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Becky Mahan
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Stay Beachy, San Diego

Featured Guide
San Diego is known for its stretching coastline, beaches, and beautiful people. Here is a sampling of the best places to catch sand, sun, and surf.
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Candelas on the Bay

Exquisite dining experience. With an unbeatably romantic atmosphere, candle-lit dinner settings, and wide-angled views of the glittering skyline across the bay, we didn't want to leave. I felt compelled to order a glass of red wine and the filet mignon; my boyfriend, on whom romantic dining is...

Silver Strand Bikeway

The most beautiful strip of land for bike-riding - and voted the most "cyclist-friendly" of Southern California. Rent a cruiser and pedal the easy route from Coronado Island to Imperial Beach, enjoying sun, sand, and surf - you can ride along the beach side or on the opposite side and take advantages...

The Spot La Jolla

This little gem is right by La Jolla Cove in the Prospect St. shopping promenade. The Spot is a great sports bar meets burger lounge hybrid, with a wide variety of steaks, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, and salads to choose from. They offer premade selections, as well as a "Build Your Own Burger" section,...

Il Covo Ristorante & Lounge

This place is nothing short of excellent. Set above the seaside streets of La Jolla and perched deliberately with a view of the cove, this Italian-style lounge is both classy and fun. After climbing the steep steps to the main entrance, you can choose to either sit inside at the white linen-covered...

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

There is not a single bad view in this hotel. I stayed here for two weeks with my Dutch boyfriend and his visiting family from the Netherlands, and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We had a bay view, but the other side overlooks the marina and offers just as good a view. Each room has a small balcony,...

Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa

If you want pampering and relaxation with unbelievable surroundings, this is the place to go. On the quiet end of the island, it's secluded just enough to let you slip away into contentment, but is merely a 10 minute walk back into the promenade action if you want to get going. For the perfect day: start...

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

I just drooled every minute I spent here. The beds are huge and soft, and swallow-you-up comfortable, which was a huge perk for me. And the hotel itself is huge, it's spacious, it's luxurious and yet tasteful, it's conveniently located, it's easily accessible...and the views are to die for....

Boathouse

Delicious seafood, lovely and romantic atmosphere looking out over the water, and friendly, professional service. It's a fine dining establishment, so dress the part and expect a notch higher on your bill, but it's worth it. Perfect for anniversaries, a splurge if you're from out of town, or even...

Tamarack Beach

This is my favorite North County beach, but it's also conveniently located along the 5 for many who live (or are visiting) further south in San Diego. It's a clean, beautiful beach with a long, wide expanse of smooth sand and easy access to the water. Best of all, it has the most accessible parking...

Moonlight Beach

This is one of my favorite beaches in San Diego - it's beautiful, clean, has plenty of parking and lots of open space for get-togethers. It's one of the only beaches in SD that has firepits, as well as volleyball nets, picnic tables, outdoor showers, and semi-respectable public bathrooms! There are...