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If it's a vibrant city experience, with fine weather and mile after mile of glorious golden sand you crave, look no further than San Diego. The ever-dependable sun helps to make this destination the bright, positive place it is, and can be counted on to provide a spectacular show each evening - as it splashes fiery reds and deep oranges across the ocean sky. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, an animal lover, or an eager surfer, you’ll go wild for San Diego’s top quality attractions, and relaxed, beachside way of life.

Things to see

Get in touch with your inner animal at the vast San Diego Zoo, where a cacophony of snarls, roars and trumpets will signal your arrival. Here, you can globetrot effortlessly after passing through the zoo’s gates, meeting golden tigers, cuddly koala bears, and lazy – bamboo-chewing – pandas on your travels. The animal theme continues at Sea World, where some of the city’s best views are waiting. There is a catch though - you’ll be plummeting down to Earth from the heights of a twisting rollercoaster seconds after getting chance to marvel at the city’s skyline. If your legs are still feeling a little wobbly after leaving, stroll, ride, or skateboard along Mission Beach's boardwalk to steady them up - or top up your tan on the beach’s powder soft sand. Lie back to watch beach volleyball matches, or the waves of the Pacific Ocean lazily rolling in - carrying indulged surfers to shore. As darkness descends, put your finger right on San Diego’s cultural pulse by heading straight for the Gas Lamp Quarter - which throbs with colorful festivities throughout the year. A glowing archway welcomes you to an area brimming with humming bars and restaurants. Roads, lined with ornate hanging lights, create an electric atmosphere.

Hotels in San Diego

With private, palm tree shaded beaches and hotel rooms that are tastefully splashed with color, hotels in San Diego can offer a spectacular stay. Wake to the sun flowing through giant windows, before tasting a delicious cooked breakfast delivered direct to your room. Eat lazily in bed, or sit on your balcony, looking out over the white specked ocean below as you chew. San Diego can do cheap hotels too, and all of the city’s accommodation hits an unwaveringly high standard. Rooms with expansive beds - and luxuriously deep baths - are affordable, and come with secure parking, WiFi, cable TV, and hot drink facilities included.

Where to stay

Take a stroll through downtown San Diego and you'll detect the crackle of wood ovens slowly browning cheese in pizza restaurant kitchens, and the chinking of wine glasses in trendy bars. The Hispanic influence on the city is obvious in the local food and laid back attitude - try a spicy fish taco from a street vendor to get an authentic taste of San Diego. While California may have a sparkling reputation for its wine, San Diego's actually more of a beer kind of place, and hoppy, characterful varieties are on tap right across the city. If you’re a connoisseur, grab a glass and visit in November to sup in style at San Diego Beer Week.

How to get to San Diego

A slightly hair-raising descent, close to the city’s skyscrapers, will see your plane land safely at San Diego International Airport, which is well connected to the city center by shuttle bus. If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, you can also arrive using Amtrak’s coast hugging Pacific Surfliner, which rolls in from Los Angeles in 2.5 hours.

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