Mar 22, 2015 4:58 AM GMT
I'm visiting San Diego his coming Tuesday through Sunday, and I've never been to California before. Is there anything I absolutely need to see/do while I'm in the San Diego area?!
bro4bro saidHead over to Coronado Island (you can drive there - it's just across the long bridge from downtown). The beach is beautiful, and you can check out the Hotel del Coronado, a magnificent old place that's been standing since the late 1800s. Many movies have been filmed there, including Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Stuntman (1980; an underrated classic).
The Gaslamp Quarter downtown is a cool place to go out at night, with many restaurants and bars (but mostly str8 ).
The San Diego Zoo is world renowned, and probably the best in the US. It's in the huge Mission Park area just northeast of downtown.
The gay area, Hillcrest, is just north of the zoo. Most of the bars are scattered around University Ave, just east of the Cabrillo Freeway.
And here's a rundown of the beaches, north to south:
Black's Beach, near Torrey Pines, is one of the best and best known nude beaches in the US. It's long, broad, and scenic, and the surf is often good - although you'd need a wetsuit this time of year. It's most conveniently reached by walking teh steep trail that leads down the bluffs from the Torrey Pines Gliderport, where you can see people hang gliding. Traditionally the north end of the beach is more gay and the south end is more str8 but these days it's pretty mixed.
Next is La Jolla Shores, adjacent to UCSD. It's a very well known surfing beach; the Windansea section was made famous by Tom Wolfe as the setting of his essay The Pump House Gang; it's also where Andy Warhol filmed San Diego Surf (1968, but never completed or released until recently).
La Jolla Cove, adjacent to downtown La Jolla (an area of upscale restaurants and boutiques) is very scenic, with a rocky shore and often lots of sea lions.
Pacific Beach is a wide sandy beach with a never-ending frat party atmosphere.
Mission Beach is expensive, pretentious, and impossible to find parking.
And, right on the other side of the Mission Bay channel, Ocean Beach is where the hippie-ish granola surfers hang out.
As someone else mentioned, North San Diego County has some beautiful little beach towns too. If you have the time it might be worth a drive up the coast road (S21) to check out Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Carlsbad.
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isuflyboy saidI fly over Legoland every day.JonSpringon saidOne word....
I want to go! Haha I've been to the one in Germany!