San Diego is a world-class destination where surf culture meets Spanish colonial history and pure California innovation. It’s home to the renowned San Diego Zoo, historic Old Town, cutting-edge Birch Aquarium and 70 miles of incredible beaches. Its vacation houses and condos are world-class, too, offering dozens of amenities such as non-smoking properties, washing machines, satellite/cable service, Internet access and convenient parking.
Lush Balboa Park sports 1,200 acres of museums, theaters, gardens and recreation sites, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The park’s 17 museums include the fun-filled Fleet Science Center, Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum and Museum of Man. The Old Globe Theater and other performing arts venues host youth symphonies, dance companies, puppet theaters and theatrical productions. Balboa Park is where locals relax with lawn bowling, golf, tennis and 65 miles of hiking/biking trails.
San Diego beaches are phenomenal and diverse. Hang ten at Ocean, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Imperial, Carlsbad, Leucadia and San Onofre beaches. Hang out with the whole family at Torrey Pines and Pacific beaches, or simply savor the sunset from Solano, Point Loma and La Jolla clifftops.
The birthplace of California, San Diego’s Old Town is culturally rich. Tour haunted historic homes, browse through a general store, or wet your whistle in an old-time saloon. In all, there are 17 points of interest in Old Town.
San Diego has a long-standing role in American naval history. The Maritime Museum and the USS Midway Museum help you discover that heritage. The massive USS Midway aircraft carrier overflows with interactive exhibits and activities, from flight simulators and restored aircraft to the ship’s engine room.
Thrill rides are abundant in San Diego’s Mission Bay neighborhood. It’s home to SeaWorld and Belmont Park roller coasters. Bay waterways are perfect for light sailing, kite surfing and kayaking, and its beaches are idyllic spots for nighttime bonfires.
Chic and historic, the city’s Gaslamp Quarter is an entertainment hotspot. It’s home to baseball’s Petco Park, Horton Plaza, the children’s museum and Seaport Village, and its streets are filled with welcoming pubs, fine restaurants, trendy boutiques and pulsing nightclubs.
Just across the bay from the city is beautiful Coronado Island, best known for its red-roofed hotel, Naval Air Station and SEAL training grounds. While on Coronado, be sure to visit Hotel del Coronado, stroll along picturesque Orange Avenue and cycle the Silver Strand.
San Diego enjoys year-round moderate temperatures and endless hours of sunshine. Winter months are sunny, with average highs in the upper 60s and only occasional rain. Summer temperatures climb slightly to the high 70s. There’s no bad time to visit San Diego, but trips during autumn are gorgeous and free of summer crowds.
Flying into San Diego is a picturesque experience and puts you just 10 minutes from downtown. Car rentals are conveniently available onsite. Just 120 miles south of Los Angeles, San Diego is also easily accessed via private car on Interstate 5. Cruise ships and private boats are also popular ways to travel to San Diego. Ships dock at the Port of San Diego in the heart of the city, and smaller boats have several marina options.