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Looking for a classic California beach experience, with a boardwalk, beach volleyball, even a classic amusement park? You can find it at Mission Beach in San Diego. After you’re done swimming and sunning, hit one of the many beachside restaurants and bars for some live music, dancing and a tropical drink.

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San Diego Sand Castles
San Diego Sand Castles
Owner description: San Diego Sand Castles isn't a gallery, competition, or "thing to see" for public viewing. In fact, we're a far more interactive reservations-required beachside "thing to do... more Owner description: San Diego Sand Castles isn't a gallery, competition, or "thing to see" for public viewing. In fact, we're a far more interactive reservations-required beachside "thing to do" where your group gets to be the artists! San Diego Sand Castles in Pacific Beach specializes in sand castle lessons for people of all ages all year-round! Run by JT Estrela, San Diego's resident sand sculptor, our sand castle lessons are a lot of fun, are educational, and a great way to spend time on the beach in San Diego. Each lesson is personalized and special with a focus on having fun with the process in a unique change of pace from theme parks or even just typical beach sunbathing. BOOK EARLY! RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND GO VERY FAST! When JT and his partners aren't happily teaching sand castle lessons, they are often working on professional masterpiece commissioned sculptures or you can often find them creating their own unique ideas right there on the Pacific Beach boardwalk! less
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USS Midway Museum
USS Midway Museum
Owner description: The USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s newest visitor attraction, this real naval aircraft carrier offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone. Guests of all ages can enjoy... more Owner description: The USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s newest visitor attraction, this real naval aircraft carrier offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone. Guests of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this “city at sea” and 25 restored aircrafts. Explore galleys, officer’s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship, naturally located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego! less
Attraction type: Ships; Museums; Military Museums; Speciality Museums
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Torrey Pines State Reserve
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches... more Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Beaches; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; State Parks
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Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Nearby recommended restaurants:

Bobboi Natural Gelato
Bobboi Natural Gelato
Ranked #1 of 1,270 Restaurants in La Jolla
Cuisines: Ice cream, Café
Parma Cucina Italiana
Parma Cucina Italiana
Ranked #2 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Italian
Snooze
Snooze
Ranked #3 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Phil's BBQ
Phil's BBQ
Ranked #4 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Price:
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, After-hours
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab - La Jolla
Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab - La Jolla
Ranked #5 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Price: USD 31 - 60
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Business, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, After-hours, Dessert

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Residence Inn San Diego Rancho Bernardo / Carmel Mountain Ranch
3.0 of 5
Residence Inn San Diego Rancho Bernardo / Carmel Mountain Ranch
USD 129 - 211
Ranked #7 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
USD 55 - 75
Ranked #8 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina
3.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina
USD 113 - 268
Ranked #13 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Pantai Inn
3.5 of 5
Pantai Inn
USD 247 - 402
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Omni San Diego Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni San Diego Hotel
USD 185 - 401
Ranked #3 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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Pacific Terrace Hotel
3.5 of 5
Pacific Terrace Hotel
USD 208 - 455
Ranked #4 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

The Grand Del Mar
5.0 of 5
The Grand Del Mar
USD 382 - 667
Ranked #1 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
5.0 of 5
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
USD 286 - 455
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Tower23 Hotel
4.0 of 5
Tower23 Hotel
USD 226 - 568
Ranked #12 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.