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Population 1,277,168  Avg. temp. 70º F.  Visitors: (619) 236-1212 
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. California's second largest city is one of the top visitor destinations in the United States and with good reason. San Diego offers a beautiful convention center along the water, world-class San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World marine and entertainment park, art and space museums in an historic Balboa Park, a mission, Point Loma Lighthouse, historic Old Town, the San Diego Padres baseball team, the red trolley for day trips to Tijuana, Mexico and scenic Coronado Island.

 

Sailing, swimming, surfing and shopping are some of the favorite activities in the city by the bay where the sun almost always shines and the temperature hovers around a perfect 70º F nearly all year long.  This favored vacation spot north of the border is also popular amongst retirees. 

 

When you arrive in San Diego, you have decide how you'll spend your time. Unless you stay for three or four days, you just can't do and see everything. San Diego is a casual place filled with color and fun.  From the harbor where you can tour the Star of India ship, catch a ferry to Coronado Island for around $2 / one direction, depart a cruise ship, take a harbor cruise or hop on a pedicab and catch an open air tour of the city, you're only a few blocks walking distance to colorful Horton Plaza open air shopping mall.  You are also within walking distance to Seaport Village, another open air mall with several restaurants overlooking the bay. 

Would you like to get around without driving? San Diego has an incredible public transportation system and local senior citizens who have given up driving tell us it is a wonderful network of buses and trolleys that will take you anywhere you want to go.  There's a train station right near the action, a few blocks from Horton Plaza and the harbor. 

 

Do you like beaches? San Diego has lots of them. From Border Field State Park, the southernmost beach that actually touches the Mexico border and is divided by a big wall running out into the ocean, north through Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado, San Diego's popular Pacific Beach, Mission Beach with its roller coaster and famous "Plunge", Ocean Beach with "Dog Beach", Mission Bay with jet skis and boating, north to La Jolla Cove, Children's Beach and a spot where seals like to hang out, San Diego loves its beaches. 

 

No matter what you chose, the things you'll find in San Diego are an abundance of amusements and attractions, plenty of ocean and bay views offered at dozens of hotels, lots of waterfront dining and some wonderful foods.  An influx of part time workers in the tour and travel industry who had to leave Hawaii to find work in 2002, combined with the locals who have served tourists for over 100 years, makes San Diego a friendly place, accustomed to catering to tourists. In fact, one local told us that when you drive in San Diego, drive defensively and be prepared for the car in front of you to stop in the road and ask for directions because it happens so often (drive to a gas station or pull over to a parking lot or side of the road for help - it's safer). Finally, to insure that you have fun, don't forget to take a jacket. It can get cool in San Diego so if you dress in layers with tanks and T-shirts, sweaters and jackets, you can peel off the layers of clothing as the day gets warm and put them back on as night returns.