Exploring the Best Neighborhoods in San Diego

San Diego and San Diego County, while quintessentially Southern Californian and West Coast in essence, are also home to a variety of unique neighborhoods with personalities that transform them into borderline subcultures. And for you and your love? We’ve got some of the best.

Little Italy

Originally the heart of an Italian fishing neighborhood, present day Little Italy is now a picturesque community filled with Italian restaurants and retail shops, as well as the Mercato, a weekly farmer’s market. Sip espresso over a red-checkered tablecloth and savor the combination of iconic culture and modern comfort.

Pacific Beach

“P.B.,” as it’s known to locals, is predominantly home to local surf culture and college students – although it boasts some of the best nightlife around and a large selection of bars and restaurants. The boardwalk stretches for just over three miles along the oceanfront and is a perfect place to take a walk, get some fresh air, and people watch.

La Jolla

From high-class shopping to a local seal colony, La Jolla presents a winning combination of chic small town and beachfront community. Window shop along Girard Avenue or track down a wetsuit and learn to surf – we recommend Surf Diva for lessons.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest is hip. Hillcrest is urban. Hillcrest is known for locally-owned businesses and community values of tolerance and acceptance. And Hillcrest has all the best food. Snooze for breakfast and Local Habit for lunch equals pure honeymooning bliss.

Julian

Over the hills, but not too far away, this tiny mountain town just outside San Diego has a gold-mining past and a modern reputation for mom-and-pop restaurants and local wineries. Don’t leave without sampling the pastry at the Julian Apple Pie Company.

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