Dos & Don’ts if You’re Visiting San Diego

December 5, 2021

San Diego is one of the most popular destinations for travelers from all over the world. In fact, more than 35 million people visit “America’s Finest City” every year. There’s a virtually endless array of fun things to see and do while you’re here, so if you’re not sure how to go about making the most of your time in San Diego, the friendly team from Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly San Diego hotels, offers this list of dos and don’ts for San Diego visitors.

Do: Check Out the Beaches

San Diego has an amazing array of gorgeous beaches, so make sure to put them at the top of your must-visit list. Coronado has an award-winning beach that’s one of the most beautiful in Southern California, and Pacific Beach is perfect for families who want to stroll on the boardwalk and enjoy a variety of oceanside amusements. In La Jolla, you can soak in the tidal pools, and Torrey Pines State Beach is the ideal spot if you’re in the mood to watch a glorious Pacific sunset.

Don’t: Just Lounge on the Beach

While lying back and relaxing on the warm sand should definitely be one of the activities to look forward to, don’t forget to enjoy some ocean adventure while you’re at the beach. Hop out of your beach chair to join in a pickup beach volleyball game, take some surfing lessons, or rent a paddleboard and ride some gentle waves. You can even try your hand at paragliding or hang gliding at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

Do: Explore San Diego’s Diverse Neighborhoods

You’ll be delighted by the incredible variety of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods, where you’ll find fantastic culinary creations, eclectic shops and art galleries, world-class craft breweries, and first-rate coffee shops. If you’re looking for the tastiest tacos, liveliest breweries, and finest locally roasted coffee, head to Kensington, North Park, and Hillcrest. For the ultimate in nightlife and amazing food, don’t leave town without visiting Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter, where you can also enjoy weekend street festivals.

Don’t: Be Too Worried about Counting Calories

San Diego is a world-famous foodie destination, so don’t deny yourself the pleasure of sampling the magnificent cuisine at the city’s many local eateries. Treat yourself to mouthwatering authentic Mexican food, fresh seafood, and creative takes on everything from pan-Asian to Mediterranean, Italian, and virtually every other type of cuisine you can imagine.

Do: Visit Balboa Park

You’ll definitely want to plan time to explore Balboa Park, the jewel that’s the cultural heart of San Diego. Make sure to visit the Botanical Building, which features more than 2,100 plants (including a stunning collection of tropical plants) along with beautiful cactus and rose gardens. Balboa Park is also home to a variety of fantastic museums. Science buffs will marvel at the exhibits at the Museum of Man and the Fleet Science Center, while art lovers can lose themselves in the creative works at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Mingei International Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Don’t: Miss the World-Class San Diego Zoo

You simply can’t visit San Diego without spending at least a day at the San Diego Zoo, one of the world’s most famous animal habitats. Sprawling over 100 acres, the zoo is widely respected as a center for research and conservation, and it’s home to one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered animals, including giant pandas, elephants, giraffes, exotic birds, koala bears, and many more.

With so much to enjoy in San Diego, it will take several days to cross everything off your must-see list, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable and affordable hotels near downtown San Diego, visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and location close to the best attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.

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