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BIG FUN BUILT HERE. Take your imagination on an amazing journey and enter the exciting LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park presented by Cartoon Network™. With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND® California Resort is the ultimate LEGO experience. And if you’ve ever dreamed of spending the night at LEGOLAND, now you can. The LEGOLAND Hotel has 250 LEGO-themed rooms and it’s just steps away from the Park entrance.
For discount tickets or reservations please visit LEGOLAND.com or call 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526)
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Located in Carlsbad off I-5, LEGOLAND California is open daily during spring break, summer and select holiday periods and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during select periods. LEGOLAND Water Park is open seasonally. Prices, times and schedules subject to change without notice. Visit LEGOLAND.com or call 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526) for details. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob conﬁgurations, the Miniﬁgure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group. LEGOLAND AND SEA LIFE ARE A PART OF THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP. TM and ®2014 Cartoon Network. A Time Warner Company. All rights reserved. THE LEGO MOVIE ©The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
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Welcome to San Diego
elcome to sunny San Diego! If you’ve heard anything about our weather, you already know it’s always a fantastic time to visit. Soon you’ll discover why so many people from around the world often stop by and later call it home.
During your stay, I invite you to indulge in San Diego’s rich food culture from fresh Mexican entrees to delectable Vietnamese cuisine. Make sure to visit our scenic landscapes, including the majestic architecture at Balboa Park and the sparkling ocean views at Mission Beach. Take in the beautiful sights and sounds on a hike through Sunset Cliffs or Torrey Pines State Reserve. At the end of the day, enjoy our vibrant craft beer scene in North Park or a quiet dinner in Little Italy. San Diego is without a doubt an endless adventure. Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back again soon. Sincerely,
Kevin L. Faulconer Mayor
Thorn Street Brewery, North Park
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Distinctly San Diego Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
The Hilton San Diego Bayfront oﬀers you all the amenities of downtown San Diego just steps from the hotel. Indulge in local California coastal-inspired cuisine at the new open-air bayside lounge, The Pool Club, while you relax and enjoy views of Coronado Island and the San Diego Bay. Experience the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter featuring world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Visit the always-popular Seaport Village or explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Balboa Park. The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, located on the 18th fairway of the prestigious Torrey Pines Golf Course, oﬀers a serene, relaxing getaway and modern luxury with brand new guest rooms all with golf course and ocean views. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the hiking trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve, snorkel in the nearby La Jolla Cove or discover miles of pristine beaches. Or, take a short trip up the coastline and explore the charming communities of Encinitas or Del Mar with a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options.
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here are many reasons San Diego is consistently rated one of the top vacation destinations in North America, but probably none are more signiﬁcant than our optimistic spirit. With 70 miles of breathtaking beaches, friendly locals and a laid-back vibe, San Diego’s positive outlook is contagious.
Far from being just a beach town, San Diego offers a range of opportunities that appeal to all ages, interests and budgets. A host of major events include PGA tours, restaurant and craft beer weeks, Broadway-bound hits, thoroughbred racing and more. Our vibrant neighborhoods like uptown’s North Park and downtown’s walkable Gaslamp Quarter feature lively dining, music and nightlife scenes.
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California’s fascinating history is brought to life in Old Town San Diego’s shops, restaurants and historic sites, and at Cabrillo National Monument, where California was ﬁrst discovered in 1542. San Diego boasts a collection of world-class attractions, including SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California and the USS Midway Museum, to name a few. Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, is home to 17 museums and The Old Globe theater. Mission Bay Aquatic Park, with 27 miles of sandy beach shorelines, beckons water sports enthusiasts of every kind from kayaking on the bay to surﬁng the crashing waves. You can also take a short drive to San Diego’s East County to enjoy casino gaming and beautiful mountain and desert landscapes. Whether you are looking for a place to relax, energize, be entertained or reconnect with family and friends, San Diego offers the perfect setting. Read more in this issue from some of San Diego¹s inﬂuential locals, your Guides to the Good Stuff, as they show you the best that our town has to offer. We hope you will visit us soon!
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kyle Hall, Erin Jackson, Christina Orlovsky, Shelby Stanger
CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITORS Claire Caraska, Stephanie Thompson
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ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Geneen Montgomery
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Paul Body, John Dole, Dhanraj Emanuel, Luis Garcia, Jay Reilly, Sam Wells, Found Creative Studio
ACCOUNT MANAGERS Krissy Engle, Shauna Francisco
The San Diego Tourism Authority is a non-profit destination marketing organization that promotes the regional tourism and convention/meeting industries. Funded in part by our members, the San Diego Tourism Promotion Corporation with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds, the County and Port of San Diego. © 2013 San Diego Tourism Authority. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of information as of press time. However, the San Diego Tourism Authority assumes no liability for errors, changes or omissions.
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Table of Contents 8 Why Visit San Diego 12 Transportation 14 What’s New in San Diego 16 Calendar of Local Events
Explore our craft beer culture
Get outdoors with Bike and Kayak Tours
NEIGHBORHOODS From foothills to the coastline, explore San Diego’s many diverse neighborhoods with tips and tricks on how to live like a local.
OUTDOORS Get the insider’s guide to the best beaches, skateparks, surf spots and golf courses.
Enjoy San Diego’s famous tacos
Experience the heart of downtown at the Ma Manchester Grand Hyatt
CULINARY Meet our chefs, check out the farmers markets and dine at our favorite eateries.
ARTS & CULTURE Visit our historic landmarks, missions, museums, sculptures and theaters. ITINERARIES Family fun, adventure, girls’ getaways and more.
Surfers take in the sunset in “Ca “Cardiff Delight!” by internationally acclaimed, locally based photographer Aaron Chang. Look for Chang’s new book “Sa “San Diego,” an exploration of the city from the beautiful beaches of Torrey Pines to the buzzing modern city life. Available through the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego 619-567-8088 or 415 South Cedros Ave, Solana Beach 858-345-1880 or online: www.AaronChang.com. 6 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014
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An Experience of a Lifetime! Audio tours for adults and kids, videos, climb-in aircraft, ďŹ‚ight simulators and more in downtown San Diego! Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last admission at 4 p.m. 910 N. Harbor Dr. (Downtown San Diego)
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Why Visit San Diego Coronado Bridge and downtown San Diego
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Drop by one of our two visitor centers.
Travelers come from all over the world to visit “America’s Finest City.” And you’ll understand why after perusing this insider’s guide. WE’RE AN ACCLAIMED VACATION DESTINATION
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Whether you’re seeking cultural entertainment and urban excitement or a natural paradise and aquatic playground, San Diego has it all.
And between the friendly residents, consistently pleasant weather and welcoming neighborhood vibe, this is one big city that still feels like a small town.
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in October 2013 revealed almost half of the 20 Best Southern California Resorts are located in San Diego County.
San Diego ranked No. 5 in a list of the Top 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America according to a study done by Prevention Magazine (August 2013).
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public and private golf courses
California Welcome Center Alpine 5005 Willows Road, Suite H110 (in the Viejas Outlet Center) Alpine, CA 91901 619-445-0180 Fax: 619-445-0880 CAWelcomeCTR@ sandiego.org Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Hours are subject to change. Discounted attraction and tour tickets available. NEED MORE INFO? GO TO SANDIEGO.ORG: The Official Travel Resource of San Diego
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International Visitor Information Center 1140 North Harbor Drive (in front of the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal) San Diego, CA 92101 619-236-1212 Fax: 619-230-7084 firstname.lastname@example.org June–September: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., daily October–May: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., daily
WELCOME TO KOALAFORNIA THE NEW AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK. NOW OPEN!
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Visit m.sandiego.org from your mobile device to find helpful San Diego information when you’re on the go. You can also download csmartphone apps from major attractions like SeaWorld, LEGOLAND California, The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, or find out what’s on tap at local bars. m.sandiego.org
FIND THE PERFECT ACCOMMODATIONS We’ve got everything from AAA-rated Five-Diamond resorts to camping and RV parks. You can also make reservations and ﬁnd special offers on the site. sandiego.org/where-to-stay.
Explore downtown’s trendy East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter or head to the luxury enclave of La Jolla for shopping, dining, entertainment and more. sandiego.org/discover
ENJOY OUR GOLFER’S PARADISE Discover the wealth of great golf in our city, with a list of courses sorted by San Diego region. sandiego.org/golf 10 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014
North County’s Leucadia
Browse the event calendar for entertainment ideas, like concerts, comedy and cruises. sandiego.org/events
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GET TO KNOW SOME OF SAN DIEGO’S COLORFUL AND UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOODS
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Transportation in San Diego FROM THE AIRPORT The San Diego International Airport is a 10-minute ride from downtown. Take a cab for about $12 or hop on the San Diego Municipal Transit System’s “Airport Flyer” (Route 992) for $2.25 (children ages five and under ride free). Car2Go operates a fleet of blue-and-white Smart Cars that you can rent by the minute, the hour or the day. A one-time membership fee of $35 is required; after that, the cost is just 38 cents plus tax per minute. (Plus, street parking is free, even at a city meter.)
GETTING AROUND TOWN The San Diego Trolley light rail system has routes to various points of interest around San Diego county, including Fashion Valley Mall, Qualcomm Stadium, downtown and the USA/Mexico border. It operates seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight and runs every 15 minutes.
A private car can deliver you to your destination anywhere in town with Uber or the more affordable UberX. Using their app, you can request a car and pay via your mobile phone.
TOURS Old Town Trolley Tours offers a guided tour with on-and-off privileges through Balboa Park, downtown and Coronado. The entertaining trolley drivers are brimming with historic facts and trivia. Group reservations are also available. GoCar Tours, San Diego’s ﬂeet of three-wheeled mini-cars, is based in Little Italy. Enjoy a GPS-guided audio tour highlighting 100 San Diego sites.
MTS (San Diego Metropolitan Transit System) buses are a quick way to navigate the metro area. The fare is $2.25 each way, but for $5, you can buy a day pass and get unlimited bus and trolley rides. Pedicabs are available daily along most downtown streets, particularly in the Gaslamp Quarter and along the Embarcadero. The 15-minute ferry to Coronado departs from two locations: Broadway Pier and behind the Convention Center. Tickets are $4.25 each way (bikes ride free).
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Balboa Park has a free tram that provides access to the park’s museums and attractions. Park in the Inspiration Point lot and wait at Tram Central.
Go to sdmts.com to see the full schedule of the San Diego Trolley.
Another Side of San Diego Tours and Wheel Fun Rent-als offer Segway tours. You’ll see major landmarks and points of interest while having way more fun than you ever would on foot. Head up to Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad or Oceanside on the Coaster from downtown, or travel east to west in North County on the Sprinter.
AMTRAK Amtrak’s Paciﬁc Surﬂiner makes it easy to arrange a two-destination vacation. The train runs down the California coast, serving key locations like Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Anaheim, and makes two stops in San Diego.
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What’s new in San Diego
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AQUATICA, SEAWORLD’S WATERPARK Last year, SeaWorld took over the Chula Vista waterpark and gave it a well-needed makeover. This Memorial Day weekend, get ready for more adrenaline fun with the opening of the Taumata Racer®, a 375-foot, high-speed, multi-lane waterslide that twists and turns in and out of tunnels. 2052 Entertainment Circle
Our ever-evolving city is sporting some exciting additions worth checking out. We’ve got new waterparks, beachfront hotels, eateries, savvy shopping and cultural destinations to further elevate your visit to sunny San Diego.
LEGO® LEGENDS OF CHIMA WATERPARK For more splashy fun, head to Legoland’s new 3-acre waterpark, opening this summer. Based on Lego’s popular product, “Legends of Chima,” the park features a massive wave pool, cascading waterfalls, waterslides and more. 1 Legoland Drive
SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY Architect Rob Quigley’s stunning new downtown building enhances the city’s skyline with its iconic three-story dome. This cultural hub also features an outdoor terrace and art gallery on the penthouse level, an expansive reading room with sweeping bay views, a garden courtyard and free concerts in the auditorium. 330 Park Boulevard
THE GREEN BUILD AT SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Featuring eco-friendly and sustainable design, Terminal 2 has been renovated and expanded with the addition of 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway for ease of access at arrival and departure, and myriad new shopping and dining options like Phil’s BBQ and Bubbles Wine and Tapas Bar. 3225 N. Harbor Drive
STONE BREWING TAP ROOM Our airport serves more than 17 million passengers each year
Local craft beer empire Stone Brewing Co. has opened a new satellite tasting room, adjacent to Petco Park. Grab a ﬂatbread and IPA before heading to a Padres game for a quintessential San Diego day. 793 J Street
PIER SOUTH RESORT Imperial Beach is now home to San Diego’s ﬁrst beachfront boutique hotel that boasts 78 suite-style rooms and Dames Day Spa. Its coastal tavern, SEA180º, serves up Baja Med cuisine, local brews, craft cocktails and endless ocean views. 800 Seacoast Avenue
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Set in the former police headquarters, this open-air center is the gateway to a 20-acre waterfront development that includes the iconic Seaport Village. It features boutiques, galleries, toy shops and familyfriendly restaurants. 789 W. Harbor Drive
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A day in San Diego may ﬁnd you exploring the hidden treasures of the ocean or the far reaches of outer space. There is no limit to the ﬁne examples of visual arts, historic landmarks and family-friendly museums located right here for you. Check out all the museums and ﬁnd MORE discount coupons online:
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Fun in the sun Food festivals, fairs, concerts, art exhibits, horse shows, rodeos, regattas, marathons, dog surfing competitions, air shows and more fill San Diego’s 2014 calendar from April until September. Visit sandiego. org/events for even more exciting entertainment ideas.
Rowers from around the globe sink their oars into Mission Bay at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic Regatta.
Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo gets hot, hot, hot as it celebrates three decades of free weekend cultural festivities.
Big Bay Boom
Car connoisseurs and exotic automobiles cruise into La Jolla Cove for the Concours d’Elegance and Motor Car Classic.
Sample the specialties of more than 50 downtown dining establishments at the two-day Taste of the Gaslamp culinary walking tour.
Art and nature go hand in hand at the Art Alive ﬂoral exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art. Equestrian showmanship is on display as the 69th annual Del Mar National Horse Show brings its hallmarks of elegance, excitement and excellence to the fairgrounds. (Runs through May 4)
Three cheers to craft brews at the CityBeat Festival of Beers beneﬁting the San Diego Music Foundation.
Celebrate a half-century of East County cowboy culture at the 50th annual Lakeside Rodeo.
It’s ﬂower power in full effect at the Coronado Flower Show, the largest tented ﬂower show in the nation.
Music lovers rock out to more than 180 performances at the two-day Adams Avenue Unplugged free neighborhood festival. Balboa Park goes green as the eco-conscious crowd converges on the 25th annual EarthFair.
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It’s not a bird, but it is a plane— a historic one at that—at AirShow San Diego, commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Wetsuits and wagging tails take to the waves in the Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition.
It’s the biggest crawﬁsh, zydeco and blues festival this side of the bayou at Gator By the Bay, four days of Louisiana-themed food, music and fun at Spanish Landing Park.
San Diego’s hipster ’hood shows its artistic ﬂair at the North Park Festival of the Arts.
Little Italy comes alive with aromatic smells and island ﬂavor at the 21st annual Sicilian Festival.
JUN It’s America’s Fittest City as runners pound the pavement cheered on by musical performances at the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.
Visual arts lovers are in for a veritable feast at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts on the UC San Diego campus.
The bard is back for a new season of performances as the Old Globe presents its annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. (Runs through September 14)
The laid-back beach town of Ocean Beach embraces its eclectic side at the annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off.
JUNE–SEPTEMBER San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops concert series presents contemporary music under the stars at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.
Score a front-row seat to the night sky as the Julian Star Fest proves that there’s more to the mountain town than apples.
In this summertime tradition since 1916, swimmers brave the brisk Paciﬁc in the La Jolla Rough Water Swim.
Shop and stroll your way through the fabulous Hillcrest CityFest street fair.
Break out the banjo and enjoy the jam sessions at Summergrass San Diego, at the outdoor Antique and Steam Engine Museum in Vista.
JUL America’s Finest City celebrates America’s most patriotic holiday with Fourth of July ﬁreworks up and down the coast— from Oceanside to the Big Bay Boom and everywhere in between.
The Old Mission Bay Athletic Club goes Over the Line with its unique combination of partying and athletic prowess at this two-weekend event on Fiesta Island.
San Diego’s LGBT community shows its Pride with a parade and two-day festival in Balboa Park.
Fashionistas and ﬁlm fanatics ﬂock to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for panels, screenings and parties at the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival.
Master mixologists pour creative craft cocktails at the sixth annual San Diego Spirits Festival at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.
San Diego proves its position as a microbrew mecca with the 19th annual Festival of Beer.
Beer steins and bratwurst abound in El Cajon at the traditional two-weekend Oktoberfest celebration presented by the German American Societies of San Diego.
Arts, crafts, food and music ﬁll the neighborhoods of Normal Heights and Kensington at the free Adams Avenue Street Fair.
San Diego Bay boasts the largest tall ship festival in the West: the Festival of Sail at the Maritime Museum.
Autumn in San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a day trip to Julian to experience the annual Apple Harvest.
Downtown’s cruise ship terminal transforms into a sandcastle wonderland at the four-day U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition.
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER Are you ready for some football? The San Diego Chargers return to Qualcomm Stadium for another season’s quest for the Super Bowl.
Superheroes, sci-ﬁ and celebrities, oh my! Costumed characters and TV and movie stars take over the San Diego Convention Center at Comic-Con International.
April 26–27 The streets of Little Italy are overtaken with art at the 30th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk. Making fine art available to everyone, this free two-day festival features more than 350 artists representing a wide variety of media, performance art, interactive exhibitions and a special Kids Walk with hands-on activities that inspire the imagination.
June 7–July 6 The British Invasion takes over Del Mar as the San Diego County Fair presents “The Fab Fair,” a month-long celebration of the music and culture of the 1960s. With rides, games, exhibits, concerts, shopping, food, food and more food, the fair is an annual tradition that’s not to be missed.
July 18–September 3 Hats and horses are the main highlights of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racing Season, a San Diego summer social scene staple since 1937, when Bing Crosby greeted race-goers at the gate. Today, a day at the races is equally exciting, especially considering the season’s special events, which include the 4 o’clock Friday free concert series, weekend wine and beer festivals and special in-field events.
September 21–26 Twice a year, diners take advantage of discounted prix-fixe menus offered at more than 180 restaurants during San Diego Restaurant Week. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Restaurant Week offers two- and three-course lunch and dinner menus priced from $10 to $45 per person, allowing foodies on a budget to experience San Diego’s booming culinary scene without breaking the bank.
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From the desert to the sea and everything in between, San Diego County is rich with diversity and extraordinary settings. We’ve got sleepy surf towns, cosmopolitan cultural centers, bucolic farmlands, university towns, beach and bay communities, and a bustling downtown. Come explore “America’s Finest City.” Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org
SHOP & DINE
SAN DIEGO’S NEW HQ
Downtown Vibrant hotels, unique shopping, cultural destinations and international restaurants enliven downtown. By day, it’s family-friendly. Later, the nightlife scene wakes up, drawing revelers to clubs and bars. DINING DESTINATIONS From a quick, budget-friendly bite to a full-blown ﬁne-dining experience, the diverse downtown dining scene has your cravings covered. Some new spots to try include Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint (411 Market Street), a sushi bar with attitude (and ten custom sake bombs); Fogo de Chão (668 Sixth Avenue), an all-you-can-eat feast of meat; and Lucky Liu’s (332 J Street), a laid-back eatery with Chinese comfort food. ACME (901 E Street) offers Southern hospitality and good eats such as fried chicken biscuits, shrimp ’n’ grits and homemade peach cobbler.
Fun Fact: The downtown stadium opened in 2004 on Tony Gwynn Drive, named for Hall of Fame outfielder, aka Mr. Padre, who played 20 seasons in San Diego.
Between downtown San Diego and the waterfront lies The Headquarters, an open-air shopping, dining and snacking wonderland. Formerly the HQ of the San Diego police department, many original details of this circa-1939 building have been preserved, including a cellblock near the public restrooms, where a wall of mug shots is displayed.
WARDROBE REFRESH Shop for fresh threads at Westﬁeld Horton Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), or visit hip, indie boutiques in the East Village like 5&A Dime (701 Eighth Avenue) for hats, shirts and accessories, plus Rosewood (877 Market Street) and Blends (719 Eighth Avenue) for limited edition, designer athletic shoes.
HAPPY HOUR Imbibing on a budget is a cinch in the Gaslamp Quarter, where restaurants and bars offer discounts on drinks and bites as early as 3 p.m. A few standouts include half-price Balliwick frozen mojitos, margaritas and appetizers at La Puerta (560 Fourth Avenue, 3 to 7 p.m., daily); tapas and goblets of house-made sangria at Café 21 (750 Fifth Avenue, 3 to 6 p.m., daily); and mules, draft beer and house wine at Bailiwick (756 Fifth Avenue, Tue-Fri, 4 to 8 p.m.).
NIGHTLIFE Dress up and get down at FLUXX (500 Fourth Avenue), Side Bar (536 Market Street) and Rooftop 600, the swanky open-air lounge on top of the Andaz Hotel (600 F Street). Looking for a more relaxed place to party? BASIC (410 10th Avenue) has a fun vibe, great tunes and killer pizza. 20 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014
Top Dining Destinations Enjoy thin-crust, Neapolitanstyle pizzas at Pizzeria Mozza, Mexican street food and innovative cocktails at Puesto and grilled “Veninis” at Venissimo, a cheese boutique. Must-Stop Shops Head to Kitson, a pop culture boutique, and Simply Local, which stocks the wares of 57 local artisans and merchants. Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery features stunning surf shots from the world-renowned photographer. 789 W. Harbor Drive
Grab the family and head to downtown’s stunning, open-air ballpark for a Padres game. Upscale concessions like the Ballast Point Beer Garden, Phil’s BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes are additional homeruns. 19 Tony Gwynn Drive
Rediscover San Diego, Westgate Style Unwind in the luxury of a classic hotel, San Diego’s premier urban oasis. Plan your next visit at San Diego’s iconic jewel: The Westgate Hotel. Discover a world of European Elegance where attentive service blends with award-winning California Cuisine and relax at The Westgate’s new rooftop pool & lounge area surrounded by spectacular views spanning vibrant Downtown San Diego.
Enhance your experience with a deluxe guestroom accommodation from $229 including a $100 credit to spend in the hotel during your stay.
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LITTLE SAIGON This six-block stretch of El Cajon Boulevard—from Highland to Euclid avenues—is full of Vietnamese restaurants with delectable dishes to discover.
Central San Diego Tight-knit communities like Kensington, La Mesa and City Heights are home to an eclectic assortment of entertainment and dining options, just off the beaten path. From an idyllic picnic at the pond, to a night of local comedy, there’s always something new to experience. VILLAGE VINO Pair an assortment of eclectic, smallbatch wines with straightforward Village Vino bites, such as artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, at this friendly neighborhood wine bar. 4095 Adams Avenue, Kensington
CHOLLAS LAKE PARK Pack a picnic for a quiet day by the lake at this community park. Fishing (free for kids under 15), friendly ducks, wooden play structures and a mini hiking trail (just 0.8 miles) are the main draws for the pint-sized set. 6350 College Grove Drive, Rolando
LESTAT’S COFFEE HOUSE Come here for your caffeine ﬁx during the day, or for the live entertainment at night. Open mic night (Mondays, starting at 6 p.m.) or comedy night (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) are both great options. (Bonus: they’re free!) 3343 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights 22 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014
KEN CINEMA Independent and international ﬁlms are the specialty of this historic, singlescreen movie theater, built in 1912. 4061 Adams Avenue, Kensington
BLIND LADY ALEHOUSE Locals love the thin-crust pizza and craft brews on direct-draw draft. Bring the kids: this neighborhood hangout is family-friendly. 3416 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights
LAKE MURRAY The waterfront path that loops around this sparkling lake makes the idyllic outdoor area popular for running, biking or Rollerblading. 5540 Kiowa Drive, San Carlos
VIEJAS ARENA & OPEN AIR THEATRE AT SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY In the mood for some music? Check out San Diego State University’s on-campus Open Air Theatre, a state-of-the-art, 4,600-seat outdoor venue, or the Viejas Arena, where Lady Gaga is set to play in June 2014. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area
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Pho Hoa Enjoy fragrant bowls of pho at this authentic gem. Hoai Hue Try their steamed pork and shrimp tapioca dumplings wrapped in banana leaves. Paris Bakery Delicious banh mi sandwiches are made on fresh-baked baguettes. Minh Ky Savor an array of Chinese and Vietnamese favorites here.
BLEU BOHÉME This local gem specializes in approachable French fare. Enjoy a romantic dinner or happy hour (nightly, 5 to 6 p.m.), when appetizers, mussels and frites, and drinks are half-off. 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington
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Shhh… The secret is out. Gossip Grill is the favorite local hangout for girls, boys, and everything in between. The perfect combination of ambiance and tastes that will have you crawling back for more. Decked out with feminine inspired, post-Dada art and serving modern American Comfort Food.
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East Village Asian Diner
The newest location of the popular East Village Asian Diner is now open in Hillcrest! Try the Monk’s Stone Pot - a super-heated stone pot ﬁlled with rice, seasoned veggies, drizzled with their special sauces. Add delicious toppings like marinated beef, organic tofu or kimchi. Lots of beer and sake!
This is your place to meet and greet Hillcrest’s lively uptown crowd and enjoy award-winning smokehouse cuisine, daily Pitmaster specials, and our decadently early 3:30 to 6:30PM happy hour in our Lost & Found Saloon. Find out why we’ve become a local favorite for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
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Chocolat A romantic European inspired Bistro, Creperie & Cremerie Breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Sweet & savory crepes, artisan pizza baked in an Italian brick oven, salads, authentic grilled Panini sandwiches, creative pasta dishes, and tempting desserts with ingredients imported from Italy. 25-30 ﬂavors of authentic Italian gelato, made fresh onsite daily. 3896 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 619.574.8500 | chocolat-hillcrest.com
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PACIFIC BEACH Live the California dream at this iconic beach town dotted with waterfront bars, taco stands, trendy restaurants, fashionable hotels and a lively nightlife scene. Cruise to Kono’s Café (704 Garnet Avenue) for breakfast burritos, then spend the afternoon catching waves at Tourmaline Surf Park (600 Tourmaline Street), ﬁshing at Crystal Pier (end of Garnet Avenue) or swimming in the calm waters of North Paciﬁc Beach (between Crystal Pier and Tourmaline). Shop for souvenirs worth buying at
Beaches With 70 miles of pristine coastline, a day at the beach is a must. But the question remains: which one? From secluded coves with calm water to spots prized for primo surfing, every beach has a unique personality, as do their vibrant seaside communities. Here are three of our favorite picks. MISSION BEACH/MISSION BAY Between the rolling surf of Mission Beach and the calm waters of Mission Bay, opportunities for fun on the water are endless. Go for a spin in a sailboat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or choose a thrilling adventure like windsurﬁng, wakeboarding, waterskiing or kite surﬁng. Seaforth Boat Rentals (1641 Quivira Road), Resort Watersports at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa (3999 Mission Boulevard) or the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (1001 Santa Clara Place) can set you up. For lunch, get sandwiches made from fresh-baked bread at The Rubicon Deli (3819 Mission Boulevard), then hit Belmont Park (3146 Mission Boulevard), a beachfront amusement center with two wave machines, a challenging ropes course, laser tag, mini golf and the Giant Dipper, a towering wooden rollercoaster built in 1925. At night, take a cocktail cruise around Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle, a Mississippi-style sternwheeler that departs from the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa (3999 Mission Boulevard), or toast some marshmallows at a beach bonﬁre. Look for ﬁre pits at Mission Beach, on Fiesta Island and around Mission Bay.
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This 872-footlong wooden pier was built in 1927 and stands as an important landmark of the Pacific Beach community.
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Pangaea Outpost (909 Garnet Avenue), featuring more than 70 merchants and artists. For dinner, sample a plate of ﬁsh tacos—a local delicacy—at Paciﬁc Beach Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Avenue), or knock back a few pints of local craft brews and a pizza at SD Tap Room (1269 Garnet Avenue).
With its quirky shops and laidback, bohemian vibe, Ocean Beach (or “O.B.” to the locals) moves to a beat all its own. Sip smoothies from O.B. Smoothie Bar & Subs (5001 Newport Avenue) and watch surfers scale the waves, or let your pup swim, dig and frolic at Dog Beach (at the end of Voltaire Street). Take down a bacon cheeseburger at Hodad’s (5010 Newport Avenue) and treat yourself to a hot wafﬂe ice cream sandwich at Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt (5059 Newport Avenue) or a tangy guava and cream cheese pastry at Azucar (4820 Newport Avenue), a Cuban-inspired bakery. Go treasure hunting at the Newport Avenue Antique Center (4864 Newport Avenue), and browse local boutiques like Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Avenue) for glittering crystal earrings and home accents, and Coast Surf Shop (5023 Newport Avenue) for threads with surf cred. Stroll out onto the Ocean Beach pier to watch the sunset, then toast a perfect day with crispy Brussels sprouts, duck conﬁt pasta and a bottle of wine at BO-beau (4996 W. Point Loma Boulevard).
GREAT EATS BY THE BEACH JRDN Dig into some seafood or steak and watch the sun dip behind the horizon at this oceanfront spot inside the chic Tower23 hotel. 723 Felspar Street, Paciﬁc Beach
Wonderland Go here for craft cocktails and a crowd-pleasing menu of ceviche, sandwiches and snacks, served alongside gorgeous ocean views. 5083 Santa Monica Avenue, Ocean Beach
Shades Oceanfront Bistro This casual eatery, just one block from the beach, puts out a solid brunch, including Mickey pancakes for kids, plus oodles of egg dishes.
EVENTS AT THE BEACH Ocean Beach Kite Festival May 10
Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off June 28
61st Annual Over the Line World Championship Mission Bay, July 13-14 & 20-21
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Cannonball Sushi is the specialty at this stylish rooftop restaurant and bar in Belmont Park, steps from the sand. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org
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North Park is a progressive neighborhood with a thriving artistic scene and cuttingedge culture. Shot by: Paul Body
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SIPS & SOUNDS ON CEDROS Belly Up Tavern Music fans gravitate to this intimate spot for its stellar lineups like Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Buffet and Snoop Dogg.
The seaside communities of North County charm visitors and residents alike with their glorious beaches, laidback beach culture and small-town feel. Each has a distinct personality from artsy Encinitas and eclectic Oceanside to posh Del Mar and design-centric Solana Beach. and catch a live concert from mid-July to early-September. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
PACIFIC COAST GRILL At this beachfront eatery, sunset calls for blackberry margaritas, sushi rolls or sliders, and watching dolphins frolic while the local surfers catch the last rides of the day. 2526 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
DEL MAR RACETRACK Built in 1937 by Bing Crosby and his cronies, this seaside track is home to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and its famed horse races. Don a fabulous hat, bet on that favorite
Surrender into a honey papaya wrap or Tahitian stone massage at wellness haven, Place 360 (1349 Camino Del Mar). Enjoy detoxifying seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs at the oceanthemed Spa at L’Auberge (1540 Camino Del Mar) or venture to the Balinese-chic Bergamot Spa (775 N. Vulcan Avenue) for blissful treatments in open-air bungalows set in a lush garden.
Dinner and a movie is redeﬁned at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas (12905 El Camino Real) where viewers settle into comfy reclining seats and enjoy gourmet eats and cocktails. Check out Casa Sol y Mar (12865 El Camino Real) for their famed birdbath-sized margaritas and traditional Mexican fare or duck into Davanti’s (12955 El Camino Real) for rustic Italian in a cozy setting.
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Carruth Cellars Sample charismatic cabernets and chardonnays at the boutique winery.
Art, exhibits and photography celebrate the heritage, culture and lifestyle of surﬁng in this world-class museum. 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside
Cucina Enoteca 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar
320 Cedros Avenue Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria
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CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM
Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria 897 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
Culture Brewing Co. Mighty fine stouts, IPAs and lagers spill from the taps at this stylish tasting room.
East Coast Pizza 2015 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Real Foods & Spirits 124 Solana Hills Drive, Solana Beach
Pandora’s Pizza 828 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
Privateer Coal Fire Pizza 1706 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside
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Enjoy a casual, family-friendly community complete with miles of wide, sandy beaches, a Cape Cod-style harbor Village, a 1,942 foot pier, a rich arts and cultural district as well as historic Mission San Luis Rey. Central to major Southern California attractions, Oceanside provides an authentic California beach escape for the entire family. Qdptdrs`eqddUhrhsnqrFthcd-7//-24/-6762UhrhsNbd`mrhcd-nqf
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VISITING ESCONDIDO Treat the family to a sensational safari or an international cultural experience.
A scenic drive up Interstate 15 reveals suburban communities like bustling Escondido and Fallbrook—the self-proclaimed “Avocado Capital of the World.” San Marcos and Vista have placed themselves on the map with breweries like The Lost Abbey and Iron Fist, as well as a university. Craft beer, creamy avocados and quality education: That’s diversity at its finest just north of America’s Finest City. VINTANA
Whether or not you’re in the market for a luxury automobile, you’ll feel like a high roller at this upscale eatery located in the penthouse of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, offering modern California cuisine and million-dollar views. 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido
Disregard any images of dark and dingy bowling alleys. The North County outpost of this popular local chain offers one of the country’s favorite pastimes in a lively modern setting at Westﬁeld North County mall. 200 E. Via Rancho Parkway Escondido
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Experience the feel of a British pub this side of the pond at this Rancho Bernardo establishment, which offers special beer dinners, release parties and meet-the-brewer events. 16761 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Hikers with cameras ﬂock to this challenging trail in the Lake Poway Recreational Area to take their picture at “Potato Chip Rock,” a unique rock formation en route to the Mt. Woodson Summit. 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway
AVANT Savor farm-to-table, California-wine-country cuisine at this new dining destination at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park It’s the wildest spot this side of the Serengeti at the San Diego Zoo’s sister site in Escondido, famous for its tram ride and variety of experiences that allow yyou to get up close and personal with some ome of nature’s most exotic animals. A greatt place for rhino, no, cheetahh and giraffee spotting. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
California rnia Center for thee Arts This cultural ultural center features a medleyy of performances from jazz concerts, ncerts, symphonies and mariachi chi festivals to ballet, international ational folk dance and fetching ng musicals. Workshops and activities ctivities offered for families es as well. 340 N. Escondido Boulevard
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IB SURFBOARD MUSEUM Celebrating Southern California surf culture, this outdoor art display pays tribute to 25 prominent surfboard shapers, several of whom are Imperial Beach locals. Start by strolling down 3rd Street and ﬁnish at the beach. 3rd Street to Seacoast Drive
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Navy Seals, our nation’s heros, train at Coronado Navy Base.
SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATER Join more than 19,000 fellow fans at one of San Diego’s largest outdoor music venues. Big-name acts for the summer include the Vans Warped Tour, Journey and the Steve Miller Band. 2050 Entertainment Circle
Explore the charming village and beach paradise. Coronado Ferry Hop on at either of two downtown pickup locations (Broadway Pier or the Convention Center) for a 15-minute ride to the island. San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours Get the lay of the land on a guided bike tour. 1201 First Street The Gondola Company Enjoy a bottle of wine and get romantic on a traditional Venetian gondola. 503 Grand Caribe Causeway
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Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge Walk down Orange Avenue for a delicious, locally sourced meal (and live music every Wednesday and Thursday night) at this locals’ favorite. 1015 Orange Avenue Mistral For savory seafood and one of the best views of the San Diego skyline, enjoy fine dining at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. 4000 Coronado Bay Road
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East County Main Street USA is alive and well in San Diego’s East County towns of La Mesa, El Cajon and Alpine, where suburb meets small town and families enjoy dining, shopping and outdoor activities away from the hustle of the urban and beach environments. BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden
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Hike up Cowles Mountain Trail for a great workout and sunset view.
BO-BEAU KITCHEN + GARDEN The popular Cohn Restaurant Group recently opened this East County outpost where “bohemian chic meets industrial elegance” or, as we like to call it, delicious bistro-style food and a fun outdoor beer garden in La Mesa Village. 8384 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa
San Diego barbecue may not have the national acclaim of its peers in Carolina or Texas, but locally, Phil’s is a star. Go hungry and leave your white pants at home. 9816 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
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BET ON IT! Lady Luck may be on your side in East County. Ante up for bingo, poker, various table games and 2,000 slot machines at Viejas Casino (5000 Willows Road). The Grove Steakhouse offers up the royal treatment via a ﬁve-course meal with wine pairings for only $75, while the buffet keeps the crowds sated with inclusive beer, wine, champagne and even a Bloody Mary bar.
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Burn off all that food and drink with a day of hiking and exploring any part of this 5,800-acre regional park in East San Diego, which includes Lake Murray, the Old Mission Dam and the Cowles Mountain Trail, a popular climb that ascends to nearly 1,600 feet above sea level, offering a panoramic view of the area. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
You don’t need your passport to sample wines crafted from grapes grown in Baja California. Simply stop by this La Mesa urban winery to sip your ﬁll in a wine-making warehouse setting. 8140 Center Street, La Mesa
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EAST COUNTY BREWS San Diego’s booming craft brew experience exists out East at Manzanita Brewing Company in Santee (10151 Prospect Avenue) and Alpine Beer Company in Alpine (2351 Alpine Boulevard), the “home of pure hoppiness” and “killer IPAs.”
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BARONA RESORT & CASINO (1932 Wildcat Canyon Road) Win: Tipping the charts with more than 2,000 slot machines, Barona ups the ante with 80 table games ranging from classics like Roulette to Casino War, where the high-card wins and players can “go to war” with dealers in case of a tie. Play: Attempt the course record at one of Golf Digest’s Top 5 Casino Courses in the nation, Barona Creek Golf Club, or take lessons from a qualiﬁed PGA expert. Eat: Keep your strength up at any of 11 restaurant options including Barona Steakhouse and an all-you-can-eat buffet, or order from the Gameside Dining Menu and never miss a hand.
SYCUAN CASINO & RESORT (5469 Casino Way) Win: Take a gamble on 2,000 gaming machines, 40 table games ranging from Blackjack to Mystery Card Roulette, an off-track betting room and a huge bingo hall with smoking and non-smoking rooms. Play: Head down the road from the Casino to Sycuan Resort to tee off on three full golf courses (54 holes), play tennis or relax at the spa. Make sure to see who’s playing at the intimate, 450-capacity Sycuan Live & Up Close. Eat: Feast until your heart’s content at Paipa’s Buffet; please the whole family at Wachena, where the menu ranges from pasta to Asian specialties; or be sporty at GameDay Sports Bar & Grill with 39 TVs and video poker machines on the bar top.
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A JAUNT TO JULIAN Step back in time to the Gold Rush-era with a day trip to the mountain town of Julian, where historic buildings date back to the 1870s and happiness is found in a slice of homemade apple pie. Stroll along Main Street to explore kitschy shops and discover good eats. Pistols and Petticoats (2116 Main Street)
Old Julian Garage (2126 Main Street)
Julian Mining Company (4444 State Highway 78)
Julian Pioneer Museum (2811 Washington Street)
Mom’s Pies (2119 Main Street)
Julian Pie Company (2225 Main Street)
Julian Hard Cider (4470 State Highway 78)
Menghini Winery (1150 Julian Orchards Drive)
Witch Creek Winery (2000 Main Street)
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When temperate weather, diverse topography and miles of open spaces collide, the result is a recreational playground where everything from surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and boating to hiking, biking and great golf is possible year-round. With summerâ€™s arrival, the beaches and bay beckon for water sports and adventure. Come play. Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org
Best Beaches With more than 70 miles of pristine coastline, you’ll find a sweet sandy spot for every desire, whether it’s adventure, family fun or a slice of SoCal culture. CORONADO CENTRAL BEACH Voted the number one beach in the country by national experts, this sand dune-rich beach with gentle waves is perfect for families, long walks and seashell collecting. At low tide, explore tide pools in front of the Hotel del Coronado, and be sure to wander into the quaint village to check out shops and grab a bite to eat.
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Reserve. Hikers and runners at the summit can be sure to check out dolphins below and the occasional blue whales during summer. There are also free docent-led tours within the park on weekends at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that typically last a little more than an hour.
DOG BEACH, DEL MAR Dog Beach, Del Mar
TORREY PINES STATE BEACH Located at the bottom of the 300-foot cliffs of white and golden stone, this picturesque beach is a prime location for an afternoon lounging by the shore or an invigorating morning hike in Torrey Pines State
Across the street from the famous San Diego racetrack, where the San Dieguito River greets the sea, or as they say in Del Mar, the “turf meets the surf,” this broad wedge of beach has lots of room for volleyball games and a giant gathering place for furry friends. Watch for dogs and their owners practicing for the annual Surf Dog Surf-athon, where dogs ride surfboards, drawing thousands to the beach every September.
MISSION BEACH This beach has a distinctly SoCal vibe like no other. Bike or Rollerblade along the boardwalk from Belmont Park to Paciﬁc Beach, and stop in one of the many beachfront eateries for shaved ice, tacos, ice cream or a refreshing beverage.
Started by twin sisters, Izzy and Coco Tihanyi, Surf Diva is the first all-girls surf school in the nation. Offering private and group lessons as well as camps for kids and adults of all ages (yes, guys too), Surf Diva is your go-to spot for learning to walk on water. 2160 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla 40 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014
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Best Beaches for Surfing Whether you are just learning or a seasoned surfer spending time in the “green room,” San Diego has a wealth of world-famous surf breaks for neophytes, groms and pros.
LA JOLLA SHORES
This pristine stretch of beach just south of the famous Scripps Pier offers soft waves and a slew of surf schools, making this one of the most beginner-friendly beaches in the city. There’s also a park for kids and picnic areas all around, making it a stellar place to spend the day with the entire family. Head south to nearby La Jolla Cove, where seals frolic and lounge in the protected Children’s Pool.
CARDIFF REEF Home to San Diego’s most famous surfer Rob Machado, Cardiff-by-the-Sea boasts longboarders, standup paddlers and surfers riding every kind of board made from the ’60s to present day. Check out the infamous Cardiff Kook statue, often dressed in costume or decorated for an occasion.
BLACK’S BEACH A mecca for advanced surfers seeking the best waves off San Diego’s coast, this iconic spot is also known as San Diego’s unofﬁcial “clothing optional” beach, so brace yourselves for some birthday suit sightings. The most popular route to the beach is down the bluffs at Torrey Pines Gliderport. It’s a steep climb and trails can be unsteady, so be cautious.
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Rob Machado surfing Black’s Beach
ROB MACHADO Iconic surfer and Cardiff-by-theSea local, Rob Machado travels the world chasing waves and photographing surf culture, along with serving as an environmental steward through his foundations.
Grew Up Surfing: At Swami’s in Encinitas. It’s one of the best waves in San Diego, and draws all of the best surfers in the area when it’s good. Favorite Breaks: I love surfing in what I refer to as the bubble around my house. It spans about a mile in either direction and contains numerous waves: Swami’s, Cardiff, Seaside, Pipes and more. Surf Shop: Hansen’s. Don Hansen is my neighbor, and I like to support the locals. Advice to Young Surfers: Respect the beaches and surf because you love it. When He’s Not Surfing: Nothing wrong with a nice stand-up paddle or heading inland to one of the many beautiful hikes.
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Always Takes Visitors To: See a good band at the Belly Up Tavern.
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Dog Beach Dog Wash is Southern California’s premier do-it-yourself dog wash with outstanding service and accessories. It is located two blocks from Dog Beach, 40 acres of sand where the San Diego River meets the Paciﬁc Ocean. The Dog Wash is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 4933 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 | 619-523-1700 | dogwash.com
1959 Abbott Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 1830 D Sunset Cliﬀs Blvd., Ocean Beach, CA 92107 690 1st Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
Newbreak Coﬀee & Cafe has been serving up the best cup of coﬀee, delicious breakfast & lunch for the last 20 years. It has been recommended by Trip Advisor and has won the award for best cafe consistently. The relaxed friendly atmosphere & free WIFI makes these cafes a must visit.
5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach CA 92107 619-222-8600 Open 11:00am - 10pm daily San Diego’s ﬁrst Hot Waﬄe Ice Cream Sandwich, Award-winning ice cream sandwiched between two ﬂuﬀy Belgium waﬄes, pressed together in a 390 degree iron for 18 seconds. A treat you’ll never forget. 38 ﬂavors of ice cream. Steps away from the most amazing sunsets
Come and shop San Diego’s largest antique destination A shopping adventure like no other Quality dealers two blocks from the ocean with free parking THE source for: home owners, decorators, designers and those in the trade. 2 blocks showcasing hundreds of antique dealers Ocean Beach Antique District 4800-4900 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 92107 Open Daily | 619-222-8686 AntiquesInSanDiego.com
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South Coast has been one of Southern California’s premier surf shops since 1974. Wahines is the sister store for South Coast. Wahines offers a wide variety of surf clothing, footwear and accessories for all ages. Everything you need to hit the beach in one location! Come by and check us out… 5037 Newport Ave San Diego, CA. 92106 619-223-8808 southcoast.com
5142 W Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 619-224-3481 | oceanvillainn.com Vacation with your dog! Discover this classic Southern California oceanfront inn with cozy rooms that look out at the majestic Pacific Ocean. Surf and sea breezes await you at our bohemian escape that is pet friendly located right on Dog Beach. Dog wash and fenced dog run area included. Close to Downtown/GasLamp District, Sea World and many other local attractions. Complimentary continental breakfast and Wi-Fi.
4989 Voltaire Street Ocean Beach, CA 92107 619-546-8999 OBwavesSalon.com
1852 Bacon Street Ocean Beach, CA 92107 619-224-3369 | natis.sandiegan.com For the past ﬁve years, Nati’s has been voted “Best Restaurant in Ocean Beach”. We’re located 1/2 block from the OB Pier, and close to Sea World, Cabrillo National Monument, and Mission Valley. Enjoy great Food, Cocktails, Patio Dining, Parking, and Reasonable Prices. Help us celebrate our 54th year!
OB Waves Salon proudly serves the beach community. Specializing in men and women, we do cuts and color, smoothing and curling treatments, special occasion and bridal. Walk-ins are always welcome! Check out our website at OBwavesSalon.com and book your appointment online!
Ocean Beach MainStreet Association
1868 Bacon St, Suite A | San Diego, CA 92107 | 619-224-4906
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riders as well as skateboarders all year long. Along with an X-Games vert ramp, there’s a concrete pool, beginner course, intermediate course and advanced BMX course. 3401 Clairemont Drive
AURA SKATEPARK, VISTA
Skateparks Skateboarding and San Diego go hand in hand, especially since icon Tony Hawk started skating in Del Mar at age nine. Check out these family-friendly skateparks. ECKE YMCA SKATEPARK, ENCINITAS The longest standing skatepark in San Diego, this family-friendly park is often ﬁlled with skateboarding’s biggest pros (Shaun White, Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek and more). Besides lessons, camps, after-school programs and clinics for kids all year long, spectators can watch skaters go vertical on the “Ramp of Dreams,” a vert ramp from the 2003 X-Games, which has made a permanent home in Encinitas. 200 Saxony Road
CORONADO SKATEPARK One of the most picturesque skateparks in the city, set underneath the Coronado Bridge with bay views, this 16,000-square-foot park is full of concrete ramps, bowls, grinds and jumps, catering to all levels of skill. 2000 Mullinex Drive
YMCA KRAUSE FAMILY SKATE/BIKE PARK, MISSION VALLEY With more than 40,000 square feet of terrain and the only fully supervised park in the city, this family-friendly park is open to BMX bikers, Rollerbladers and scooter
HAWK’S HANGOUTS Best Skatepark: Alga Norte Skatepark in Carlsbad Ultimate Skate Shop: Witt’s Carlsbad Pipelines Family Hangout: South Carlsbad State Beach Chow with the Fam: Pizza Port Grown-up Grind: Market Restaurant + Bar in Del Mar ar
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ROBB FIELD SKATEPARK, OCEAN BEACH This is truly a dream park for any sidewalk surfer, whether just beginning or a seasoned pro, with its street course, two side-byside runs, ledges, blocks, a pump bump and an octagon. 2525 Bacon Street
Tony Hawk Foundation (tonyhawkfoundation.org) has donated more than $4 million to help finance more than 525 skatepark projects throughout the United States.
The only industrial skatepark training facility in the city, Aura allows skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to progress rapidly with its competition-style street course, world-class spine ramp, wood bowl and instructional facilities for lessons, camps and clinics (many taught by former pros). A family lounge offers free Wi-Fi, arcade games and toys for kids who just want to hang out and watch the action. 1074 La Mirada Court
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Sunset sailing Full moon cruises Sailing lessons Private Sail Yacht Charters with a Captain aboard a classic race inspired Sail Yacht.
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ADVENTURE PLUS Experience heartthumping fun for kids and teens. Giant Dipper A ride on this Belmont Park wooden roller coaster built in 1925 is a must-do for any thrillseeker.
Adventure Sports SUPERHERO FOR A DAY Hoverboards are still the stuff of science-ﬁction, but jetpacks? Those, we’ve got. Strap on a water-propelled jetpack and live out your superhero fantasies as you hover up to 30 feet above Mission Bay with Jetpack America. 1010 Santa Clara Place
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Belmont WaveHouse The simulated wave machines are always a good time, whether you take a ride or simply watch the tricks and hijinks. 3146 Mission Boulevard
COMBAT FLIGHT Strap yourself into a propeller-driven Varga VG-21 for a heart-racing combat mission led by active-duty Marine Corps or Navy ﬁghter pilots with San Diego Air Tours. 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, Suite D
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K1 Speed Let the kids blow off steam by whizzing around this indoor go-kart track in Carlsbad.
Thrillseekers should head to Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreational Area (outside of Borrego Springs) for the ultimate in desert dirt biking through this spectacular sculpted landscape, once an ocean bed. More advanced riders can head to Glamis to explore the sand dunes. San Diego Motorsport Rentals offers tours in both of these dirtopias. 5965 California State Route 78
Sky Zone Catch some air or play dodgeball at this trampoline park in Chula Vista.
SKY TIME Soar above the coastal cliffs of Torrey Pines on a tandem hang gliding or paragliding ﬂight from the Torrey Pines Gliderport and get a bird’s-eye view of the mansions of La Jolla, the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the beautiful Paciﬁc Cycling through Coast. 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive Sunset Cliffs
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For the ultimate encounter, look for 100-foot blue whales off the coast of San Diego during summer.
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Xplore Offshore Grab 10 friends and take a wild ride on this NAVY SEALcertified R.I.B. boat that can turn on a dime. It’s like an amusement park ride and revved-up Jet Ski all in one, that delivers an unforgettable adrenaline-filled spin around the bay. xploreoffshore.com
Interested in adding a little adrenaline into your vacation? These surf, sand, sea and sky excursions across San Diego County are just the ticket.
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Enjoy a quiet morning run along Carlsbad State Beach. Shot by: John Trice
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San Diego Zoo
San Diego is a recreational paradise with its adventure parks, water worlds and animal experiences that speak to the child in everyone at any age. Don’t miss out on the fun. DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS
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SEAWORLD Enjoy spectacular shows, heart-thumping rides or private interactions with dolphins, whales and even penguins at this well-run park. The Manta Rollercoaster is the ultimate rush. 500 Sea World Drive SeaWorld
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SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Get up close and personal with more than 300 species of animals. Hop on a Caravan Safari, zip over the animals on a Flightline Safari or play like a monkey on the new Jungle Ropes Safari, 35 feet above the ground. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Get blown away by planetarium shows and 100 interactive science exhibits, plus IMAX films at the giant dome theater. 1875 El Prado
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USS MIDWAY Board the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century and explore the history of naval warfare, 29 restored aircraft on the deck, two ﬂight simulators and more. 910 N. Harbor Drive
LEGOLAND This 123-acre colorful playground sports more than 60 rides, shows and hands-on attractions; a water park; dizzying displays of Lego creations and its own kid-fantasy hotel. 1 Legoland Drive
San Diego Air & Space Museum The story of aviation unfolds at this 50-year-old museum celebrating flight, space exploration and technology. 2001 Pan American Plaza
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Don’t miss the country’s first successful panda breeding program.
Del Mar’s beachfront fairgrounds play host to the San Diego County Fair (June 7–July 6), the Toyota Concert Series and a two-part horse-racing season (July 17–September 3 and November 7–November 30) with free concerts in the paddock every Friday. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Explore the wonders of the Pacific, discover tide pools with naturalists, learn about climate change and marvel at the mystery and beauty of seahorses and sea dragons.
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