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4 Must-Visit Spots in San Diego for a Short Summer Trip

A montage of six photos showcasing San Diego's hidden gems: sea lions basking on La Jolla Cove, a couple's legs overlooking the city skyline, a scenic view of the coastline, a lifeguard tower at sunset, two colorful gelato scoops from Bobboi, and a festive street scene in Little Italy.

Summer in San Diego is a vibe, but what should you visit if you have a weekend or just a couple of days to spend here and want to get a real feeling of the city?

As San Diego locals, we're here to spill the beans on four must-visit spots that will have you experiencing the city like a true insider.

1. La Jolla Cove: More Than Just a Pretty Beach, One Of The San Diego Short Trip Essentials

Early morning sunlight illuminates the cliffs and tide pools of La Jolla Cove in San Diego, with several sea lions resting on the rocks.
Sunrise at La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is stunning, but it's more than just a spot for taking photos. If you go early, like at sunrise, you can see the seals and sea lions sunbathing on the rocks before it gets crowded. You can also snorkel with the harmless leopard sharks – I promise they won't harm you! Or you can rent a kayak and explore the secret coves.

Afterward, head up the hill to The Cave Store and descend a 145-step tunnel to a sea cave with stunning views of the cove.

📌 Local Tip: Are you craving an exceptional seafood experience? Head to El Pescador Fish Market! With its fresh, locally sourced fish and inviting atmosphere. It's the perfect spot for a delicious and satisfying lunch. For a gran finale, treat yourself to a cone at Bobboi Natural Gelato (check the address here). If you'd like to experience the true La Jolla vibes, ask our team to sample our seasonal fruity flavors or our Plant-based Pistachio.

2. Seaport Village: Waterfront Fun with a Touch of History

A blue, two-story restaurant on stilts over the water at Seaport Village in San Diego. The restaurant has a patio with outdoor seating and a view of the harbor.
Pier Cafe at Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a charming waterfront destination where history meets modern fun. Stroll along the boardwalk, browse unique shops housed in restored buildings, or catch a harbor cruise for stunning views of the Coronado Bridge and downtown skyline. The village comes alive with live music and street performers, creating a festive atmosphere for all ages.

📌 Local Tip: Visit Bobboi’s Kettner shop (7-minute walk), and try any of our “nutty” flavors, like Mediterraneo or Bacio gelato – a creamy Italian treat, perfect after a day of exploring (click HERE to get the Kettner Shop address!).

3. Little Italy: Mangia Bene, Vivi Bene (Eat Well, Live Well)

A cup of Bobboi Natural Gelato with two scoops sits on a table in the Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy, San Diego. The background is blurred, showing the outdoor seating area of the piazza.
Bobboi Natural Gelato in the heart of Little Italy's Piazza della Famiglia.

Little Italy is a foodie's paradise with charming boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and the bustling Mercato farmers market on Saturday mornings.

📌 Local Tip: Skip the touristy restaurants and visit Piazza della Famiglia to try one of the Little Italy Food Hall’s many culinary offerings.

Make sure to complete your visit with a scoop (or two!) of "Stracciatella" gelato at Bobboi, a popular choice made with organic vanilla and chocolate chips in an organic milk base. It's the closest you'll get to the real deal on this side of the Atlantic.

4. Belmont Park: A Nostalgic Beachfront Playground

A drone view of Mission Beach San Diego. It is possible to see a big rollercoaster, the beach and the bay
Bird's-eye view of Mission Beach

Belmont Park offers a nostalgic experience with its historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, which has been delighting San Diegans since 1925. You can also enjoy arcade games at the Plunge or relax on the beach while watching surfers. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or a stroll along the boardwalk, Belmont Park delivers a quintessential Southern California experience.

📌 Local Tip: For a more enjoyable experience, consider visiting during weekdays, as weekends in the summer can be particularly crowded. Best times of the day? Early morning for a peaceful walk on the iconic boardwalk or sunset for a breathtaking ocean view.

Don’t forget to go try the refreshing "Dragon Lemon + Mango Ataulfo" vegan combo at our Mission Beach Bobboi Shop, or if you prefer something creamier, don't miss out on the best-seller combo "Charcoal Vanilla + Salted Caramel" gelato. Find a spot on the sand and savor the sunset over the Pacific.

A small cup of Bobboi Natural Gelato featuring two scoops: one bright pink dragon fruit sorbet and one vibrant yellow mango sorbet.
Dragon Fruit + Mango Ataulfo from Bobboi Natural Gelato

A summer in San Diego is about soaking up the sun, enjoying the vibes, and savoring the local flavor.

These four must-see spots can be visited over a weekend or on a short trip during the week, offering an authentic San Diego experience you will remember.


What about you?

What are your favorite local spots in San Diego? Share your insider tips in the comments below!

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