From fabulous beaches and lookout points to historic neighborhoods, parks and museums, rent a car San Diego offers visitors a wealth of attractions and attractions for everyone. After many years in San Diego, I want to introduce myself to you five iconic San Diego attractions, places I often visit myself and as a travel guide to friends and family show for beginners.
What to see in San Diego?
We only visited the weekend, but we got a mega list from friends who lived or live there, so we were able to get to know a lot of nooks and crannies.
1. Balboa Park
One of the most popular parks in America and one of the San Diego attractions ever! Balboa Park is known for attractions such as the botanical garden, the famous lily pond Lily Pond and its many museums such as the San Diego Museum of Art.
Tip: Balboa Park is one of the few attractions in San Diego that is best discovered on foot! Take your time, digress from the main roads and discover the park for yourself. Incidentally, the San Diego Zoo is integrated into the park, so a visit can be wonderfully combined!
2. La Jolla Cove
La Jolla, one of San Diego’s richest neighborhoods, is home to the beautiful bay of La Jolla Cove, a nature reserve that is an ideal home for animals such as sea lions, fish and birds. The sheltered location makes La Jolla Cove ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more besides watching the animals. There is also a large green area for playing and relaxing with Scripps Park.
Tip: Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove is one of the highlights in San Diego! After the visit, the short walk into the center of La Jolla, to strengthen itself in one of the many shops and restaurants.
3. Sunset Cliffs
Located just south of Ocean Beach, the idyllic Sunset Cliffs Nature Park is the perfect place to admire what makes San Diego and all of California so beautiful. With no real beach, the attraction lies on the cliffs and trails around Sunset Cliffs. If you want you can take one of the rather steep paths to the water and explore the area around the tide pools. For everyone else, Sunset Cliffs are the ideal place to relax over a cup of coffee, enjoy the Pacific Ocean views and watch the surfers.
Tip: Sunset Cliffs are one of my favorite places in San Diego, but watch out for the cliffs: there have been a few accidents here! Parking is free and the experience most impressive at sunset.
4. Coronado Island
Coronado is a popular peninsula, located west of downtown, which can be reached via the famous Coronado Bridge. Chosen as the best beach in all of America, Coronado Beach is an absolute must for beach lovers: a large, wide beach, beautiful sunsets, and the possibility to make a bonfire on the beach complete the beautiful atmosphere. Other highlights include the historic deluxe hotel ‘Hotel Del Coronado’ and the relaxed center with shops and restaurants.
Tip: Explore Coronado by car rent, as the distances on the peninsula are quite large. A visit to Bayview Park overlooks the downtown San Diego skyline, and after a stroll through the city center and ice cream at Hotel Del Coronado, you can enjoy the sunset on the beautiful beach.
5. Mount Soledad Memorial
Mount Soledad is probably the best viewpoint in San Diego. With a 360-degree view over La Jolla and Del Mar in the north and Mission Bay and Downtown in the south, you can even see Mexico on good days! As a memorial to war victims, Mount Soledad attracts many visitors and also serves as a good orientation for newcomers, since most of the neighborhoods of San Diego can be seen from here.
Finally, If feasible, rent a car in San Diego by day and then at night and go around the place when it is brightly lit!