San Diego is one of my favourite places to visit because it's a mixture of old world charm and modern amenities.
There are so many fun things to do when visiting San Diego and its appeal caters to people of all ages and interests.
Being on the Pacific coast of Southern California, it has a climate that is wonderful all year round and offers many great beaches for all kinds of watersports, collecting shells, or just simply relaxing. Maybe a short trip to La Jolla Cove where you can watch the seals basking in the sun.
There are of course many paid attractions for the family, which offer great value, such as Seaworld and San Diego Zoo but there are so many free fun things to do in San Diego that it can be a true budget break.
Seaport Village is a wonderful place to visit with free entertainment, shops, bars and restaurants where you can stroll around window shopping or find a grassy bank to watch the ships and yachts passing by in San Diego Bay.
Mission Bay has a 4.600 square kilometers park area where kite flying is very popular and at weekends in the season you may also watch one of the country's top rugby teams in action all totally free.
No visit to San Diego would be complete without a visit to the "Old Town" where you will find mariachis playing amongst a setting of historic buildings, including a blacksmith shop, Stables, and San Diego's oldest schoolhouse.
Downtown San Diego comes to life at night and the 16-block Gaslamp Quarter is where you will want to be with its renovated Victorian building now housing a wide selection of art galleries, boutiques, speciality shops, bars and eateries.
Balboa Park is a great place to visit day or night and on Sunday afternoons you can enjoy free organ recitals on one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world. At night you can gaze at the stars in the usually clear skies and on the first Wednesday of each month the San Diego astronomy society set up powerful telescopes so you can experience the wonders of the stars and planets in close up.
There is nothing quite like your first view of Saturn's rings on a balmy summer evening in the park.
How about a boat trip around the harbor or taking one of the whale watching boat trips where you can get close and personal with Blue or Grey Whales depending on the season.
Visiting San Diego offers so much for all the family and so many varied interests that it is impossible to cover them all and you will have fun discovering your own favorites in this seaside paradise not forgetting around 30 miles of waterfront attractions along the "Big Bay" but don't stop there....
Take a short trip to Julian, and step back in time in this 100 year old mining town now famous for delicious homemade apple pies.Or experience the true beauty of the desert at the 600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — best visited in spring when all the desert flowers start to bloom with an artist's palette full of colors.
Start planning your trip now and you will find that it will be one of the best decisions you ever made.