San Diego

Glitzy Los Angeles may capture all the attention, but if you want to wet your feet and soak up the beach scene in serious style, catch a wave to affluent, golf-coursed, blessed-by-nature, San Diego. Its superb 112-kilometre coastline, near-perfect climate and Mediterranean facade make it the quintessential Southern Californian beach city, but with Mexico, Anza-Borrego Desert and Laguna Mountains sharing its borders, San Diego literally has it all.
 
The downtown skyline keeps watch over a crescent-shaped bay that is known as one of the world’s greatest natural harbours. Tourist attractions abound, with SeaWorld and LEGOLAND plus San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Golfers will be in heaven with no less than 90 courses, and few can ignore the contagious energy of the Gaslamp Quarter, always abuzz with vibrant restaurants and bars. San Diego is also a world-class cultural destination, with two award-winning theatres, historic sites, galleries and an impressive cluster of museums in Balboa Park. One of the fastest-growing ports on the west coast, it welcomes 180 cruise ships during the year and it is a great starting point for an excursion to the Mexican Riviera.

 

 

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Beachlife

With 70 miles of pristine coastline, San Diego has an abundance of spectacular beaches ideal for swimming, surfing and soaking up the sunshine. Each beach and its surrounding seaside community has a unique character. Some stand-outs include La Jolla with a great mix of beach, shopping and dining with oceanfront views; iconic Pacific Beach with waterfront bars, taco stands, restaurants, hotels and lively nightlife; Mission Beach and Mission Bay for getting out and active on the water with kayaks, stand up paddleboards and wakeboarding; laid-back Ocean Beach (known as O.B. to the locals); and San Diego's coastal gem, situated on the southernmost point on the west coast is Imperial Beach with open spaces, room to move and great surfing. Cruises on the beautiful harbour are also a great way to explore. 

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Attractions

With adventure parks, water parks and animal experiences, San Diego has attractions to suit everyone at every age. San Diego Zoo has been voted among the world's best and the amazing interactive zoo promises an experience unlike any other. It is huge and features 9 Animal Zones, from Africa Rocks and Northern Frontier to Elephant Odyssey and Outback (boasting the largest colony of Koalas outside Australia), as well as shows and education programs. The San Diego Safari Park takes you straight into Africa, where you can visit Nairobi Village, a gorilla forest, Elephant Valley, the Africa plains and Tiger Territory. SeaWorld is all about the ocean, and you can find exhibits and interaction programs on turtles, sharks, dolphins, penguins and more. If you need your fix of theme park action, Riptide Rescue, Shipwreck Rapids or Wild Arctic Ride should satisfy. LEGOLAND is a colourful playground with more than 60 rides, shows and hands-on attractions, a waterpark and an amazing display of LEGO creations. This is just scratching the surface.

 

Golf

San Diego has more than 90 private and public golf courses, from oceanfront fairways to mountain golf and world-class tournaments. The Coronado Golf Course is located a few minutes from downtown and offers amazing views of the Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay, the city skyline and The Del. Torrey Pines Golf Course also offers stunning views of the coastline and deep ravines. Maderas Golf Club is at the other end of the scenery spectrum as the course is cut into the mountains of northern San Diego and winds around creeks, forests and rock croppings.

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Cuisine

With a rich food culture, San Diego is the place to be if you have an appitite to satiate. Specialising in seasonal farm-fresh produce, international cuisine, craft breweries, boutique wines and amazing taco's, the dining scene is vibrant and exciting. Being so close to the border, Mexican features heavily on the menu and is fresh and delicious. Little Italy is a happening scene with an abundance of restuarants, pubs, breweries and great people-watching. On Saturdays more than 200 vendors set up shop in Little Italy selling everything ... seasonal produce, baked goods, pantry items, unique gifts and food. The Gaslamp Quarter has some of the west coast's finest dining (and shopping, nightlife and cultural events) and is around 16 blocks of historic charm. Beer! With more than 80 small craft breweries, San Diego is developing a buzzing craft brew scene.  You won't go thirsty either.

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Art and Culture

San Diego's arts and culture scene is thriving. There are more than 90 museums, including art, science and natural history; a world-class symphony, smash-hit Broadway musicals and ballet; scenic parks full of architectural wonders, historic buildings and monuments; and galleries displaying the works of ermerging and established artists. Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park, and home to 15 major museums, performing arts venues, gardens and the San Diego Zoo. 

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Five of 2014's top 10 innovations, as cited by The Scientist Magazine, came from San Diego companies.

Packages

Legoland Hotel

USA

San Diego

Legoland Hotel

4 Star
  • 4 nights accommodation at the 4-star Legoland Hotel in a Fully Themed Room.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 1 Day Ticket to Legoland.
  • Return seat in coach transfers.
  • BONUS Exclusive early access to LEGOLAND California Resort.
  • BONUS In-room treasure hunt with LEGO prize.
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4 nights
from$1,155*