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San Diego, CA, USA

The affluent coastal village of La Jolla is known for its fabulous real estate, beautiful beaches and sophisticated dining and shopping around Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. One of the best ways to see La Jolla is from the water, via kayak:...

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1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Designated a national historic landmark in 1977, Hotel del Coronado has played host to a number of notable people, including presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries, over the years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the hotel several times,...
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San Diego, CA, USA

The booming craft-beer industry in San Diego County—more than 100 craft breweries make up the San Diego Brewers Guild—means the city has been dubbed "the Capital of Craft." The guild offers a downloadable map of its many members and...

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400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Bordering Seaport Village, the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park is a short walk from the port, and a lovely place to get some exercise along with stunning views. It’s also home to many daytime events throughout the year, such as food...

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1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

The Maritime Museum is famous for its restoration and operation of historic seafaring vessels, and hosts the largest tall-ship festival on the West Coast each Labor Day weekend. As well as checking out permanent exhibits at the museum (archives...

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2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

Mission Bay is famous as the home of SeaWorld San Diego, but the park also covers more than 1,615 hectares (4,000 acres) and is a destination for those who want to try Jet Skiing, water-powered jet packing, kayaking and all manner of aquatic...

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San Diego, CA 92154, USA

More than 370 species of birds have been recorded at the Tijuana Slough, a wetland and wildlife refuge where the Tijuana River meets the Pacific Ocean. Research and education activities here are handled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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2415 San Diego Ave # 107, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

In 1769, Father Junípero Serra established the first of a chain of 21 missions that were the foundation of California’s colonization by Spain. Old Town is considered the birthplace of California, and began as a small community of...

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10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108, USA

Mission San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in what was known in the 18th century as the Californias, a province of New Spain. Built on land occupied by the Kumeyaay people (and known as Presidio Hill today), it's also the...

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12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

One of the most wildly gorgeous areas within San Diego city limits, the 700-hectare (1,750-acre) reserve sits on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach and is dedicated to preserving the distinctive and native Torrey pine. Visitors can walk...

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Those who want to learn how to sail—or who just want a reminder of how it's done—should head to San Diego's harbor, where sailing schools offer live-aboard or refresher courses for up to four or eight hours with an instructor. Try your...

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2616, 10601 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego, CA 92124, USA

Napa and Sonoma are more famous for their wine production, but San Diego’s wineries offer more variety, since climate and soil conditions allow for more than 60 types of grape to grow, and the region has been influenced by German, French and...

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San Diego, CA, USA

The Safari Park is a 730-hectare (1,800-acre) wildlife sanctuary 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of downtown San Diego (near Escondido), where visitors can check out 300 different species of fauna. All sorts of experiences are available, from...

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San Diego, CA, USA

La Jolla’s first “all-girl surf school” is now 20 years old. Operated by a former competitive surfer and her twin sister, it runs group “Party Wave” surf and stand-up-paddle lessons, as well as private classes...

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Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, USA

If motorized water-sports toys are your thing, you can rent personal watercraft, pontoon boats, powerboats and jet packs near Mission Bay, or have a slightly more serene experience on a paddleboat or kayak—or even charter a boat that has a...

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Take a coastal and inland helicopter tour that ends in a private tour of a winery: Soar over the North County coastline, Del Mar Racetrack, Point Loma Lighthouse and the Hotel del Coronado. Some companies even let you create a custom tour of your...

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1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

An old craftsman-style house in Little Italy is home to a New Zealand–themed pub that serves great craft beers and sangria, as well as burgers (think wild boar and lamb) and big, fresh salads. Have a Bare Lamb, a New Zealand lamb patty with...

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3964 Harney St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

Consistently appearing on lists of the best Japanese food in San Diego, creative Harney Sushi (there are two locations: Old Town and Oceanside) is known for its commitment to sustainability—it uses only the highest-rated fish approved by the...

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222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

This funky little café just outside the Gaslamp Quarter serves modernized classic American diner food like a grilled turkey Reuben on rye, but it’s the all-day breakfast that lures in devotees. Go for the...

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868 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Serving small-batch beers from San Diego brewers (rounded out with must-haves from Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, and De Zenne Brouwerij in Belgium), Quad Alehouse is a can’t-miss in the Gaslamp Quarter for craft-beer lovers. Its 28 taps...

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San Diego, CA, USA

Industrial chic is the order of the day at this Little Italy hotspot, with its long counter and warehouse feel. The daily special is based on market availability, and the rich clam chowder has a devoted following. But it’s the fresh oysters...

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1702 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

This scenic Little Italy spot serves only organic ingredients in its pizzas and salads. Low-yeast, hand-pressed crust pizzas come with toppings like roasted, locally grown veggies, house-made Bolognese, truffles and porcini. And Napizza also...

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635 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Right in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, this boutique is known for its great mix of local and international designers. Men's, women's and kids' fashions and accessories are eclectic and well-priced, and its on-staff stylists are great at...

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7912 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

This high-end cosmetics store has only a few boutiques around the country (Vail, Aspen, Santa Fe). It's uncompromising about the brands it carries: Each line is chosen for being results-driven, such as Tata Harper, Goop by Juice Beauty, Maison...

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7444 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Lola was opened by a stylist who worked for years behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, and has now created her own collections. Along with offering carefully curated selections from designers like Haute Hippie, Mara Hoffman, Maison Du Soir...

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4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

A trip to San Diego’s Old Town wouldn’t be complete without a hunt through Bazaar del Mundo (or World Bazaar), with its folk art, crafts, jewelry and home décor all made by Latin American and Native American artisans in a...

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839 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Surfers (and would-be surfers) will find what they need right in the company’s shop in Seaport Village. If you’ve forgotten to pack anything for your cruise, this is a great place to find board shorts, bikinis, sandals and sunglasses....

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San Diego, CA, USA

The largest urban cultural park in the nation began as a parcel of 566 hectares (1,400 acres) of land set aside by civic leaders in 1868. It now houses 15 museums, performing-arts venues, incredible gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. You...

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614 Fifth Ave e, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

The historic center of San Diego, with its Victorian architecture and walkable blocks of shopping, dining and art galleries, is a pleasant two-mile stroll (or two-stop trolley ride) from the Port of San Diego. Take in incredible views of the...

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4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

You can buy a one-day or two-day pass on San Diego’s green-and-orange Old Town Trolleys, jumping on and off to explore points of interest (such as the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum or the Gaslamp Quarter) all along its lines—or you...

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2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

The famous San Diego Zoo sits on more than 40 hectares (100 acres) in Balboa Park, and has the largest zoological membership association in the world. Founded in the early 20th century and devoted to saving threatened species, the zoo contains...

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Love shopping local? Nearly everything in this South Park boutique in a historic neighborhood just east of Balboa Park—from funky, midcentury-inspired ceramic pots to wooden sunglasses to mini-flamingo floaties for babies—is made by...