Famous for its great weather, San Diego has an abundance of gorgeous beaches and all the charm of a historic city to go along with them. Wonder the different neighbourhoods on a San Diego holiday and discover each area’s unique personality. Nature lovers can take to the trails to see some breathtaking views the city has to offer and relax on one of its many stunning beaches.
Take a stroll and learn about the interesting history of the Victorian-era buildings of the charming Gaslamp Quarter; both impressive and beautiful in equal measure. Explore Old Town, the area that was home to the first permanent Spanish settlers in California, making it the birthplace of the state. There’s a vibrant atmosphere in Old Town, with Mexican restaurants, boutiques and markets. On Saturdays, it’s full of the sounds of live music from the Old Town Artisan Market, which also sees stalls of jewelry and art works for sale.
San Diego: A City of Beaches
San Diego enjoys 70 miles of coastline, so there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Hit the water at La Jolla Shores, laze around in the lagoon at Torrey Pines State Beach, or walk along the shore at Del Mar City Beach, admiring the dramatic cliffs and tidal pools as you go.
Turn your San Diego city break into a multi-centre holiday and explore the rest of California, stopping off at nearby Los Angeles and Palm Springs, or discover more of the United States’ west coast, starting your journey at San Francisco and stopping at laid-back cities, small beach towns, and hidden coves and beaches as you make your way south to San Diego.
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Pacific Coast Drive Multi Centre
San Francisco, Pismo Beach, Los Angeles and San Diego Multi Centre
Explore San Diego
With top theme parks and attractions such as San Diego zoo and LEGOLAND California, as well as the many beautiful beaches; you will understand why San Diego is a perfect destination for a family holiday. Enjoy world class golf at Torrey Pines, learn to paddleboard around Mission Bay or sip cocktails from a rooftop bar in the Gaslamp Quarter; you will not be disappointed with all the things to do in San Diego.
With near perfect weather year-round, San Diego's beaches are the areas signature attraction. There are the perfect beaches for families, tide pooling and surfing, from upscale La Jolla to the charm of Coronado and it's spectacular sunset views. Some of San Diego's best waves can be found at Black's Beach and for the largest water park of it's kind, experience Mission Bay Aquatic Park for a huge array of watersports from stand up paddleboarding to sailing.
Widely considered the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego is the site of the first settlement of the Spanish and boasts a lively atmosphere, with authentic Mexican restaurants, markets, art galleries and boutiques. Check out Whaley House, believed by many to be the most haunted house in America and then hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to enjoy more of the sights that San Diego has to offer.
Best time to visit San Diego
Though the temperatures never drop too low, Winter season in San Diego can be quite rainy. In May and June, you can expect low hanging coastal fog, though this does usually clear up by midday. In late summer, you won’t find much fog but the temperature does soar. Autumn is an ideal time to visit, when temperatures are comfortably warm and the sun shines nearly every day.
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"The coastline and sea caves of La Jolla are beautiful and the best way to see them is definitely by water, so rent a kayak or a paddleboard and get exploring."
"Go for Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado, otherwise known by all the locals as the Del. They serve an incredible feast in their Crown Room."
Head to the infamous Comic-Con and meet with comic book fans, listen to guest speakers from the comic scene and discover new releases. Comic-Con is held every April in San Diego, with fans travelling from all over to attend, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Held annually each November, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is a week long celebration of food and drink. It brings together lots of wineries, craft beer and spirits, and chefs from the local area. Don’t miss the Grand Tasting Finale!
Warm Handmade Tortillas
San Diego’s used to be part of Mexico and is home to many hispanic people, so you’ll find many tell-tale signs of the area’s Cali-Baja culture, not least in its cuisine. Head to Old Town to sample some pretty incredible handmade, warm tortillas.
This speciality is taken seriously in San Diego and you’ll find them in any taqueria in the city. You can’t miss this burrito, consisting of a big flour tortilla wrap filled with guacamole, carne asada, pico de gallo, cheese, and, making it a true California Burrito, a bunch of french fries.
Another manifestation of Mexican influence, Fish Tacos are a must-try. Given the city’s waterfront location, it’s not surprising that seafood features in some of its best cuisines. In this case, whichever type of fresh fish is available is fried and placed in a tortilla along with accompaniments such as avocado, pico de gallo, cabbage, cheese and crema.
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