Visitors to San Diego can explore popular destinations like the hip Gaslamp Quarter. Kids can let off steam at the Balboa Park Carousel, while art lovers can enjoy a relaxing stroll through Chicano Park, which features colourful murals and quirky sculptures.

Aspiring botanists will love Balboa Park’s Desert Garden, a 2.5-acre attraction with 1,300 plants, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, a 12-acre urban oasis complete with a tea garden and koi ponds. You can also relax Southern California-style with a tasting session at Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo, the state’s oldest winery.

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Where & what to eat in San Diego

Food and dining in San Diego covers everything from public indoor and covered food markets to casual takeaway eateries to formal, upscale dining in a variety of styles. San Diego has been named amongst the best cities for foodies, and the culinary scene here covers everything from straightforward and simple to complex, artistic fusion flavours.  Many of the area's restaurants value farm-to-table, locally sourced products, and the specific scene here has...

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Where to shop & what to buy in San Diego

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in San Diego

    San Diego is an excellent shopping destination in California. It has year-round sunny days, outdoor malls, and scenic views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The diverse collection of shopping districts around the city has just about everything you need, whether that’s one-of-a-kind souvenirs, trendy new outfits, or rock-bottom deals. Shop like your favourite Hollywood celebrities at San Diego’s Fashion...

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Where to go & what to do at night in San Diego

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in San Diego

    San Diego offers exciting nightlife and an array of things to see and do after dark. You can see theatre performances, listen to live music, or spend time at the zoo with the kids. If you prefer something low key, San Diego has plenty of natural spaces where you can take in the scenery and snap some beautiful photos. Whether...

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The hardest part of a San Diego city break is deciding what to do. This Southern California beach town is well known for its expansive beaches and laid-back surf culture, but there's plenty more to do off the sand. Book a San Diego Hotel and enjoy the culture and flavours of this border city.

Sun and surf

In San Diego, the beach is a way of life, whether you’re sunbathing on a sandy stretch or snorkelling in La Jolla Cove. The mild weather makes every day a perfect day to enjoy the ocean. Active San Diegans surf, sail or bodyboard on the waves. Outside the water, there's plenty of golden sand for running, playing volleyball or just building a sandcastle.

Shopping alfresco

The warm weather makes outdoor shopping the norm in San Diego. The bayside shops of Seaport Village are a great place to kick off your San Diego city break. Pick up a new bathing suit, a new T-shirt or a floppy hat from one of the 50-plus stores here. Or head over to the post-modern Westfield Horton Plaza in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown for designer shops and urban colour. 

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