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Our Staff's Top Picks

Top Picks

Want to see the city like an insider? Check in with the staff of our bayside hotel in San Diego - some have been working their magic with guests for 40 years! They’re San Diegans who love everything about their hometown, from favorite restaurants to music festivals to Padres baseball. You’ll find their best San Diego travel tips and insights every month, right here.

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Seadragons & Seahorses at the Birch Aquarium

If you think you're too old to visit the aquarium, think again! San Diego's Birch Aquarium has opened a brand new exhibit that is bound to dazzle your senses. Seadragons & Seahorses boasts one of the most expansive seadragon habitats in the world, holding enough water to fill 70 bathtubs! 

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San Diego Food and Drink Festivals

Spring in San Diego means the start of warmer days, and there’s no better way to celebrate sunnier days than with food. Luckily, San Diego will never have a shortage of gourmet food and drink festivals that are sure to please any foodie. 

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Mardi Gras in San Diego

The best parties around are the ones that let you lose yourself to the atmosphere and forget the rest of the world. With Fat Tuesday right around the corner, it’s almost time for the best such party of the year - Mardi Gras!

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Say Hello to Little Italy

Nestled to the west of the San Diego Zoo lies a quaint part of town called Little Italy, and is a must-see for anyone visiting San Diego. From cozy restaurants to busy Italian markets and everything between, Little Italy has it all.

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See the Heart of the City in the Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego has a rich history and is a vibrant cultural hub in Southern California. One great way to experience this booming culture is by visiting the Gaslamp Quarter. This lively 16-block part of San Diego always has something going on.

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Discover the Best Coffee Around at Cold Brew City Fest

If you find yourself constantly scanning around for a new coffee shop, you’re probably wondering why the best brews can’t just come to you. Luckily, that’s all about to change! 

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Spend the Day at Balboa Park

San Diego prides itself on the juxtaposition of high-energy city life and relaxing scenery. If you’re looking to include a bit of the latter into your trip, we know the perfect place. Just minutes from Downtown San Diego lies one of the largest cultural hubs of the city: Balboa Park.

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Tour a Unique Piece of History

It’s very rare to find a museum that is also its own exhibit, but visitors and residents of San Diego are in luck: the USS Midway Museum lives here. The USS Midway is a ship merely by name because once inside, it feels like a floating city. With guided tours, dozens of exhibits, events, and free-roaming capabilities, there’s no better time than now to experience a living piece of history.

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Experience San Diego in Style with a Hop On Hop Off Trolley

San Diego is a bustling city with a diverse history and even more diverse residents. Exploring a big city by yourself is always fun, but it can become challenging to learn about what you’re seeing. As a visitor, you naturally want to experience all that you can, see all there is, and educate yourself along the way. One of the best ways to do this is with a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour.

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Summer Fun at Belmont Park

Summertime and amusement parks go together like rollercoasters and lost hats. This summer, as you explore San Diego to see what it has to offer, make your first stop Belmont Park. Belmont Park is here to bring you all of the rides, attractions, and snacks you can handle.

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Get Wild at the San Diego Zoo

Every year, the San Diego Zoo attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all around the world and for good reason - a large diversity of rare, amazing animals. The zoo itself is large enough to make you feel like you’re at an amusement park. If lions, rhinos, and giraffes are right up your alley, then come experience their natural beauty first-hand.

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Baseball + Beer, Right On Cue

The San Diego Padres are brewing up extra summertime fun in Petco Park this season: a series of five BeerFests for San Diego’s beer-loving baseball fans. Look for more than a dozen San Diego breweries to be on hand for each BeerFest, where they’ll serve 12-ounce “samples” for $5. Sip from 4:30 pm until the first pitch at 7:10 pm.

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