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San Diego

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San Diego

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San Diego is a beautiful city in San Diego County in Southern California. The San Diego area is an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year. With temperatures near the ocean of around 75 degrees most of the time, the climate is ideal. There are innumerable restaurants to choose from and, of course, seafood is a specialty.

Understand

San Diego was established in 1775 as the first Spanish mission in California.

Get in

By plane

San Diego International Airport (airport code: SAN) is about 10 minutes out of downtown San Diego. The descent into the airport, passing hair-raisingly close to downtown buildings, can be a bit alarming for first-time visitors. It's served by Southwest Airlines and most other major West Coast carriers.

There are a number of airport shuttle companies that handle transportation to and from the airport. They run about $15 per person. Metro bus #992 ("the Flyer", $2.25) travels the 10 minutes to downtown San Diego, and connects to the Coaster train, the Trolley, and the Amtrak station.

By train

San Diego's Amtrack station is at 1050 Ketner Blvd. It is close to downtown, the harbour, cruise ships and both the trolley and the 'coaster' service the station. Amtrak runs a number of trains daily to San Diego

By car

By bus

By boat

Get around

By bus

By trolley

See

  • San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive (Park Blvd. exit from interstate highway 15), 619-234-3153. 9AM-4PM every day. Possibly the premier zoo in North America, the San Diego Zoo encompasses over 100 acres of displays and habitats. Animal shows run constantly, and there's creatures here that aren't visible in any other zoo on the planet. Definitely worth a visit, but you need a full day to really do it justice. $19.50 (general admission; some shows and attractions extra). http://www.sandiegozoo.org/
  • SeaWorld.
  • Balboa Park.
  • Harbor seals, Children's Cove, La Jolla. A small beach built for children, now filled each day with furry lumps of blubber.

Do

  • Whale-watching - California gray whales migrate south along the coast each February.
  • Scuba Diving - San Diego has some great dives including the Yukon, Ruby E and others in Wreck Alley, kelp beds and much more. In addition several dive boat operators have regular runs to the Coronados Islands off the Mexican coast where you can dive with sea lions. Please be aware that diving here is usually considered cold water diving and the visibility is not always the greatest.

Learn

Work

Buy

Eat

Local cuisine includes the fish taco.

Budget

Mid-range

  • Baja Lobster, 730 H St. in Chula Vista, near I-5 but away from the usual San Diego tourist haunts. Turns into a night club, catering primarily to the local Mexican-American crowd.

Splurge

Drink

For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).

  • Name of Bar or Club, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible). Days and times open. One to three sentences about the food, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.bar-or-club.example.com/
  • Pac Shores Cafe, 4927 Newport Ave (Ocean Beach), (619) 223-7549. Open seven days a week. This fun dive bar is often called Packed Shores by locals. Despite the name, it is not a cafe, only a bar. This is a good dark place to meet people and have a cheap drink. $2-$5 drinks.

Sleep

Budget

  • Ocean Beach International Hostel, 4961 Newport Ave San Diego, CA (In Ocean Beach), (619) 223-7873. A popular hostel with backpackers and budget travelers. There is a bus line on Cable St. that makes it possible to reach the San Diego airport.
  • Name of Place, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible). Days and times open. One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.hotel.example.com/

Mid-range

Splurge

Contact

Stay safe

Cope

Get out

San Diego is probably the best city in America for making a quick trip to Mexico. Tijuana, San Diego's twin city across the border, is only a few minutes away by car. There is also a trolley from downtown San Diego into Tijuana.

The greater San Diego County has a lot of smaller, more private beaches, and some great small towns to stay in and explore. Further east, the Inland Empire and California Desert give a change of scenery.

It's also relatively easy to get up to Los Angeles and other points in Southern California. Highway 5 stretches up to the Oregon border. Although slower, Highways 1 and 101, through the Central Coast, Monterey Bay, and the San Francisco Bay Area, makes for more of a pleasant and fruitful trip.

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