The ideal mix of beach towns and a city that mixes upscale with laid back, San Diego is the ideal destination for a vacation away from it all with innumerable options for activities. From golf and surfing to laying poolside and shopping, San Diego has it all, including extremely temperate, mild weather year round.
Downtown San Diego – Stay at a hotel and plan on spending your evenings in downtown if you are interested in gourmet restaurants and clubs where you are more than likely to bump into A list celebrities while getting rooftop table service. Stop by Petco Park to catch a Padres game, which tend to be cheap and easy to get tickets to, even last minute.
Beach Communities – just north of downtown San Diego are a group of beach communities that offer some respite of the hectic city
Ocean Beach – an extremely relaxed beach community, stop here for great Mexican food and trendy shops. On Wednesdays there is a great farmer’s market on Newport Avenue in the center of Ocean Beach.
Mission Beach – the smallest of the San Diego beach towns, this is where you can hop on the Mission Beach roller coaster and stop by the Wave House to give the FlowBarrel (artificial wave machine) if you’re brave enough
Pacific Beach – rent bicycles to head down the boardwalk, take surf lessons and then check out Garnet Street for a rowdy pub crawl
La Jolla – a bit classier than the other beach towns, you can check out the small galleries, and stop by La Jolla Cove to visit the sea lions
The San Diego area is quite large, and the areas around San Diego offer many more options for amusement – be sure not to miss Balboa Park and the museums within. Stop by Old Town for a trip back in time and some tequila. No trip to San Diego is complete without heading out on at least one of the 20+ golf courses in San Diego. If you have the time head out to Temecula for some wine tasting or drive up the coast along Route 1 to visit a few more towns.
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