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    San Diego

    California, USA
    648 reviews

    There is so much to do in this city... if you have a car! The beach, mountains, Mexico are all so close-by! Try some food, there's every cuisine you can imagine. Hiking, camping, surfing, museums.. you name it San Diego has it!

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    La Jolla

    California, USA
    87 reviews

    La Jolla is absolutely gorgeous - high-end shopping, upscale residences, pristine beaches, and a thriving nightlife. Home to UCSD and a heavy population of college students, as well as a prominent marine research base, with aquariums, facilities, and vessels dedicated to the knowledge and education of marine life.

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    Carlsbad

    California, USA
    41 reviews

    A gorgeous city by the beach, Carlsbad is ritzier than its nearby "beach bum" neighbor of Oceanside, though less ostentatious than its southern neighbor, Del Mar. Still, real estate is a pretty penny, and views are stunning along the Coast Hwy or any of Carlsbad's clean, white-sanded beaches. Check out the outlets for retail bargains, or the slew of restaurants ...

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    Borrego Springs

    California, USA
    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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    Julian

    California, USA
    14 reviews

    Julian is a slice of country-style heaven, a total contrast to Navy beach-town San Diego. One hour's drive into the Cuyamaca (kwee-a-makka) Mountains and you'll find the only part of San Diego that enjoys four distinct seasons. Aside from nature and the gorgeous oaks, you'll find hiking trails, apple-picking, an ice cream soda shoppe, pumpkin patches during harvest season, a ...

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    Escondido

    California, USA
    17 reviews

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

  • 7

    Solana Beach

    California, USA
    12 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.

  • 8

    Encinitas

    California, USA
    25 reviews

    I really love Encinitas, a great location for surfing and healthy food spots. Great weather, beach camping nearby and an assortment of surf shops and local cafes! Nice place to take a cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • 9

    Coronado

    California, USA
    73 reviews

    If you've got a half-day to spend at the beach, but you're looking to avoid the mammoth crowds of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, etc., then drive over the dizzyingly high Coronado Bridge to Coronado Island. It's a bit of a 1950s time warp over here, but in a good way. Rent a bicycle, stop for some ice cream at Moo ...

  • 10

    Pacific Beach

    California, USA
    19 reviews

    Beautiful beach. I especially liked walking on the pier which extends very far out into the ocean.

  • 11

    Del Mar

    California, USA
    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 ...

  • 12

    La Mesa

    California, USA
    8 reviews

    La Mesa is an overall beautiful community. Lake Murray and Cowles mountain is one of it's gems and definitely a place to see.

  • 13

    Mount Laguna

    California, USA
    2 reviews

    Great campsites with trails nearby. You get amazing snow and also a beautiful spring and summer spot to visit!

  • 14

    Santa Ysabel

    California, USA
    1 review

    A back-country road of San Diego with not much to offer besides a rest-stop on the way to the mountains and campgrounds. But the country road through it is an enjoyable and scenic journey.

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    Alpine

    California, USA
    4 reviews

    Alpine, California is a small town of just under fifteen thousand people about thirty miles east of San Diego. It is one the last towns before you cross the Cuyamaca Mountains on the way to Yuma.

  • 16

    Oceanside

    California, USA
    39 reviews

    I love Oceanside, but I gave it a three star rating because of all the work that's being done on the beach, and on the roads leading to the beach. It's a major hassle getting to and from the beach. It's better to frequent the restaurants, bars, stores in the Harborside area north of the Oceanside Pier.

  • 17

    El Cajon

    California, USA
    6 reviews

    El Cajon doesn't have much going on, but I did go here to hike the El Cajon Mountain trail, and if you like hiking, you will love this spot. It's not a huge mountain, but the constant, steep up and down will have you feeling exhausted in the end. The view of the valley below is breath taking, and makes ...

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    Chula Vista

    California, USA
    10 reviews

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

  • 19

    Cardiff by the Sea

    California, USA
    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 ...

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    San Marcos

    California, USA
    6 reviews

    What used to be a quiet farm town has raced into the future and filled up rapidly in the past few decades. I've lived here for 18 years and have seen most of that firsthand -- as a little girl, the roller skating rink and a tiny movie theater were the weekend entertainment down the street, while the bowling alley ...

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