If you’re looking to plan a sunny West Coast California vacation, it can be difficult to choose between the many options California has to offer. But what if there was a way to combine the glamour of Los Angeles and its gorgeous beaches with the sophistication of San Francisco’s dining and entertainment districts? If you want a trip that combines the best of both worlds, San Diego could be the perfect family destination. With its beautiful beaches, bustling nightlife, and five-star cuisine, San Diego can be a dream destination for families planning a fun-filled visit. With three luxury properties in the heart of the city, Royal Holiday can place you at the center of the action. Here are just a few reasons why San Diego should be your family’s next vacation destination this summer.
- The Wildlife
For nature-lovers, a visit to San Diego centers around one thing: The famous San Diego Zoo, one the largest zoos in the United States with the most diverse range of exotic and domestic animals. From the vantage point of Royal Holiday’s Wave Crest property at Del Mar, as well as the Winner’s Circle Resort, families can get to the zoo quickly after passing through Balboa Park’s famed cultural district. However, if you’re in the mood to see wildlife, the fun doesn’t stop there. San Diego is also famous for the dolphins, seals, and sea lions that hang out at the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier. Located on the coastline, the pier lets families walk far out to sea to commune with ocean life in the wild. A trip to La Jolla will even get you some face time with the hundreds of harbor seals that splash and play on the rocks. For kids who like a hands-on approach to nature, this is a must-see.
- The Beaches
No California vacation would be complete without a sampling of at least a few beautiful beaches. Whether you’re staying at Royal Holiday’s San Diego Country Estates, the Wave Crest, or the Winner’s Circle, you’ll never be too far from some of San Diego’s finest stretches of coastal beachfront beauty, including La Jolla Shores, South Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach. For families that love to bask in the sun and cool off in perfectly temperate waters, San Diego’s near-constant temperature of 70 degrees makes every day an ideal beach day.
- The History
San Diego isn’t just a beautiful beach city. It comes with a ton of rich history and culture. From Little Italy to Balboa Park to the city’s famous Gaslamp District, there are a ton of historic buildings, museums, and diverse cuisines to try out during your stay. After taking a stroll through Balboa Park in the heart of the city, you’ll see why San Diego was given the nickname “The Birthplace of California.” A trip to Liberty Station is a necessity for military history buffs, while a stroll through the USS Midway Museum will give you a close-up look at the life of a sailor. San Diego’s hands-on museums are perfect for families traveling with small children who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
- Food and Drink
If you’re ready to experience a culinary treat like no other, take a trip to some of the Michelin starred offerings of the Gaslamp District. Offering bespoke eats and treats by day, many of the neighborhoods hottest eateries become nightclubs after the sun goes down. For more family-friendly fare, you can always swing by Little Italy for pizza, pasta, and a fun, casual atmosphere. For the adults, it’s important not to forget about San Diego’s thriving craft beer culture, with tons of independent breweries cooking up new, delectable beverages at the drop of a hat.
- The Culture
No trip to San Diego is complete without a few well-timed visits to such cultural landmarks as the San Diego Museum of Art, Sunset Cliffs, and Birch Aquarium. If you prefer to experience the culture of the city in a more hands-on way, try hiking up the aptly named “Potato Chip” Rock for a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stroll around the harbors for a fresh catch of the day and make time for a fresh strawberry-picking session the whole family can enjoy. For an off-the-beaten-track family sojourn, take a trip to the Museum of Making Music or the California Surf Museum before hitting the waves. And if you’re all cultured-out by the end of the day, your suite at one of Royal Holiday’s first-class San Diego locations will be waiting for you.
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