San Diego Recommendations

My brother is getting married this month in San Diego! He finished both undergraduate and graduate school at UC San Diego, moved back home for 9 months, and then moved back to San Diego for his first job and has stayed at that company ever since. That’s nearly 13 years of exploring San Diego, and he loves it there. So when I was studying at UC Irvine, I visited my brother almost quarterly and he took me around San Diego, so it became my weekend getaway from school. I love sunny San Diego too! Now with friends and family visiting San Diego for my brother’s wedding and in case anyone asks in the future, I have put together a list of my San Diego recommendations. Below includes photos and links to my previous posts on SD Eats, but click here for the printable version of San Diego Recommendations to bring with you!

TO SEE / DO (from north to south)

  • Mt. Soledad (panoramic view of San Diego, cross monument, World War II memorial)
    • 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr S, La Jolla, CA 92037

Mt. Soledad

  • La Jolla Cove (seals, beach, cliffs)
    • 1100 Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037

seals at La Jolla Cove

  • La Jolla Business District (shops)
    • 8008 Girard Ave, San Diego, CA 92037
  • Old Town (unique shops and history)
    • 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110


  • Harbor Island (San Diego skyline) – take a photo shoot
    • 1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

night view of San Diego skyline at Harbor Island

  • Balboa Park (huge park with lots of museums) – visit the botanical building
    • 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Balboa Park

  • Petco Park (San Diego Padres baseball stadium)
    • 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Petco Park

  • Hotel Del Coronado (nice hotel on the beachfront with shops)
    • 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Hotel Del Coronado from the beach

  • If you have time, take a Hornblower San Diego boat tour for sightseeing and sea lions.
    • 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Hornblower San Diego boat tour

  • If you have time, visit the San Diego Zoo. (I hear it’s good, but I haven’t been.)
    • 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • If you have time to see greater San Diego, drive up Highway 5 to visit the coastal cities from La Jolla to Del Mar to Solana Beach to Encinitas to Carlsbad.

TO EAT (***must eats)

Definitely grab a meal of Seafood and Mexican, or a combination of the two, because those are the best cuisines in San Diego, so they are listed first and then the rest of my favorites. So yums!


***3 MUST EATS! Tacos El Gordo, scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods, Phil’s BBQ



Point Loma Seafoods


fisherman’s stew at Mitch’s Seafood


crab sandwich at Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill



Tacos El Gordo


calamari burrito at El Zarape


Taco Tuesday at El Patron

Other Favorites

  • ***Phil’s BBQ (baby back ribs, beefy ribs)

baby back ribs with sauce on the side at Phil’s BBQ


Extraordinary Desserts


triple threat pork sandwich at Carnitas Snack Shack – North Park


mashed potato pizza at URBN


unique eats at Soda & Swine at the Liberty Station


all-you-can-eat sushi buffet at RB Sushi


stuffed french toast at The Cottage


sage fried chicken benedict at Hash House A Go Go

Am I missing places that visitors MUST see, do, or eat in San Diego? Please feel free to comment and add your recommendations below. Or let me know what you end up trying, visiting, and exploring, so I can learn new places for my next visit. Have a fabulous time in San Diego!


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