San Diego, CA

Colorful modern cafes, Spanish Colonial architecture, clifftop parks with wildflowers, and coves with turquoise water.

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Wedding Bowl, Cuvier Park, La Jolla

Lawn over cove with glorious views of clear, blue-green water. Nearby, gently-curved rocky outcroppings.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

A beautiful sight! Italian-Renaissance style organ pavilion where free concerts are held and people take wedding or quinceanera photos.

Balboa Park

Stroll past beautiful architecture, ponds, fountains, flowers, and trees. Visit many different museums! And best of all, walk through sumptuous gardens.

Spreckels Park Playground, Coronado Island

Gorgeous park with grand trees and huge playground.

Coronado Town

Cute little town with plenty of green and a beach feel.

Torrey Pines North Beach

Magical, cozy beach where families gather to play along the shore.

Calumet Park, Bird Rock La Jolla

Small lawn on cliffs over the sea, with ice plant in spring, and sound of huge pebbles below.

Bird Rock Vista Point, La Jolla

Cool place to watch the antics of pelicans and birds galore.

Mary, Star of the Sea Church, La Jolla

White-washed church with bell towers, rose window, Mary and contented baby Jesus sculpture.

Coronado Island Walk

A walk among tropical trees and flowers, and the sweetest houses.

Windansea Beach, La Jolla

Stand on the cliffs and watch the sunset.

UTC Outdoor Mall

Gorgeous outdoor mall near UC San Diego, with lots of public spaces, cafes, and even a huge outdoor climby for kids.

Children's Pool (seals), La Jolla

Amazing place to see seals, and from Dec-May, their pups.

La Jolla Cove and Scripps Park Walk

Heavenly area with seals, perfect cove, flowers hugging the cliff, and 1.5km walk above the sea.

Coast Walk Trail, La Jolla

A stunning walk on vertical cliffs above coves and the sparkling sea.

Leucadia State Beach

Very beautiful beach with high cliff overlooking beach of huge pebbles. Steep path lined with wildflowers.

Casablanca Cove and Ocean Beach Tide Pools

Youthful area with lovely cove and tide pools.

Point Loma neighborhood walk

Adorable houses with gardens full of flowers, and streets leading down to lookout points over the ocean.

Del Mar Plaza (gorgeous views)

Plaza with cafes and small children's museum, and amazing public patio overlooking the ocean.

Seagrove Pk and Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Lively beach with lawn, cypress trees, and lots of people having fun.

South Coast Highway 101 Cafes, Encinitas

Seven block stretch of cute cafes and coffee shops!

Fletcher Cove Beach Park, Solana Beach

Pretty spot, with cliffs and palm trees, and lawn over the sea.

Spanish Village, Gem Mus and Carousel, Balboa Park

Special area of Balboa Park with adobe buildings, mesquite trees, and brightly colored tiles on the ground. Heart sculpture, and SD Gem Museum. Plus, the wonderful carousel!

Birch Aquarium, La Jolla

Small aquarium with two halls full of beautiful tanks, plus two decks stunning views over a cove.

Scripps Pier & Pinpoint Cafe, UCSD

Gorgeous spot on the UC San Diego campus with pier, beach, park overlooking the beach, cafe, and coffee shop.

Terramar Beach and Cliffs, Carlsbad

Gorgeous beach with steep steps leading down, and red cliffs like a national park!

Cabrillo National Monument

Feel like you're on top of the world while standing at Cabrillo National Monument!

Centennial Park, Coronado

Sublime park with views across the smooth blue water to the San Diego skyline.

Mission Beach and Lagoon

Mission Beach is a happening place! Soft sandy beach, boardwalk, restaurants, amusement park, wave pool, lagoon, and playgrounds.

Kellogg Park playground, La Jolla Shores Beach

Playground by the sea with whale sculpture, shade canopies, climbies, spinning monkey bars, baby swings, low twisted trees to climb, and grass to run on.

La Jolla Shores Beach and Sea Caves

Beach with boardwalk, playground, magical mansion, and kayak rentals to kayak to sea caves, plus cafes nearby.

Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla Shores

Cute street of cafes that runs down to La Jolla Shores Beach.

Leucadia Town

Cute town along Coast Highway, with bright cafes, and beaches just a short walk away.

Sail Bay boardwalk and cafes, Pacific Beach

Beach area where partying college students live and SeaWorld visitors stay, with bland 1950s architecture, bad traffic, and dirty beach, but some wonderful finds such as Moray's at Sail Bay.

Pacific Beach Point, Bird Rock La Jolla

Great spot with views of Pacific Beach and its pretty pier. Stairs down to a beach of huge pebbles that you can't really walk on!

Tourmaline Surf Beach Park

Nice beach for watching the surfers.

Ocean Beach

Happening, funky beach scene.

Liberty Station, Point Loma

Restaurants with magical gardens, shops, fountain, open grassy areas, historical salmon-pink Spanish Revival architecture.

Zoro Garden, Balboa Park

Little sunken garden near Casa de Balboa, near the center of Balboa Park.

El Prado walk, Balboa Park

A popular walk past beautiful architecture. 1.2 km each way.

San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park

Art museum in a beautiful building in Balboa Park, with pleasant patio cafe beside a lawn.

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Pleasant garden for a walk, in the middle of Balboa Park!

Rolling Hills Park, Rancho Penasquitos

Pretty park with a nature feel and unique playground.

Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma

Wealthy neighborhood with cliffs covered in wildflowers above the turquoise sea.

Del Mar Highlands Town Center

Shopping plaza with a deck offering lots of attractive public space, a trampoline for young kids, a sky deck bar, a dark public market with lights, cafes, stores and coffee shops.

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

Hilly garden with many different areas to explore.

Torrey Pines State Beach

Beach with sparkling black sand, and hike atop high red cliffs with views.

One Paseo Plaza, Carmel Valley area

Upscale, colorful plaza in farmhouse style, with modern cafes. Kids climb on a huge log. The fire pit is fantastic at night, surrounded by eucalyptus trees.

Bird Rock cafes, La Jolla

Cute main strip with cafes, a few block from a beautiful coastline of rocky coves.

Village of La Jolla cafes

Healthy cafes, sweet Mary Star of the Sea Church, coffee shops, and walk past the amazing cliffs and coves of La Jolla.

Cardiff Town Center

Shopping plaza with a good feel to it.

Kate Sessions Park, Pacific Beach

Park high above the city with views of the bay and sea, a paved loop walk, a playground, music classes for toddlers, plus a canyon hike.

Poway town

A cute suburban town in inland San Diego that looks different to the rest.

Spanish Landing Park, near airport

Great place for a walk before getting on a flight!

Old Town San Diego

Cute, bright historic area with cafes and gift shops, and a lovely park in front of Temple Beth Israel. Nice views of hills covered in houses and desert plants.

Art + Play Space Children's Museum, Del Mar

Cute and modern, small children's museum in an upscale plaza with amazing ocean views.

Sea Cliff Coastal Trail, Del Mar

Hard-packed dirt trail on vertical cliffs above the sea!

Camino Del Mar main strip, Del Mar

Cute street to walk along, with cafes and shops, a few blocks back from the beach.

Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas

Sit atop the cliffs and watch the sunset over Moonlight State Beach!

Rose Garden and Desert Garden, Balboa Park

A lovely walk through roses and desert plants.

Square at Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad

Modern shopping plaza with cafe balconies up high with a view.

Hotel del Coronado and Coronado Beach

Historic resort with red turrets on foggy beach of fine white sand.

Pepper Grove Playground, Balboa Park

Large playground with animals to climb on, and beautiful trees.

Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park

Costumes from movies, comic books from days of old, and items from favorite shows, all in a spacious museum with high ceilings and places to rest.

Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park

Interesting museum with folk art and crafts from around the world, in a sumptuous building with an upper sun deck with views. Nikigator out front for kids to climb on. 

South Park neighborhood

1920s craftsman houses, and a gentille main strip with adorable Cafe Madeleine, woodsy Station Tavern, and a bookstore with a great kids section and lots of art books.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets Outdoor Mall

A colorful, spacious outdoor mall with boba tea, a toy store, and lots of teen clothing stores!

Coronado Ferry Landing shops and pier

Touristy shops in an awesome location by the ferry terminal, Bayshore Bikeway, and Centennial Park. Lovely waterfront restaurants too.

Bayshore Bikeway, Coronado Island stretch

Fantastic one-mile stretch of off-street bike path along the north coast of Coronado Island!

San Diego Zoo

Zoo in a tropical setting with panda bear, polar bear, koalas, kangaroos, and more!

Palm Canyon Trail Walk, Balboa Park

Walk down into a secluded canyon with an abundance of palms.

Liberty Station Esplanade walk, Point Loma

After your meal, you can walk along the water at Liberty Station Esplanade, a wild area with birds and plants. See the planes fly directly overhead!

Pacific Beach Boardwalk

Boardwalk along a fairly grotty beach, where people rollerblade and stroll together.

Renaissance Towne Center, University City

Small shopping plaza with pretty clock tower and landscaped stream.

Nobel Athletic Area Walk, University City

Loop walking path popular with residents, plus a playground.

Hilltop Community Park, Rancho Penasquitos

Large field with sweeping views, playgrounds, workout stations, picnic pavilions, and walking path around the field.

Dog Beach, Ocean Beach

Popular beach with dog owners, on the channel, with lots of open space and dunes, plus jetties and a view of the pier.

Solana Pacific School Playground, Carmel Valley

On weekends and after school, residents walk and play at the school playground.

Calumet Ave beach houses walk

Walk past four lookouts over rocky coves, and in front of beach houses, admiring their gardens and architecture.

La Jolla Hermosa Park, Bird Rock

Tiny lookout point over a rocky cove.

Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Plaza with cafes and bright architecture.

San Elijo State Beach

Campground and spot to watch the sunset or eat at a restaurant, along S. Coast Highway 101.

Shops at La Jolla Village plaza

Shopping plaza near UCSD with Mendocino Farms cafe, Whole Foods market, Cava Bowls, Rubio's Coastal Grill, Philz Coffee, and some nice murals.

Kate Sessions Park Canyon Hike, Pacific Beach

1.5 km loop hike down into a canyon and back up again. Abundant flowers in spring!

Penasquitos Creek Park trail, Rancho Penasquitos

Pretty hike through wide open spaces, past rolling hills, and along a creek.

The Shoppes at Carlsbad Indoor Mall

Indoor mall with some nice cafes at the exterior.

El Camino North Shopping Plaza, Oceanside

Average shopping plaza with Barnes and Noble, Jamba Juice, and Ross.

Mission Valley Outdoor Mall

Average mall with lots of stores and some nice cafes.

Presidio Park, near Old Town

Lovely park atop a high hill, with Spanish presidio (fort) and monuments to early European settlers in California, plus flowers and gorgeous trees.

Self-Realization Fellowship Garden, Encinitas

Small garden on high cliffs over the sea.

Del Mar Shores Dog Park, Del Mar

A friendly dog park, during certain  hours, with slight views of ocean.

Beachside Shopping Plaza, Del Mar.

Grocery store shopping plaza that is cozy, with eucalyptus galore, not on the beach though.

Los Penasquitos Lagoon cafes, Del Mar

Row of cafes by the lagoon near Torrey Pines State Beach.

North Park neighborhood

Neighborhood with cute 1920s craftsman houses and plenty of bars and cafes.

Coronado Tidelands Park, Coronado Island

Cheerful playground along the water and the Bayshore Bike Path.

Hazard Center, Mission Valley

A business-like shopping center with some good stores.

Grantville Neighborhood Park

A playground surrounded by a moat of sand, on a hill with views.

San Diego State University

Modern campus with tropical blooming trees and Spanish architecture on the northern end of campus.

Allied Gardens Community Park

A large grassy stretch with an older playground and animal sculptures to climb.

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