San Diego's 'jewel' has spectacular scenery, superb beaches and an upmarket vibe. Known as 'The Village', the heart of La Jolla has swanky shopping, restaurants and galleries. Down at the beach you can catch some rays, explore the marine life and caves of the protected Underwater Park, or watch seals and sea lions at play at the 'Children's Pool' cove.
There's a feast of culture here, as well as superb gardens and plenty of shady spots to while away a hot afternoon during holidays to San Diego. Fifteen museums offer fascinating insights into all sorts of subjects from natural history to space, plus there's a carousel, miniature railway and trails to enjoy. Don't miss Shakespeare productions at the open-air Old Globe theatre.
A Taste of Mexico
The city's Old Town State Park recreates life in the Mexican and Rancho California periods of 1821 to 1872. There are original adobes, historic buildings, colourful boutiques and specialty shops to wander amongst, plus traditional Mexican food and drink to sample. Margarita time anyone?
With over 200 options within a 14-block radius, the Gaslamp Quarter hosts some of the best restaurants, shops & theatres in the city as well as some of the best bars and nightclubs. If you’re looking for a hip, buzzy atmosphere in a safe, easily walkable neighborhood, then this is your place.
San Diego’s current hot neighborhood, Little Italy boasts a collection of fantastic restaurants – including trendy “Top Chef” street featuring restaurants from some of the Food Networks top-rated chefs. The neighborhood also features outstanding plazas, fountains, a Food Hall, one of the city’s favorite weekly Farmer’s Markets and authentic Italian and Sicilian events celebrated throughout the year.
Home to the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado “island” is a quick drive or leisurely ferry ride across the San Diego bay from Downtown. The small-town America feeling of the island allows visitors to slow down their fast-paced lifestyles and enjoy one of the US' top rated beaches, quaint Mom & Pop shops and gorgeous views of Downtown San Diego from Ferry Landing.