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The city of San Diego was the first European settlement in western United States and the birthplace of California. The city has an easy-going culture with a rich history and several trendy restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and more entertainment amenities. Cruisers can enjoy visiting sunny beaches, spotting zoo animals, and eating world-best Mexican food. The beach city of Imperial Beach is part of an international megaregion spanning from Imperial Beach to Oceanside.

Best Things to do in San Diego

San Diego is a big city with some spectacular beaches and great weather. So, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a traveler searching for a new experience, or a beach person, San Diego has everything to offer.

1. Balboa Park

On these 1,400 acres of land, you can spend your whole day exploring the gardens, museums, and galleries. Many of its current features were built to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal during the Panama-California Exposition in the early 1900s. It contains a Spanish-village – Spanish-inspired Alcazar Garden, a lily pond, a botanical garden building, and a colorful Spanish Village Art Center.

2. SeaWorld

The SeaWorld theme park is one of San Diego's must-do attractions. There are many sights to see in the city, but this is one of the best. It combines both an aquarium and an amusement park with games and activities full of fun learning experiences for the whole family. Two popular events happen here every day – the dolphin and orca show. At SeaWorld, visitors can also find slides, rides, play centers, movies, and much more, including the roller coaster and more sophisticated offerings for adults like the Aquatic-based Cirque du Soleil performances.

3. The Embarcadero and USS Midway Museum

The Embarcadero is a Harborfront walkway that runs along the San Diego harbor near downtown. It showcases the maritime and naval history of San Diego. Visitors will also find out that The Maritime Museum of San Diego is also docked here and displays its collection of restored historic ships such as Star of India – the oldest active ship, Californian, Steam ferry Berkeley, USS Dolphin Submarine, 1914 Pilot, HMS Surprise, San Salvador, Steam Yacht Medea, and PCF 816 Swift Boat. Their collection of ships and exhibits is available for public tours. Visitors can purchase the tickets online or in person. Moreover, you can see 30 restored aircraft housed on a retired aircraft carrier ship harbored at the Navy Pier. Also, don’t forget to go to the Seaport Village, a colorful assortment of shops and seafood restaurants looking over the harbor.

4. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is the surf point for locals of San Diego. It is locally known as “PB.” It has numerous surf shops, laid-back eateries, and an assortment of quirky bars with surf or beach-themed. PB is for you if you’re looking for a rowdy San Diego nightlife where flip-flops are encouraged. Apart from PB, you can also head to Mission Beach. This beach is a laid-back neighborhood whose namesake sands attract surfers, volleyball players, and sunbathers. PB begins from the north of Belmont Park, while Mission Beach starts from the South. Belmont Park is the center of both the beaches and one of the historic amusement parks with a wooden roller coaster built in 1925.

5. Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter is a historical quarter built after the Old Town of San Diego. It was named for its ahead-of-the-time 50 lamps that lit the streets. This area is a unique mixture of historical Victorian-style buildings and skyscrapers that explode to life in the evenings. The place has successfully transformed into a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment neighborhood with over 200 trendy restaurants, bars, nightclubs, lounges, art galleries, boutiques, and shops to peruse.

Best Time to Visit San Diego

San Diego is a desert city with beaches. A good time to visit San Diego is March through May and September through November. The city is known for its warm, dry summers and mild winters. The locals have designated the months of May and June as “May Gray” and “June Gloom.” In San Diego, it only rains for 42 days, and mainly during the winter months. Also, remember that the ocean’s waters here are way too cold for swimming during the winter months.

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