San Diego’s coastal neighborhoods are home to its famous beaches, where you can surf, swim, sunbathe, and more! Pacific Beach is one of the most popular stops for vacationers, and the Encinitas beaches have amazing reef breaks that attract professional-level surfers. Stay overnight at the family-friendly Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
Downtown features the best of the past and present. The Gaslamp Quarter is built on the bones of New Town and maintains its ties to the past. There’s also East Village, a lively urban area that contains Petco Park. Book a night at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.
Spend the day at the beautiful 1,200-acre Balboa Park, with walking trails, gardens, and museums. Balboa Park borders the North Park neighborhood, known for its craft beer breweries, boutiques, coffee shops, and many local restaurants. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows is an excellent boutique hotel in the area.
La Jolla is best known for its rocky coastline, which lends itself well to tide pools and big waves. The neighborhood has a pervasive surfing culture, a nature reserve, and the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course. Stay at the luxury La Valencia boutique hotel, or the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.
Though it’s technically a peninsula, Coronado Island contains long stretches of coastline that offers great beach-day activities. Go for a swim in the bay waters, or enjoy a day at the beach with your dog. Reserve a room at the historical Hotel del Coronado, which is right on the waterfront.
Old Town is referred to as the birthplace of San Diego, since it is the location of California’s first European settlement. As a result, the area is full of history, from its architecture to its many museums. It’s also home to the lovely, family-friendly Courtyard by Marriott Old Town hotel.