Planning your San Diego vacation can be overwhelming. Questions like what should I bring and what should I do rush through your head, as you madly search the internet. To ease your stress, below is a compiled travel guide of recommended restaurants, activities, shopping centers, and travel essentials from local San Diegans.

Where to Eat

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

In the mood for Italian? Search no more. Bencotto’s has earned numerous awards, including San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Critic’s Pick: Best Italian, by no surprise.

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Cody's La Jolla

Cody’s is the perfect spot for brunch with a view. The seaside restaurant offers delicious classic American comfort food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Urban Solace

Urban Solace offers American Modern Fare and is committed to using all natural ingredients, and hormone free meat – while serving high-quality meals.

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Cowboy Star

Located in East Village, Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop offers American cuisine with a Western flare. If you’re looking for a mouth-watering steak dinner, this is your place.

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Salud serves authentic Mexican food in the historic Barrio Logan. Their award winning tacos, hand crafted drinks and decadent desserts will change the way you view Mexican food.

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Kettner Exchange

Inspired by San Diego Founder William Kettner, this two-story restaurant offers some of the most innovative dishes in SD. It is also home to award winning bartender Steven Tuttle.

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What to Do

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Where to Shop

Girard & Prospect in La Jolla

Alongside its great selection of restaurants, La Jolla has a wide array of unique boutiques. This makes for a great shopping experience.

Fashion Valley Mall

For upscale shopping, Fashion Valley is the way to go. With over 200 stores, you can enjoy both luxury and casual shopping.

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Las Americas Premium Outlets

Las Americas Premium Outlets is the largest outlet mall in San Diego. With about 125 stores, it attracts many foreign travelers.

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Westfield UTC

UTC is a beautiful mall with lush landscaping and a great selection. It offers and a mix of high-end and internet-based retail shopping.

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What to Pack

Aside from general packing items, there are a few necessary things you will need which are San Diego specific. Weather here can be tricky, so play it safe and bring the following:

  • Swimsuit
  • Waterproof sunblock
  • Clothes you can layer
  • Picnic blanket or beach towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Flipflops
  • Baseball cap
  • Light sweater
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Enjoy your trip!

Give me a call today at (619) 228-6790 or email me at Ryan@livingthesandiegolife.com for more information or to schedule a tour of the neighborhood!

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