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San Diego isn’t called “America’s Finest City” for nothing. From beaches to breweries, San Diego has something for everyone and, even better, it comes alive after 5! Whether you’re looking for casual, upscale or outdoorsy, the options are endless.
You can’t miss Coronado Island when you’re in San Diego. You can take the ferry from downtown or drive across the famous Coronado bridge. Make sure to visit the historic Hotel del Coronado: eat at one the restaurants, have a cocktail and watch the sunset over the ocean, or dip your feet in the sand.
How to Get to San Diego, CA
The San Diego airport is right downtown, making it easy to take the trolley, bus or car service to your lodging. There’s also train service to San Diego from most cities in California.
San Diego has a trolley and the downtown area is walkable, but to really see the sights you will probably want a car.
Where to Eat in San Diego, CA
Best Happy Hour // Monello in Little Italy. Each cocktail comes with a free appetizer! And you won’t be disappointed if you stay for dinner.
Best Upscale // Trust on Park Ave. This is the place for a romantic dinner or an innovative dining experience.
Best Casual // Food Truck Friday in Balboa Park. Explore this gorgeous cultural park and take advantage of the dozens of delicious food trucks that gather from 4-8 on Friday evenings.
Best Fish Taco // You can’t leave San Diego without trying the fish tacos. Head to Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, but be prepared to stand in line with the local’s – this place is popular.
Best Rooftop Experience // Kettner Exchange – reserve a cabana at this spectacular rooftop lounge for an amazing menu of food and cocktails.
Best Waterfront Dining // Coasterra on Harbor Island or Sheerwater at the Hotel del Coronado. You can’t go wrong with either of these restaurants on the water.
What to Do in San Diego, CA
Take a Hornblower Dinner Cruise // these cruises take you out into the San Diego Bay at sunset or under the stars for a unique dining experience.
Catch a Ballgame // Petco Park is right downtown and guarantees a fun evening for baseball fans.
Join a Brewery Tour // The craft beer scene is San Diego is top-notch. There are several companies that will take you to sample the best breweries the city has to offer.
Get out on the Water // What’s a trip to San Diego without visiting the beach? Even after 5, there are awesome beach experiences. Try a moonlight kayak tour in Mission Bay or schedule a private surf lesson (in summer they’re available until sunset!)
Take in some History // Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California. You can see historic buildings, try some fantastic Mexican food and catch some cultural entertainment
If you’re looking for a family-friendly experience, the world-famous San Diego zoo stays open late in the summer. The Nighttime Zoo has live music, entertainment and animal encounters!
Also check out:
- North Shore, Oahu, HI After 5:00 pm
- St. Petersburg, FL After 5:00 pm
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm