Hidden Gems in San Diego
People from everywhere flock to San Diego looking for the perfect getaway all year long, which we can’t really blame them for, because honestly, we’d do the same thing. While San Diego is a top tourist location throughout the year due to its agreeable weather, beautiful beaches, and exquisitely decorated locations, there are still some “hidden gems” that you can sneak away to when you want a break from the consistent crowds. Here are our top favorite spots around San Diego to escape the masses and enjoy an exceptional experience.
- The Grass Skirt, Pacific Beach
What’s more hidden than a speakeasy? This tiki-themed speakeasy is in Pacific Beach and you have to go through Good Time Poke to get to the rum-filled luau that is The Grass Skirt. Once inside Good Time Poke, look for the freezer door and open it up. You’re sure to find much more than buckets of fresh fish used to make those delectable poke bowls. The Grass Skirt serves exotic tiki cocktails and chef-driven food that will make you want to bust out your best hula dance.
- Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, San Diego
The Spruce Street Suspension Bridge is the 116th historic location of San Diego and is certainly something worth going to visit and checking off your bucket list. Bridge and nature enthusiasts alike trek to the bridge that is located directly above a steep canyon and connects two residential areas in the Bankers Hill neighborhood. It’s the perfect location for a romantic stroll or a thrilling photoshoot opportunity. There is also a “Free Library” kiosk that brings a sense of community positioned at the end of the bridge. Visitors are encouraged to take a book or leave one of their own for other bridge-goers to enjoy.
- Coin-Op Game Room, San Diego
If you need a break from the stuffy, overcrowded bars and clubs that have taken over Gaslamp Quarter, look no further than Coin-Op Game Room. This retro arcade bar blends old school classic games and premier cocktails to awaken the nostalgia in every guest that walks through the door. If you’re looking for an energy boost before playing any of the 50+ games, grab a Power Punch juice pouch that resembles the ones Mom used to pack in your lunches- only boozier. Unleash the kid inside and lead the dance dance revolution or pick up some points at skeeball. Coin-Op effortlessly delivers an amusing atmosphere and fun vibes sure to stick with you through the night.
- Calumet Park, La Jolla
Tucked away in the neighborhood of Bird Rock is Calumet Park, which sits atop of a cliff overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Calumet Park has a pretty spacious patch of grass which is ideal for picnics or Pilates with an impressive ocean view. There are also several benches in the park facing the ocean that give visitors the front row seat of some of the most breathtaking sunsets San Diego has to offer. Since the park is in a residential neighborhood, it’s never too crowded, therefore it’s an excellent spot for some serenity and relaxation. You can access the beach by a dirt trail situated at the north end of the park. While Calumet Beach is a rocky oasis not suitable for breaking out a towel and tanning, it’s still a fun place to explore during low tide. You’re also sure to see an occasional surfer or two, which provide great entertainment while lazing around in the park.
- Upper East Bar, San Diego
If you find yourself in Downtown wanting to depart from the hordes of people on the sidewalks and cars filling the narrow streets, head to Hotel Solamar and check out Upper East Bar. Upon entering the hotel, make your way to the restaurant where you can access the elevator that takes you to the rooftop where Upper East Bar is based. The rooftop is open to the public, but the pool is for hotel guests; however, the public can purchase a day pass for only $25 (worth it!). If you don’t want to take a dip in the heated pool, feel free to enjoy games such as cornhole and table shuffle board while sipping on your libation of choice. Upper East Bar has a beachy chic vibe paired with an incredible view of Downtown. When you go, be sure to take advantage of the killer happy hour deals that the rooftop offers!
- Starlite San Diego, San Diego
Walk through a wood-paneled hexagon to get to this ritzy restaurant in beautiful San Diego and be transported into an interior design heaven. The ambiance of Starlite alone is worth visiting because of how aesthetic it is. The dim lighting makes for a great atmosphere to take a romantic date or celebrate a special occasion. While it truly is an exquisite restaurant, people keep coming back for the food, whose quality and presentation arouses taste buds and eyeballs alike. Guests can enjoy their appetizing entrees on the outdoor patio under strings of calming lights, engaging in intimate conversation.