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first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

We are heading to California for the first time with our kids. Flying into LA on Monday and heading to San Diego either Wed. or Thursday, depending on itinerary and flying back home on Sunday. We will be quite busy in LA doing touristy stuff, Warner Brothers studio tour, Fox tour, see TLC Chinese Theater and Kodak Theater, Walk of Fame and go To the Hollywood Bowl hopefully if we get tickets to see Josh Groban. Then off to San Diego for some beach time. I would like to go kayaking in LaJolla someone on the California thread mentioned it. I want to try paddle boarding somewhere. I did get Groupon notices for paddle boarding in Santa Monica or Venice Beach - didn't know if it would be nicer in the San Diego area. We are thinking of maybe going to Sea World, we've been to the one in Florida a few times. I don't no anything about the city of San Diego at all - places to eat, need hotel recommendations as well.

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Cheryl

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1. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

When in July are you coming? Our biggest convention, Comic Con, is here July 18 - 21 so hotels will either be hard to find or very expensive for those dates and a couple of days either side of them.

What is your budge per night? How many beds do you need? Once you have a hotel and decide where you are going during the day we can make recommendations for places to eat.

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2. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

Hi Cheryl and welcome to San Diego!

One thing that will be helpful to know is your lodging budget so we can make appropriate recommendations.

Generally speaking, for "beach time" with teens the best areas to stay would be Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, or La Jolla. But in July, the closer to the beach, the more pricey the accommodations.

Coronado has a great beach and a small village appeal to it, but it may be a bit sleepy for the kids in terms of activities.

Here's a good summary of the beach areas in San Diego:

http://www.a-zsandiegobeaches.com/index.htm

There's also Mission Bay with a lot of water activities there:

sandiego.org/what-to-do/…mission-bay.aspx

Check this thread out for more ideas on things to see and do:

tripadvisor.com/…48308874

Hope that helps.

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3. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

Your teens 'might' enjoy

http://www.thebigbay.com/

http://www.midway.org/

http://www.belmontpark.com/

La Jolla is a good place for kayaking, surfing, snorkling

Mission Bay is a good place for jet skis, sail boat, etc, and hiking, cycling, roller blading

tourguidetim.com/mission-bay-park-beach-acti…

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4. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

We fly into LA on Monday, July 1st around 10am. So we can get some site seeing in on that day. Then we have all of Tuesday and Tuesday night I hope to get tickets for the Fourth of July concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Most likely, we will head for San Diego some time Wednesday, the 3rd. I think we can see everything we need to, except maybe Santa Monica or Venice Beach, but I figured we would have our beach time in San Diego. So that would leave us with full days Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 4th, 5th and 6th, I guess it will be pricey, since it is the Fourth of July.

I was hoping to keep the price of the hotel rooms to @$300 per night. Minimum 2 beds, but would prefer three, or a pullout.

We will have a rental car.

Someone recommended this hotel -

www.paradisepoint.com/mission-bay-marina.php

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5. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

Look at the top of the page and under SD there is a list of things to do. It should help you out as well as looking at photos posted. We loved SD and especially the zoo. We did not have teens with us.

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6. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

I am still unclear if you have 4 people total or 5 people total, that makes a difference.

Obviously this is prime time for beach vacations so hotels are going to be a bit more expensive.

Paradise Point is a very cool hotel with a car, but part of its coolness is its isolation, you have to use a car to do anything besides hanging at the resort. Understand it is in Mission Bay and not an ocean front hotel.

Also in Mission Bay I'd look at the Catamaran Resort and The Dana on Mission Bay as good alternatives to ocean beach hotels.

http://goo.gl/maps/KoIbv Catamaran Map

http://goo.gl/maps/eGdzM Dana & Paradise Point Map

If you want just a beach vacation and not do a lot of sightseeing in San Diego, an oft overlooked bargain, beach front hotel is the Del Mar Motel on The Beach. Del Mar is north of the major tourist sites by about 30 minutes, but has a nice Downtown area with some nice shops and dining.

http://www.delmarmotelonthebeach.com/

I'd also look at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and Hotel La Jolla.

http://www.ljshoreshotel.com/

http://www.ljbtc.com/

http://www.hotellajolla.com/

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7. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

Two parents and two teens - total of four. Sorry about the confusion.

Thank you for the recommendations. When you say sightseeing, are you referring to the Zoo, Lego Land, SeaWorld, or areas in downtown San Diego?

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8. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

There are many things to see/do in San Diego besides the zoo/Legoland and Sea World.

The activities are spread throughout the city and its surrounding county.

They include things like our downtown bayfront with its ships to visit and harbor cruises:

www.thebigbay.com

They include Balboa Park with its small museums/outdoor entertainment/live theater/artisan shops

www.balboapark.org

They include Cabrillo National Monument with its 180deg. views/ca. history,old lighthouse/tide pools to explore at low tide.

They include our La Jolla neighborhood with its small cove beaches where you'll find seals and sea birds in their native environment.

There's also Torrey Pines State Reserve for walking/hiking

Torrey Pines Gliderport to watch them take off from the cliffs and/or go tandem with an instructor

www.flytorrey.com

There are many other possibilities depending on your interests.

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9. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

Definitely kayaking at La Jolla Shores, followed perhaps by a surf lesson for the teens or paddle boarding for everyone. LJS is a great place for this. For some beach R&R, the teens will probably enjoy Pacific Beach/Ocean Beach. Rent some beach cruisers and ride along the Pacific Ocean on Ocean Front Walk and/or around the bay on Bayside Walk.

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10. Re: first time to San Diego - three days in July with teens

The kayaking tour in LaJolla offers a snorkeling option. We are not expert snorkelers, we have been a few times in the Caribbean, Is the snorkeling add on worth it? Also, is the water temp cold the first week of July. if I get Paddle Board lessons, do I need to rent a wetsuit?