP San Diego Open

Tennis

HOTELS

 

Where to Stay?

Here are my favorites.

 

DOWNTOWN

The great thing about staying downtown is being so close to great restaurants, bars, nightlife, and of course the waterfront. Not a great place for kids, but super convenient if you don't want to rent a car.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego The rooftop tennis court is a bonus!

Marriott Marquis San Diego

Omni San Diego Hotel Very close to Petco park if you want to catch a Padres game!

Andaz San Diego Kick off your trip with a drink at the swanky rooftop bar, always filled with a nice looking crowd and beautiful city views. Great for a couples weekend.

 

CORONADO

Hotel Del Coronado Everyone should stay here at least once.

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Tennis courts on the property!

 

LA JOLLA

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club By far one of the best places to stay for an "all tennis, all the time" getaway. Not much for nightlife, but great for families and low key groups. 

Hotels

RESTAURANTS

 

CORONADO

MC P'S IRISH PUB I drank my first green beer here on St. Patricks Day 2010. A favorite of the Navy crowd and right on Orange so people watching is great.

BURGER LOUNGE Great grass fed burgers, salads, and brews.

THE BRIGANTINE Taco Tuesdays are great!

CLAYTONS COFFEE SHOP Best breakfast on the island. My kids always requested the song Rum & Coca Cola on the table side jukebox. Order the spicy sausage.

PARK PLACE LIQUOR & DELI Great spot to pick up deli sandwiches and snacks for the beach.

CORONADO BREWING Some of the best brews in the city!

TARTINE If you're longing for that Parisian bistro feel.

IL FORNAIO Italian on the Bay, what could be better?

DOWNTOWN

LA PUERTA We never miss a stop here when we visit SD. The purple haze margarita is to die for!

NEIGHBORHOOD One of the coolest spots in downtown. Amazing food, great beer, and a hidden speakeasy.

CAFE SEVILLA I have a slight obsession with all things Spanish, so this place is a favorite of mine. Great tapas and a flamenco show. Make a reservation if you want to catch the show.

COWBOY STAR This steakhouse and butcher shop is always incredibly delicious.

EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS Their dessert case is so beautiful, like too beautiful to eat. But definitely eat!

BURGER LOUNGE Grass fed burgers, great beer, and thick and creamy milkshakes.

HILLCREST

HASH HOUSE A GOGO 

BARRIO STAR

RESTAURANTS

SHOPPING

 

CORONADO - quaint one of a kind shopping 

EMERALD CITY SURF

SEASIDE PAPERY

BAY BOOKS

PACIFIC BEACH - surf vibes and bargain finds at local thrift and vintage shops

BUFFALO EXCHANGE

GOODWILL INDUSTIRES OF SAN DIEGO

BLOOMS AND THREADS

ARBOR COLLECTIVE

GRAB A DRINK AT PACIFIC BEACH SHORE CLUB

LA JOLLA - bookstores, art galleries, surf shops

GRAB BREAKIE AT THE COTTAGE

Walk down Girard Street for great shops like:

Warwicks books

Aviator Nation

Continue on to Prospect street for more shops and restaurants.

SHOPPING

SoLo Home & Garden in Solana Beach. I can spend an entire day in this store exploring all the great stuff!

ACTIVITIES

 

 

Solana Beach home and design shopping on Cedros

I love spending an afternoon here browsing through the art galleries and home design shops. SoLo Home and Garden is one of my all time favorite stores.

Del Mar Race Track horserace or car shows

My husband is a HUGE antique car enthusiast. We've been to the Del Mar Goodguys Show several times. SoCal car culture at its best!

Carlsbad flower garden, strawberry fields, outlets, Lego Land

A bit of a drive from downtown, but so worth it! The flower fields are a great photo spot in the spring. Lego Land was a big hit with our kids when they were little.

Balboa Park Zoo, Museums

You can spend an entire day in this sprawling park. Our favorites are the San Diego Zoo and the Air and Space Museum.

Coronado Beach

If you want a picture perfect day, head to Coronado for the day. Eat, beach, relax.

Kayak the La Jolla Caves

I've done this twice now and it's so much fun! Although, you're more likely to explore the caves when the water is calm, so check the wave report before booking.

ACTIVITIES

Me and my girlfriends kayaking the La Jolla Caves on a calm day.

EXTRAS

 

 

Bates Nut Farm is a great day trip in the fall for pumpkin picking, about an hour from San Diego.

Julian People rave about the apple pies from Julian, another great day trip about 1.5 hours away. They have a black and blue hard cider that I love!

EXTRAS