The Golden Coast of California is a real highlight of the USA that attracts countless visitors every year who come to soak up the excitement of the beaches, year-round warm climate, and major attractions. As the second largest city in the state, San Diego is a prominent port that blends the brilliance of the city with the feel-good friendly vibe that Californians do best. Whatever your idea of the ideal city break, you’ll be sure to find it in San Diego.
With a remarkable range of things to do with the family in San Diego, it’s no wonder that this West Coast city is a popular destination for family cruise holidays. Disneyworld San Diego is an exciting day out for anyone travelling with little ones, whilst attractions such as San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and San Diego Wild Animal Park, are fun for all ages. Proof that you don’t need to go on safari to have a walk on the wild side, these top attractions offer the best of exotic animals and marine life for you to see right in the city. However if you’re looking for free activities with the family, you can easily spend the day at the beach.
San Diego is blessed with miles and miles of beautiful beaches that are ideal for water sports as well as just chilling out in the sun. Although Mission Beach might be the most famous stretch of sand along the coast with its arcades and roller coaster, you can find plenty of activity down at Pacific Beach and Imperial Beach. Take a surfing or sailing lesson for a chance to get out on the waters and try something new, or simply enjoy jumping in the waves and cooling off from the mid day heat. For a great excursion outside of the city, head to the vibrant resort of La Jolla for the day and explore the shops, restaurants that line the waterfront.
A walk on the beach might be a relaxing way to spend an hour or two, but you can easily while away the afternoon discovering the charms of the inner city. Although the modern skyline of San Diego encompasses the wealth of shops, bars and restaurants that you would expect from such a cosmopolitan hub, the Old Town is a fun and vibrant place to check out. Whether you’re looking for a great place to eat, some evening entertainment such as theatre, bars or live music, or you just want to see some historic architecture, you’re sure to fall in love with San Diego’s Old Town.
You might think that you would be a little cruised-out during your time on land in San Diego, but in fact a day cruise is a great way to experience the fantastic coastline of the city from a distance. If you’re lucky, you might also have the opportunity to spot whales and other marine life. It’s the perfect way to see Coronado Bridge and watch the sunset over the city if you time your excursion just right for the end of the day. However the most famous place to watch the sun set if undoubtedly Sunset Cliffs, that got their name for being a beautiful place to observe day turn to night.
A big city that gives a friendly welcome, San Diego is a great choice for anyone who wants to take in the stunning coastline of California during their cruise holiday. Although a generally modern hub, its historic Old Town and natural highlights make San Diego a diverse place that’s full of charm as a cruise destination on the West Coast.
Find out more about San Diego at the city's official travel resource.