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San Diego Essential Guide

By Sutro Media

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• Explore, Savor, Play - Do It Like A Local •

Travel like a local with a local. Let native San Diegan and award-winning travel journalist Alison DaRosa show you around her hometown. This simple but powerful app is the only guide you’ll need. It’s full of insider tips that will help visitors (and locals, too) make the most of their leisure time and get the biggest bang for the buck.

The app includes the latest info on the region’s major attractions – Sea World, Balboa Park and its Museums, Legoland, the Zoo and Safari Park – plus loads of other fun things to see and do, from whale-watching and paragliding to bar-hopping. Discover what locals enjoy most about this vibrant, diverse city – favorite beaches, hikes, neighborhoods, special-occasion restaurants and hole-in-the-wall gems.

More than 3,300 photos show you what to expect at everything from secret underground speakeasies to 99-cent fish taco trucks. Each entry has a description, map, directions, hours and prices. Many have links to Twitter and Facebook pages.

The app is easy to use. There’s an alphabetical listing of the 265 entries – so if you know what you’re looking for, just scroll the main list. You can also sort by neighborhood, cost and category. Looking for kid-friendly locales? Reliable eats? Nightlife? Freebies? The app points you in the right direction. Our maps show you where the action is around your present location – or around the places you’ll visit later in the day.

There's even a companion Website to keep users in the know between updates.

• About the Author •

Alison DaRosa is a native San Diegan and an award-winning journalist. She spent most of her career at the San Diego Union-Tribune, first covering the city and then as Travel Editor/Writer/Photographer. During her tenure, she roamed the globe and was a six-time winner of the nation’s most prestigious award for travel journalism, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award presented by the Society of American Travel Writers.

The bottom line: Alison knows San Diego and she knows travel. Let her show you around her favorite city.

When she isn’t wandering the world on assignment or scouting for updates to the San Diego Essential Guide, Alison teaches travel writing at University of California San Diego Extension. In summer, find her at La Jolla Shores with her taxi-cab-yellow boogie board.

• About Sutro Media •

This guide is published in partnership with Sutro Media. By enabling local writers to share their expertise on mobile phones, Sutro Media is making it easier and more fun to explore the world!

If you have any problems, comments, or suggestions for improvement, we'd love to hear from you -

What's New in Version 1.6

- fixed recent bug with twitter field
- fixed landscape transition issue
- resolved display issue on iPhone 5
- more offline photos on original download and faster download of offline content
- fixed intermittent bug with dynamic updates
- added better crash analytics and fixed a number of intermittent stability problems


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San Diego Essential Guide
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Travel
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2013
  • Version: 1.6
  • Size: 42.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Sutro Media
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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