We are thinking of a taking a trip to San Diego in late Feb. or early March 2013. My husband, our 9-year old daughter, and myself will be on the trip. We'll fly in from the east coast and rent a car at the airport, and we'll most likely stay for about 8-10 days.
We love nature, wildlife, and exploring. We'd love to do these things:
day trip to Anza Borrego Desert to see the wildflowers in bloom
San Diego Zoo (our daughter would love to see the pandas specifically)
Cabrillo tide pools
Torrey Pines State Reserve
just walking along the beautiful southern California beaches
taking a drive over the Coronado Bridge to Coronado Island
Are there any other must-sees?
We're looking for suggestions on lodging. We've enjoyed Staybridge Suites in other parts of the country and see that there are two in San Diego - one in the Sorrento Mesa area and one in the Rancho Bernardo area. Are either of these a good hub for our trip?
We've also looked at the Holiday Inn Express in La Jolla. Any thoughts on this?
We're looking at properties on VRBO as well.
We'd like to spend less than $200/night. Laundry, kitchen, breakfast, and a pool would be great.
We feel sure it will be too cold in Feb. or March for swimming in the ocean, but what about outdoor pools at hotels? Are the pools generally heated, or is the weather warm enough for outdoor pool swimming that time of year?
Thank you very much for any advice and suggestions!