Southern California's surf-centric city offers beautiful beaches and big city attractions such as seriously good restaurants, breweries, and boutiques. The Gaslamp is the city's hip hood. Base yourself at the Andaz or the eco-chic Indigo or camp out at their uber cool rooftop bars. History buffs should book a stay at the US Grant of Hotel del Coronado with its national historic landmark status. For top-notch service and luxe touches escape to the Fairmont Grand del Mar.