San Diego Overview
San Diego is California’s most southern beach city. Lying a mere 120 miles south of Los Angeles, San Diego offers an intriguing mix of cosmopolitan charm, Mediterranean flair, laid-back surfer attitude, stunning California beaches and seemingly endless sunshine.
Whether you choose to spend your time sunbathing and surfing along the golden-sand coastline, or exploring the collection of diverse and colourful neighbourhoods, San Diego has something for everyone. World-famous attractions for the whole family include San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Balboa Park and several outstanding museums, including the unique USS Midway Museum. Away from the major attractions, take time to explore the many districts that make up this sun-kissed region. The Gaslamp Quarter features chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars and fine dining restaurants, whilst along the adjacent waterfront; Embarcadero is a testament to the region’s maritime history. San Diego is not only a fabulous region by itself but is also easy to add to itineraries, which may include stops in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
San Diego Highlights
Food and Drink
San Diego has become known as the ‘Craft Beer Capital’ of the United States, boasting an ever-expanding number of breweries and tasting rooms, now tallying up over one-hundred-and-fifty around the San Diego area. Perfect for both brew-aficionados and those who like a casual sip in the sun, the array of places to sample the innovative and exciting beers seems to be never-ending.
There are fun things to do in San Diego for all ages. The San Diego Zoo is a considered one of the top five zoos in the world, spanning a hundred-acre tropical garden that houses around 4,000 animals, including rare giant pandas from China. Animal lovers can also visit San Diego Zoo Safari Park to watch animals roam free, while the SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND educates children on underwater wildlife alongside the 60 rides and attractions of the LEGOLAND theme park. San Diego is also home to the world’s most visited ship museum, the USS Midway Museum, which features twenty-nine restored aircraft and flight simulators, while the U.S’ largest urban cultural park can be found at Balboa Park, where a storied history sits amid beautiful gardens, museums and cultural events.
Beaches and Outdoor Fun
San Diego boasts a beautiful seventy-mile stretch of coastline, ranging form the legendary sandy shores of Coronado Beach to the dramatic three-hundred-foot sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Park. Along this wonderful selection of beaches, there is plenty to do, including surfing, swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding and sailing. La Jolla Ecological Reserve is one of the most beautiful spots, covering six-thousand acres of the ocean floor with marine wonders. On land, there are hills, canyons, lakes, mountains and Anza-Borrega Desert to offer plenty of opportunity for adventures such as mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and more. San Diego also boasts ninety-three golf courses including the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, which features stunning ocean views from the immaculate fairways.
There are ample opportunities for shopping in San Diego at the numerous shopping spots, including the fabulous Fashion Valley Shopping Centre in Mission Valley.
There is a hub of diversity to be discovered across San Diego, with influences from Spain, Mexico and beyond mingling with California’s sense of cool. The Gaslamp Quarter sits in the heart of the downtown area, where buildings from the 1800s combine with a contemporary urban setting, housing much of the city’s nightlife, bars, restaurants and festivals.
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