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Exploring San Diego

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A March 2005 trip to San Diego by SFPhotocraft

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Exploring San Diego

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San Diego has so much to do and see. It is a beach town with its funky beach communities, where surfers hang and millionaires sip cocktails watching the sunset. It has a vibrant Hispanic flavor, being just a few miles from the Mexican border, and who can pass up a trip to The San Diego Zoo? I fall in love with San Diego each and every time I visit and miss the time 25 years ago when I lived here. The city has a laid-back feel to it, but don't be fooled. It can compete with any American city for great food, good shopping, or spas. We only had 2 short days on this trip, but we did all our favorite things; we ate great Mexican food and spent a full day at the San Diego Zoo. The ...Read More

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Hotel

Loews Coronado Bay Resort Photo, San Diego, California
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When first looking for the resort, I was a little disappointed that it was not in the picturesque little town of Coronado. We kept driving along the Silver Strand and got further away from the action on Coronado. When we found the resort, we had a private gate that admitted us in after checking our reservation. This Loews resort sits on its own 15-acre private peninsula and has some serious panoramic views of San Diego across the bay. The hotel sits across the highway from a state beach and is a short walk to the beach. Just in front of the front door is an 80-slip private marina. Luxury is spelled out all over the hotel ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road
Coronado, California 92118
619-424-4000

El Indio

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Restaurant

El Indio Photo, San Diego, California
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El Indio has been a part of the San Diego landscape since 1940. It really began as a tortilla factory. It pumped out of some of the best, freshest tortillas in the San Diego area, and most Hispanics knew that El Indio tortillas stood for quality. Soon, the factory took the next logical step and started serving basic Mexican food from the outlet on India Street near the San Diego Airport. Making great Mexican dishes with the best tortillas in town was a winning formula. The rest is history; the popularity grew and soon everyone in San Diego considered El India some of the best Mexican food in town. It isn't fancy and it's not much to look at, but who cares, as the food here is top-notc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

El Indio
3695 India St
San Diego, California 92103
+1 619 299 0333

Coronado Boathouse 1887

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Restaurant | "Boathouse 1887"

Coronado Boathouse 1887 Photo, Coronado, California
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When you visit Coranado, the two buildings you can't miss are The Hotel Del Coranado and The Boathouse. These two landmarks sit across the street from each other. They were both designed by the same architects, The Reid Brothers, and look like they were built to match and complement each other. The truth be known, The Boathouse actually predates The Hotel Del Coranado. The building has a rich history; at one time, it even housed the pre-runner to The Scripps Oceanic Institute. The history is well documented in the restaurant with photographs and documents. We noted that, at one time, the building had a much longer dock, but learned that, when the b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2005

Coronado Boathouse 1887
1701 Strand Way
Coronado, California 92118
(619) 435-0155

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Photo, San Diego, California
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Take a worldwide poll of what is the most famous zoo in the world and my guess would be that The San Diego Zoo would come out on top. This zoo is world-famous, and for very good reason.Before I start, I have to tell you I have a love-hate relationship with zoos. I personally would rather see any animal roaming free in their own environment than be confined in any type of enclosure. Having said that, I know what an important role zoos have played in the study of animals, breeding endangered animals and protecting animals who are near extinction. I see how my kids learn and love seeing the animals. As long as the areas are not confining and are open...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-1515

Legoland California

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Attraction

Legoland California Photo, Carlsbad, California
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Legoland is located in Carlsbad, about a half-hour (in good traffic) north of San Diego. This is one of four Legolands worldwide and the only one in North America. The other three are all in Europe. Legoland has not had an easy time making it here the States. It has to compete with Disneyland, Seaworld, and Knottsberry Farm, all in the same area. Legoland has a more European flavor and moves at a slower and more relaxed pace. The rides here aren't as thrilling as the ones at other parks. The roller coasters are mild, and many of the rides are slow-moving boat or jeep rides through make-believe Legolands. This is perfect for kids ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Legoland California
1 Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 918-5346

Balboa Park

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Attraction

Balboa Park Photo, San Diego, California
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I love city parks, but three U.S. parks that stand head and shoulders above all the rest and should not be missed are Central Park in New York, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and Balboa Park in San Diego. Balboa Park is a city onto itself. You can explore here for a week and still not feel like you have scratched the surface. The park is a massive 1,200 acres and has 15 museums! The park was the sight of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, a sort of World's Fair to celebrate the completion of The Panama Canal. The fair was build around a number of Spanish Colonial Revival Buildings. The interesting fact is none of these buil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239 0512