Located in Southern California near the border with Mexico, San Diego is a city that enjoys a good climate throughout the year, and barely has any rainy days. The beautiful coastline is one of the real attractions of the city, while the city also boasts a good reputation as one of the animal conservation centers in the country too. This is a city where the outdoors is really to be cherished, and if you are spending a weekend in San Diego, then you might have to try quite hard to stay indoors for the whole weekend!
The seafront is a massive part of the culture in San Diego, and if you enjoy surfing then Windansea Beach and Marine Street Beach are the places to go for the best surfing conditions. The area around Mission Beach and Pacific Beach will usually attract most of the visitors, as there is a lovely boardwalk along the front and an amusement park on Mission Beach. If you do fancy seeing a little more of the local wildlife, La Jolla Cove has a nice beach, and plenty of marine life for snorkelers and scuba divers exploring the area.
Animal attractions are a big part of many people's trips to San Diego, with the city zoo and safari park both preferring to display their animals in pens depicting their natural surroundings. If you are a real fan of zoological attractions, the zoo in Balboa Park is spread over 100 acres and celebrates its centenary in 2016, while the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a short drive outside the city, and has rhinos, elephants, tigers and cheetahs in large open pens. Further attractions worth exploring are the Birch Aquarium, while those traveling with a family looking for a little more drama may enjoy Sea World, with killer whales among the marine creatures on display there.
There are plenty of great areas for hiking in and around San Diego, and walking along the Sunset Cliffs on the way to Point Loma is a great place to enjoy the surroundings during the evening, while Balboa Park is another great place for walking, and has some peaceful trails for walking and cycling. Traveling inland into San Diego County you will find some great rock climbing and bouldering opportunities, with El Cajon Mountain and Mount Woodson among the best areas to explore for this.
Whatever time of year you will be in the city, there will be some opportunities to enjoy one of the major sports, although it is fair to say that neither has experienced success at the upper echelon having never won a major trophy to bring home to San Diego. During the fall and winter, the NFL's San Diego Chargers play football from their Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, while the San Diego Padres have a great history of producing baseball players, but are still struggling to string these together to win a World Series.
There are plenty of good places around San Diego if you are looking for accommodation, and if luxury is your aim then the Downtown area has options such as the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the US Grant Hotel. The Keating Hotel is another great luxury option, and you can see more of the surroundings there in this wonderful video that takes a tour of the hotel. If you are looking for beach front rentals, then Point Loma and Ocean Beach has a series of charming small hotels and cottages for rent, while those looking for budget accommodation can find a range of hostels and motels in the Mission Valley area of the city.