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San Diego's central coastal communities have a culture all their own. It's where city life meshes with beach town vibes and is fueled by the surf and skate culture. It is where tourists and locals alike come for the sips, the shopping, the sights, and, of course, the sunsets.
You'll want to start your journey in the beach community of Pacific Beach – or PB as the locals call it.
This coastal community is known for its boardwalk and beachside bars. Garnet Avenue, which runs through the heart of Pacific Beach, has no shortage of places to eat, drink and shop.
One standout is Costa Brava, which serves delicious Spanish tapas including Patatas a La Brava – a delectable spicy potato dish. Seeing as San Diego is the country's craft capital, you'll want to get a taste of what it has to offer, and Iron Pig Alehouse is the perfect spot to do just that.
Pacific Beach is an anytime location. During the day you are sure to find adventure and once the sun goes down, there’s always a party to partake in at one of its many bars.
Just to the east of PB is Bay Park, which includes a quaint commercial district that offers standout restaurants like Luce Bar and Kitchen and the Bay Park Fish Company. It is also home to Siesel's – a real-deal butcher shop that serves up everything from dry-aged steaks to duck, boar and even alligator.
Looking for a little cardio to work off the calories? Head to the nearby Tecolote Canyon Natural Park for a scenic hike.
As one of San Diego's oldest coastal communities, Point Loma offers both a sense of history and water-filled scenery.
Your first stop should be Liberty Station, the former Naval Training Station is now a cultural hub filled with art, restaurants, shops and murals. A must-visit is the Liberty Public Market, which has some 30 local artisans offering up everything from cheese to ramen to sushi to tacos to beer, wine, cocktails, and even desserts. Even better, there is a great outdoor area where you can take some time to enjoy them.
If you are looking for a mid-century gem, you'll want to head down the road to check out The Pearl Hotel, a cool retro hotel that also features a great cocktail bar and the restaurant Charles and Dinorah, which offers custom menus served on the pool deck and patio.
Ocean Beach is one of the last great American beach towns with an eclectic mix of people and places. A day in O.B. means Newport Avenue, which is filled with surf shops, boutiques, antique stores and all sorts of restaurants and bars. Cool craft beer tasting rooms dot this main strip including Culture and OB Brewery as well as the Pac Shores, a local legend of a dive bar that serves up stiff but inexpensive drinks. Other standouts in the area include O.B. Noodle House, The Holding Company, which has eye-popping views of the ocean and pier, and Blue Water, featuring some of the best in local fish. A short bike ride south is Little Lion, a small bistro with a brunch menu that offers everything from quinoa bowls to Belgian waffles and beyond. From there it is just a short walk to Sunset Cliffs, one of the most picturesque places to enjoy San Diego's routinely spectacular sunsets.
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