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San Diego

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San Diego's coastal seat makes it an ideal destination for adventurers.

San Diego's coastal seat makes it an ideal destination for adventurers. is also a vacationer's paradise, complete with idyllic year-round temperatures and 70 miles of pristine coastline. 

Population: 1.307.402

San Diego lies along the southern coast of California near the Mexican border. Today, San Diego is the second largest city in California. It is a large modern metropolitan center, a year-around tourist resort and a thriving commercial seaport with a large naval base. Despite its size, San Diego seems less congested and frenzied than Los Angeles.  

Downtown San Diego is a combination of high-rise hotels, modern office buildings and a restored "Gas Lamp Quarter". Here, you will find a large convention center alongside an extensive yacht basin, several unique shopping centers and a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and clubs. 

The city is also home to museums, a world-renowned zoo, theme parks, famous golf courses, and a lively theater scene, as well as great food, shopping and nightlife in the historic downtown quarter. 

The San Diego area can be an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year, with its mild Mediterranean climate. With coastal temperatures around 24°C most of the time. San Diego’s climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters with most of the annual precipitation falling between December and March.

San Diego averages January lows of 10 °C and August highs of 26 °C. During the winter, days are usually warm and sunny and the nights are cool. In the summer, a pleasant breeze off of the Pacific Ocean moderates the heat from the tropical sun.

San Diego offers many modes of public transportation providing travelers with economical and eco-friendly options to explore the region. From the trolley, the coaster trains and buses, to pedicabs and carriages that can take you around downtown.

Buses: The Metropolitan Transit System  operates bus service to large portions of the county. There are plenty of lines and routes that are serviced throughout San Diego. Be sure to check timetables and schedules, and plan your routes in advance. 

Big Bay Shuttle: Between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, for only $3, visitors can hop aboard the Big Bay Shuttle for a eight-stop ride along San Diego’s bayfront from Harbor Island to the South Embarcadero. Shuttles arrive at each stop every 15 to 20 minutes.

San Diego Trolley: If you’re staying in and around downtown San Diego, the iconic bright red trolley will take you in and around the city. is a light rail system operated by the MTS which mainly serves tourists and people living in the southern and eastern parts of the city that need to get to downtown areas. There are three trolley lines: blue, green, and orange.

Trains run from at least 5AM-12AM every day. Frequency varies, but the trolley usually runs every 15 minutes, with service reduced to every 30 minutes for late-night, weekend, and holiday service.

Trains: The train is a relaxing and convenient way to get beyond San Diego, to Los Angeles, with connections to Santa Barbara and the northern Pacific Coast. 

One-way Ticket: 2.50 $

Monthly Pass: 72.00 $

Balboa Park: Balboa Park is over a 1400 acre site with historical buildings, numerous museums, gardens, and green space. The predominant architecture is Spanish-Mexican style. Among the highlights of the park are the Botanical Gardens and lily pond, the Museum of Man, the Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the famous San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo: Is one of the largest and most famous zoos in the United States. The zoo has all kinds of exotic animals, including pandas. The park prides itself on the Animal enclosures which are designed to recreate natural settings. 

Gaslamp Quarter: Is a trendy area with shops, restaurants, and galleries, attracting locals and tourists. The area covers less than 20 blocks. 

Mission Beach: Is one of the most popular shorelines in the city. surfers and bikini-clad sunbathers crowd the shores every summer, while the nearby boardwalk is usually packed with inline skaters and bicyclists.

SeaWorld: Is an aquarium that allows for close up looks at sharks and other sea creatures. Among the highlights are the myriad of shows featuring killer whales, sea lions, dolphins, and other sea life. There are all kinds of rides, roller coasters and animals. 

Source: http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/san-diego-us-ca-sd.htm​​​​​​​

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