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Exploring San Diego County

An August 2006 trip to Escondido by Asia Traveler

Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma Lighthouse Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: While on a recent trip out to visit the in-laws, we explored some new places in San Diego County.

Exploring San Diego County

Overview

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The city of San Diego is an amazing place to visit, but around San Diego there are also many amazing places to visit within the county of San Diego. My husband hails from Escondido, about 30 minutes northeast of Sand Diego, so we get to explore many of the areas gems. Quick Tips: There's a lot to do and see in Southern California, so you'll need to come up with a plan of attack. Some things you can pick and choose on - for example, the San Diego Zoo (in the city of San Diego) and the Wild Animal Park (in Escondido) are both run by the same group. A visit to both on the same trip would probably be a bit much for most, so you can choose one to go to, based on what else you would like to do. ...Read More

World Famous

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Restaurant | "World Famous—California Coastal Cuisine"

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PLEASE NOTE: This review covers the World Famous bar eating area, not the main dining area.We went to World Famous on Wednesday night to take advantage of their $1.50 lobster tacos (Wednesday nights, 4 pm to closing). Considering that these are usually $4 each, it is a fantastic deal! It is even better, as the tacos are made with REAL lobster, cabbage, cheese, and a white sauce in a tortilla. They were so good, I had to order a third one! My husband also had a applewood bacon quesadilla, which was also excellent (although not as much of a bargain). And when the bill comes, don't have a heart attack—the tacos are billed at the regular price, but then discounted down below.We were s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

World Famous
711 Pacific Beach Drive
San Diego, California 92109
(858) 272-3100

Ruby's

Restaurant | "Ruby's Diner"

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Ruby's is a mostly west-coast chain of diners featuring burgers, shakes, and sandwiches. We walked in at 9:55pm (10pm was closing time) hoping we could still get served dessert, and they very graciously accommodated us. Our waitress (dressed in pinstripes) was a hoot and added to a fun experience. All the desserts people had were good. I had a chocolate shake with Take Five mixed in (it was their shake of the month), which was delicious but way too rich (and much) for me to finish all at once. The two guys at our table got sundaes, for which they could choose from all the traditional sundae toppings such as hot fudge, strawberry, and pineapple. My sister-in-law got her 'usual'- fresh baked app...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Ruby's
5630 Paseo Del Norte #130D
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 931-7829

Estrada's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Estradas Restaurant"

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Estradas offers authentic Mexican meals in a cozy, home-like atmosphere. The food is good and plentiful, the decorations are authentic but minimal, and when you walk in, you feel like you've just walked into someone's kitchen.We went to Estradas for my father-in-law's birthday. He specifically wanted to go there for their Chili Rellenos, which aren't healthy, but they sure are good! The menu is full of typical Mexican fare - burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas, and more. No one had any complaints on their meal - everything was excellent. I even had leftovers on my quesadilla, and it reheated great the next day. You can easily eat a meal at Estradas for under $10. Your only challen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2006

Estrada's Restaurant
246 South Quince Street
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 746-3441

Wave House at Belmont Park

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Attraction | "Wave House "

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We stopped in here for a few drinks between dinner and a show. It is a cool, laid-back place to hang out. The Wavehouse has two main outdoor bars as well as a grill serving slightly overpriced food.We sat at the bar and watched the folks riding the waves on the Flowrider while we drank. It was pretty good entertainment, especially since the price was right (free for us). There are also tables and hanging hammocks available. (Although while we were there, the hammocks seemed to be overrun with children.) After the sun went down, they lit fires in a couple of fire pits, so we pulled over some chairs and warmed up around the fire. It was very nice and relaxing just to sit around a fir...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Wave House at Belmont Park
3146 Mission Blvd
San Diego, California 92109
+1 619 491 2988

Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma Lighthouse

Attraction | "Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma Lighthouse"

Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma Lighthouse Photo, San Diego, California
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Point Loma is an easy drive from downtown San Diego and offers a relaxing and beautiful side trip. Cabrillo National Monument (its official name) is a National Monument run by the National Park Service and has a $5 per vehicle entrance fee. However, the beautiful blue ocean/sky views plus the relaxing setting are well worth it. Aside from the gorgeous views, the main highlight at Point Loma is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which guided sailors safely in from 1855 to 1891. It was of particular interest to us, as my husband's great-great-great-grandfather, Robert Israel was the last lighthouse keeper at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. However, even without the family connection, the historical d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2006

Cabrillo National Monument & Point Loma Lighthouse
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, California 92106
(619) 557-5450