This insiders’ pass
gets you into 48 local
attractions, like Sea-
World, Knott’s Soak
City, Belmont Park and
without the lines and
high ticket prices.
See how many you
can hit in a day.
You don’t have to break
the bank to live it up in
San Diego. With a little
planning you can have
a blast on a budget.
Hunt for one-of-a-kind keepsakes at Kobey’s Swap Meet,
open every Friday through
Sunday at Valley View Casino
Center, or visit Liberty Station Public Market for artisanal eats, eclectic shops and
live music on Sundays. Hike to
the top of the trails at Torrey
Pines State Natural Reserve for
a view you won’t soon forget,
or drive up Mount Soledad for
panoramic city views. Animal
lover? Head to La Jolla Cove
and see if you can tell the difference between a seal and a
sea lion, or go tide pooling in
Solana Beach and look for starfish and sea anemones. Also,
the Tijuana Estuary is a bird-watching favorite.
The Comfort Inn Gaslamp in the heart of downtown San Diego offers cozy
rooms, a daily breakfast buffet and an airport shuttle, while the nearby
Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center boasts a rooftop patio and attached 24/7
bar and grill. The Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay offers luxurious accommodations without resort or parking fees. Best Western Mission Bay is an easy
drive to SeaWorld, the zoo and the beach. And Old Town Western Inn is surrounded by lively cantinas, restaurants, shops and the historic (and allegedly
haunted) Whaley House Museum.
Grab breakfast or treat yourself to a scoop of gelato (hey, you’re on vacation)
at Newbreak Cafe, just steps from Ocean Beach. In the mood for Mexican? Las
Cuatro Milpas is as authentic as they come, but note that this popular taco spot
is cash only. Or check out the fun wrestling memorabilia while you chow down
on a California burrito at Lucha Libre. Try one of San Diego’s favorite burgers
at Hodad’s, or check out the specials at Sushi Deli.
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