Soak up the sun on the beaches of San Diego California
The city of San Diego is one of the southernmost cities in California, being just 20 miles from the border with Mexico. It is a deservedly popular place for holiday villa rentals thanks to its mild winters and warm, dry summers. The city encourages an outdoor lifestyle with its oceanfront promenade, huge harbor and 70 miles of beaches and coves.
The California coastline is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, and San Diego is no exception. The beautiful blue Pacific rollers are perfect for surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, kite surfing and fishing. Stroll along the water’s edge in the sunshine, picking up sea shells and watch youngsters hard at work building sandcastles. One of the best beaches to visit late in the day is La Jolla Cove where the sun sets over the sea in a glorious blaze of color. Boat trips, sunset cruises, fishing charters, dinner cruises, whale watching and scuba diving trips can all be booked from the harbor.
Explore the city of San Diego
Being so close to Mexico (in fact California was part of Mexico until 1848), there is a definite Spanish influence in San Diego’s neighbourhoods with historic missions and Spanish-style architecture. Explore the San Diego’s Old Town where there are plenty of historic buildings including Estudillo House, Stewart House, a blacksmith’s shop, 19th century cannons and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego.
The Otay Lake Reservoir makes a great day out for hikers and joggers. The 150-acre area includes the Olympic Training Center which is still used by many professional athletes. It has a Visitor Center which is open from 10-3pm daily for more information about this excellent free facility.
Have fun along the San Diego coastline
On a breezy day, Mission Bay Park is the place for flying a kite or watching others fight the wind with novelty kites of all shapes and sizes. The grassy park is ideal for ball games or you can walk, roller-blade or jog along the 20 miles of paved trails which are interspersed with workout stations for the truly dedicated.
Balboa Park is right next to the famous San Diego Zoo in the heart of San Diego. The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is a local landmark and there are often free organ concerts performed on this outdoor organ with its 32-foot high pipes. The park also houses a collection of intriguing museums, beautiful gardens and shady arboretums. Be sure to look out for the beautiful clock tower.
Other well-known attractions to consider are Sea World with its marine life and aquatic animal shows; the harbor seals and Birch Aquarium at La Jolla, and the Point Loma Lighthouse with panoramic views of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge.
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