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1. Posted by happyburro (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

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I just wanted to put this up and let you know if you have any questions for places to go stay, eat, hang out, etc in the San Diego area....just ask. I'm writing a traveler's guide right now and I can be of some help. Thanks

2. Posted by tmmpl (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

Hi i am going to be in San Diego for a few days in July, could you give me a list of good attractions and sites to visit while im there, also i am considering taking a day trip to mexico, is it any good.


3. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

San Diego is great, there are so many things to do for very little money...visiting the beach being first and foremost.

Then stroll around Balboa Park. The park was built for the World Fair in 1915 and has an abundance of museums, artists, wonderful gardens, outdoor pavillions, and is right next to the San Diego Zoo. (Pay to go to the's totally worth it!)

If you have a car go up to Cardiff and eat an early-bird dinner or Sunday brunch at the Beach House, which is literally, right on the beach. You could easily be misted by the waves as you dine. Then I would head north to "Swami's", in Encintas, (The Self Realization Temple). Park on the side road where there is an entrance to the spectacular gardens that have amazing views over the Pacific. (Totally free, mind you). Take the coast highway north and when you hit Carlsbad stop at the Corner of PCH and Carlsbad Blvd. where you'll find a 1880's Victorian restaurant. (Don't eat there! Expensive and it's changed hands so many times...) BUT...the northeast corner of the complex houses the Coyote Bar which has outdoor firepits, live music, and occasionally you can see Tiger Woods enjoying himself there. If you like sushi go to the Japanese restaurant upstairs to dine outdoors and "people watch". Carlsbad also has a great sea wall to walk along. In July they will have jazz in the parks on Fridays. (Also. completely free!) and usually top notch entertainment. Bring a bottle of wine, some cheese, a baguette and you are set.

Skip Tijuana. It's really too depressing. If you have a bit of cash opt for a mini-cruise from Long Beach to Catalina Island and Ensenada which you can get for 4 days for as little as $299. Even though it is Carnival Cruise line, the food is included and quite nice and along with your cabin which is OK.

You may want to hit Mission Beach too and rent a kayak or peddle boat on the bay and watch all the kites.

I also recommend going to the top of the Hyatt in downtown San Diego where there is a wonderful lounge on top of the hotel with spectacular views. After that, go to the Hotel Del Coronado, (Where they filmed the movie, "Some like it Hot"), for a drink out back on the wide sandy beach or for afternoon tea inside.

You may also be interested in visiting the Star of India, an immigrant clipper ship that was built on the Isle of Man that is part of SD's Maritime museum. (They premiered Russel Crowe's movie "Master and Commander" onboard the know..."the lessor of two weavels"...never mind)

Then...back to the beach. Which is all about San Diego!


LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

4. Posted by tmmpl (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

i wasnt that fussed about headin to san diego but some of the places you have said sound amazing, thanks for the info im looking forward to going now

5. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y


I think you will find San Diego to be a wonderful place to visit. Very laid back and lots of friendly people. Just try to avoid the freeways, (expressways), as much as possible as traffic is a "bear" there!

BTW, forgot to mention the Gaslamp Quarter. Check that out too. (Look at the tallest building with the pointy top of the SD skyline on the site. That's the lounge with the floor to cieling windows in the Hyatt I mentioned.) Tres' cool.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Good stuff, but you forgot to mention Old San Diego, Mission Bay, and Shelter Island.

Also, if you want to go to Mexico but skip Tijuana, then consider driving the road to Rosarita Beach and Puerto Nuevo. Real fun places on the beach--the first 30 miles south of Tijuana and the second another 15 miles down the coast.