San Diego Hotels & Holidays
USA, North America
The seasons do not vary much in San Diego, and the temperature sticks around 70 degrees Fahrenheit year round. It is a wonderful place to go if you prefer a climate that is pleasantly warm without being too hot. Of the m,any attractions in the vicinity, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Lego Land are certainly worth a visit for families. If you just want to relax by the sea, head to Coronado Beach, La Jolla Shores, or Mission Beach.
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La Jolla Cove is the most picturesque of the beaches around San Diego with its sandstone cliffs and scenic shoreline. The clear water also makes this a great area to scuba dive. Other water sports you may want to undertake around San Diego include surfing and parasailing.
It may be that you get tired of too much time spent on the beach and crave some time sightseeing or shopping. For shopping, you may want to visit the vehicle-free Seaport Village that is adjacent to San Diego Bay and located downtown. It is full of shops and restaurants for browsing and window shopping.
For sightseeing there are several neighbourhoods in San Diego you can visit. One is the Gaslamp Quarter downtown where you can see turn of the century Victorian architecture while browsing boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops. Another historic area is Old Town San Diego, where you can stroll the area looking for adobe ranch homes, and 19th century homes, businesses, and old graveyards. Also in this neighbourhood is the Whaley House Museum, which is supposedly haunted and the Bazaar del Mundo where you can purchase all kinds of Latin American folk art, crafts, jewellery, and home décor.
San Diego is home to a third of America's naval fleet, and for tourists, there is the USS Midway Museum. The Midway is a decommissioned aircraft carrier with a flight deck full of retired aircraft for visitors to explore. Ironically, in the same neighbourhood at the Maritime Museum, an old Soviet submarine that once tracked the Midway during the Cold War is on display.
At Torrey Pines State Park you can see hang gliders take off from cliffs over the city, see sandstone canyons, pine forests, and hike bluffs by the sea. There is even a nudist beach in the area. This 1750 acre reserve within San Diego's city limits was established to preserve the Torrey Pine which only grows here.
East of San Diego, you can explore the old gold mining town of Julian. Once a bustling city to rival San Diego, it is now quite pastoral. You can view the Victorian architecture, climb Cuyamaca Mountain, explore the state park, do some antique shopping, or perhaps pick up some preserves.