Things to Experience in San Diego

For guests of Villa Bella Del Mar, visiting San Diego for the first time can be quite overwhelming, especially when you consider that there are so many things you can do. Deciding where to go and what to do can be quite time consuming, which is where we can help. Below, you’ll find eight great spots in San Diego – things you simply must experience.

del-mar-beach-california1. Hitting the Beach at Del Mar.
No matter what season you visit, the beach, especially from La Jolla to Del Mar, is one area that personifies the entire San Diego lifestyle. Whether you’re watching the tide come in or soaking in the sun, the beach is where the action is. From Coronado and Mission Beach’s Belmont Park roller-coaster – to Del Mar and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, make sure you hit the beaches here.

2. Trying a Rubio’s Fish Taco.rubios_fish_taco
Although it may sound a bit weird, the fish taco is one of the best foods in San Diego. Rubio’s is famous in San Diego for the best fish tacos. They originated in Mexico and vacationers to San Felipe in Baja California brought the tradition north. Deep fried, battered fish and shredded cabbage & hot sauce, encased in a corn tortilla is one of the foods that once you try it the first time – you’ll crave anytime you come back! There’s one in Del Mar.

3. Going to Mexico.tijuana
It’s no secret that San Diego borders Mexico, with Tijuana being a metropolis in its own right. Visiting Tijuana or Baja Mexico is perfectly safe day or night, as long as you are responsible and pay attention to your surroundings. Keep in mind that they have their own laws, so bring your passport, then enjoy everything that this foreign paradise will provide you with. Maybe you will even get your photograph taken on a “zebra”!

4. Taking a ride on the trolley.
San Diego doesn’t have the best public transit system, yet they do have the well known
trolleytrolley. The highways here can be quite intimidating, making the trolley the ideal way to travel. If you want to learn more about the city, simply buy an all day trolley pass – you’ll see more of San Diego this way than you ever thought possible.

 

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5. Visiting the Pandas.
While Sea World and Legoland have their share of animals, the San Diego Zoo is no stranger to Pandas. The zoo is a tourist attraction, with the baby Su Lin, which is quite a feast for the eyes. When you visit the San Diego Zoo, visit in the morning – when the pandas are most active.

 

6. Visiting Balboa Park.Balboa Park Tower
After you check out the pandas, take a trip to the jewel of the city – Balboa Park. The atmosphere is breathtaking here, no matter when you visit. If you visit on Tuesdays however; you’ll find that most museums have free admission. After you visit a while, dine at the Prado Restaurant and experience great food in a great setting.

 

7. Hitting the Gaslamp Quarter.gaslamp
Called the “Historic Heart of San Diego”, the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego is the place to be for dancing, eating, or just people watching. You can experience the best of nightlife in San Diego here, with food to fit every taste.

 

8. Experiencing Old Town.old-town-san-diego
While historical San Diego isn’t always apparent, a visit to the Old Town State Historic Park can bring back the past. There are snippets of Old San Diego found everywhere you look here. Although there are many fine restaurants here, make sure you visit the Old Town Mexican Cafe, as it serves the best Mexican food around San Diego.

So there you have eight fun places to visit during your stay at Villa Bella Del Mar!

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