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Downtown San Diego
Morning, noon and night, downtown has been San Diego's cultural, social and economic center for more than 100 years.

Gaslamp Quarter
Past, present and future are melded together in the eclectic Gaslamp Quarter where a multicultural mix of people, food and customs exist in San Diego's premier dining and entertainment district. The Gaslamp Quarter, the heart of downtown has a colorful history reaching back to the early 1800's when east coast immigrant settlers originally set foot. Home to many restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. With its lively entertainment you can find a mixture from Jazz to blues, rock to pumping dance music. Check out the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

Old Town
With its Mexican restaurants, state and county parks, historical museums, and import shops, San Diego's Old Town is a trip back in time.

Golden Hill
With its once stately old mansions, quaint bungalows and apartment buildings, Golden Hill is enjoying rejuvenation. On the southeast end of Balboa Park, Golden Hill (and adjacent South Park) has some fine views of downtown and pockets of really cool neighborhoods, like Burlingame. Check out Turf Supper Club, The Big Kitchen, M-Theory Records, and South Park Grill.

Kensington
Just east of Normal Heights and Southeast of Mission Valley finds this upscale enclave with its lovely Spanish-tiled homes and the best art house cinema (and one of the few single-screen ones at that) in town, the Ken Cinema. It's a peaceful pocket amidst the hubbub of the inner city.

Hillcrest
San Diego's Hillcrest is reminiscent of San Francisco's Castro and New York's Village with its diverse crowds, and lively, colorful and hip streets. This gay-friendly 'hood just north of Balboa Park has a mix of apartments and bungalows mixed with a pedestrian-friendly business district. Landmark Cinemas and the restaurants are worth checking out.

City Heights
East of North Park is San Diego's true melting pot, City Heights, where the newly emigrated find their home. Drive down stretches of University Ave. and watch the storefront signs change from Spanish to Vietnamese to Ethiopian. Like any other melting pot, it can be rough sometimes but the American Dream nonetheless.

Little Italy
You won't need a travel book or a translation guide to be a tourist in this little sliver of Italy. Enjoy the Italian flavors without the plane-fare.

Mission Hills
This charming and affluent neighborhood boasts large, gorgeous homes on perfect yards, a shopping district, wonderful nursery, and some great views.

Normal Heights
Lovingly called "Abnormal" Heights; Normal Heights is one of San Diego's signature neighborhoods. Book ended on the west by University Heights and Kensington on the east, Normal Heights completes the Adams Avenue 'hood trio along the main drag. Crowded, diverse apartment dwellings on the south side of Adams, quiet single-family homes on the north side. Check out the Ould Sod pub, Antique Row, and Lestat's Coffee.

North Park
Another of the "signature" neighborhoods, North Park is a fascinating hodgepodge of businesses, apartments, and wonderful Craftsman homes. Ever-evolving and ethnically diverse, North Park boasts affordable restaurants, hip bars and a growing assortment of boutiques, bookstores, salons and art galleries. Check out "downtown" North Park (30th and University), Red Fox Lounge, and the Chicken Pie Shop.

Ocean Beach
O.B is more like a town within the city, the land that time forgot-- when beach communities weren't commercialized and gentrified and when the word "hippy" still had meaning. It has a neighborhood feel, albeit one stuck in the '60s and '70s. Ocean Beach has resisted gentrification, and for that it should be commended. It wouldn't be O.B. if it didn't have its funky charm, laid-back attitude, colorful people and natural beauty. Check out the O.B. Pier, Dog Beach, and Winston's.

Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach has its own self-contained retail area for residents. On one hand, it's the place where all SDSU students aspire to live. On the other hand, if you're lucky enough to own a single family home here, you're doing all right. Check out Garnet Ave. night life, and P.B. Pier.

University Heights
Located between Hillcrest and North Park; University Heights is similar in ways to both with its mix of Craftsman bungalows and apartments. It is not however as lively as Hillcrest; not as worn as North Park. It has a small retail area at the north end of Park Blvd, where it turns into Adams Ave. Check out Adams Avenue Grill, Twiggs Coffee House, Parkhouse Eatery, and Trolley Park.

Coronado
Actually, a city in of itself, Coronado is on an isthmus across the San Diego Bay and reachable by the Coronado Bay Bridge. A small village, Coronado is rich in history, character and color and home to the venerable Hotel Del Coronado; A nice escape from San Diego.

La Jolla
La Jolla literally lives up to its "jewel" name with one of the most affluent communities in San Diego County. This prim and proper community has a downtown retail district comprised of fashionable boutiques, restaurants, galleries and shops alongside sparkling blue coves in this seaside gem.

Carlsbad
The North County community of Carlsbad is home to beautiful sandy beaches, Legoland California theme park and the Flower Fields, unforgettable stretches of the palette of the imagination.

Chula Vista
Chula Vista offers a wide array of attractions, activities, shopping, dining and entertainment to entertain visitors and residents year round. Chula Vista is home to the ARCO Olympic Training Center, Coors Amphitheatre, the Chula Vista Nature Center, Knott's Soak City USA, four golf courses, numerous parks and open spaces, and a beautiful harbor. Chula Vista also provides a variety of cultural and educational facilities such as the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, Onstage Playhouse, and the San Diego Junior Theatre.

Del Mar
San Diego's Del Mar, corresponds to its name with a racetrack by the sea, restaurants and miles of beachfront.

Encinitas
In Encinitas you'll find plenty of surfers, breathtaking vistas and spiritual awareness just to name a few of its many charms.

El Cajon
With its cowboy-town past and small-town vibe, El Cajon lies just 20 miles from downtown San Diego but feels like a uniquely distinct world on its own.

Escondido
The City of Escondido is a vibrant and diverse community only 30 minutes from San Diego. The City is home to San Diego's Wild Animal Park, Escondido Center for the Arts, conveniently located in a charming downtown area, adjacent to historic Grape Day Park.

La Mesa
A city of 59,000, La Mesa is known for its quaint village center in the old part of the city. Lined with antique shops and eateries, the village offers a Midwestern hometown feel. La Mesa's historical houses, early 1900s architecture and thriving antique emporiums lure you back in time.

 

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