View of San Diego, California (PhotoDisc)

Boats and skyline in San Diego, California (Corbis)

PETCO Park, San Diego, California (Joanne DiBona/San Diego CVB)

Boats in San Diego Bay, California (Port of San Diego)

San Diego Bay, California (Port of San Diego)

Coronado Beach, San Diego, California (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Cityscape of San Diego, California (iStockphoto)

La Jolla shoreline, San Diego, California (iStockphoto)

Sailboats in San Diego, California (iStockphoto)

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What to do in San Diego

In the 1880s, San Diego was a magnet for Wild West gamblers, including legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, who served as proprietor of three gambling halls in the area now known as the Gaslamp Quarter. Today, this area draws legions of tourists and locals alike with 16 blocks of boutique hotels, trendy bars and clubs, designer clothes shops, and innovative eateries. The names of some of these spots, like the Stingaree nightclub, give a nod to the neighborhood’s red-light district past. And though many vacationers never venture beyond downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Zoo, those who do are amply rewarded. There are the coves and tide pools at La Jolla, the horse races at Del Mar, the whale Shamu and his pals at SeaWorld, and the boardwalks of Pacific Beach—each in a neighborhood with a history all its own.

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Traveler Reviews of San Diego


Dana rates San Diego
We were visiting on business for a short weekend and stayed in the Gas Lamp district at the Hard Rock Hotel. The weather is beautiful and we enjoyed Sea World. I wish we had time to see more.
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Pieter rates San Diego
Pacific Beach is great and of course the weather is always nice in San Diego. The major attractions (San Diego Zoo, the harbor, etc) are worth visiting, but I've never found that there's much to do downtown. If you like being on or near the water, it's a great time, but I don't find it as fun as L.A., Santa Monica, or Malibu, to be honest. My favorite spot here is the ribs joint Kansas City BBQ (http://www.kcbbq.net/topgunbar/) where they filmed the Great Balls of Fire scene in Top Gun.
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