A no frills, laid back lifestyle, San Diego embodies the Californian culture, with a number of surfing communities in the area, as well as a voracious serving of outstanding Mexican food. Home to approximately 1.3 million citizens, San Diego is a large coastal city located on the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. Despite its size, travellers find San Diego a relaxing break from other typical cities, with a relatively slower paced aura and that can be felt all throughout the city. Its tolerable, mild Mediterranean climate makes the city a top destination any time of the year. The beaches of San Diego lures beach lovers in the city, acting as a playground for surfing, sailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. So fret not if you feel like going into a large city is intimidating as it sounds. Here in San Diego, you are sure to have a good time minus the pressure of the usual hustle and bustle of the city.
Get to the core of San Diego and visit Downtown, which is also regarded as the Centre City situated on the bay. It is also San Diego’s central business district, with towering building offices sparkling throughout the city, surrounded with a number of entertainment options to choose from, restaurants to eat at, and an enjoyable nightlife to party the night away. Downtown is also home to a number of museums. While in Downtown, do not pass up the chance to see the Gaslamp Quarter. Here, take snapshots of the beautiful old structures in Downtown such as the Old City Hall and the Yuma Building, among others. You can also opt take a self-guided tour of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, the former aircraft of the USS Navy. You can also check the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which is home to a number of historic sea vessels. While in Downtown, do get your shopping fix in Horton Plaza, the five-story outdoor shopping mall that attracts a number of tourists with its unique appearance, architectural tricks, and interesting spaces.
From Downtown San Diego, get lost in Coronado, a picturesque resort town in San Diego County in Southern California. Main attraction to see here is the Hotel del Coronado, which was built in 1888 by two railroad engineers. At present, it is now a National Historic Landmark and has remained to be a favourite location for films, such as the classic Some Like it Hot. The Central Beach is also worthy of visit here, which stretches for over a mile long.
A visit to San Diego would not be complete if you haven’t been to La Jolla, an upscale beach community in San Diego. La Jolla is also home to the University of California, San Diego Campus. In La Jolla, go visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the award-winning aquarium that features many fantastic exhibits. It is also home to some spectacular views of the ocean and some nifty tide pools, wherein visitors can touch tide-pool animals. To the east of La Jolla, the prominent Mount Soledad provides a breath-taking view of San Diego. Catch the sunrise and the sunset here, which is the ideal time to visit the mountain. While in La Jolla, dip in the famous La Jolla cove, wherein you can also spot glistening bods enjoying the beach water. La Jolla Cove is frequented by people who are into swimming, scuba diving, and snorkelling, set against the beautiful sea cliffs.
How to get around within San Diego
From San Diego International Airport, reach downtown through the Airport Flyer Bus Rt#922, which is approximately a 25-minute travel time. You can also opt to hail a taxi from the airport. Upon reaching downtown, you can opt to take the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) which is largely made of bus service that travels to other parts of the country.
How to get there
San Diego International Airport is a 10-minute drive from Downtown. The airport is served by a number of carriers such as Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Allegiant, American, British Airways, Frontier, Delta, Hawaiian, Japan Airlines, Southwest, SeaPort, Spirit, United Airlines/United Express, US Airways, Virgin America, Volaris, and WestJet.