Under thirty kilometers from the Mexican border, this is the far south of the mainland USA and has an amazing climate. It boasts year-round sunshine, with over 200 days of sunny temperatures in the 70s every year. As a beach destination, it doesn't get much better.
There's a great deal to do, whether tastes run to surfing, enjoying the nightlife of the second biggest city in California or reliving your favorite Top Gun scenes at Coronado. The fifteen beaches include those with all amenities plus more isolated, wild areas with clean sands and plenty of space for everyone. Surfers find great waves at Pacific Beach and Black's Beach.
Here are a few tips for a perfect vacation. Accommodation is obviously a key decision; luckily there are choices for every budget. For 5-star treatment, check out the Andaz, Hilton, Hyatt and Hotel Palomar plus a handful of others. Those who seek resorts should look at the Grand Del Mar which is based in a lovely coastal canyon. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa is right on the Pacific, offering waterfront luxury.
Those vacationing with a smaller budget have many choices available. There are hundreds of motels, B&Bs and guesthouses. Several cheaper places in the city are highly recommended for all. The Day's Inns, Best Westerns and Misson Bay Comfort Inn number amongst those. For a downtown boutique hotel in the Little Italy district, La Pensione hotel has a well-deserved reputation. It's often acclaimed as one of the best.
Location is imperative, as the actual town is rather big. It really depends on exactly what it is you wish to do. There are some stunning beaches to the north; while the famed Coronado is located on a rather long land strip that protects its natural harbor. Off to the south, you can locate the renown Imperial Beach zone. Most vacationers like the north more, as it is away from the noisy airport, as well as the downtown area.
When stopping off in the town, do the must do sites. Their San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the entire world, being made even more famous by Madagascar. Find it near Highway 5 at Balboa Park. Go for Miramar, the Top Gun location and home to Marine Corps Air Station. Drive across the high bridge to lovely Coronado and sun yourselves, with the mountain backdrop against the sand. Go out dolphin spotting.
San Diego makes a great setting for exploring the many delights of south California. Los Angeles and Hollywood can be reached via a scenic coastal drive just two hours to the north. Joshua Tree National Park lies only three hours away inland. The Sierra Nevada and desert are right behind you and reached by an easy enough drive. The city is laid back, exciting and a great place for your vacation, especially if a bit of peace and quiet on some of the world's finest beaches happens to be your idea of relaxation.
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