San Diego, California's second largest city, offers the best of what Southern California has to offer. With miles of beautiful beaches, a rich heritage and a close proximity to Mexico, San Diego is one of the most versatile warm-weather holiday destinations in the United States with something for everyone. Beach-goers, partiers, history buffs, families with kids, wildlife enthusiasts, amateur oceanographers and budding naturalists will find something to excite them in San Diego. Travellers visiting San Diego from the states or abroad can use ebookers.com as their source for the cheapest airfare, most convenient ground transportation and the best local tours.
San Diego is well known for its most popular attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, the premiere zoo in North America, and Sea World San Diego, the home of some of the most famous ocean wildlife performers in the world. The city is also the home of the most famous annual media fan convention in the United States-the San Diego Comic-Con, held every year in July. San Diego is also famous for its natural beauty, offering some of California's best beaches and hosting one of the last natural preserves of the historic Torrey Pine on the Torrey Pines State Reserve.
San Diego is the second largest city in California, so there are many interesting hot spots that are known primarily to the locals. If you want to experience San Diego like a resident of this exciting city, try these fun places to eat, drink and socialize:
Hunt for antiques in the funky Ocean Beach neighborhood, followed by an evening stroll along nearby Sunset Cliffs.
See a Padres game at the modern Petco Park without the hassle of parking downtown. Park at Qualcomm Stadium for free and ride the Trolley straight to the stadium.
Finding a place to start amid the country's best craft beer scene might be intimidating. Neighborhood Ale House (downtown San Diego) offers samples and an innovative California burger menu. Or make a day of it: Several brewery tour operators will pick you up from your hotel.
Let 24-hour coffee shop Lestat’s be your window into the hip North Park/Normal Heights neighborhood. Lattes are strong and tongue-in-cheek gargoyle décor is a break from San Diego’s otherwise sunny personality.
Explore the (free) gardens at the Encinitas Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens. You’ll be asked to keep voices down and cell phones off while strolling among koi ponds and peering over surfers from a pelican point-of-view.
San Diego is an ideal holiday destination almost any time of the year. The area boasts warm weather in the 70s on most days, with variations according to the local terrain and your proximity to the coast. If you plan to spend your time in San Diego on the beach, avoid visiting in May or June, when the area experiences heavy cloud cover. Locals refer to this weather phenomenon as May Grey and June Gloom. September is typically the hottest month of the year, with little rainfall and a high likelihood of experiencing multiple foggy days in a row.
Warm year-round weather keeps the animals happy at world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and SeaWorld. Don’t miss the pandas, the African safari and the zip line. On a smaller scale (and free), tide pools and coves can be found along the San Diego shore from Ocean Beach to La Jolla.
This gorgeous seaside landmark is home to must-see Hotel del Coronado, San Diego Bay, art galleries, yacht marinas and more. Even getting there is fun: Passengers, bring a camera for the drive over the 2-mile, super-high bridge.
What really makes San Diego the envy of other cities around the world? This massive park where 100-year-old Spanish revival buildings, the zoo, museums, carousel, gardens, walking paths and outdoor theaters are open year-round.
What began as a thoroughbred playground for Hollywood stars in the 1930s is now such a San Diego summertime tradition that opening day draws over 40,000 people, all wearing elegant hats and fedoras.
See San Diego as a company town for the Navy and Marine Corps starting with the hands-on floating museum USS Midway aircraft carrier.
This culture haven in downtown San Diego draws fashionistas and wine-buffs to boutiques and specialty shops. Take a tour of the area's Victorian architecture and Gaslamp Museum. By night, the area is abuzz with restaurants, bars and clubs. Several hotels are nearby.
Find Legoland, good surf beaches, golfing and a seaside village. Visit during March and April when the flower fields bloom.
Salt-rimmed margaritas and hand-made corn tortillas remind you how close you are to the Mexico border. Browse craftsman shops to score unique finds like a tin lamp or hand-painted toy.
Spend an afternoon in posh La Jolla with some of California’s most exciting art. For an upscale post-museum meal with an elegant oceanfront view, George’s at the Cove is your spot.
Learn to surf in the U.S. Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores and Encinitas -- three beginner-friendly spots where rentals and lessons are readily accessible.
Located in San Diego's Mission Valley corridor just off I-8, this San Diego hotel is a half-mile from 2 shopping centers, and within 5 miles of SeaWorld, downtown, ...
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Located in San Diego, this family-friendly hotel is 1 mile from SeaWorld Adventure Park and 2 miles from Mission Beach. Belmont Park is 2.4 miles away.
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