A July 1997 trip
to San Diego by kimca
Quote: We were doing a road trip from Vancouver to Baja, Mexico and on our way ended up spending a while in beautiful San Deigo and the community of Ocean Beach.
The ticket prices for the trolleys and buses range from -.25, depending on the distance you will be traveling.
If you think you will be doing a lot of traveling, a day pass for is available.
Hotel | "Ocean Beach Backpackers Hostel"
It is a lively, funloving place where you will meet countless people.
Located on blocks from the ocean, it''s great to lay at the beach all day
then have drinks in the backyard patio area at night.
There is a large kitchen to prepare your own meals and lots of small shops
and a supermarket to buy groceries at. On a regular basis, a produce
market sets up camp outside the hostel where you can buy fresh goods.
There is a cable TV to watch if you get bored (which is unlikely!) and they have a huge selection
of free videos if you ask.
The hostel promotes an active social life and provides free (yes, free!)
BBQ''s with grill cooked burgers, salads etc. on Tuesday and Friday nights
In the mornings, they set out free muffins, bagels, toast, tea
and coffee for breakfast.
You must show that you are an international traveler by form of passport
Rates are $15-$17 for a dorm bed and $17-$19 per person for a private
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001
Ocean Beach Hostel International
4961 Newport Ave
San Diego, California 92107
Attraction | "San Diego Zoo"
We hopped on the bus and soon we were amid 4,000 animals and a plant
collection equally as big.
The zoo is home to 2 giant pandas (on loan from China)-Hua Mei and
her daughter, Bai Yun. When we saw them they were housed together but I
have heard now that they are seperating them to give them a better shot
at reproducing. I like to check up on them by watching the Zoo's
Panda Cam on their webpage. Most of them time you get a great view
of them curled up in a nest made of wood.
Another favorite of mine was the polar bears. You can watch them swim and
play from an underwater viewing room and often they swim up to the
glass to check you out!
You can get an arial view of the park from a sky car that runs on a wire
from one end of the park to the other. Personally, I sat in it white
knuckled with my eyes shut as the car swayed alone-I hate heights, I'm not
sure why I even climbed in!
If you happen to go to the Zoo when the sun is out, don't forget your
sunscreen. It is a long day of walking around and seeing everything and
you'll be surprised how quickly you will burn. If you do forget yours, the
park does sell sunscreen-for seriously inflated prices.
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
The park is charming, with it's bright flowers and about 350 species of
different trees. The parks most well known tree is over 60 feet tall!
We enjoyed just strolling the pathways though the mainicured grounds.
The gardens vary from a sunken garden, known as the Zoro Garden, the Japanese
Friendship Garden to the Palm Canyon with its 70 different species of
You will find many resturants and cafes scattered around the park. They
range from sit down dinner type resturants to a quick coffee cafes.
Museums include the Hall of Champions that has exhibits on over 40
There is a free tram service that runs through the park. If you get on
board, grab a copy of the free map which also has coupons for some of
the museums located in the park. The tram runs about every 10 minutes
from the Tram Station or from any of the pick up points.
Admission to the park is free on Tuesdays.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2001
1549 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239 0512
Attraction | "Childrens Pool Beach (Seal Beach)"
The beach is now home to another breed of children, as for the last ten
years the beach has been taken over by sea lions and harbor seals. They come to the beach to rest as the cove and beach are protected from the strong waves.
This isn't really a beach to go swimming at due to the contamination from
the seals and sea lions. You might see people scuba diving etc. but personally I wouldn't be all the eager.
If you do go, make sure you stay at least 20 feet back from the sea lions.
They tend to be protective of their territory and might bite you if you
get too close.
You will find the seals and sea lions at 850 Coast Boulevard, between
Jenner Street and Girard Avenue.
After you are done at Childrens Pool Beach, make sure you explore La Jolla. It's a beautful little Californian city and should be seen from the beach, you can walk to the main area, where you will find parks, shops and resturants.
The Children's Pool Beach
850 Coast Boulevard
San Diego, California
Victoria, British Columbia