A Guide to San Diego’s Unique Neighborhoods

As the second-largest city in California, San Diego is a diverse destination filled with charming quirks. The neighborhoods that make up the city each bring their own unique spin on California culture, adding to the eclectic local vibe. From the cool surfer vibes of Encinitas to the lively East Village, get to know some of the best neighborhoods in San Diego. 

Pacific Beach/Mission Beach

Immerse yourself in the classic California beach boardwalks of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach (locally known as PB). Spend the day exploring the local shops, hanging out at the beach bars, and riding the roller coaster at Belmont Park. This coastal community is famous not only for the popular boardwalk, but for popular eats such as the Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, Cannonball Sushi, and The Mission. —  Located 1.2 miles from the hotel

Ocean Beach

A laidback beach town just north of Point Loma, the funky “hippie” neighborhood of Ocean Beach has everything you need for the perfect beach day in San Diego. Whether you want to surf or just soak up the sun, Ocean Beach offers visitors can’t-miss hangouts such as The Pier and Dog Beach. For some post-beach fun, head over to Culture Brewing Co. or OB Noodle House Bar 1502. Fun fact, Almost Famous was shot in this local neighborhood!  —  Located 2.5 miles from the hotel

 

 

Mission Hills

Located just north of downtown San Diego, Mission Hills is a historic neighborhood with a modern edge. Walk through this neighborhood and discover streets lined with stately homes and mansions. Outside of the residences, visitors will also enjoy an assortment of restaurants, bars, and shops that are slowly transforming the area into one of San Diego’s newest hot spots. —  Located 4.7 miles from the hotel

Bankers Hill

Found near the popular Balboa Park, Bankers Hill is a largely residential community with no shortage of beautiful scenery. Take in the neighborhood views from sky-high restaurant Mister A’s, or enjoy a nightcap at the cozy local wine bar, Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe. Those visiting Bankers Hill can also take in the sights of famous Little Italy, just a 15-minute walk away. —  Located 6.2 miles from the hotel

 

 

East Village

San Diego’s favorite spot for eating, drinking, and entertainment, the East Village is not to be missed. East Village is a thriving cultural hub, filled with endless bars and restaurants, as well as PETCO Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. If you’re looking for a night out in San Diego, the East Village should be at the top of your list. —  Located 7.3 miles from the hotel

 

Normal Heights

A hidden gem among San Diego neighborhoods, Normal Heights is a diverse combination of families, multi-residential apartments, and students. Make the trip here for some of the best pizza in town and a diverse dive bar scene. —  Located 8.2 miles from the hotel

South Park

An eclectic mix of locally owned businesses and restaurants, South Park is a rapidly growing neighborhood located just east of Balboa Park. South Park was one of the first suburbs of downtown San Diego in the early 1900s. Today the neighborhood features a range of boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Stop by neighborhood favorites, including Kindred, The Rose, and Graffiti Beach. —  Located 8.7 miles from the hotel

North Park

A hipster’s paradise, North Park is among the coolest neighborhoods in San Diego. A mix of residential and urban areas, North Park is a must during your stay in San Diego. Don’t miss out on the bustling area surrounding 30th Street and University Avenue — here you’ll enjoy everything from craft brews and lively brunch spots to live music. —  Located 9.3 miles from the hotel

Barrio Logan

The art hub of San Diego, Barrio Logan is rich with culture and history. Barrio Logan is known as an epicenter for Mexican-American culture, full of public art, galleries, and authentic Mexican fare. Neighborhood highlights include Chicano Park, Barrio Dogg, and Por Vida.  — Located 9.8 miles from the hotel

Coronado

Across the bay from downtown San Diego, find Coronado, a coastal neighborhood with a unique local flair. Coronado offers visitors some of the city’s best beaches, delectable oceanfront dining, and historic sights. Tour the island on bike and get a glimpse of some of the stunning million-dollar homes before stopping at one of the renowned local restaurants, like Brigantine or Saiko Sushi. —  Located 11.8 miles from the hotel