You really want to get a local chatting? Just ask where to go for their favorite Cali burrito or IPA.
Zarlito's Family Restaurant | Bradford Tennyson/Thrillist
By JACKIE BRYANT

Until recently, San Diego's most sought-after culinary offerings were, simply, whatever you could eat on a patio overlooking the Pacific. Nothing against an oceanside table for two, but the city has quietly grown into a food destination in its own right. Click here for full article...

Pizza Port Brewing Company | Pizza Port Brewing Company
By BETH DEMMON and SCOTT KLEMME

San Diego is awash in craft beers like nowhere else in America. The sheer volume can be overwhelming, but if you speak the beers on this list, you'll get around San Diego like an expert -- and once you leave, never go thirsty again. Click here for full article...

San Diego Poke Company | Erin Jackson/Thrillist
By ERIN JACKSON

San Diego's food continually gets better and more creative, even when we're talking about such staples as lobster rolls and pizza. These are the San Diego restaurants where the city's best keep improving, and that we keep coming back to over and over. Click here for full article...

SAN DIEGO BREWERY CRAWLS | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
By BETH DEMMON

San Diego County is home to fully a quarter of California's independent breweries, and more than the entire United States had just 30 years ago. Here's how to be comfortable (and responsible) as you visit our best and brightest. Click here for full article...

La Puerta | Bradford Tennyson/Thrillist
BY KYLE HALL

These are bars where you absolutely know you're in San Diego, including a video-game lover's paradise, a sanctuary for vegan death-metal fans, and, of course, open-air joints with fabulous views. Click here for full article...

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By Erin Jackson

San Diego is bursting with great spots to score seasoned meat, fish, or veggies wrapped in a warm tortilla. Because life’s too short to eat less-than-extraordinary tacos, we tapped 9 San Diego chefs to name their favorite. Click here for full article...

By THRILLIST VIDEO

The Grass Skirt, a faux-Polynesian temple to all things tropical, has become an instant Tiki destination in San Diego's Pacific Beach neighborhood. Its greatest advance: the Tuna Ribbon Poke Fishbowl. Click here for full article...

The reason everyone looks so damn fine isn’t because they skip meals.
MISSION BEACH | BRADFORD TENNYSON/THRILLIST
By SARA NORRIS

Don't be fooled by the beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, and beautiful people. Before you get sucked into the "anything goes" philosophy, take steps not to wind up sunburnt, broke, and/or incarcerated. Click here for full article...

LA MONA, TIJUANA | Dobino/Shutterstock
By MAYA KROTH

Where else can you see a Rembrandt in the morning, tan your naked butt in the afternoon, attend a lucha libre match at night, and slurp some of the best ramen of your life in a nondescript strip mall at 3am? Click here for full article...

Too many visitors drop in, spend their days in the convention center, and leave thinking it’s just a beach town with sturdy carpeting.
HOTEL DEL CORONADO | meunierd/shutterstock
By Thrillist Travel

In San Diego time has a way of getting away from you, often in the best ways. But even in the middle of an endless summer, you’ve still got to find your way around. The DestiNATION: San Diego guide has mapped out the best places in town to score burritos or ceviche, to sip experimental craft beers or classic cocktails, to catch a wave or twenty, or to just take it nice and slow. Click here for full article...

Imperial Beach | JON BILOUS/SHUTTERSTOCK
By JACKIE BRYANT

More than just patches of surf and sand, beaches allow so much of life in San Diego to revolve around the water. These are the spots (and the neighborhoods) that make San Diego a world-class beach town. Click here for full article...

Temecula Valley | ZAB Photographie/Shutterstock
By KYLE HALL

There's more to do in San Diego than simply sunbathe your days away. The city rewards anyone who wants to jump off cliffs, shoot marines with paintballs, or simply get a bargain on a round of golf. Click here for full article...

WINDANSEA BEACH | flickr/Seth Rader
By KEN LEWIS

Year-round gentle weather, consistent waves, warm water -- if you're not a surfer when you get to San Diego, you should be by the time you leave. Let my three decades as a surfer here help you pick your spots. Click here for full article...

BY Thrillist Video

Barrio Logan, one of the most dynamic Mexican-American neighborhoods in San Diego, is home to a distinct subculture of men and women with their own spin on throwback 1950s-era rock styles. These are Chicano rockabillies. Click here for full article...

Mercado Hidalgo, Tijuana | Flickr/Rebeca Anchondo
By MICHAEL A. GARDINER

Tijuana used to trade on its gritty reputation, selling itself with a pre-Vegas "what happens there stays there" attitude. But the city has begun to remake itself into a broader, more upscale tourist destination. Click here for full article...

BY Thrillist Video

Imagine a wrestling match crossed with a glitzy Broadway show, hopped up on amphetamines and staged in Mexico. This is the scene 15 minutes south of the border from San Diego, where lucha libre, or "free fighting," rules Friday nights. Click here for full article...