1. Balboa Park / San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park is San Diego’s best cultural center. It offers visitors the chance to experience 14 museums in the Park through substantial savings and the convenience of a one-time purchase. Habitat environments have been created for more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. This makes the San Diego Zoo the world’s famous conservation organization it is today. Zoo guests may view cuddly looking koalas, rare giant pandas, reptiles of various shapes and sizes and many more fascinating species.
2. Hotel Del Coronado
Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite radiates a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal. Its iconic red turrets pierce an azure California skyline making it one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. The exemplary San Diego vacation destination, Hotel Del Coronado offers something for everyone. Families will yearn for a memorable getaway in The Del with couples having a perfect backdrop for a romantic escape in the resort’s enchanting island setting and classic architecture. When it comes to business, only a few hotels or conference centers can match the unique surroundings of this resort.
3. Beach Bonfire (Ponto or Moonlight)
Many beaches in San Diego County are ideal for walking and jogging. They are wide and sandy in many places, and seem to go on forever. The Moonlight beach is no exception. Open until 10 pm at night during the summer, this beach is perfect for an outdoor bonfire. The fire pits are on first come, first serve basis, so make sure to come down, and put your stuff around a fire pit early in the morning so you don’t lose out.
4. Las Olas Mexican Restaurant (Yum fish tacos)
Las Olas means “the waves” in Spanish. What this restaurant wants is for you to draw your own meaning from the great food served by friendly people. Everything is made fresh daily and in-house using wholesome ingredients, often organic and purchased locally if possible. However, the real gem of this restaurant is its location. Once you’ve parked and eaten, there are public beach access stairs right at the bottom of the cross-street. This is awesome for a post-dinner walk on the beach! By staying committed to freshness, quality and value through the years, Las Olas has become the popular landmark in San Diego.
5. Swamis Self Realization Meditation Gardens
Swamis Self Realization and Meditation Gardens in San Diego has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda for more than eighty-five years. It is a worldwide religious organization with international headquarters in Los Angeles. It seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of our global family. Those of all cultures and nationalities will be helped to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.
6. La Jolla (the cove & Mt Soledad)
La Jollais an upscale beach community in San Diego. While technically being within the city limits of San Diego, it is considered by many to be its own city in many ways. It is home to the University of California, San Diego campus, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous scenery. The best way to get around is not to drive because parking can be a little difficult to find. This area is dense enough to allow walking, biking, or roller skating.
7. Pannikin Coffee Shop (Encinitas/Leucadia)
Pannikin Coffee Shop has been in the business of serving the community with all its coffee and tea needs since 1968. With the freshest selection of single origin coffees and proprietary blends from around the globe, everyone is catered for. The tea list is notable and you will not be disappointed in the wide range offered here. Together with exemplary services from its personnel, it is truly the perfect combination of a class and convenience.
8. Torrey Pines Hike to beach (blacks)
The Black’s Beach can be difficult to access due to its location beneath the Torrey Pines bluffs. All the same, the most popular route is via the trail from the Gliderport, between the Torrey Pines Gliderport and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This steep rugged trail is usually well maintained by local nudists of the beach. However, due to the instability of the cliffs, visitors are advised to stay on the designated trails to avoid getting stuck or even falling into their deaths on the cliffs.
9. Mission Beach (boardwalk/rides?)
The Mission Beach Boardwalk is also known as Oceanfront Boardwalk. It is a concrete walkway that spans about 3 1/2 miles, from North Pacific Beach to South Mission Beach. Walking, biking, bicycling, and other related activities are permitted on the boardwalk. The speed is however regulated and must be kept to 8 miles per hour or less. At all times, people are advised to use caution and courtesy in using this boardwalk.
10. Del Mar Horse Races
San Diego horse racing takes place where at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans always flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season. It is magical and nostalgic to be part of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937. It happened that Bing Crosby greeted the first guests and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous 1938 race. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.
11. Wild Animal Park
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park until 2010. It houses a large array of wild and endangered animals which include species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. This makes it one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park is also famous for its California condor breeding programs which are the most successful in the United States.