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Things to do in Santee

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Plaza
“Closest trolley from the townhouse, located in the middle of a shopping center. Features plenty of shopping, Starbucks, and a variety of restaurants. Green line will send you straight to Fashion Valley Mall, Old Town Trolley Center, and Downtown. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Rv Park
“Beautiful place to have a picnic or take a walk. Multiple playgrounds, lakes to shore fish. Boat/bike rentals, grill on the weekends. Pay to drive in or park and walk in.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Yummy. Not far from the suite or closer to the beach there’s Phil’s . Don’t let the line scare you. It moves fast.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Route
“Getting around with these trolleys is fun and affordable, one line even goes to the Mexican border enabling you to walk across to Tijuana, although be cautious if you choose to do that day trip. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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  • 3 locals recommend
Office
“Headquarters & factory of the premium guitar brand, with instruments, gift items & weekday tours. The free tour lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes and takes you through the steps of building a guitar. You see how they select wood, the different construction phases, and final assembly. A really cool sightseeing alternative!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Mary's has been making the best doughnuts in San Diego for the last thirty years. Not only are they cheap and amazing but they're open 24/7! Always ask for what's freshest for the best melt-in-your-mouth dessert ever.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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  • 1 local recommends
Warehouse Store
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  • 3 locals recommend
Cinema
“Not alot of drive in theaters anymore but we have two the Santee one and the South Bay drive in in Chula vista (little longer drive but I actually prefer it) We love taking the kids to the drive in, you can pick up a pizza or burritos on the way and kids are only $3 also kids under 5 are free. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Food
  • 1 local recommends
Shopping Centre
“Everything is located on this mile long corridor. There is a Costco, Best Buy, Target, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Lowes, Bed Bath and Beyond, and many more stores to chose from. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
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  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Highest point in San Diego. But very easy 1 mile hike up and 1 mile back down. There are lots of people, so you will not be alone. Beautiful views.”
  • 1 local recommends
Breakfast Spot
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  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Yummy. Not far from the suite or closer to the beach there’s Phil’s . Don’t let the line scare you. It moves fast.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 3 locals recommend
Pizza Place
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Delivery
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Breakfast Spot
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Classic California-based burger chain serving customizable patties, hand-cut fries & thick shakes.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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