Visitors to San Diego are graced with great weather and plenty to do. An average annual temperature of 70 degrees allows for year-round enjoyment of all the city has to offer. On your next trip, explore some of these great vacation spots in “America’s finest city.”
San Diego is best known for its surf, sand and sun. Excluding the few days it rains per year, you will always find people walking up and down the city’s miles of coastline, especially at sunset. Head to Swami’s or Moonlight Beach for a peaceful late-afternoon stroll.
If high-energy is more your style, then Mission Bay is a great place to spend the day boating or cruising around on jet skis. If you are not too exhausted from your day on the bay then make a quick trip to Mission Beach. Here you will find a paved boardwalk, oceanfront condos and Belmont Park, which is a small amusement park. The proximity to the ocean and downtown San Diego make Mission Beach vacation rentals hot commodities.
Some of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike is the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park and Sea World. You read that right; the city has three great options to see exotic wildlife. Unlike the zoo, the Wild Animal Park has an expansive African plains exhibit where visitors see a variety of herbivore species interacting as if they were in the wild.
The San Diego Zoo is more traditional where visitors can get up close and personal looks at animals from around the world. Popular exhibits include Elephant Odyssey, Polar Bear Plunge and Panda Research Station.
Sea World focuses on animal education and rescue just as much as the other two animal parks but where it differs it the amusement park edge it provides patrons. The park has a few different rides, including a roller coaster (soon to be two), a raft ride and a simulator ride. Keeping with the attraction theme, Sea World also offers animal shows, including the park’s main attraction: its killer whale show.
Downtown San Diego
The Gaslamp Quarter is 16 blocks of dining, entertainment, shopping and hotels in the heart of downtown. It has something for everybody from family restaurants to upscale eateries. The night life is much the same, you can sit down at a small pub or dance the night away at one of the many clubs. Downtown isn’t all about partying, during the summer catch one of the San Diego Padres baseball games at Petco Park.
Staying in San Diego
You can live in San Diego for years and still be unable to do everything, so do not stress out if this is your first time to the city. When you are looking through the many San Diego vacation rentals, consider a location near the coast or downtown because it will limit your driving distances to most of the must-see locations.
About the Author: Erick D. Smith is a San Diego native and thinks this city is one of the best in the U.S. He writes for a San Diego vacation rentals company, which has property all over the city. On your next trip to “America’s finest city” consider looking at the Gaslamp vacation rentals.