San Diego is situated on the Pacific coast of southern California, approximately 190 kilometres south of Los Angeles and bordering Mexico. The city boasts a natural deep harbor, stunning beaches, canyons, mesas and picturesque mountain ranges. From nature preserves, wildlife attractions and hillside hiking to historic city sight-seeing, museums and theatre, San Diego offers unique experiences for the entire family. If you like variety, San Diego is for you!
Located in Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo is home to 3,500 animals and 650 species, and plays a vital role in conservation. Explore the hilly terrain on foot, tour on a double-decker bus or get a bird’s eye view of giant pandas, elephants, giraffes and polar bears on Skyfari Aerial Tram. Frequent shows, photo opportunities and close-up wildlife encounters are family favourites.
Balboa Park is the cultural heart of San Diego, set on 1200 acres of parklands with 17 museums and multiple gardens, theatres and dining experiences. Peruse the Museum of Photography and Arts, San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Man and many more. Check out mastodon bones and hidden gems at the San Diego Natural History Museum, then study artists at work in the Spanish Village Art Centre before refueling with a delicious meal – you’ll find everything from toasted sandwiches to award-winning fusion cuisine, great coffee, craft beer and crisp California wines.
Children and adults will delight in San Diego’s family-friendly attractions, including SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Belmont Amusement Park. For a cool change, try cruising San Diego Bay, or hop over the Mexican border for a cultural day-tour of Baja, Tijuana and Rosarito Beach.
Don’t miss a visit to the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of Downtown San Diego. By day, admire the rich Victorian architecture preserved from Spanish settlement days. After dark, the quarter buzzes with lively bars, clubs, music and fine dining. For those who enjoy thespian pursuits, Spreckels and Balboa theatres offer a full calendar of music, comedy and drama performances throughout the year.