Where should I stay in San Diego, Ca?

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Where should I stay in San Diego, Ca?

Question by huong: Where should I stay in San Diego, Ca?
I’m planning a trip to San Diego this labor day weekend with my boyfriend. We want to book a hotel that is near a beach and sea world or maybe at the center where all the atractions are nearby. What city/area should I put as my destination? Also, where else should we go beside sea world? Thanks in advance :-)

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Answer by Richard 127
downtown or around the gaslamp is good, but around mission bay/sea world is also good

As for what to do, pick up a tourist guide or something cause there is really way too much for us to list here. And really what activities/attractions are best also depend on where you are staying.

Around sea world would be better for outdoor/active since you’re by the beach/bay and everything like that. Whereas downtown has the zoo,museums, all the bars,clubs,restaurants, and shopping.

Though of course if you’re coming labor day weekend EVERYWHERE will be crowded…it always is.

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  1. Avatar Joe C says:

    If you’re on a budget, one of the best deals for an oceanfront hotel is the Blue Sea Lodge in Pacific Beach (PB).

    More upscale are the resort hotels on Mission Bay:

    The Bahia is on the beach on the bay and is steps from the Pacific Ocean and Belmont Park Amusement Park

    Paradise Point is on an island with a private beach

    The Catamaran is in PB and is close to nightlife and restaurants and also steps from the ocean..

    You won’t find many oceanfront hotels in California because the Coastal Commission severely restricts commercial oceanfront development. There is no “Miami Beach” style development with rows of high rise hotels. Typically the only ones on the beach you’ll find have been grandfathered in, like the Hotel del Coronado.

    In La Jolla, the La Valencia Hotel overlooks The Cove.

    Also, there are dozens of moderately priced hotels in Hotel Circle. They are all close to Sea World, Mission Beach, Old Town, downtown, Balboa Park and the Zoo.

    FYI Capri by the Sea is a time share not a hotel. Beware of the sales pitch by the other poster.

    Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun. Belmont Park has a vintage wooden roller coaster (one of two remaining seaside coasters on the west coast) as well as other rides. There is a strand (boardwalk) that runs the entire 3 mile length of both beaches. It’s a great place to walk, run, sun, rent a bike or skates. Pacific Beach is the place to go for nightlife.

    Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

    Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Man, the Model Railroad Museum, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Hall of Champions, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sunday).

    North County San Diego is home to the Zoo’s Safari Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails. It’s worth the visit and is a different experience from the zoo. You can ride a zip line, tour the park on a Segway, or take a photo caravan into the enclosures and feed the giraffes.

    La Jolla offers great views, great surfing, great food, great theater, and great shopping.
    Check out the surfers at historic Windansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food at Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch Aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean. The Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse is located nearby on the campus of UCSD. For a few laughs at night, The Comedy Store is on Pearl St.

    Take the trolley from Downtown to Old Town. There is a state park there that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

    The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico. It’s a great place to go whale watching as they migrate along the coast.

    The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned into a museum

    For a great romantic dinner with the best view of the downtown skyline, go to Pehoe’s in Coronado. You can take the water taxi across the harbor.

    La Jolla offers some great places to eat. For Mexican food, it’s Alfonso’s. More down to earth is Jose’s Courtroom where the locals hang out to drink and eat. The Spot offers Chicago style food with both deep dish and thin crust pizza. For gourmet cuisine, it’s George’s at the Cove.

    The Mandarin House in La Jolla features home made noodles and some of the best Chinese food in town. It’s located one block from the world famous Windansea Beach. Check out the surfers and take a sunset stroll. Then have dinner.

    Kansas City Barbeque is located at the Seaport Village trolley stop. Best BBQ in town, inexpensive, and it’s where they filmed the bar scene in Top Gun.

    Old Town has one of the best Italian restaurants in town. Pizza Bella features home made Italian food made from Mama Bella’s recipes. During the day their courtyard is open for outdoor dining. It’s one block from the Old Town trolley stop.

    Check out these sites for more info

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