When we set out to tour all of California for a month, we couldn’t leave out San Diego . They say that it is one of the best cities in the United States to live in , and after spending only a couple of days here we already realized that the comments were not misguided. The weather is great, there are spectacular beaches, a good atmosphere and a very good vibe, as well as being a fairly quiet city.
There are quite a few places to see in San Diego, from every day we spend touring the city and its surroundings, today I will tell you what to see and do in San Diego , which essential places you cannot miss, the best areas to stay , and some tips of travel.
1. Coronado Island (Isla de Coronado) San Diego Bay
Coronado Island is actually a city within San Diego County. It is one of the most expensive and exclusive areas of San Diego. The big reason why you should visit Coronado Island is because from here you will have spectacular views from the lookout over San Diego Bay . You can enjoy the most beautiful skyline of the city.
Here is also the Coronado beach, it is 2 and a half km long and has fine white sand. It is an ideal place to enjoy the sun, a good swim and surfing.
2. Balboa Park
Balboa Park is one of the essentials of San Diego that you cannot miss. It is a must see!
It receives its name in homage to the famous Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa and it is a huge cultural park of almost 5 square kilometers.
It welcomes a multiple cultural offer; It has 15 museums, several theaters, gardens, the San Diego Zoo, restaurants, picnic areas and several areas for sports and activities.
Balboa Park is the largest urban park in the country, even larger than Central Park in New York.
3. LaJolla Cave
La Jova Cave is one of the most attractive and eye-catching beach destinations in the city.
It is a cove where there are different beaches to practice all kinds of sports, from surfing, diving or swimming; besides being a landscape of enormous beauty ideal for delicious sunsets. The beach is surrounded by caves and sea cliffs, and is also part of a protected seabed area. Its seabed is spectacular, so if you are a diving lover you cannot miss it. Here you can also find walruses resting in the sun.
4. Old Town
Another essential place to visit in San Diego is its historic center, the Old Town. In the Old Town we find the heritage of the city founded in 1769 by Gaspar de Portolà and Junipero Serra, in what represents the first and oldest Spanish heritage in Alta California.
San Diego was originally a Mission and a jail.
Today, walking through the Old Town you will find a lively area of shops, restaurants, beautiful buildings and endless tourist activities.
5. Sunset Cliffs Nature Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a large 28ha natural park, located by the Pacific Ocean at the western end of Point Loma. It is one of the best areas to enjoy spectacular sunsets. Here every evening tourists and locals gather to enjoy this wonder.
The Park was inaugurated in 1983, and you will find several caves and sea caves, water play areas, garden areas.
6. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is a 80-acre federal military cemetery . You will find it on the outskirts of the city, about 16km. But it is worth getting to know him.
The cemetery is named after William Starke Rosecrans , a Unionist general during the American Civil War.
The cemetery is located on top of a hill, from where you can also enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the city.
There are tons of graves of former US Marines here, all perfectly lined up. It was declared a World Heritage Site in March 2016.
7. The San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is one of the most visited places in the city. It is located within the Balboa Park and occupies a total of 40ha. Assuming approx 10% of Balboa Park.
It is one of the most important and impressive zoos in the country. It is one of the few zoos that has a giant panda outside of China.
Whether you are traveling with children, or if you are just adults, the zoo is one of the most essential places to visit in San Diego.
8. USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway aircraft carrier has been a museum ship since 1992. It was the largest warship in the world until 1955. It was in service for 47 years, and participated in wars as significant as the Vietnam War or Operation Desert Storm in the year 1991.
It is the only aircraft carrier of its category that remains from World War II.
Sea World in San Diego is a huge theme park. In which you can see several exhibitions and shows that allow us to get closer to the marine world. It was founded in 1964 and covers an area of 22 acres.
Sea World is owned by Busch Entertainment Corporation, and more than 20,000 animals can be seen in it. Stands out above all Shamu , a gigantic killer whale .
Although there is much debate about whether to visit these types of places, Sea World in San Diego is one of the most visited theme parks in the world.
10. Legoland California
If you are traveling with children you cannot miss Legoland. Although we traveled without children and we enjoyed it just the same.
It is a theme park dedicated to the famous Lego building blocks. It is the franchise ‘s third park in the world , and the only one located outside of Europe. It is located in the town of Carlsbad, north of San Diego County. It opened in the year 1999.
The Park is divided into 9 sections: The Beginning, Dino Island, Explore Village, Fun Town, Castle Hill, Miniland USA, Pirate Shores, Imagination Zone and finally Land of Adventures.