San Diego is a beautiful thriving metropolis in southern California known for its downtown Gaslamp District, picturesque beaches, world famous theme and animal parks, unique Spanish history, and its proximity to the Mexican border. There is something for all ages, budgets, and interests. The following 5 things are samples of all that San Diego has to offer.
1) Visit the San Diego Zoo and Sea World
The San Diego Zoo and Sea World both require a day each to do the parks full justice. The San Diego Zoo is considered the best zoo in North America with over 100 acres of animals and their habitats. Sea World is home to the beloved killer whale known around the world as Shamu. Don’t miss the live entertainment that showcases the fabulous aquatic tricks of these sea creatures.
2) Stroll along the Pacific Coast at La Jolla Shores/Cove
The stunning Pacific coastline of La Jolla Shores is something not to be missed. Nestled in the heart of La Jolla, otherwise known as the “jewel of San Diego,” it’s considered to be the most beautiful beach in San Diego. Walk along the shore or explore the area by bike. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take advantage of the tropical climate of San Diego and opt for a fun water sport like surfing, scuba diving, sailing, or jet skiing.
3) Shop and dine around downtown in the Gaslamp District
The downtown area of San Diego, otherwise known as the Gaslamp District is where all the excitement happens. In addition to the hours that can be spent shopping in department stores and novelty boutiques, you can enjoy dozens of international cuisines and a wide array of clubs and bars.
4) Watch a home baseball and/or football game
San Diegans take their sports very seriously, especially when it comes to their beloved Padres baseball and Chargers football teams. The all-American sports can be seen at PETCO Park and Qualcomm Stadium, respectively.
5) Soak up hundreds of years of Spanish history at Balboa Park and Old Town
Balboa Park is a wide expanse of eclectic museums, lovely parks, flowery gardens, neo-classical Spanish architecture, and a beautiful clock tower. Old Town prides itself on housing impeccably preserved buildings and relics of the city’s Spanish heritage. Watch out for live historical performances in the Old Globe Theater.