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They call San Diego 'America's Finest City', and it's not hard to see why. Peerless blue ocean waves lap onto a string of stunning bays and beaches—all basking in the year-round sunshine and warmth southern California is renowned for. It makes laid-back San Diego perfect for a vacation of sun-lounging and tan-topping. But there's fun to be had too—on and off the beach—from surfing the waves or watching the whales, to riding the amusements or feeding the dolphins.

Things to see in San Diego

San Diego's endless sandy coastline is an attraction all to itself. But there are plenty of other sights to catch the eye and thrill the mind. SeaWorld San Diego, with its up-close encounters with sharks and sea lions, manages both. Birch Aquarium, at La Jolla, also gives a wonderful insight into life in watery depths off the Pacific coast. Take a walk down Navy Pier and the astonishing sight of the USS Midway comes into view. This mammoth aircraft carrier is now a museum, showing what life was like for WWII-era pilots and sailors. Balboa Park, with 1,200 acres of trails and gardens, is dotted with museums, galleries, and theaters. Here you'll also find San Diego's world-class zoo. But for a little perspective head to the Cabrillo National Monument. This is where Spanish sailor Juan Cabrillo became the first European to step onto the West coast. From its cliffs you might catch a glimpse of migrating Pacific whales.

Beach hotels in San Diego

There are few places that can offer such great access to sunny bays and beaches as the beach hotels in San Diego. And it’s not just on the beach where you can lounge and swim. Lavish pools are a given, set among lush gardens. If you aren't already chilled out in this famously laid-back city, plenty of hotels on the beach in San Diego provide the ultimate in relaxing spa facilities. You can also expect great views out onto the Pacific Ocean—or a chance to kayak, water-ski, or jet-ski over its waves, thanks to hotel-tied water-sports packages.

Where to stay in San Diego

The range of beach hotels in San Diego runs from the top-class resorts to affordable chalet hotels, close to the city's attractions. La Jolla is probably the best known, and most exclusive. As well as striking views and quiet little beaches, you'll find many great restaurants and shops in this upscale area. The beach hotels in San Diego's Beach Cities area look out over the lovely sculpted inlets of Mission Bay. But even more spectacular views can be had from the Coronado district. These beach hotels in San Diego's heart look out across the narrow San Diego Bay to the shimmering skyline of Downtown.

How to get to San Diego

Tucked into the southwest corner of the US, most looking to travel to San Diego chose to fly in. You'll arrive at San Diego International Airport, only a few miles out from Downtown. Both domestic and international flights arrive here. It's then a short taxi ride—or bus trip—into the central hotel areas. If you're coming from Los Angeles or Phoenix, San Diego is definitely drivable, at 2 and 5 hours away from each, respectively. And if you can pull yourself away from the beach, it certainly helps to have a car to get around this ever-growing city.

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