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Best Things to Do in San Diego

Featured San Diego Travel Tips
  • Splash in the waves beneath Scripps Pier
  • Take in the scenery of Windansea beach in La Jolla
  • Stop by Oceanside Pier to visit the pelicans and surfers
  • Admire the green flower gardens at Balboa Park
  • Swim and surf at Coronado Island Beach
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured millions of vacation photos all around the globe and know our customers have the best travel tips to share! Explore their favourite things to do in San Diego, best restaurants in San Diego, and general travel tips to get fresh inspiration and start planning your trip to San Diego.

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Hanna's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Donna Jean! They are a plant-based restaurant with amazing food and a great patio. The Caesar salad, Thunderkiss pizza, and their brunch items are all favorites!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Balboa Park, the Marina district, and kayaking in Mission Bay

What is your best travel tip for San Diego?

Bring lots of light layers and a hat to be ready for any kind of weather and any adventure your trip takes you!

Visited San Diego in March

Photo Shoot Location: Balboa Park

Bree in San Diego for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Morning Glory was the best breakfast spot. Such a unique atmosphere, and the food was phenomenal.

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

We loved visiting The Del Coronado. If you love historical places, put this on your list.

Visited San Diego in June

Photo Shoot Location: Scripps Pier

Katie in San Diego for Flytographer


Carmen's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Casa Guadalajara in Old Town

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

USS Midway, exploring Old Town, San Diego Zoo, Padres game, town down Farmers Market on Saturday is a true gem.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

San Diego is super family friendly. It’s so easy to go for a walk while waiting for a table at a restaurant, go to the zoo, and the beach’s are great for kids. Rent with Baby Quip if you don’t want to travel with stuff.

Visited San Diego in April

Photo Shoot Location: Balboa Park

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Stephanie's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

We love the PB Alehouse in Pacific Beach !! It has something for everyone, great atmosphere and the food is delicious !

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Point Loma sunset is a MUST !!! We love going to the San Diego Zoo and just hanging out on the beach !

Visited San Diego in March

Photo Shoot Location: Sunset Cliffs

Mo in San Diego for Flytographer


Taylor's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

California Burritos is ALWAYS my husband and I's go to place. The burritos are HUGE, but they are also the BEST ones we've had in this area... which says a lot!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

We love to find a nice place to watch the sunset. Also, I'm a huge beach girl so anywhere I can go to get a tan, I'm there. Some of the coolest things we've done in San Diego are: Potato Chip hike, Cowles Mountain Hike, Little Italy Farmer's market, sunrise on Coronado Beach, Paddleboarding on Mission Bay and just being outside in this amazing weather.

Hometown Shoot in March

Photo Shoot Location: Sunset Cliffs

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


April's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Buona Forchetta - amazing Italian food!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Windansea Beach at sunrise. Liberty Station

What is your best travel tip for San Diego?

Always bring a jacket, the weather can change so quickly!

Visited San Diego in March

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Nicholas's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

We went to Urban Wood to celebrate our engagement. It was perfect! I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to San Diego

Visited San Diego in February

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Katie in San Diego for Flytographer


Laura's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Morning Glory for brunch and the best vibes and The Taco Stand in La Jolla (a reco from our flytographer!) for the best tacos we had on our trip!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Old town San Diego, biking Coronado, playing arcade games at the Smoking Gun in the Gaslamp district

Visited San Diego in February

Photo Shoot Location: Sunset Cliffs

Bree in San Diego for Flytographer


Jessica's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

California English! So much flavor and incredible service and ambiance.

Visited San Diego in December

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Liz in San Diego for Flytographer


Taylor's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Dolce Vita Ristorante in La Jolla is the best! Good food, good people, good vibes all around.

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Sunset cliffs, Coronado, Kate Sessions Park, Torrey Pines Nature Preserve

Visited San Diego in December

Photo Shoot Location: Coronado Island Beach

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Patty's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

La Jolla Cove Windansea Beach San Diego Zoo

Visited San Diego in October

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


cayla's Travel Tips for San Diego

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

Bring the grandparents!!!

Visited San Diego in September

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Sabrina's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Dukes, great food and atmosphere

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Going the the beaches

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

Come to enjoy!!

Visited San Diego in July

Photo Shoot Location: Sunset Cliffs

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Chris's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Favorite restaurant is Duke’s. Great food, excellent service and amazing views!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

La Jolla Shores Beach and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

If you’re going for a beach vacation with the kiddos to San Diego for a few days, just slow down, relax and save the Zoo for another trip.

Visited San Diego in August

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Dan's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Serea - Amazing views and vibes

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Little Italy Farmers Market

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to San Diego?

Get a car to travel to a lot of the destinations like Little Italy, beaches, Del Mar, zoo, etc. Then spend a couple days in Gaslamp/Seaport Village/Coronado where you don't need a car.

Visited San Diego in July

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Bree in San Diego for Flytographer


Desirae's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Bronx Pizza

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

San Diego Zoo, Sesame Place, City Hall water fountains

Visited San Diego in July

Photo Shoot Location: Balboa Park

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Janna's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Shorehouse Kitchen! Food was amazing, atmosphere was fantastic, and staff was awesome.

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

The Beach and the scenery of Point Loma and Mt. Soledad

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

Try to get where you’re going by 9 AM to 10 PM or early evening between 5 and 6 PM and stay for as long as you can because he won’t find a spot again

Visited San Diego in July

Photo Shoot Location: Scripps Pier

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Mea's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Petrini's in Little Italy. Amazing food and service!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

I loved the Hop on/off trolley. It was so much fun to see all of the sights!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

Go to Belmont Park!

Visited San Diego in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Alison's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

We loved Scoops La Jolla in La Jolla Shores. With its laid back, beach town vibe, it was the perfect place for a sweet treat. The brown sugar ice cream was our family’s personal favourite!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

La Jolla Cove and the seals are a must-see; everyone in our group, from seniors to children alike loved it! We also enjoyed Coronado Island and would entertain staying there for a future trip. The whole family was amazed by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - a zoo experience like no other! The enclosures were incredible and had us imagining we were actually in Africa at some points.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

Rent an Airbnb a with a pool so you have your own space to spread out, relax and cook dinners at home… not to mention, laundry! There are so many theme parks/attractions to visit with kids. Try to split them up by adding beach days in between to give everyone a much-needed break to enjoy the beauty of the area, too.

Visited San Diego in May

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Callie's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

We stayed just north of San Diego. We loved LTH (local tap house) in oceanside, also Sanchez tacos was really good!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

The kids ranging from ages 2-9 loved Lego land and the zoo, of course.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

There are many kid friendly places in and around San Diego! If staying near Lego land.. keep in mind what time the park closes when planning to go out to dinner, very busy at that time!

Visited San Diego in April

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Makenna's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Ulivo Italian, close to sunset cliffs!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

The zoo, USS Midway

Visited San Diego in March

Photo Shoot Location: Sunset Cliffs

Liz in San Diego for Flytographer


Travis's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

We loved Peohe's and went there immediately after the proposal. Our photographer Darian actually recommended the place and the staff celebrated us all night! It was the perfect end to the perfect day. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was so romantic!

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

We played volleyball at the beach by the Del Coronado hotel and we met the most wonderful local people. We then went to the bar near the beach and heard live music while looking out into the ocean!

Visited San Diego in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Courtney's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

I highly recommend the Royal Rooster in San Diego! It’s a little taco stand on the marina connected to a fishing store. The tacos were amazing! The best I’ve ever had. And the breakfast burritos were also delicious.

Visited San Diego in December

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Darian in San Diego for Flytographer


Alyssa's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

Zoo and Balboa Park

Visited San Diego in December

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


Cavatina's Travel Tips for San Diego

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Diego?

Ponto Lago restaurant near Legoland in Carlsbad was wonderful! The sunset view when we walked into the hotel was postcard perfect. The restaurant ambience was elegant but relaxed with live guitar music and delicious food. A great place to celebrate a milestone.

Visited San Diego in November

Photo Shoot Location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Ella in San Diego for Flytographer


Serena's Travel Tips for San Diego

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Diego?

October is free for kids! There are loads of cool things to do with the littles and it’s all free!

Visited San Diego in October

Photo Shoot Location: Balboa Park

Maria in San Diego for Flytographer


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