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    San Diego

    California, USA
    4.5
    646 reviews

    San Diego offers something for everyone. With near perfect weather year round San Diego holds a treasure for everyone. The hardest part of your vacation here would be trying to fit in everything you want to do.

  • 2

    Borrego Springs

    California, USA
    4.5
    9 reviews

    This place is HUGE! Lot's to do in the desert. You can go off-roading almost any where. Take a drive to Font's point to have a good look at the desert and the badlands. If you want to see some stars, this is the place to be. It was the second location to be designated an official Dark sky community ...

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    Carlsbad

    California, USA
    4
    40 reviews

    The Seawall is a great place for a walk or run! Visit Tamarack Beach, the Lagoon, the Museum of Making Music, the Gemological Institute, Legoland, the Flower Fields, the Strawberry fields, Palomar Airport, plus lots of restaurants and shopping and nightlife spots.

  • 4

    Julian

    California, USA
    4.5
    12 reviews

    A nice get-away from the city. Go shopping in town, apple picking, hiking, or play in the snow! There is lodging in small inns or plenty of camping/RV options in the nearby mountains. Quaint shops, homemade goods, natural treasures, and great places for a relaxing day in this tiny town.

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    La Jolla

    California, USA
    4.5
    85 reviews

    If you want to have a picture perfect date; with amazing views of the ocean, perfect flowers along the sidewalk, and freshly cut grass (always) then you have come to the right spot. La Jolla gives tourists and locals an appreciation for a beautifully manicured village. You can't go wrong with the shops and restaurants located on Prospect but expect ...

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    Imperial Beach

    California, USA
    4
    9 reviews

    Fourteen miles south of San Diego and five miles north of the land where Tequila pours like honey is the surfing Mecca known as Imperial Beach, known locally as "IB." With 3.5 miles of mostly undeveloped coastline and the presence of the Tijuana Sloughs, three offshore reefs that create consistently large waves, it's little surprise that IB’s Boca Rio Beach ...

  • 7

    Coronado

    California, USA
    4.5
    72 reviews

    Coronado is one of my favorite areas when in San Diego. So beautiful and charming neighborhood. From bay front to oceanfront, lot of culture, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, shops. My advise is renting a bike by the pier to ride around the area. Must see the Navy Base, the Ferryboat Pier, Coronado's Bridge and Coronado's portrait, the beautiful Hotel del ...

  • 8

    Oceanside

    California, USA
    4.5
    39 reviews

    Great place to spend a vacation. Awesome for outdoor activities like surfing, running and fishing. Very friendly environment.

  • 9

    Del Mar

    California, USA
    4.5
    29 reviews

    Where I learned to surf.. quiet, long stretches of beach. You can go to the park area near 15th street or find your way to secluded areas. It can seem crowded when looking for parking because it's quite residential, however, there's plenty of sand to enjoy and you will not regret it. So peaceful, lovely weather, and plenty to eat ...

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    Escondido

    California, USA
    4
    17 reviews

    This hillside looks like a lady laying on her side. We refer to it as sexy hillside. :)

  • 11

    Pacific Beach

    California, USA
    4.5
    17 reviews

    Amazing part of San Diego. If you are young and ready to party this is an even better part of San Diego to come visit. Check out Garnet Street for all the bars and restaurants. Check out Mission blvd for beach rentals and more restaurants. The beach will be crowded during the summer and parking near the beach will be ...

  • 12

    La Mesa

    California, USA
    4.5
    7 reviews

    I am biased as I grew up here.. La Mesa is called "The Jewel of the Hills" and rests at the bottom of Mt. Helix (a beautiful lookout)! There is a lot to do in the downtown area, bars, restaurants.. it hosts car shows Thursday nights in the summer and a really fun Oktoberfest!

  • 13

    Encinitas

    California, USA
    4.5
    23 reviews

    Quaint, cute, beach town with a laid back, know your neighbors type of vibe. Great restaurants, nighttime hang outs, fun beaches and a library that makes you want to read alllll day long!

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    Cardiff by the Sea

    California, USA
    4.5
    6 reviews

    A delightful, beautiful little seaside town between Encinitas and Solana Beach in San Diego. A quiet little road winds through some hillside neighborhoods and emerges on the coast, with swaying palm trees and happy locals trotting around with tanned skin and beaded flip-flops. The atmosphere is relaxed and quaint, a peaceful retreat from some of the more bustling and gritty ...

  • 15

    National City

    California, USA
    2.5
    2 reviews

    National City has a bad rep, but some of my favorite places are here! This place is home to some of the best ethnic groceries and restaurants in San Diego. In fact, when I fly back to San Diego, I insist on stopping at a couple of restaurants in National City straight from the airport (Tacos El Gordo and Manila ...

  • 16

    Chula Vista

    California, USA
    4
    10 reviews

    The town is very nice and has a lot in the area to see, close to freeway and easy to get around

  • 17

    San Marcos

    California, USA
    4.5
    6 reviews

    San Marcos has grown a lot in the last decade, and now it has everything you could need: shopping, dining, a good selection of bars and breweries, coffee houses, family activities, and a college scene. Plus it's a great launching point for other things to do, like the beach, nightclubs and the downtown scene.

  • 18

    Rancho Santa Fe

    California, USA
    5
    5 reviews

    This is home to some of the wealthiest folks in the county. Gated communities with multi-million dollar mansions, lovely golf courses and still, close to Del Mar (the Beach). I was once given an opportunity to attend a party in one of these gated communities and was in shock at the wealth that was exuded within.

  • 19

    Solana Beach

    California, USA
    4.5
    11 reviews

    A great area to learn to surf, calm waves and long stretched of beach. The town itself is very health conscious and active and also full of great boutiques and spas.

  • 20

    Alpine

    California, USA
    4.5
    4 reviews

    I love Alpine, and was so glad my grandma had her house built here many years ago. Gorgeous hills with epic sunset views. The small town feel, friendly folks, and not a whole lot to worry about. There is a newer area in the eastern part of Alpine with big grocery stores and places to eat. Also, as a cool ...

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