San Diego Area

Overview

From Andrew Harper

San Diego keeps a lower profile than California’s other major metropolises, but the state’s second-largest city offers a rich array of natural and cultural resources that is anything but modest. Home to the largest Navy base on the West Coast, as well as the first Spanish mission in California, and bordering Tijuana, Mexico, San Diego possesses a flavor and heritage that are brightly multicultural. Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, features museums that showcase San Diego’s Latino heritage, as well as other institutions of all stripes, from modern art museums to a world-famous zoo.

The legions of tourists and retirees who flock here are drawn to the 70 miles of quintessential Southern California beaches and acres of world-class golf. Temperate year-round climes facilitate enjoyment of both. The recently revitalized Gaslamp Quarter, a 16-block historic district downtown, bustles with daytime shoppers and evening diners and club-goers. Thirty minutes north, in the upscale seaside community of La Jolla, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a rustic and charming refuge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and PGA Tour links.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in San Diego Area

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Cal-A-Vie Spa
Cal-A-Vie Spa

European-flavored coed health/fitness/beauty spa amid 200 acres in a secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego.

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Golden Door
Golden Door

Renowned 50-year-old health/beauty spa (primarily for women) with an elegant Zen ambience, set in North San Diego County foothills in Escondido.

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Rancho Valencia
Rancho Valencia

Spanish hacienda-style resort enclave 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe, an upscale residential community near Del Mar and La Jolla.

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The Grand Del Mar
The Grand Del Mar

Elegant 249-room Mediterranean-style golf and spa resort adjacent to a 4,100-acre nature preserve north of downtown San Diego.

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Charming resort hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and a 2,000-acre seaside nature reserve.

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Special Offers

Special Offers

Rancho Valencia - Grand Award Offer
Rancho Valencia - Grand Award Offer

Confirm a two-night minimum stay and enjoy a one category upgrade at time of booking and an additional $100 resort credit (total value of $150).