“The Cinderella of the Pacific” is what this little coastal jewel is known as, and it doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful coastal town with miles of beachfront, a lively watersports community, and some great sunshine and weather, Ensenada is the closest exotic coastal escape for many southern Californians. Whether you’re staying for a day or a week, if you’re looking for a great trip from San Diego or the surrounding area, you’ve found it.
San Diego’s most famous area is its Gaslamp Quarter. This 16-block historic district is home to a large number of shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and general good times. A bit busy, a tad bawdy, but always fun, the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego is where most vacations (and nights out) in San Diego start and end. Consider this the epicenter of your time spent in the city, and while the area is full of fun and wholesome things to do, things weren’t always that way.
Coronado seems to be a blessed little slice of San Diego. Routinely voted as one of the best beach stops in the world, Coronado’s relatively low-density population and high amount of Mica in the sand make for a beautiful, undisturbed stretch of white sand. From pristine dunes to wide open stretches for impromptu volleyball games to fire pits and even long stretches of gentle sand where you and your dog can run for miles, the beaches of Coronado are one of the best attractions in San Diego.
Step back in time with a visit to the Old Town San Diego Historic Park! This is your chance to see how life used to be back when the early pioneers settled in San Diego. More than just a passing museum, a trip to the Old Town San Diego Historic Park is a unique opportunity to step backing into the living past, complete with mid-19th century era-specific character actors. Full of music, arts, crafts, museums, theater, and folklore, this is where the past really comes alive in San Diego.
San Diego has long been an outdoor lovers dream. A city by the sea, San Diego has miles of pristine coastline, the famous Balboa Park, and even an excellent Zoo to call its own. There are really so many amazing and fun outdoor activities in San Diego, that one has to pick and choose where to spend their time.
Out in the beautiful San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla, part of the Scripps Oceanographic Center’s outreach program involves a small but impressive aquarium known locally as the Birch Aquarium. The idea is to provide the public with ocean-science education and to highlight the research that the oceanographic center does. What the aquarium is, in reality, is a lovely peace of the great and abundant beauty that is Mother Nature’s ocean.