It’s a one-of-a-kind destination for all things culture in San Diego—housing unique museums, working artist studios, gardens, luxury cinemas, dining and more. 2825 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.573.9300.

Covering almost two square miles, Balboa Park is home to a host of San Diego’s major museums. Also, free tours about history, architecture, horticulture and botanical gardens. Call for schedule. Visitors Center, House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512.

A beachfront landmark with attractions, rides, arcades and dining. Highlights include the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, Beach House, several casual eateries, bars and food booths. 3190 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.488.1549.

Explore one of the nation’s largest oceanographic museums and enjoy a ­spectacular view from the tidepool plaza. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $15-$19.50, three-hour courtesy parking. 2300 ­Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474.

The monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at S.D. Bay on Sept. 28, 1542. Nearby whale-watching, tidepools, trails, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and stunning city/ocean views. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 per car, NPS and Cabrillo National Monument pass holders are free. 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma, 619.557.5450.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy and explore this 20-acre outdoor haven home to more than 80 domesticated livestock from around the world. Fun and educational interactive presentations encourage an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and our ecosystem. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, 619.320.4942.

Explore Mission Bay like never before with this new water-propelled jet-pack adventure that allows you to fly over and through the water. First-time flyers and returning vets alike will love the sky-high experience. 1010 Santa Clara Pl., Mission Bay, 888.553.6471.

SoCal’s first electric indoor kart racing center lets 20-horsepower electric karts roam 70,000 square feet of space; arcade games, too. Great for private parties. 6212 Corte del Abeto, Carlsbad, 760.929.2225; 1709 Main St., San Diego, 619.349.1321.

Find 60-plus rides and shows, and Sea Life Aquarium’s 7-foot-long Lego submarine. Check out the waterpark complete with a lazy river (open seasonally). Visit website for hours and admission prices. 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, 760.918.5346.

Take a safari adventure through the 1,800–acre wildlife preserve, home to herds of exotic animals roaming in vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. See website for hours and admission prices. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702.

One of the world’s most diverse plant collections with 37 acres of lush gardens and trails. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $18, discounted rates for seniors and youth, free for kids 2 and under. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, 760.436.3036.

The world-famous zoo has more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals in a charming state-of-the-art park. Its inclined walking trails are a workout. See website for hours and admission prices. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515.

The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales plus fish, reptiles and birds. See website for hours and admission prices. 500 SeaWorld Dr., Mission Bay, 800.25.SHAMU.

This artists’ haven includes 37 working studios and an outdoor patio area where visitors can watch resident artists create original works of art. With more than 200 artists represented, the center displays a large variety of paintings, glass, gourds, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, enamel, woodwork and more. 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.233.9050.

One of only four OTCs in the U.S., this year-round facility features field hockey, archery, soccer, BMX facilities and more. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ask about guided tours. Free entry. 2800 Olympic Pkwy., Chula Vista, 619.656.1500.


More than 2,000 slot machines, 70-plus table games, satellite wagering and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Daily, 24 hours. 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, 619.443.2300.

Tropically themed complex with more than 35,000 square feet of gaming, 850 slots, 24 table games, poker parlor and non-smoking section. Daily, 24 hours. 777 Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley, 760.891.7900.

Renovated property features a new 21-story, 403-room hotel tower; the new Dive Day Club, which includes several pools and a lazy river; and Spiked, a new craft cocktail ultra-lounge. Daily, 24 hours. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760.751.3100.

The sprawling property features 2,250 state-of-the-art slots and video machines, 85 Vegas-style gaming tables, live entertainment, eight restaurants and two lounges; plus a full-service spa and luxe overnight accomodations. Daily, 24 hours. 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, 760.510.5100.

Video machines, table games, lunch buffet and entertainment center ­featuring live concerts and ­professional boxing. Alcohol served. Daily, 24 hours. 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, 951.693.1819.

Find high-stakes bingo, pai gow poker, slots, 10 restaurants, live entertainment, a 500-seat theater and more at this newly renovated casino—now boasting a luxe resort and spa. Daily, 24 hours. 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 619.445.6002.

High-limit blackjack, 2,000 slots, the Black & Blue Steakhouse, a Maine lobster buffet served nightly, a 24-hour café, three bars and separate non-smoking gaming and bar area. Daily, 24 hours. 16300 Nyemii Pass Road, Valley Center, 760.291.5500.

Alpine casino features 2,500 Vegas–style slots, table games, satellite wagering, high-stakes bingo, buffet and six restaurants. Daily, 24 hours.5000 Willows Road, Alpine, 800.847.6537.


This par-72 course, spanning 7,088 yards and created by Gary Roger Baird Design, includes 100-plus bunkers and a series of lakes and ponds. It was also the host site for the 2007 Nationwide Tour Championships. Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, 619.443.2300

You may have difficulty keeping your eye on the ball at this 18-hole championship course: From the back nine, the views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego skyline across the bay can be beautifully distracting. 2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, 619.435.3121

This Johnny Miller- and Robert Muir Graves–designed course, named by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,” is set in secluded canyons and ravines 20 minutes northeast of downtown—complemented by creeks, lakes, waterfalls and native wildflowers. This 18-hole course plays to 7,115 yards from the back tees—and with five sets of tees, golfers of all skill levels can enjoy. The renowned maintenance practices of Troon Golf assure championship conditions every single day. 17750 Old Coach Road, Poway, 866.233.0496.

Amid 400 acres in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, La Costa features two 18-hole courses (including the recently redone championship North Course), a driving range, equipment rental and Southern California’s only TOUR Golf Academy. The last four holes of the South Course are known as “the longest mile in golf.” 2100 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 800.854.5000

The only Arnold Palmer signature golf course in San Diego, Aviara winds through rolling valleys with ocean views. Named by Golf Digest, Golf and Condé Nast Traveler magazines as one of the best in existence, the resort also welcomes non-guests to play. 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad, 760.603.6900

This 18-hole championship course features two natural lakes, a driving range with grass or mat tees and a championship yardage of 6,631. The resort has hosted PGA and LPGA events, and offers instruction and clinics by PGA pros. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 858.385.8733

Carved through the foothills of Mount Miguel, this 280-acre layout is a links design by John Cook. It features three lakes, 78 bunkers and plenty of lush wetlands. The scenic course is surrounded by a wildlife refuge—not housing developments. Five sets of tees suit all levels, measuring 6,889 yards from the back tees and 5,505 from the forward tees. 525 Hunte Parkway, Chula Vista, 619.656.2373

Set amid rugged mountains and natural rock outcroppings, Sycuan Resort is a 25-minute drive east from downtown San Diego. There are two, 18-hole championship courses and an 18-hole executive course spread over some 425 acres. Also onsite is a golf school designed exclusively for women of all ages and skill levels, taught by LPGA professionals. 3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, 619.442.3425.

Arguably the most scenically breathtaking course in the country, this exclusive golf course at the Grand Del Mar—one of the top luxury resorts in the world—is a true treat to play. Open to resort guests, members and the property’s villa owners, its immaculate, Tom Fazio-designed fairways, rolling greens and dramatic elevations bordering Los Peñasquitos Canyon make for an unforgettable round. 5200 Grand Del Mar Court, Del Mar, 858.314.1930

Home of the PGA’s esteemed annual tournament Farmers Insurance Open—won by Tiger Woods seven times, including in January 2013—Torrey Pines is one of the best-known properties in the U.S. Its two public courses have stunning ocean views from the bluffs above the Pacific, wide fairways and sloping greens. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.552.1662

For tee times at these and other courses, call San Diego Golf Reservations, 888.503.4415, or Showtime Golf, 888.806.7667.

Music + Dance

Founded in 1899 and located in the heart of La Jolla, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. The Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents more than 200 programs and cultural events annually at four venues in four different zip codes in San Diego. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla,

Constructed in 1924 as a vaudeville and movie palace, the Balboa Theatre reopened its doors in 2008 as a local, national and international performing venue. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

As the cultural center of North San Diego County, the Center's campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat center theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253.

Opened in January 1965, the Civic Theatre has hosted the world’s finest talents in the fields of opera, classical music, dance, comedy, contemporary music and Broadway. Additionally, it has served as a community gathering place for inaugurations, governmental addresses, religious services, political activities, lectures, educational presentations and corporate meetings. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

Situated on San Diego Bay, the 1,400 seat outdoor theatre has offered a wide variety of major attractions since 1982. Generally running from April through October, Humphreys Concerts covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music. 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577.

As one of the most prestigious and highly-respected multi-disciplinary presenting organizations in the nation, La Jolla Music Society’s October-to-May season offers a rich variety of artistic experiences: internationally-renowned orchestras on tour in the United States; chamber music performances ranging from solo piano recitals to string quartets and early music specialists; a wide-ranging jazz series; and dance performances in ballet, modern and post-modern idioms. 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.3728.

Construction on the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre (OAT) began in 1939. It provided the San Diego State University campus with a 4,280-seat assembly site, along with fill for a land bridge across the canyon which, for the first time, connected the main campus with the gymnasium. 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, 619.594.7315.

Pechanga Arena San Diego is San Diego’s leading destination for sporting events, family shows and live entertainment. Home to the San Diego Gulls, San Diego Sockers, San Diego Seals and San Diego Strike Force. The arena hosts more than 100 events and 750,000 visitors each year. In November 2016, Pechanga Arena San Diego celebrated 50 years. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway, 619.224.4171.

San Diego Opera’s acclaimed productions regularly bring internationally renowned artists to perform in San Diego throughout the company’s season. The company’s education program is one of the most extensive and diverse opera education and outreach programs in North America, bringing music and arts to 100,000 school children annually in San Diego County and Northern Mexico. 233 A St., Suite 500, San Diego, 619.533.7000.

San Diego Symphony has been enriching local culture for more than a century now. The orchestra performs both classical and symphonic pops concerts throughout the year. Its winter home is downtown's Jacobs Music Center insider Copley Symphony Hall. 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804.

Viejas Arena, formerly known as Cox Arena, opened its doors on the San Diego State University campus in July of 1997. This arena is home to the Men's and Women's Division I Aztec basketball teams and is San Diego's premier concert venue. 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego,


Collection of surfing artifacts and memorabilia, plus exhibits about surfing legends. Rare surfing collectibles in the museum gift shop. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $5; seniors/military/students $3; kids 12 and under free. 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.721.6876.

Celebrates Mexican, Chicano and indigenous art and culture with vibrant murals, art exhibits and performances. Gallery open Tu-Su noon-4 p.m. Suggested donation $5. 2125 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, 619.235.6135.

Galleries of historical memorabilia reveal Coronado’s rich past and interesting fun facts. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested donation $2-$4. 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.7242.

Interactive science galleries invite visitors to explore the wonders of astronomy, the earth and physics. Giant-screen films run in the IMAX Dome Theater. M-Th 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open later during holiday breaks); F-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $18.95-$21.95; kids under 3 free. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233.

At the admission-free museum celebrating the Founding Fathers, peruse historical documents, newspapers and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War era inside a colonial-style building. M-Sa 11 a.m.-close; Su 10:30 a.m.-close. 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.918.2421.

Visit the 1863 barque Star of India (world’s oldest active ship), the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, a ­Soviet-era submarine and the HMS Surprise, the Royal Navy frigate featured in the film Master and Commander. Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $20 adults, $15 seniors/military/teens, $10 children 3-12; free children under 3. The schooner Californian also offers half-day sailing trips ($44-$79). 1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.234.9153.

Craftsman-style house designed by renowned architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill in 1905. Period furnishings, pottery and an Indian basketry collection. Open for tours F-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults, $4 kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park, 619.297.9327.

Exhibits celebrate folk art from around the world. Hours are Sat - Wed at 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Thur - Fri at 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Third Thursday of every month free. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0003.

The first of 21 ­missions stretching north along the California coast, this one was established by Father Junípero Serra in 1769 on Presidio Hill and moved to this site in 1774. $3 adults, $2 kids/seniors. 10818 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley, 619.281.8449.

Museum features post-1950s art spanning many genres and media. Th-Tu 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10 admission valid for seven days; ages 25 and under free; free third Th 5-7 p.m. 1001 and 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541.

Explore vintage instruments and interactive audio and visual exhibits that offer a dynamic look into the history of American popular music. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$8; kids 5 and under free. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, 760.438.5996.

Collection includes contemporary photography, social documentary and photojournalism; plus regularly rotating exhibits and film screenings. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$8; kids 12 and under free. Free second Tu for San Diego residents. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559.

New Children's MuseumThe super-mod museum encourages kids to touch and interact with exhibits. M-Sa (closed Tues/Wed) 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $15.50; $10 seniors and military; children under 1 and members free. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619.233.8792.

Regional and international artists showcased in exhibits ranging from landscape painting to studio furniture, neon sculpture, art quilts and architectural glass. Tu–Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Su 1-4 p.m. $5-$8 (students and military are free). 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720.

With over 120 pieces of equipment and artifacts on display between our two facilities in Campo, CA and La Mesa, CA, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association provides a unique learning experience for all ages. At the Campo facility, they offer vintage train rides with locomotives and cars from the early 20th-century operated by all-volunteer train crews and support staff. Sa-Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See website for train ride prices. 750 Depot St., Campo, 619.478.9937.

Spacecraft, jets and historical aircraft; plus special exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $19.95 adults; $16.95 seniors, students, retired military; $10.95 youth ages 3-11; free children 2 and under, members, active duty military. 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291.

Peruse a range of exhibitions that chronicle San Diego’s diverse history. The museum also features an extensive research library—home to several million documents and photographs from the city’s past. M-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-$10; kids 6 and under free. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.6203.

Opened in 1926 as the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, the museum's diverse collection today includes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque works, 19th- to 20th-century American and ­European paintings and sculptures, and a vast Asian collection. M, Tu, Th, Sa (closed W) 10 a.m.-5 p.m., F 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. $15 adults; $10 seniors, military; $8 college students; free youth ages 17 and under. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.

Located in the historical California Plaza at the center of Balboa Park, the Museum of Us is known as much for its architecture as its exhibitions—the museum's California Tower is an extra fee, visitors can climb up to the top to take in breathtaking views of the city. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $13 adults; $10 students, seniors, military, youth ages 6-17; free children ages 5 and under. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001.

Dinosaur displays, giant-screen films, photography exhibitions and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $19.95 adults; $16.95 students, seniors, military; $11.95 youth ages 3-17; free children 2 and under. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821.

Scattered across the UC San Diego campus, outdoor art collection includes talking and singing trees, a “Sun God” and more. Free. Gilman and La Jolla Village drives, La Jolla, 858.534.2230.

Now a retired aircraft carrier, the world’s largest floating naval-aviation museum has restored airplanes on the flight deck and interactive exhibits inside; plus military veterans giving personal tours. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8-$20; military/kids 5 and under free. 910 N. ­Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.544.9600. 


Rock ‘n’ roll glamour at the Hard Rock Hotel; two nightspots offer different vibes, from the street-level 207 lounge to the rooftop Float, featuring bottle service in poolside cabanas. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.3000.

Campy, Asian-inspired restaurant/nightclub serves cocktails, punch bowls and an extensive sake list, while big-name DJs get the dance floor going on weekends. 526 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.677.2264.

Choose from 30 beers on tap from local microbreweries at this casual-cool bar, featuring Ginger’s cocktail lounge below ground. 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.255.7373.

Urban bar in a cool, renovated warehouse near the ballpark serves brick-oven pizzas. 410 10th Ave., East Village, 619.531.8869

North County’s premier live music venue with killer local and touring acts in a semi-intimate and relaxed setting. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.481.8140.

Modern tavern features communal tables, a renowned craft beer list and wood-fired pizzas. 3416 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.255.2491.

This spacious, light-filled spot features vintage Prohibition-inspired design accents plus pub grub, flat-screen TVs and more. 804 Market St., East Village, 619.794.BOOT.

his super-casual East Village sports bar boasts flat screens at every turn so you’ll never miss a game, no matter the sport. Great beer selection and comfort food-style bar menu, plus salads and wraps. 715 J St., East Village, 619.546.0815.

Casual beach haunt features live music, healthier bar fare and ocean views. 2633 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.635.1200.

Small but legendary rock club has hosted superstars like Nirvana and The Black Keys on their way up. Live music nightly. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown, 619.232.4355.

Chic bar/dance club features live music and guest DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. Dress to impress, as North County’s socialites are out in full force. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Carmel Valley, 858.314.2700.

It’s stand-up comedy at its funniest at this cozy entertainment venue in the heart of town, featuring both up-and-coming and headlining comedians who tour nationally.916 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858.454.9176.

Locals love its cool live music and hot fire pits; plus dancing and karaoke. Indoor/outdoor spot offers casual ambiance and a view. 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, ­Carlsbad, 760.729.4695.

This cozy watering hole features reclaimed wood ceilings, a library (with real books!) and craft cocktails by the city’s top mixologists. Prepare to wait for a table on weekends.675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202.

This lively sports bar and bowling alley near Petco Park offers cocktails, darts and pool. Fun bar menu. 950 Market St., East Village, 619.677.BOWL.

Indoor/outdoor Mexican eatery and cantina features unique under-the-flight-path location. 2400 India St., Little Italy, 619.685.3881.

Hip downtown bar boasts retro-clad mixologists, couture cocktails and DJs. 1030 Broadway, East Village, 619.237.0550.

Lively singles vibe and tasty Mexican food served up on this restaurant’s bustling patio. 1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.6551.

Gaslamp Irish pub has excellent fish ‘n’ chips, frothy pints and patio seating, plus live entertainment select evenings. 544 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.9840.

Ambiance-changing dance club from the design team behind Sidebar and other venues. 500 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.8100.

The new second-level bar at George’s at the Cove boasts jaw-dropping ocean and cove views; plus craft cocktails that focus on the classics with a twist. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244.

Nightclub and restaurant serves California cuisine and showcases live entertainment nightly. A Gaslamp staple. 618 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.238.2389.

Live rock, blues and pop music, plus Sunday gospel brunch. Regular mix of national and regional acts. Call for current shows. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583.

Live jazz and blues along with dancing. A longtime favorite located right on the water. 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577.

A favorite of sports fans and locals. Choose between the sports bar and the nightclub. Friday and Saturday nights are popular for Del Mar socialites. 225 W. 15th St., Del Mar, 858.350.3735.

Tower 23 Hotel’s hip bar and lounge overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a variety of cocktails, beer, wine and a raw bar. 4551 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.270.5736.

Lively venue features country-western line dancing, live music and DJs; plus a full bar and kitchen. 344 Seventh Ave., East Village, 619.255.7625.

Three-story live music venue boasts superior sound and lighting systems, multilevel V.I.P. areas, bar/lounge and upscale dining. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619.795.1337.

Named after landscape architect and San Diego visionary John Nolen (1869-1937), this stylish, 14th-floor rooftop bar features skyline views, lounge seating, a fire pit and barrel-aged, Craftsman-era cocktails and a small menu of upscale snacks. 453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.796.6536.

The city’s most posh nightlife experience includes indoor/outdoor spaces, interactive features, state-of-the-art technology and a superstar lineup of live DJs and electronic artists. F-Sa (nightly). 454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.544.9500.

This posh restaurant and nightclub delivers an unparalleled nightlife experience—with a 20,000-square-foot dance space accessed via a stone tunnel. 615 Broadway, downtown, 619.727.6789.

This cozy pub inside a renovated bungalow knows its beer—serving specialty ales from all over the world and creative burgers. 830 Kline St., La Jolla, 858.551.9210.

Vegas-worthy club in the Andaz Hotel boasts sexy décor and a massive, recently renovated rooftop bar with panoramic downtown views. 600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.814.2055.

Dueling pianos played by impossible-to-stump musicians. Music ranges from classic rock to contemporary hits. 655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700.

DJs, dancing and bottle service at this sexy, modern downtown lounge. Watch out for swinging bird cages and nude portraits lining the walls. 536 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.696.0946.


Scottish-themed pub near the ballpark has 30 plasma TVs and pretty barmaids serving up 24 international brews. 310 10th Ave., East Village, 619.814.5458.

A stylish neighborhood bar with three levels, pool tables, shuffleboard and trivia. Menu features pub grub, craft beer and signature cocktails. 770 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.9300.

Alice in Wonderland-themed nightspot located below street level features whimsical, eye-popping décor, live music, light bites, great wine selection and a full bar. 901 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.234.4166.

Enjoy craft beer, stiff drinks, live music and DJs at this Wild West-inspired bar located just a mile away from the racetrack. 123 W. Plaza St., Solana Beach, 858.755.5007.

Steps from the beach, this live music venue has everything from rock to hip-hop. 710 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.483.7844.

A true beach bar just steps from the sand, this upstairs bungalow is known for action sports décor, beach views, tasty pub grub and schooners of beer. 4343 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.272.7873.

Just steps away from the ocean, this bar offers a beachy-casual vibe, light fare and drinks. 5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.226.4577.

Casual, Euro-style wine bar with tapas, cask wines and live music. 873 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858.488.4200.

The laid-back American restaurant and sports bar serves up burgers, seafood, craft beer, margaritas and views of the beach. 5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.255.3358.

Craft beer-centric bar, restaurant and bottle shop offers regional microbrews, wine, cold-brew coffee and full cocktail bar. 3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.795.7890.

Casual-cool neighborhood bar and lounge features a charming courtyard and back patio, old-fashioned cocktails, and games such as Ping-Pong and shuffleboard. 4612 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.795.9700.

Retro-style, apothecary-inspired bar and atrium offers the city’s best craft cocktails; plus microbrews. 4696 30th St., Normal Heights, 619.677.3784.

Quirky and fun tavern is known for local craft beer, sausages, sandwiches and burgers. 3659 India St., #101, Midtown, 619.297.2337.

Quirky and fun tavern is known for local craft beer, sausages, sandwiches and burgers. 3659 India St., #101, Midtown, 619.297.2337.

Stylish whiskey lounge outfitted with dark, wood-lined interiors showcases an extensive bourbon menu. 3054 University Ave., North Park, 619.269.8820.

UK-inspired pub is great for watching soccer games; plus traditional British fare, beer, an outdoor patio and an excellent whiskey selection. 3701 India St., Midtown, 619.299.0230.

Casual pub features craft brews, picnic tables and wood-fired sandwiches. 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.487.0401.

Premier beer bar boasts 56 beers on tap and 300 bottled selections, focusing on Belgian imports and American craft brews. 4026 30th St., North Park, 619.282.0456.

Casual pub is outfitted with TVs, patio space and games such as table tennis, shuffleboard and foosball. 3221 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.281.0263.

Bustling LGBT-friendly hotspot has a regularly packed dance floor, festive theme nights and an outdoor patio. 308 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.491.0400.

This former movie theater is now an urban-cool casual spot for cocktails, happy hour and upscale comfort food. 2895 University Ave., North Park, 619.295.1688.

A true locals’ bar, it has a laid-back house party vibe, with regular events and themed nights; plus local bands and DJs. 2236 Fern St., South Park, 619.284.6784.


The award-winning, world-renowned surfing photographer displays the fruits of his labor at both of his artist-owned San Diego Galleries, which feature an array of media from large-format photographs to art-wrapped surfboards. 415 S. Cedros Ave., #100 Solana Beach, 858.345.1880; 789 W. Harbor Dr. #156, San Diego, 619.567.8088. 

Art gallery and frame specialist represents local, national and international artists who work in a range of media, including a selection of hand-signed lithographs by 20th century master artists such as Chagall, Picasso and Matisse. 936 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.435.5212.

A shopping bazaar alive with colorful entertainment and lush gardens, this international marketplace offers crafts, collectibles and wearable art. Shops are interspersed with restaurants. 4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161.

Your personal jeweler since 1912, Ben Bridge is a family-run business known for its fine jewelry and knowledgeable service. From engagement rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets to watches, accessories and gifts, choose from a wide range of designer brands including A. Jaffe, Mikimoto, Rolex and TAG Heuer. Ben Bridge also offers appraisals, engraving, repairs and complimentary cleaning and inspection. Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road #543, Mission Valley, 619.291.7572; Westfield UTC, 4505 La Jolla Village Dr. #C-19, UTC, 858.453.9966.

One of San Diego County’s largest selections of new and old Asian art, Buddhist statues and meditation supplies curated from around the world carrying the items you need to create a peaceful environment in your home, office, garden or temple. 1531 Tyler Ave., University Heights, 619.582.1100. 

Shop 90 outlet stores including Barneys New York, Polo Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic in a pleasant outdoor setting. 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.804.9000.

North County shopping destination includes boutiques, art, dining and entertainment. Cedros Avenue, Encinitas, 858.755.0444.

A collection of designer beach and resort wear brought together by a mother and daughter duo from their travels abroad. 789 W. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 760.334.1638; 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.356.9774; 2975 State St., Carlsbad, 760.707.2262.

Dedicated to supplying the freshest olives and fine aged vinegars, the shop imports directly from growers located all over the world. Taste samples in-store and get expert pairing advice from knowledgeable staff. 954 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.522.0098.

Founded by Malin and Kevin Doyle after moving from Stockholm, deepfling’s purpose was to bring Scandinavian inspired jewelry and aesthetic to Southern California. Malin used her knowledge of Scandinavian designers and vendors to source out unique and beautiful pieces from around the world that she was unable to find upon moving to the states. At deepfling, there is something for everyone; big, small, delicate, chunky, gold, silver, colorful, you name it. 937 S Coast Hwy 101 C-100, Encinitas, 760.942.4254.

This exclusive pocket of dining, shopping and entertainment comprises around 75 stylish shops and restaurants; plus a Cinepolis luxury movie theater. 12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.793.5757.

With more than 20 shops and eight restaurants, this gorgeous tri-level boutique shopping plaza overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Del Mar. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.1555.

Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, this 14,000-square-foot space offers sophisticated, duty-free shopping: luxury accessories, beauty products, leather goods, confectionary, wine, spirits and tobacco. 601 E. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, 619.621.2600.

The largest mall in San Diego, this beautiful bi-level, outdoor mall includes 200-plus shops, five department stores, restaurants, a food court and an 18-screen movie theater. 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.688.9113.

Del Mar’s continually expanding, upscale lifestyle center is home to refined restaurants, including Cucina Enoteca, and dozens of high-end specialty boutiques. 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.481.7131.

Elegant, tree-lined outdoor center with dozens of shops and restaurants, including Anthropologie and Sur La Table. 1905 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760.479.0166.

This laid-back South Park shop is stocked with one-of-a-kind “beach to street” fashions for women and men from up-and-coming designers. Eco-friendly accessories and hip gifts for babies are also popular. 2220 Fern St., San Diego, 858.433.0950. 

From summer surf wear to winter snow gear, Hansen’s Surfboards is the largest surf shop in San Diego. Shop a large selection of ski and snowboard apparel and equipment for winter, and summer styles all year long. 1105 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas. 760.753.6595.

Open-air center in a historical setting is home to specialty shops, designer boutiques and restaurants. 789 W. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.235.4014.

More than 20 stores, boutiques and dining at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 800.468.3533, 619.435.6611.

Spanish Colonial-style outlet mall has 125-plus shops. 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, 619.934.8400.

Dedicated to presenting the great names and bet of emerging artists. The gallery is committed to offering the finest quality artworks and superior value while maintaining the highest level of integrity and ethical standards in service to their clients. 1111 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.1122.

Shop among gorgeous, one-of-a-kind daytime, cocktail and special-occasion dresses, accessories and shoes inside this elegant, stylish boutique. Inside, sip a signature cocktail in your own private dressing room, consult with a seasoned personal dress stylist and enjoy exceptional, attentive customer service. 643 G St., East Village, 619.756.7321. 

Boutique offers stylish, affordable maternity wear and exclusive products that can only be found at Modish Maternity. 1000 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.551.1800; 2710 Via de la Valle, Ste. B-130, Del Mar. 858.222.1117.

A creative, fun shopping experience for pet lovers featuring quality products, knowledgeable service and unique style. 277 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.755.3647; 7755 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.9663.

Say aloha to the spirit of Hawaii at Na Hoku Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924. This Fashion Valley shop celebrates the vibrant color and culture of the Islands with Na Hoku’s unique Hawaiian and island lifestyle jewelry. From the casual (a diamond-studded gold flip-flop charm necklace) to the exquisite (a yellow-gold ring with opal inlay and diamonds), Na Hoku carries men’s and women’s styles at a wide variety of prices. Look for the namesake line as well as selections from Kabana and Steven Douglas. 7007 Friars Road, Fashion Valley, 619.294.7811.

Fine art photography from around the globe with collections of exclusive limited editions that showcase the rich heritage of National Geographic. The galleries are places of learning that inspire people to act and enlighten their perspective. 1205 Prospect St., Suite A, La Jolla, 619.568.6790; 628 L St., downtown, 619.288.0501.

Behind its ornate grapevine-motif brass gate, this tiny spot comes courtesy of a third-generation jeweler whose family have been in the business since 1948. Inside, find pre-owned fine Swiss watches from names like Patel Philippe, Panerai, Cartier and Breitling as well as antique and estate jewelry and diamonds, some dating back as far as the Victorian era. 562 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.236.0870.

Noon consists of thoughtfully designed, handmade goods made in America, specifically simple and timeless jewelry, letterpress greeting cards, home goods and body products. 4993 Niagara Ave. #105, San Diego, 619.523.1744.

This brand-new lifestyle center marries high design with a country-coastal vibe – boasting 96,000 square feet of stores and restaurants. Tenants include Salt & Straw, Soul Cycle, Dry Bar and Shop Good. 3745 Paseo Place, Del Mar, 858.523.2298.

Shops at this airy, stylish South County mall include Apple, Sephora and myriad fashion boutiques. Enjoy outdoor fire pits, a dog park and a movie theater. 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 619.656.9100.

Owned by a design-minded husband and wife team, Progress brings a cool, modern vibe to the trendy South Park neighborhood. Most items in the store, from sculptural cardboard pendant lamps to the benches made from folded-up magazine pages, have an eco-minded twist. Also find candles,  jewelry, kitchenware, cards, kids’ stuff and more. 2225 30th St., South Park, 619.280.5501. 

Find high-end jewelry, diamonds in a variety of cuts and settings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, Lalique crystal and designer watches from the likes of Chopard at this spacious showroom in the heart of the village shopping district in La Jolla. 1200 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.1781,

Custom-made and one-of-a-kind designer jewelry and timepieces. 7007 Friars Road, San Diego, 619.294.8160; 200 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. Suite 185, Escondido, 760.432.8400.

Brimming with peonies and dahlias, this jewel-box flower shop run by BFFs is the kind of place that warrants lingering. Chock-full of coastal-inspired decor and pretty summer stems like poppies, this is Coronado’s freshest one-stop shop. 845 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6060. 

Inspired by travel, music, art, tradition and the dazzling colors and forms of nature, Satori Designs features an eclectic collection of women’s clothing and accessories in collaboration with local and international designers. 435 S. Cedros Ave. #103, Solana Beach, 619.708.9357.

Family owned and operated shop offers top quality imports from Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales, many of which can’t be found anywhere else in America. Specializes in kilt rentals as well. 916 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.435.1880.

Conveniently located in Del Mar Plaza, Sea Biscuit Del Mar offers on-premises and online shopping alike. Here you’ll find relaxed yet casually elegant lifestyle clothing—stylishly easy and comfortable for everyday wear—as well as a carefully curated selection of clothing for more formal occasions. 1555 Camino Del Mar, #318, Del Mar,  858.925.7425.


Picturesque and charming outdoor plaza on the waterfront features 54 one-of-a-kind shops, galleries and restaurants. 849 W. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.235.4014.

The indoor shopping center features dozens of retail, dining and entertainment options, including Zara, The Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Buster’s, plus a kid-friendly, water-inspired play area. 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760.729.6183.

This self-serve dog wash shop also offers quality dog and cat food, treats, toys and more. Dogs love the signature Blueberry Facial, a patented pet wash that can be included on-site or purchased by the bottle to take home. 2037 30th St., South Park, 619.232.7387.

Focusing on designs from Europe and the U.S., Stuart Benjamin & Co. offers a dazzling and diverse array of fine-quality jewelry including classic styles, unique and contemporary jewelry, timepieces, and custom designs. Known as the area’s top jeweler for quality and service, the store also offers on-site jewelry repair and appraisal services. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #405, Mission Valley, 619.297.7666. 

A gallery dedicated to one artist’s vision with a variety of one-of-a-kind conceptual art, oil paintings and writings. 527 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.235.6990.

Encompassing the style of the California woman, the trendy women’s boutique showcases an innovative yet timeless look all while staying true to the laid-back coastal lifestyle. Located in the recently expanded Flower Hill Promenade, as well as inside Moniker General. 2710 Via de la Valle, B110, Del Mar, 858.720.1059; 2860 Sims Road, Liberty Station.

Tranquil outdoor mall with 60+ shops (Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren) plus restaurants and a concert park. 5005 Willows Road, Alpine, 619.659.2071.

The European-style shop features wines, liqueurs, spirits, oils, vinegars, spices, gifts and gourmet foods from around the world. Choose from more than 25 handcrafted liqueurs, imported brandy and whiskey, and more than 70 oils and vinegars with flavors such as roasted peanut and avocado. A handpicked wine collection focuses on boutique labels from family-owned vineyards. 1050 University Ave., #E103, Hillcrest, 619.534.5034.

Pamper your pet at this self-service dog wash in Coronado. Wag’n Tails also stocks top quality pet products and food to help you provide the best care possible. Tubs close one hour before store closing. 945 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.435.3513.

Olive oil tasting room also includes coastal-view wine bar featuring California wines and tastings of gourmet food items. Shop a selection of olive oil-inspired gifts, oils and wines. 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250.

Beautiful outdoor shopping center with more than 150 upmarket chain retailers and shops, department stores, restaurants, a food court and movie theater. 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., Golden Triangle, 858.546.8858.

This spacious, 2,500-square-foot boutique in La Jolla village is the first Westime outpost to open outside of Los Angeles. The multi-brand retailer showcases all manners of timepieces, from popular fashion watches to limited-edition selections from the finest Swiss watchmakers. Hublot, Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin and Bell & Ross are among the brands represented. 1227 Prospect St., La Jolla. 858.459.2222.

Inside owner Rachel Hunt’s expertly curated boutique, you’ll find effortless, feminine designs to strengthen your wardrobe––soft, eco-friendly tops, flirty dresses and stylish denim––that can easily transition from day to night. The shop’s rotating racks feature collections by established and emerging designers––including Amour Vert, Lavender Brown and Show Me Your Mumu––as well as local labels. Plus contemporary shoes and accessories to complete your ensemble. 740 Market St., East Village, 619.501.5849.


Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park, with rivals including the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 4-6), St. Louis Cardinals (April 22-24) and San Francisco Giants (May 17-19), among many others. Petco Park, East Village,


Through March 24. British playwright Moira Buffini’s award-winning off-Broadway play presents the dramatic tale of a family under Nazi occupation. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach,

Through April 14. The world-premiere musical about Princess Diana, who went from being an assistant kindergarten teacher to the world’s most famous woman. Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla,

March 1-April 28. In this hilarious musical set during WWII, a BBC studio crew must act fast to fill in when Tex Riley’s Singing Cowboys are late for a live broadcast from London. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado,

March 6-April 20. During the 1980s AIDS crisis, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell in this funny and heartbreaking play. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town,

March 21-April 21. The iconic rock musical follows a fictional band fronted by Hedwig, a transgender wannabe rock star. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights,

March 22-April 28. Grieving the recent loss of her famous father, 16-year-old Alice begins to question the events surrounding his death in this bittersweet and witty new musical. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park,

April 6-May 5. This West Coast premiere tells the true story of Jerrie Cobb—a skilled aviator who trained at NASA to become an astronaut in 1960—and the forces that kept her from reaching orbit. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park,

April 10-May 5. This sextet of one-act comedies uses inspired language and wordplay to examine various attempts at relationships and communication with comical results. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 

April 16-21. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical about one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 

April 18-May 12. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the fragile bonds between a group of close friends begin to splinter when layoffs shake up the factory where they work. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 

May 3-June 9. A French cook given refuge in rural Denmark finds a unique way to show her gratitude in this adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado,

May 11-June 16. Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors whose discovery-gone-awry brings the gods of ancient Greece back to life in this world premiere comedy. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park,

May 14-19. The touring Broadway musical features beloved songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.”Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown,

May 15-June 16. Jane Austen’s classic literary tale of latent love comes to life on stage in this effervescent new adaptation. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 

May 28-June 2. The beloved Broadway musical about Tevye and his family features the classic songs “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 


Intimate and unique dolphin, whale-watching and sightseeing excursions onboard a Navy SEAL Rigid Inflatable Boat (R.I.B.) with a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain who doubles as a tour guide. 619.808.2822.

Free tours about history, architecture, horticulture and botanical gardens. Call for schedule. Visitors Center, House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512.

Go for a thrilling ride of a lifetime, yesteryear military style, over central San Diego. Among the airborne tours offered are gentle or thrilling coastal biplane rides for two, you-fly-it air ­combat, and loops and rolls in a WWII warbird. Montgomery Field, 760.930.0903.

Bike, kayak and snorkel tours and rentals in La Jolla and Coronado. 2158 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1010.

Wine tour company in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. Specializes in offering exclusive wine tasting tours throughout Baja Norte’s famous wine country, as well as making pit stops at restaurants, craft breweries, hiking trails, campsites and street taco shops. 888 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.472.0321.

Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Continuing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and captain’s cabin. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; last ticket sold at 4 p.m. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261.

Educational and fun walking tours—including local history, architecture and gardens. Reservations required. 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.8788.

Walking tour around the historic Hotel del Coronado and neighborhood. Tu, Th and Sa at 11 a.m. $12; children 3 and under free. Meet at Glorietta Bay Inn, 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, 619.435.5993.

Door-to-door excursions to Temecula Wine Country, including wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, lunch and free time in Old Town Temecula.28475 Old Town Front St., Temecula, 800.584.8162.

Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of San Diego’s farms, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and more. Tour routes include North County, Central San Diego, South Bay and a ‘Beer Geek Tour’ with private tours also available.

Daily bay tours, brunch and dinner cruises, water-taxis and more. 990 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 800.442.7847.

Two-hour walking tour of the Gaslamp. Sa 11 a.m. $15. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.4692.

Guided segway tours of historical neighborhoods including La Jolla and Coronado. Reservations required. Instruction provided for Segway newbies. 308 G St., Gaslamp, 619.239.2111.

Daily guided kayak tours and rentals, as well as biking and hiking tours, in La Jolla, Mission Bay and other areas—plus surfboard and snorkel gear rentals and team-building activities. 2222 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.551.9510.

Daily narrated tours of San Diego Bay. Plus, dinner and brunch cruises, yacht charters, whale watching and events. Broadway Pier, 970 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.686.8715.

Enjoy guided snorkeling/kayak tours of La Jolla Cove and the Seven Caves, or rent single/double kayaks and snorkeling gear to explore on your own. Plus, whale watching excursions and bike tours. 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla Shores, 858.459.1114.

Offering hot air balloon flights over scenic Del Mar and Temecula Valley wine country for an unforgettable sightseeing experience. 866.ENJOY.US.

Narrated sightseeing tour explores San Diego and ­Coronado via trolley or “SEAL” (sea and land vehicle). On-and-off boarding privileges. Call for nearest pickup point and reservations. 619.298.8687.

Offering daily cruises on San Diego Bay. Charters are also available on a classic 1934 sailing ­vessel. Sheraton Harbor Island East, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, 619.574.7504.

Take in the city’s sites from a bird’s-eye view: Scenic, custom helicopter tours let you soar high above local landmarks, including Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway, La Jolla Shores, the Pacific coastline, Coronado and more. All flights depart from and return to San Diego International Airport. Commercial flights and photo flights are also available. 3300 Admiral Boland Way, downtown. 619.215.9023. 

Enjoy San Diego Bay on afternoon and sunset sails aboard one of the company’s four spacious boats. Snacks and drinks included. Customized accommodations and charters available; as well as all-inclusive packages. 2051 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.297.7426.

Guided winery and brewery tours, plus food-pairing walking tours, as well as chauffeured tours. 858.551.5115.

Unique walking tour of the Asian Pacific Historic District. Second Tu-Sa 10:30 a.m., Su noon. Reservations required. $2; children under 12 free. Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown, 619.338.9888.

This upscale private charter company offers memorable sea excursions, including sunset sails and whale watching (seasonal) aboard a 45-foot luxury sailing yacht outfitted in premium amenities. Yacht memberships are also available. 1450 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island, 404.441.9414.

Set sail on a two-hour tour of San Diego Bay aboard one of two classic sailing yachts. Whether you want to relax and let the experienced crew do the work, or try your hand at sailing, customize your ocean adventure. Tours can be booked per person-or book the whole yacht. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.786.0173. 

Daily half-day and full-day tours of interesting attractions in San Diego and Mexico, including the famous Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana. 858.273.8687.

Be the captain of your very own speed boat on this one-of-a-kind adventure. Trained guides will help you navigate the seas via two-way radio and provide a narrated tour during this 13-mile trek along S.D. Bay. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, #205, Harbor Island, 619.294.5852. 

This unique, 90-minute tour aboard the company’s bright-blue Hydra-Terra, an “amphibious vehicle” that drives passengers right into the water, explores San Diego Bay and its environs. Departs Th-M from Seaport Village. 619.298.8687.

The Del Mar Coastal Champagne Evening Adventure encompasses 45 minutes to 1 hour aboard a hot-air balloon over the North County coastline at sunset—overlooking the multimillion-dollar homes of the rich and famous; as well as the luxurious golf courses of Del Mar. 3251 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, 760.602.0295.

Offers romantic 40-60-minute hot-air balloon tours over coastal Del Mar and Temecula wine country. Perfect for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and engagements. 2658 Del Mar Heights Road #198, Del Mar, 858.481.6800

traditional sightseeing. Tours cover historic districts such as the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town525 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.8687.

Enjoy both group and private lessons in the popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding, plus ocean and bay tours. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned boarders. Various Coronado locations, 619.888.7686.

Daily rentals of the latest and greatest iPad products. Renters can enjoy their favorite apps, books and movies, shoot and post fantastic photos and videos, or manage business tasks anywhere they go around town. Swipe offers fast and free same-day delivery with each iPad rental.

Weekend walkabouts of San Diego neighborhoods (or by appointment). Covers key points of interest and unique details for every area. 619.944.9255.

Offering team-building scavenger hunts that explore downtown San Diego. Walking and biking tours also available; plus culinary food tours and custom hotel property games. 611 K St., East Village, 619.917.6037.

Personalized ocean-­rafting on a Navy SEAL-style boat: high-speed sightseeing, snorkeling and evening cocktails on the waterfront. 858.456.1636.


Discount combo packages for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. See website for pricing. 888.330.5008,

Commuter train offers coastal scenery as it runs north and south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego.

Daily car rentals with approximately 25 locations throughout Orange County and San Diego. Pick-up service available. 888.484.HOTEL.

Premier luxury sedan service. Sedan and SUV service, flat rates, group services and frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 123 Camino de la Reina #200, Mission Valley, 800.410.4444.

Luxury car rental service offers BMWs, Mercedes and even a Rolls Royce Ghost. Complimentary pick-up/drop-off at Sixt’s partner hotels. 2401 Pacific Hwy., downtown, 619.363.6000. 

Upscale limousine and sedan service for the savvy traveler, offering a fleet of Chrysler 300 sedans, corporate vans and stretch limousines. 1322 K St., East Village, 619.239.7599.

Runs to and from the airport 24 hours a day. All major cards. Individuals, groups and charters welcome. Earn frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.BLUE.VAN.


Founded in 1899 by Sicilian winemakers, this is the oldest continuously operating winery in SoCal—featuring more than a dozen wines and a spacious tasting room. Sample a flight inside or grab a seat on the patio. Open daily. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866.

Urban winery and tasting room makes wine from Northern California grapes; tastings daily. 320 S. Cedros Ave. #400, Solana Beach, 858.847.9463.

The largest winery in Baja’s scenic wine region, which produces 90 percent of Mexico’s wine. Open daily for tastings; also features olive oil, chocolates and gifts. KM 73.5 Tecate-Ensenada Highway, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico.

Boutique Julian winery produces just 4,000 cases of Syrah, sauvignon blanc, Riesling and cabernet sauvignon annually. Tastings daily. 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian, 760.765.2072.

Growing syrah, Viognier, muscat canelli and more, this boutique winery produces about 10,000 cases of Rhone-style wines annually. 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, 760.738.6500; 221 N. Cleveland St., Oceanside, 760.738.6500.

This 300-acre vineyard grows mostly cabernet, merlot and chardonnay, plus other Italian varieties; tasting room open daily. 35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula, 951.694.8855.

Favorites at this downtown La Mesa winery include its Summervine Habanero passion-fruit wine, which won Double Gold at the 2013 San Diego County Fair and its 2010 Lake County Malbec, recently chosen to represent California at an international malbec tasting in Cahors, France. 8140 Center St., La Mesa, 619.469.9463.

This modern winery, tasting room and tapas-style eatery is just a couple blocks from the beach. Try the Solterra “white” label, made from grapes that are only grown in San Diego County, Temecula and northern Baja, Mexico. 934 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2970.

This winner of the California State Golden Bear Winery of the Year Award produces some 65,000 cases annually. Tastings daily. 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, 951.587.9463.

Medal-winning sparkling winery is housed in a vineyard-view chateau in Temecula. Tasting lounge open daily; tours on weekends. 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, 951.699.0099.

Known for its almond sparkling wine, this Tuscan-inspired estate also includes a restaurant and tasting room, both open daily. 35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula, 951.699.9463.

Two tasting rooms, including one in the heart of Carlsbad, offer samplings of Witch Creek’s full-bodied wines daily, each with a feline-inspired name. 2906 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.765.2023; 2000 Main St., Julian, 760.720.7499.

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