San Diego California Travel Guide 2013 | Gayot
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Soak Up the SoCal Sun

The San Diego skyline

San Diego Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions and More

An exciting spot for a vacation, San Diego will thrill adults with its diverse culinary scene, delight kids with the exotic animals at its world-renowned zoo and entice teens with gorgeous beaches for surfing and basking in the sun. San Diego now has more than 100 neighborhoods — from Mexican-inspired Old Town and the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter to hip Hillcrest and artsy Balboa Park — and each area offers visitors a different side of the constantly changing and expanding city by the sea. Point Loma, with its recently renovated, former naval training center, Liberty Station, is a prime example. The now mixed-use development brought a variety of retail and commercial stores to the area, as well as several dozen restaurants and even Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, thanks to the burgeoning brew scene. Read on to discover the best restaurants, hotels, spas and more with GAYOT's San Diego travel guide.


Baja-style lobster from Ortega's, A Mexican Bistro, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Restaurants for Baja-style Lobster in the San Diego Area

Top 10 Restaurants for Baja-style Lobster

A specialty of Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, traditional Baja-style lobster abounds in San Diego. Read GAYOT's list to find out where to go for the real deal.

Find out which restaurants made the cut

San Diego Restaurants

Whether you are looking for the highest-rated San Diego restaurants, or the most romantic, or a great spot for holiday dining, check out GAYOT's top ten San Diego restaurant lists and recommendations.

Brooklyn Girl Eatery, one of GAYOT's Top 10 American Restaurants in San Diego


A guest room at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, more than seven miles of fields dedicated to polo and horse training separate the all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa from the I-5 freeway, guaranteeing peace and quiet for guests.

San Diego Hotels

GAYOT's top ten hotel lists for San Diego will help you find the perfect overnight destination for your traveling needs. Browse the best hotels in the city overall or by a particular category, such as top value hotels in San Diego.


The Pavilion Lounge at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
Combining European spa standards with health and nutrition, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa provides tranquility and fitness in one place.

Best spas

Loews Coronado Bay Resort's Sea Spa Feature


72 Hours in San Diego

Although it's known best for nearly perfect weather, sandy beaches and miles of blue Pacific coastline, this city has many other facets, as long as you know where to look. So pack your sunscreen and get ready to roll.
Union Station in San Diego, California, also known as the Santa Fe Depot

San Diego at sunset
San Diego

Despite its image, San Diego isn't all about surfing and fish tacos. The city's center has become a mecca of entertainment, as well as the ideal setting for business of every size and style. Find out where to stay, eat and play while in town.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Balboa Park boasts a wide variety of attractions for all ages, from the world-class San Diego Zoo to gardens, trails, restaurants and museums. Among the latter, Air & Space Museum will take you above the clouds! Take a ride in one of its motion simulators and learn all about the historical aircraft suspended in mid-flight.
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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This SoCal city is the second largest in the Golden State and is brimming with attractions. Start exploring with GAYOT's picks for the Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego.
Traveling for work can be stressful, but GAYOT's Top 10 Business Class Airlines help make the journey smooth. From exclusive check-in counters to personal TV screens on board, you'll look forward to your flight.