Guide to Hipmunk City Love: Experience San Diego like a Local

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Want to experience the city of San Diego like a local? There’s more to San Diego than gorgeous white-sands and swaying palm trees in the breeze. It’s a center for happening hotspots after dark, the place to dine on cheap authentic Mexican cuisine, and experience nature with marine life at the shores.

Stay Out all Night with Drinks at the Gaslamp District

For a night out on the town, head to the Gaslamp District downtown. Some of the top bars and clubs in San Diego are located along these streets from the “Alice and Wonderland” themed wine lounge Vin De Syrah to dancing downstairs at the Tipsy Crow. Text reservations two weeks in advance for exclusive entry into the underground speakeasy. San Diego boasts 1920s prohibition-style bars like the Noble Experiment with designer cocktails made from fresh fruits and an intimate setting with jazz tunes. Complete the evening at Altitude Lounge atop the Marriott for breathtaking views over San Diego.

Save with San Diego Hotels along the Beaches

San Diego is famous for its vast white sandy beaches and high cliff-side shores along the coves. Just across the San Diego Bay is Coronado Island — home to a charming Pacific village, the grand Hotel Del Coronado, and beautiful stretches of beach. Beachgoers gather for surfing, swimming, and sun bathing along the shores in neighborhoods north of the city like Ocean Beach or Pacific Beach. Some of the cheapest hotels in San Diego can be found in these beach districts. Yet the ultimate location for a west coast sunset is no doubt Sunset Cliffs.

Enjoy Discounts at Happy Hour on Taco Tuesdays in Old Town

There’s no better place to taste the flavors of San Diego than in Old Town. San Diego’s Mexican influence and historic roots can be experienced at the boutique shops and restaurants in this district. Old Town is a great place for shopping with handmade goods, jewelry, cigars, and sweets at Cousin’s Candy shop. Get to the shops before they close at 4 pm, and climb to the top of Presidio Park for views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Café Coyote in Old Town serves margaritas and tacos with fresh, handmade flour tortillas at a discount price every Tuesday.

Get Up Close to Marine Life in La Jolla Cove

La Jolla hosts habitats of marine life between the beaches and tide pools. The sidewalks and paths of La Jolla Cove weave along cliffs that drop to rocks and sandy beaches below. An abundance of seals sit, lazy along these shores. Plan a trip to La Jolla by checking the forecast for low-tide for a better look at the molluscs, crustaceans, and sea anemones that live in the tide pools. A gem of this neighborhood is the Stephen Birch Aquarium with marine life information and a collection of local California species.

The sunny city of San Diego is the perfect scenic retreat to Southern California. Between the beaches, nightlife and stunning natural scenes, this city remains among the most popular destinations in the United States. See it like a local, and save some money with a trip to San Diego.

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