Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020
If you like sunshine, golden beaches, palm trees, and year-round gorgeous weather, then pack your bags for San Diego, California. This vibrant city offers you the perfect getaway, with plenty of culture and a sizzling nightlife as spicy as those signature tacos you must sample.
San Diego is the second largest city in California and offers miles and miles of welcoming coastline. You can easily spend your entire trip sunbathing on the warm sand, tip-toeing into the cool Pacific, paddle boarding, taking a surf lesson, or kayaking around the fantastic La Jolla coves, where you’ll get to greet the local sea lion colonies.
Of course, San Diego has many other adventures to offer, too. Take your children—or just yourself—to the San Diego Zoo, one of the largest and most diverse zoos in the world. While you’re at the zoo, walk around the adjacent Balboa Park. You’ll enjoy viewing the beautiful Spanish buildings and checking out the many different museums, including the popular San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Natural History Museum.
When the sun goes down, make your way back into the heart of San Diego. The famous Gaslamp Quarter offers copious ethnic cuisine and plenty of amusing people-watching. You can toast drinks at rooftop bars, check out a Padres game in nearby Petco Park, or dance your heart out in a local club. For fans of craft brewing, San Diego is your playground. Considered the “Craft Beer Capital of the World,” you can’t throw a stone without hitting a famous brewery—but don’t throw stones when you can stop for a pint at Stone Brewery instead.
San Diego accommodation comes in many forms. Live in the lap of luxury at one of many San Diego beach resorts, or keep things simple at a local motel or one of the city’s welcoming hostels. You can also book family hotels in San Diego near your favourite attractions. Just be aware that if you plan on visiting the city during the annual Comic-Con convention in July, hotel rooms will be in incredibly short supply.
San Diego is served by the heavily trafficked San Diego International Airport (SAN), just 4.8 km from downtown. The heart of downtown San Diego is walkable, but many activities, like the zoo, major golf courses, and wine country are farther away, so a booking a car hire in San Diego might be a good option. In the city, try to take at least one ride on the historic trolley. To get to other locations a little farther afield, you can also book a ride on one of the regional rail systems or bus lines.
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