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San Diego's weather has dubbed as "closest to ideal weather" by many weather almanacs and the weather channel.

I understand the May/June gloom period where the can be morning/early afternoon clouds everyday in the immediate coast.

However, most of the rest of the time, it is endless blue skies, temperatures in 70s (80s in summer) and low humidity. Any hotness is dry hotness. San Diego is one of the least stormiest regions of the U.S and least rainiest cities in the United States.

For you San Diego kossacks, please tell me what I must see if I went on a 5 day trip this summer. What are all the kinds of water activities and nature sightseeing I can do?

I might practice medicine someday in San Diego.

what hotels do you recommend?

Originally posted to sreeizzle2012 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by San Diego Kossacks.

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  •  I was down there a few years ago (3+ / 0-)

    it was not all that nice .

    As far as weather goes , its really hard to beat Hawaii .

    San Diego zoo . Hummingbird walk in cage .

    Sand dunes inland from S.D. / dune buggies .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:09:19 PM PDT

    •  It depends on what kind of weather you like. (7+ / 0-)

      Coastal San Diego, and other parts of Southern California, have relatively cool summers and warm winters, and low rainfall. Inland areas do vary more.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:27:32 PM PDT

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    •  I'll second the San Diego Zoo (3+ / 0-)
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      kurious, greengemini, SoCalSal

      In addition, there's Sea World and Balboa Park is a must see. Be sure to ride the merrygoround in Balboa Park. Visit Shelter Island and take a walk out on the fishing pier a little after dark is nice. Old Town has some good Mexican restaurants, but you'll find others just as good that are cheaper around the city. You get some great views of the city at night from Harbor Island. Finally, walking along the bay front in the area of the Civic Center is really nice. Check out Fisherman's Village. There are some fun shops and restaurants. Take a ride on the light rail from SD down to the Mexican boarder.

      All in all, there's lots to do down there.

      I'd say the best time to go is September. By then I think most of the overcast days are gone.

      I was born in San Diego, but I rarely go down there these days so you might want to check the weather patterns carefully before finalizing your plans.

      I hope you enjoy your visit.

      Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Kin Hubbard

      by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:56:24 PM PDT

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  •  If you want a better place to visit (0+ / 0-)

    try Laguna Beach . 75ish miles up the coast .
    Or San Clemente .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:15:10 PM PDT

  •  I was in San Diego a few times... (3+ / 0-)
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    AaronInSanDiego, grover, Son of a Cat

    a few years ago, visiting relatives.  The weather was great, but as with most coastal cities, the temps near the beach are cooler than inland.  We stayed with family about 15 miles inland, and it was a lot hotter there than near the beach.  

  •  If you like birding/birdwatching (7+ / 0-)

    a lot of the coastal estuaries should be really nice now. I'm thinking of going to one tomorrow. Many good places aren't in the city, but in north county, but there are nice places in the city limits as well. Among my favorite places for birding are Tijuana Estuary, in the city of Imperial Beach and  close to the Mexican border, and San Elijo Lagoon between Solana Beach and Encinitas. Point Loma is quite nice also.

    Just googled up this site, which might be useful. Of course, some places might be a bit muddy after the recent rain.

    If you like zoos, the San Diego Zoo is one of the best, and the Zoo Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park) near Escondido northeast of San Diego, is fun too, but  larger. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is great too, but that is quite a bit further east.

    As far as water activities, I'm an oddball in that I never go surfing or swimming in the ocean, so maybe someone else can tell you about that. Lots of hotels around, but I don't really know what to recommend - being a local, I don't stay at them :). There's an area called Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, which is kind of centrally located, so you might find a good place there.

    "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:22:05 PM PDT

    •  Hey Aaron - (4+ / 0-)
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      grover, greengemini, SoCalSal, phonatic

      We're having our meet-up next week at the Whistle Stop, and I think Bob Filner (dem candidate for mayor) might be joining us.

      I'll be posting in San Diego Kossacks next week with details.  Lori Saldana will also be joining us, probably next month...

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:29:43 PM PDT

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    •  I like the hotels (4+ / 0-)

      right downtown near the waterfront (unless I'm there for a specific event that's located elsewhere). The Marriott is ok, and if you're watching your budget, the Holiday Inn across from the Star of India (not the round one) is a great deal. It's in a nearly perfect (walkable) location and is reasonably priced. Service is great.

      The only issue is that the cruise ships sometimes blow their horns. But that's usually in the middle of the day, so they don't wake anyone up.

      I also like the Wyndham Gardens downtown, but it can be pricey. Depends on when you go.

      Shelter Island and Harbor Island -- also on the water --  tend to be more expensive, but quieter. But they're not walkable.

      Often, Hotel Circle is cheaper, but not necessarily. It pays to look around if you're not tied to one location.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:16:47 PM PDT

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    •  you a college student (0+ / 0-)

      AAaron?

      I go to college in maryland.

  •  I've been living here for (9+ / 0-)

    almost 15 years and I love it.

    Don't come here for art or culture - we are doing our best to improve, but it's still a pretty conservative backwater.

    What you do want to come here for is to be outside, all the time.  It is absolutely beautiful, whether you're talking about the ocean, the mountains or the desert.

    Some people are a little disappointed because it can get pretty chilly, especially at this time of year and like you said in May and June.  If you're looking for a hot, tropical beach vacation, this is not the place.  The water is pretty cold; I only go swimming in July and August.

    My favorite times of year are spring and fall; however I don't remember the last time Christmas or New Year's was anything less than sunny and 75.  August is the hottest month, so if you do want some warm beach time that would be the best time to come.  Otherwise, it is still nice to hang out at the beach but you might need a jacket.  Also, we have fire rings on the beaches so if you're lucky enough you can snag one and have a gorgeous bonfire on the beach, a real SoCal treat!

    Attractions are many, in addition to our 4 or 5 beaches - Sea World, the Zoo, Balboa Park, La Jolla cove, the Salk Institute, Coronado island, downtown can be pretty fun.  Further north is the Wild Animal Park (very cool, especially for overnight camping events) and the beach towns like Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Encinitas.  The SoCal vibe is very real, the sunsets are gorgeous...

    There are also a lot of local boat trips, mostly for whale watching but regardless it's fun to go out on the water.  There are also dinner cruises in the bay.

    I hope this helps - I really do love living here.  Keep up with our San Diego Kossacks group; we have meet ups every third Friday - maybe you could join us!

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:23:06 PM PDT

    •  I like it here too. (5+ / 0-)
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      bythesea, grover, califgrrrl, La Gitane, ozsea1

      I've lived here for 36 years, and it's hard for me to imagine living anywhere else. But the flip side of that is, I can't easily compare it to other places. I actually think there is a lot of rich culture and theater here, but maybe it hasn't thrived as well as it used to. There is still a persistent small town mindset that doesn't really work for a city of 1.3 million in a county of 3 million.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:52:59 PM PDT

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      •  I always tell people that San Diego (6+ / 0-)

        still thinks of itself as a sleepy Navy town.

        Most people look at me like I'm crazy and say, "But, it's so big! And defense isn't even its biggest industry anymore!"

        San Diegans simply smile and nod knowingly.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:04:51 PM PDT

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        •  Well, defense is still fairly big here. (3+ / 0-)
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          grover, La Gitane, sreeizzle2012

          I work for a defense contractor. But telecom and biotech are big here too.

          "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

          by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:19:44 PM PDT

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          •  Oh, I know. (2+ / 0-)
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            La Gitane, ozsea1

            But it's not like in the old days when it seems that almost everyone graduated our local universities with engineering degrees and went to work for GD, Convair, Teledyne or SAIC.

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:33:30 PM PDT

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    •  What? (0+ / 0-)
      Keep up with our San Diego Kossacks group; we have meet ups every third Friday - maybe you could join us!
      Curses!  I find out after I move back to Japan.  :-(

      Oh well.  I'll be back in OB before I know it.  :-)

  •  You've obviously (3+ / 0-)
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    nancat357, kurious, greengemini

    never been to West Maui.

    Sunset2">

    Most Republicans are against contraception because you can't get pregnant from anal sex. ---Chelsea Handler

    by hobie1616 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:40:14 PM PDT

  •  Beware the Machester Grand Hyatt (3+ / 0-)
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    AaronInSanDiego, KathleenM1, bythesea

    "In mid-February 2009, labor groups and opponents of Proposition 8 are continuing to boycott the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego because of the $125,000 donated to "Yes on 8" by Douglas Manchester."

    - http://ballotpedia.org/...

  •  Yes and No. (7+ / 0-)

    I lived in San Diego most of my life. "Ideal"? Meh. It rains there. It's hot there. They get blistering winds from the east (called Santa Anas), which often flame wildfires, which make things smoky. If you afford to live near the coast, it tends to be milder, but those areas tend to be more expensive (with a few exceptions). So much of the population lives east of I-5 which isn't nearly as pleasant.

    We used to get let out of school for heat days (like snow days for hot climates) when classroom temperatures (not the outside temps: the INSIDE temps) got over 100 degrees. It's not unusual for temps to get over 100, and in the last few years, temps seem to have gotten higher.

    San Diego is still what I consider my hometown, and I go there often. But be careful about what others think is "ideal." If you're used to green, for example (actual green, not dusky sage green) or seasons, you won't see them there.  The "dry" heat is dryer than the Southeast, but that comes at a huge cost. It's not quite a high desert, but it's darn close. Water is pumped in from elsewhere, so conserving water is a way of life that I don't even think about. But living in places where water is readily available, I realize that it would be an adjustment for a lot of people.

    Traffic has gotten unreal. That's what I notice most of all when I go back. And I used to commute down the worse corridor there. And I lived in the Seattle area, which is always voted as having terrible traffic, for over a decade.

    UCSD is a great place to go to med school and practice though.  And, obviously, the biomed industry there is absolutely exploding.

    I strongly recommend that if you're seriously thinking about possibly moving there, you go during August-September to experience the heat and during the winter months (Jan or Feb) to experience the wet months.

    I don't mean to dissuade you. I just want you to know what you're considering. Everywhere you live, there are pros and cons. And while the weather in SD is nicer than some places, it's not perfect. The cost of living is expensive: we call it "being paid in sunshine dollars."  My family and friends are all almost still there. I've returned to California myself, although not SoCal. I like CA quite a lot. I've lived almost everywhere here.

    It's a great state. But "ideal" is what you bring to it.

    As for places to visit, go to the zoo. (one full day) Absolutely, check out the Wild Animal Park.(one full day)   Drive out to the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains, and eat some of the best apple pie ever in Julian (and yes, I lived in Washington. Julian has some amazing apple pie). Definitely the check out Anza-Borrego desert, especially if you're visiting during the spring. Wildflower season is something amazing to behold.  On the way back, stop at Dudleys for some delicious bread.  You could do all this in one day, if you make it a long day; or camp overnight and make it two.

    By all means, go to Balboa Park. It's beautiful, huge, has numerous museums and theaters. You should definitely check it out. The Museum of Man is especially great, as it has lots of info on the Kumeyaay tribe, who were the original San Diegans. (one day)

    Gray whales migrate right past Pt. Loma, so if your timing is right, you can see them from Cabrillo National Monument. If your timing is off, it's still a great place to see the cityscape of downtown San Diego and learn a little about the history of the place (like its role during WWII). Have dinner in La Jolla. If you like the party scene, the Gaslamp after dark is fun. (one day)

    That should give you an exhausting week that will get you out and about, so you can see a lot of San Diego and what it has to offer.

    I hope you fall in love with it. It's an amazing place . But I hope you do see it for what it is, and not what some tourism book or website promises.  

    Hotels depend on what you want to spend and whether you want to stay near downtown, on the beach, in a central location or somewhere chic and upscale. San Diego is like many California cities. It's really spread out. So it's hard to make a suggestion unless you tell us where you'd like to be.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:54:55 PM PDT

    •  the heat really depends a lot on (3+ / 0-)
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      ozsea1, Mariken, SoCalSal

      where in the county and/or city you live. If you live right by the coast, 100 temperatures are uncommon, but not if you live in the inland areas, say El Cajon or Jamul. I don't remember getting out of school for 100 degree + days very often.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:59:41 PM PDT

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    •  On greenery: (1+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal
      If you're used to green, for example (actual green, not dusky sage green) or seasons, you won't see them there.
      That is the truth.  I'm originally a NorCal boy who migrated south for college.  San Diego is my second home and I love it dearly, but I did miss the green sometimes.
      •  There are grasslands in the east county (0+ / 0-)

        and in parts of Mission Trails Park (within the city limits of San Diego and Santee), which may not be as lush as other places, but they are there. They can be quite green in the spring. It can also be fairly green at higher elevations at the right time of year. There are pines and oaks in the mountains, although the fires, droughts, and bark beetles have taken their toll.

        There is a little bit of many kinds of ecosystem in the county, which is partly why there is a lot of biodiversity. 505 species of birds have been recorded here, more than any other county in the US, AFAIK (The LA county list currently has 504, I believe).

        http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/...

        "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

        by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:34:25 PM PDT

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    •  And the one horrifying thing you didn't mention (0+ / 0-)

      About San Diego is that narrow little slit of a final approach into the SAN airport.

  •  I don't live in San Diego; I live a couple of (4+ / 0-)

    hours north in LA, but I still have a few suggestions. I wouldn't visit San Diego without taking at least a day trip if not an overnight trip into Northern Baja. My favorite place to go that's easily accessible this place called Puerto Neuvo, basically a little Mexican town on the bluffs above the ocean, but they specialize in serving up some of the tastiest Pacific lobsters that you can imagine, with huge handmade flour tortillas. There are  also a couple of nice places around there where you can spend the night in a nice hotel with a deck overlooking the ocean for $50 a night.

    I would also recommend taking a surf lesson at a friendly beginner spot in San Diego or even better up at San Onofre State Beach on the Orange County border. There's not a better place in the continental U.S. to learn to surf.

    As far as living in San Diego, it's nice, but I'd vote no in favor of Los Angeles. We have better weather and beaches, taller mountains, and twenty times more culture and general things to do. People used to move from LA to San Diego for less traffic, air pollution and crime, but San Diego's gotten worse on all of those fronts, and LA's gotten much better in terms of crime and air pollution, and it's possible to avoid traffic/use public transit/bikes/walk if you selection your place of residence well.

  •  come and see (1+ / 0-)
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    ozsea1

    a dysfunctional democratic party that cannot rally around a solid progressive candidate for mayor.  It may be a 'pretty' city with a 'nice' climate, but underneath it is a cauldron of corruption still run and whipped in line by one of the bad boys of the republican party, Pete Wilson.  While consistently voting solidly democratic in presidential politics, it also regularly elects the more far right candidate to local and statewide office likely due to a local democratic party with underwhelming concern for the regular folks.

    Pretty on the outside, but within a city that has spawned numerous books - Under the Perfect Sun by Mike Davis, Paradise Plundered by Steve Erie and The Whores of St. Joan by Abbe Wolfsheimer Stutz focused on the unseemly embedded corruption that runs, just like the submarines homeported here, silent and deep.  Corruption that garnered acclaim in the New York Times as 'Enron by the Sea', made San Diego Tricky Dick's 'Lucky City' and was the nursery school for the prototypical San Diego politician - the Frankenstein Ahnold Schwarzenegger - created and unleashed on an unsuspecting public from this lab of political deviancy headed by Pete Wilson. The story goes that Ahnold went under Wilson's wing when he first landed in Cahlifornea as locals indicate in San Diego's Ocean Beach, which otherwise has a stellar reputation as a hotbed of anarchistic activism (see the OB Rag, and while in Ocean Beach visit in the morning Newbreak coffee house).   Their newest creation is the newly independent Nathan Fletcher (the next generation's Pete Wilson with a smily face) whose biggest action to date was stealing $6 billion dollars from schools and local government in an after midnight state budget holdup. An action that gained him the eternal gratitude and support of the Wilson boys and greased his current political surge with funds from the most slimy cast of characters San Diego has to offer, otherwise known as the pillars, both republican and democratic, of this fair city.

    But if you simply want to see the place of recent national headlines, there is Crown Point where KONY 2012 director infamously made news or Fiesta Island, also in Mission Bay, where the Tea Party alleged rapist had his little incident.  Or if you want to see the headquarters of darkness which was likely responsible for firing of eight US Attorneys during the Bush years because the one in San Diego, Carol Lam, was hot on the trail in hunting down and readying to prosecute a big, red conservative fish instead of worrying about them illegals coming across the border, go to Symphony Towers at 7th and B.

    •  Your vacation suggestions suck. ;-) (0+ / 0-)
    •  who is the progressive candidate (0+ / 0-)

      For mayor?  (His name)

      Also, politics was kind of out of scope of what I was looking for.

      •  Bob Filner (0+ / 0-)

        is the democratic candidate for mayor.  He was mentioned on this site a couple of weeks ago as one of the democrats most positively over performing in their voting record, based on the makeup of their districts, in congress.  Or, the kind of candidate that should make progressive democrats proud.

        As somebody involved in positive change, it is good to know what you are supporting when you travel. In the case of San Diego, new hotel room taxes have been imposed that go directly to the visitor industry (not to support local public services).  This industry has voted to again up the hotel tax (without the public's consent) and use 100% of the funds to virtually wall off all the publicly owned tidelands along downtown San Diego's bayfront with private hotels. The hotel lease revenues and taxes will not support any public purpose but instead be used for further privatize other public lands. The beneficiaries? The people mentioned in the previous email.

  •  I have lived here for (3+ / 0-)
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    califgrrrl, Mr Robert, greengemini

    more than 50 years.  There is a lot to see and a lot to do, depending on what you enjoy, and how much you want to spend, but...

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  We get "may grey and June gloom", which put many people off, and Comic-Con will be in July this year, which means hotel prices will be through the roof for a week.  But the weather is often very nice.  This month, for example, it has been very nice during the week, and sucky on weekends.  It is that variable a lot, but is still not as variable as New England.  And not as humid as the South.  And not as grey as the northeast.  And not as expensive as Hawaii or San Francisco or New York.

    As for things to do ... depends on what you like.  We have the zoo and wild animal park (now called something else, I forget what); sea world, Balboa park which has oodles of museums and shops and the Old Globe theatre; a very good symphony, some very good jazz clubs, and probably some good rock and roll; we have beaches, mountains, and everything in between.  The Palomar Observatory is near here.  Sailing, fishing, surfing, lots (too much) of shopping, camping, hiking; the maritime museum (several sailing ships, a soviet sub, and an aircraft carrier)...

    It all depends on you.

    But I like it here.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:10:36 PM PDT

  •  Ocean Beach Hotel (5+ / 0-)

    It's a small, basic 2 story hotel right across the street from the beach.  Nice beach and on the south side of the pier are the sunset cliffs which have nice tidepools.  Newport Ave has nice places to eat and shop, like Hodad's and The Black and a farmers market on Wednesday.  A few blocks off Newport is Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market to the north and Poma's Italian deli to the south.
    I like it because I'm a beach person and everything I need is within walking distance.  I go in late September/early Oct and it's not too crowded and the days are still long.
    Good luck, hope you enjoy your trip.

    •  OB rocks. (2+ / 0-)
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      quillsinister, greengemini

      I still have my OB sticker on the back window of my car.

      Best place in SD as far as I'm concerned, and Normal Heights is a close second. And I've lived all around the city and county.

      But OB isn't for everyone. Like, you have to like waking up to planes taking off (I never set an alarm); and  stop in the middle of a sentence for 20-30 seconds then continue like nothing happened.

      Not everyone loves OB.  Heh. That's an excellent thing.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 11:38:16 PM PDT

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    •  Seconded. (0+ / 0-)

      And I love that someone else mentioned the co-op.  I do miss that place.  :-)

  •  It sounds like you're single or at least no kids (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, greengemini, SoCalSal

    so Legoland is probably not for you, but as others have mentioned, the Zoo and the Wild Animal Park (I think they've renamed it "Safari Park" but its still the WAP to me) are very worthwhile and worth at least a day each, though the WAP is `well inland and routinely hits 100+ many days during the summer.  Balboa park is very nice to walk around (the SD Zoo is in Balboa Park) and the museums are pretty good - none compare to their topical counterparts in places like NYC or Boston that I've been too but they're worth a look anyway if you're into museums - though the Mengei cultural museum  is pretty unique.  

    The beaches are very nice, but if you just want to lay out on a wide sandy beach the beach in front of the Del Coronado Hotel on Coronado Island is the best - if its touristy/crowded beaches you prefer Mission Beach, Pacific Beach are the ones.  La Jolla Cove is also nice but can get really crowded on any nice day regardless of season.  Parking near any of the beaches is always problematic so I'd recommend finding your hotel near whatever beach you want to frequent.

    If you're up for a drive, there is the Anza-Borego desert just over the Cuyamaca mountains - about 2 hours by car but if your here in the summer that is going be be roasting hot - Borego Springs will usually make the hottest place in the Continental US at least once a year.

    I'm in the married with Children camp and have been out of the "nightlife" scene for so long I would only embarrass myself if I tried to give any advice in that regards, though if you want to have a wide selection of restaurants and bars to check out, the "Gaslamp" area downtown is the place to go.

    As for hotels, while you'll have the widest selection downtown, summer is the tourist season so you'll pay top  dollar no matter where you stay and I would start looking to book now as the available selection will only get more sparse as the summer approaches.

    Hope this helps.  If you do wind up coming, enjoy your stay.

  •  San Diego has a lot to offer, (2+ / 0-)
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    celdd, greengemini

    depending on what you're looking for. I've enjoyed  living in SD for the past 15 years, lived on Oahu for 20 years, and lived in Rocky Mountain areas also. I have the best sense of well being near the ocean.

    Hawaii's ocean spoiled me. As much as I love California coastal areas, I haven't found anything better than being in the ocean in Hawaii. But SD does have some great beaches, and residents who swim, surf, snorkle, boat, explore tide pools, and more. Mission Bay offers water skiing and jet skiing. Several lakes in the county offer good fishing.

    If you're considering residence here and want the coastal lifestyle, do visit the beach communities and towns along the coast north of SD city. Each is unique. I particularly like Encinitas (including Moonlight Beach), Carlsbad Village and environs, and Del Mar. If you are into the party scene, LaJolla might be more to your taste, or Pacific Beach, Mission Beach.

    As for "gray May" and "June gloom" -- I've grown to like it. If you live just a few miles from the coast, the sun will shine mid-day and more during May and June and the temperatures will be moderate.

    If you haven't already explored the San Diego Union Tribune website, this page could be useful. The Tribune used to have a great calendar and tips for visitors, and that could still be on the website if you search for it.

    Good luck! I hope you find the information you need.

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 11:32:48 PM PDT

  •  There is no such place as paradise (2+ / 0-)
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    Having said that, I moved back to San Diego a few years back after living in the Caribbean for nearly a decade. I went to college here, learned how to get busted here and was very involved in the alternative press into the 1970's. I moved on, had a thirty year career in the hospitality business, and when it came time to "retire" San Diego was my first choice.
    Also known as America's Finest City, Enron By The Sea, and America's Finest Tourist Plantation, San Diego has lots of micro climates (within the City limits even), which is why you see weather comments all over the spectrum here. They are all true.
    The City has enough street festivals that a visitor can and should be picky; those in the neighborhoods like Ocean Beach, North Park and Normal Heights are fun, with great music and tons of food vendors.  Pacific Beach has a reputation for being chock full of drunks; the police have bought into that meme, true or not, so consider yourself warned.
    Balboa Park and environs are worth a shout out, although it does pay to do your research on entry fees prior to going. Unless you like sitting on the grass and people watching (not a bad thing to do, necessarily) expect to spend a lot of money visiting the attractions in the Park.
    Assuming that you have some interest in politics, since this is posted here, Two Cathedrals, East County Magazine, the OBRag and it's newly birthed sister blog, the San Diego Free Press are good sources for understanding the (rather strange) politics of the city. (Disclosure: I write for the OB Rag and SD Free Press)

  •  Too much awesome for a mere five days! (2+ / 0-)
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    I went to college at UCSD, and also spent a tour of duty in San Diego with the Navy.  I moved back to Japan in February, or I’d offer to show you around myself.  The first thing I’d recommend is to spend some time in Balboa Park, see the zoo, maybe take in a play at the Old Globe theater, go to the museum, see the Friendship Garden.  The Gaslamp area has some great places.  Shout House (a dueling piano bar) is always fun.  Eat breakfast one morning at Richard Walker’s (the apple pancake is just about the Best Thing Ever).  There is a decommissioned aircraft carrier that’s open for tours, plus a clipper ship called Star of India.  I’ve lived in Pacific Beach (college) and Ocean Beach (as a grownup) and both places have excellent beaches, as does La Jolla.  If you have a dog, Dog Beach in OB is a must.  Torrey Pines is a nice spot that also features a great beach, as well as some hiking trails and some rare trees.  SeaWorld, obviously.  I think the Mission Bay Aquatic Center still rents surfboards, if you do that, but since I haven’t since college, that might be old information.  While in OB, do visit our many quirky espresso stands, and the second floor of the OB co-op has a vegan café that serves amazing food.  And if you’re not vegan, I highly recommend you try a fish taco.

    Anyway, anything specific you’re looking for?  As the next best thing to a native, I’ll do what I can to help.  I can’t help with hotels, though.  Never had the need.

    •  I forgot to mention Old Town. (2+ / 0-)
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      And while you're there, if you're a fan of good olive oil, the Temecula Olive Oil Company makes better stuff than anything I've had outside of Greece (I lived on Crete for three years, and let me tell you, those are folks who know their olive oil; but Temecula is good too).

    •  I really enjoyed Crystal Pier (0+ / 0-)

      It's been several years since I was there. I second the opinion above about Old Town and Mexican restaurant there.

      Keeping a firm grip on my gratitude list

      by Up to here on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 11:40:17 AM PDT

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