Welcome to San Diego!
We are California’s second largest city, with plenty of blue skies that keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline, an amazing Mediterranean climate with friendly locals who create a welcoming vibe all its own! Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities. Spend a day relaxing in one of the many beach communities, then hiking in the east San Diego County mountains the next!
Explore the urban neighborhoods of San Diego’s downtown, from the iconic Gaslamp District to the eclectic community of Hillcrest. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. San Diego’s regions are so unique and diverse; there are plenty of options to discover something new each time you visit.
Enjoy San Diego’s unique and vibrant regions:
Downtown San Diego
The heart of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego’s thriving downtown districts, including the historic Gaslamp Quarter, offer a plethora of options for accommodations, activities, dining, shopping and cultural attractions, all within walkable city blocks. Take a stroll along the Embarcadero and grab lunch at Seaport Village before you climb aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. If a moving sea vessel is more your flavor, hop on a harbor cruise or sailing excursion. Catch the trolley for a quick ride to Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo or Old Town San Diego. And when the sun goes down, the city’s Gaslamp Quarter comes alive as it takes center stage in San Diego’s happening nightlife scene.
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Just across the bridge from downtown and San Diego’s Big Bay, beautiful Coronado beach offers gentle surf and sparkling mica sand. With a quaint small town charm and an array of outdoor activities, Coronado is the perfect destination for family vacations and romantic getaways. Stay at the historic Hotel del Coronado or at any of the local resorts offering unique and upscale accommodations. Enjoy a day of shopping along the vibrant main street of Orange Avenue, golf at the 18-hole public course, rent a sailboat for a day on the bay or explore the island by bike along the 16 miles of boardwalk. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll find an experience that is a world apart when visiting Coronado.
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The coastal village of La Jolla, appropriately meaning “The Jewel” in Spanish, is one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in the world. With a dramatic coastline ideal for swimming, surfing, diving, kayaking, and snorkeling, La Jolla’s beaches are just one of the features that make this village a highly desirable destination for visitors. La Jolla offers world-class shopping and dining experiences, from designer boutiques and art galleries, to critically acclaimed restaurants featuring celebrity chefs. La Jolla’s cultural offerings include the renowned Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and La Jolla Playhouse. Visit La Jolla with us here.
Mission Bay and Beaches
The cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches of Mission Bay attract aquatic recreational enthusiasts all year-long. As one of the largest water parks in the world, you can have your pick from a variety of activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, wind surfing, sailing, kite surfing and sport fishing. Families can find a whole day of fun at SeaWorld San Diego or Belmont Park. Places to stay are plentiful, as upscale resorts and family friendly hotels line the shores. Nightlife abounds in Mission, Ocean and Pacific Beach, where sandals are recommended at local dining and nightlife hot spots.
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Escape to San Diego’s South Bay, San Diego’s southern-most community adjacent to the Mexican border. Nature abounds at the Tijuana Estuary offering expansive trails for hiking, biking and bird watching. The Chula Vista Nature Center features a turtle lagoon, shark & ray exhibit native gardens and bird watching. For the golf enthusiast, try a round of 18 in courses cut out of the natural landscape. Nearby attractions include Knott’s Soak City and the Olympic Training Center which offers free guided tours of the facility. South Bay offers great shopping at the Las Americas Premium Outlet center and authentic Mexican cuisine at any number of local restaurants. Just up the coast from South Bay is Silver Strand Beach and Coronado, featuring a host of upscale resorts and family friendly accommodations. Follow this link to learn more about San Diego’s South Bay region
Explore unique vacation experiences in San Diego’s East County – from the La Mesa foothills to the mountains of Julian, East County’s vast expanses offer a playground of entertainment. Las Vegas style gaming is available at Indian casinos that also offer world-class golf, spa services and shopping. For the outdoor adventurer seeking thrills in the arid terrain, the rocky foothills and sage- and chaparral-lined canyons provide a scenic backdrop for hiking, biking and climbing. Trek the largest state park in California – the 600,000-acre Anza Borrego State Park. Or venture up to the Palomar Observatory for incredible views of surrounding vistas. Meander through backcountry, quaint diners and other hidden treasures along the historic Highway 94 or nostalgic Highway 80, once dubbed the “Broadway of America.” And don’t miss a trip to Julian with historic gold mine tours for the kids and the best apple pie in California.
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North County Coastal
North County Coastal beach communities embrace the quintessential San Diego beach lifestyle. With a laid back vibe and hang-ten spirit, visitors seeking an iconic Southern California experience can find local beaches and veritable surf towns along the coast. As you take the scenic drive up Coast Highway 101, from La Jolla to Oceanside, stop into each unique community rich with history, natural beauty, and gorgeous beachfront views. Have fun year around in Del Mar with a county fair, horse races and holiday activities. Bring the whole family for a day at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla or LEGOLAND and SEALIFE aquarium in Carlsbad. From breathtaking golf courses, historic missions and high-quality antique shops, to flower fields and world famous surf spots, the North County San Diego coastal are a “don’t miss” area of San Diego.
North County Inland
Natural luxury can be found in San Diego’s North County Inland region. Resorts, spas, wineries and over 40 golf courses are spread throughout the majestic region, leaving visitors plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Families can find affordable and spacious accommodations, with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Palomar Mountain and Cleveland National Forest nearby. North County San Diego also offers an easy ½ way point between Disneyland to the North and SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and downtown San Diego to the South.