San Diego City Guide

San Diego City Guide

Hi loves,

So today I’m sharing something with you that let’s be real, I should have done YEARS ago– a San Diego City Guide. I mean I was born and raised in San Diego. I’ve been holding off on this and now it’s finally here!

I’m sharing with you some of my favorite places– from brunch to shopping. This guide is a work in progress – as I discover more I’ll be adding to my list!



You can see my post with more detailed descriptions here.


  •  Law Street Beach – Locals only! (JK). But it’ll be hard to spot a tourist tanning at this small but very popular locals beach.
  • Mission Beach – The college scene. There are a lot of young people and it can get pretty loud. If you’re looking for a relaxing beach experience this is not for you. But if you’re looking for f.u.n. then give it a go.
  • La Jolla Shores – Fam time. Though you’ll see a mix (friends, family, tourists), you’ll primarily see families with small children at La Jolla Shores


  • Torrey Pines Hike – If you want cute pics & a mile long “walk.”
  • Potato Chip Rock – It’s 6 miles round trip and you do it for the potato chip shaped rock at the top.
  • Iron Mountain – #Views, but be ready to get your uphill incline on.


  • UTC – Spend the morning visiting the seals at the La Jolla Cove before heading to UTC ( basically in La Jolla) for lunch and shopping.
  • Fashion Valley – Fashion Valley is UTC’s boogier sibling. Here’s where you’ll find all your luxury brands – think Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and more.
  • Girard Street – Girard Street in La Jolla is all about ambiance. It’s where you go for a nice walk, a cup of coffee, and popping into small boutiques.



  • Safari Park (Read my post about it here)
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Balboa Park
  • SeaWorld


You can find the full list here. Below are some of my favorites!

  • La Jolla – Sunday’s 9AM- 1:30PM
  • Little Italy – Sunday’s 8AM – 2PM
  • Hillcrest – Sunday’s 9AM – 2PM
  • Ocean Beach – Wednesday’s: 4 pm – 7 pm (October – March). 4 pm – 8 pm (April – September)


Mushroom Caves

You can check out the site Hidden San Diego for more cool ideas but below are some of my personal favorites:
  • Adobe Falls Hike (find my post about it here)
  • San Diego Suspension Bridge (find my post about it here)
  • Mushroom Caves Hike
  • Ho Chi Minh Hike (find my post about it here)

What are your San Diego favorites?





  1. September 19, 2017 / 8:32 am

    You picked some great spots! I currently live in North County SD. There’s still so much of the city I haven’t even seen yet so this list is a big help 🙂 thanks for the info and love the pictures, btw. Xo

    • G
      September 19, 2017 / 9:34 am

      I’m so glad I could help! I never venture over to North County and really should at some point!

  2. Amanda
    September 19, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I’ll have to add these to the list to do! I’m exciting about the new hiking spots 🙂

    • G
      September 19, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Make sure to invite Brian!

  3. September 19, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I LOVED San Diego and you’ve picked some of my faves in this blog. Already shared with some friends who are going to SD soon!

    • G
      September 19, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Thanks Emma, that’s so sweet! Hope they have fun on their trip!

  4. September 19, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Love this guide! Totally going to reference this on my next trip to San Diego!

    • G
      September 19, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thanks Jennifer! Hope the tips help!

  5. September 19, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I love SD! I’ll have to go to some of these next time I’m there!

    • G
      September 19, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks for reading Katie!