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San Diego Holidays

'America's Finest City', San Diego is a beautiful coastal retreat on the Pacific Coast of California. Famed for its gorgeous beaches, quirky cafes, stunning art galleries, ancient museums, and a romantic milieu, the city is an ideal place to enjoy the best of sun, sand and surf and to unravel some unique experiences. Preserving the rich bygone era, Cabrillo National Monument and USS Midway Museum are two of the top attractions in the city. Boasting a range of thrilling rides as well as some interesting shows, SeaWorld San Diego and Belmont Park are the most popular theme parks in the city. Surfing, jet skiing, kite surfing, windsurfing, fly boarding and wakeboarding are among the most exciting water sports you can enjoy in San Diego. Read more ...

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San Diego, California travel guide

  • With an estimated population of nearly 1.4 million, San Diego ranks as the second-largest city in California and the eighth-largest in the United States. The city hosts a diversity of neighborhoods, each of which offers its own unique flavor. The epicenter of downtown is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, which in recent years has seen an explosion of flashy fashion boutiques, restaurants and art galleries in Victorian-style settings. Neighboring East Village is San Diego's largest downtown community. Known for its funky cafes and live music venues, it continues to attract artists and musicians and hosts San Diego's September Street Scene the largest music festival in California. North of downtown is Old Town, which has preserved the city's Spanish and Mexican heritage, and some of the city's first houses. Adjacent to Old Town is Uptown, a pedestrian-friendly area that consists of North Park, University Heights, and Hillcrest. The neighborhood and especially Hillcrest serves as a center of the city's gay and lesbian community. Further west, between the airport and La Jolla, is the scenic coastal area, which encompasses beach communities such as Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, both famously popular with surfers and students. If you continue north, you will eventually reach a stunning piece of coastline that belongs to La Jolla, home to some of the most beautiful and safest beaches in Southern California. It is also where you will find one of the region's most affluent communities and some of the best and most expensive dining.

  • With an estimated population of nearly 1.4 million, San Diego ranks as the second-largest city in California and the eighth-largest in the United States. The city hosts a diversity of neighborhoods, each of which offers its own unique flavor.

    The epicenter of downtown is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, which in recent years has seen an explosion of flashy fashion boutiques, restaurants and art galleries in Victorian-style settings. Neighboring East Village is San Diego's largest downtown community. Known for its funky cafes and live music venues, it continues to attract artists and musicians and hosts San Diego's September Street Scene the largest music festival in California.

    North of downtown is Old Town, which has preserved the city's Spanish and Mexican heritage, and some of the city's first houses. Adjacent to Old Town is Uptown, a pedestrian-friendly area that consists of North Park, University Heights, and Hillcrest. The neighborhood and especially Hillcrest serves as a center of the city's gay and lesbian community.

    Further west, between the airport and La Jolla, is the scenic coastal area, which encompasses beach communities such as Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, both famously popular with surfers and students. If you continue north, you will eventually reach a stunning piece of coastline that belongs to La Jolla, home to some of the most beautiful and safest beaches in Southern California. It is also where you will find one of the region's most affluent communities and some of the best and most expensive dining.

  • In comparison to sprawling LA, San Diego has the feel of a compact city, and it is tempting to stay downtown. A lot of people do, however, think of San Diego in terms of the whole county, which leaves a lot more to explore. The regional terrain is extraordinary in itself and varies from the Pacific coastline in the west to the Sonoran Desert in the east. Those who travel to the northeast will also come across its snow-capped mountains, while travellers who go south will find themselves at the Mexican border in just 15 minutes. This variety makes the city a favourite for outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, biking and sailing. Additionally, the long list of family-friendly attractions (LEGOLAND, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the New Children's Museum) make it a city that offers abundant entertainment for everyone.

  • Street food in San Diego is synonymous with fish tacos, and most locals couldn't enjoy a Padres game without one. But it doesn't stop there. The city offers too many exciting dining options to pass up. Little Italy is an obvious choice for contemporary Italian cuisine, while the Gaslamp Quarter continues to attract cutting-edge chefs who are eager to make a culinary statement. To experience local drinking culture, make sure to also visit the wine-making district (the vineyards are located in the North County, just 45 minutes from downtown) and the abundant artisanal breweries.

    George's California Modern

    It is difficult to find a local restaurant that has received more raving reviews than this award-winning establishment, formerly known as George's at the Cove. This place is serious about California food and the best place to start a tour of local cuisine.

    Antica Trattoria

    Food critics have called Antica Trattoria the best Italian in San Diego, and with reviews that describe the dishes as sensuous to the point of sin,” it is hard to stay away. The Sicilian-born chef is known to use the best Italian ingredients, such as San Daniele prosciutto and imported Fontina cheese.

    Island Prime

    Island Prime hovers above San Diego Bay on stilts, overlooking the city skyline and Coronado. The views can only be matched by the delicious steaks and seafood.

    Bali Hai Restaurant

    Bali Hai Restaurant delivers exquisite Pacific Rim-style cuisine, including fresh seafood, aged beef, salads and gluten free options. The Bali Hai Mai Tais are world-famous, and the array of options includes Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese flavors.

    Tom Ham's Lighthouse

    The restaurant claims to serve the best seafood in San Diego, and that might not be far from the truth. On top of that, the views of the sea and city skyline make it a top choice for dining in the city.

    Bertrand at Mister A's

    Located on the 12th floor of a building right next to Balboa Park, the views from Bertrand at Mister A's are unparalleled in San Diego. It serves American Cuisine, consistently winning rave reviews and awards both locally and nationally.

  • San Diego's nightlife suits a wide variety of tastes, and there is no shortage of hip hangouts. From the legendary jazz clubs to the jet set bars, many venues are just waiting to be discovered. The night comes even further alive during the summer, when the usual bars and clubs are complemented by tons of outdoor concerts, theatre and cinema. Note that you can't buy drinks after 2am.

    Live Wire

    An old-school rock bar, the theme behind this Live Wire's foundation was "kick-ass bands and kick-ass beer." What you see is what you get here, as the sign outside says: 'Live Wire' Cold Beer Warm Friends."

    The Waterfront Bar & Grill

    The Waterfront is the oldest neighborhood bar in town and used to be Little Italy's most traditional and frequented place. Today, it is a landmark where you hang out with locals and listen to live jazz and blues.

    Gaslamp Tavern

    This is a chilled sports bar with great happy hour deals, pool tables and big screen TVs. Something of a local favourite because of its relaxed atmosphere and succulent chicken wings.

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