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San Diego Bay and downtown San Diego. One of the largest bays in the western United States, San Diego Bay is home to Naval and Coast Guard facilities, two shipping ports, and several marinas. The bay is sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by the Silver Strand, a thin peninsula that, at the mouth of the bay, expands into Coronado Island.  
Credit: John Sullivan/Wikimedia 
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Sailboats in a San Diego marina. Protected from the Pacific Ocean by a long peninsula, San Diego Bay's calm waters are ideal for sailing.  
Credit: Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc 
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Just across San Diego Bay, Coronado is home to some of the area's best beaches and surfing spots as well as an abundance of coral reefs.  
Credit: Glow Images 
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When it opened in 1888, the historic Hotel del Coronado was the largest in the world and the first with electric lighting. One of the few Victorian-era seaside resorts left in the United States, the hotel has been designated a National Historic Landmark.  
Credit: Hotel del Coronado 
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A hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo. The zoo, located in Balboa Park, is one of the largest in the world, housing more than 4,000 animals. Active in conservation, the nonprofit zoo is home to several rare species, including the giant panda and New Guinea singing dogs.  
Credit: San Diego Zoo 
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A quiet stretch of Mission Beach in San Diego. The beach is actually a sandbar that the Mission Beach community was built on in the early 20th century. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, Mission Beach is home to a plethora of seaside bars and restaurants and the historic Belmont Park, an amusement park built in 1925.  
Credit: Wikimedia 
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The San Diego-Coronado Bridge at night. The two-mile-long bridge spans San Diego Bay at the bay's narrow mouth, connecting the community of Coronado and downtown San Diego.  
Credit: John Sullivan/Wikimedia 
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The fountains in Balboa Park. One of the oldest public parks in the U.S., San Diego's historic Balboa Park is home not only to gardens and promenades but also a variety of cultural attractions including four theaters, the world's largest outdoor pipe organ, no fewer than eight museums, and the San Diego Zoo.  
Credit: JoAnn DiBona/San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau 
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Coronado Beach, on the ocean side of Coronado Island, is popular with surfers and sunbathers.  
Credit: Bob Yarborough/San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau 
 
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