Visit San Diego and Experience the Best Shopping, Restaurants, Family Fun and Sun
It's no secret that San Diego is Southern California's favorite playground. This is where you'll find everything from the anticipated sun and fun activities like surfing, sand castle building and rollerblading to unexpected surprises like our Little Italy (one of America's most authentic), and a craft beer scene second to none. Here for your enjoyment is our Kimpton San Diego cheat sheet to get you started on a memorable San Diego stay. A visit to San Diego isn't complete without checking out of few of these suggested things to do. Also be sure to look for seasonal celebrations and events are always going on in San Diego.
Horton Plaza: Billed as "Downtown San Diego's Fashionable Front Door", this open-air hub of shopping, dining and entertainment is a major dose of retail therapy located in the heart of the Gaslamp District. Learn More
Hillcrest Boutiques: San Diego's hippest neighborhood is home to an amazing array of small boutiques where you can find everything from cool pet couture at Dogma Catma Pet Boutique to edgy English fashions at British Invasion.
Little Italy Mercato: This Saturday morning farmer's market in the Little Italy district is a must-do, attracting locals in search of fresh produce, house-cured meats, amazing espresso and generally anything to do with the dolce vita.
Sun & Fun
Coronado Ferry: An easy way to get on the water and see some beautiful San Diego scenery is to jump on the Coronado Ferry. Not only is the ferry a bargain (a roundtrip will cost you under $10) you'll also get some great photo opps on your way to experience laid-back Coronado Island. www.sdhe.com/coronado-ferry
Surfing and Kayaking: Water sports are a way of life in San Diego, so your options to enjoy virtually any activity on or under the waves are almost limitless here. Favorite beaches for activities like surfing, kayaking and scuba diving include Mission Beach, La Jolla and Coronado.
Hiking and Biking: Surf and sand are the first thing many people think of when they picture San Diego, but land-based activities and adventures are plentiful here too. Miles of hiking trails and bike paths abound ranging from challenging single track routes to mellow beach cruiser rides on the boardwalk. Top hikes can be found in Torrey Pines State Preserve and Cowles Mountain. www.sandiego.org/articles/parks-gardens/torrey-pines-state-natural-reserve-park.aspx
Sea World: This iconic family attraction has something for kids of all ages from teens to the little guys. Options at the park's wet and wild attractions include exciting rides like Journey to Atlantis and Riptide Rescue, a Dolphin Encounter where kids get to feed bottlenose dolphins, and the themed Sesame Street Bay of Play, featuring characters from the popular show. www.seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego
LEGOLAND California: Build a better family holiday with a stop at North County's LEGOLAND. More than 60 Lego-themed rides, attractions and activities ranging from dinosaur bone digs to the adjacent LEGOLAND Water Park with slides and design-your-own rafts make this the perfect stop for a full day of family fun. www.legoland.com
Mission Bay: Whether it's building a sand castle, roasting smores on the beach, or riding bikes on the boardwalk, Mission Bay is the perfect beachfront family playground. This 4,600-acre aquatic wonder is unique in the world and has something for everyone, especially active families. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/regional/missionbay/
Wine & Dine
Gaslamp Quarter: This historical district has been remade into the heart of San Diego's dining and nightlife scene. With over 100 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, your only challenge will be where to start. www.gaslamp.org
Little Italy: The colorful Little Italy neighborhood welcomes you with lively trattorias featuring sun-drenched patios, gelato shops and wine bars to give you a taste of Italy without the jetlag. www.littleitalysd.com
Craft Breweries: San Diego is home to some of the country's top craft brewers. Whether you take a guided tour or just pop into a brewpub, don't leave without sampling some of the city's finest. www.sandiegobrewersguild.org