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First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

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First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Looking to vacation in late July with my 15 year old daughter. First time to SD and no idea what to see and do/ where to stay. Will be flying in and don't want to rent a car. Want to make it a memorable trip but have some down time as well. Safety is first concern.

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1. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Hi Cardz_fanz,

Welcome to San Diego.

One thing you should be aware of is that San Diego's largest convention, Comic Con, is 18-21 July. If you can even find a room at this late date, they will be at a premium price.

As far as places to stay without a car, Old Town, Little Italy, or downtown have the greatest access to public transportation including the San Diego Trolley (our light rail system not to be confused with the Old Town Trolley Tours, a hop-on, hop-off bus service) and buses. Each of those areas is quite safe.

As far as things to see and do, there's:

Balboa Park with 14 museums and the world famous San Diego Zoo.

http://www.balboapark.org/

Old Town and the Old Town State Historical Park

http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663

USS Midway and Maritime Museums along the Embarcadero (separate entities with separate admission fees)

http://www.sdmaritime.org/

http://www.midway.org/

Little Italy and its weekly Mercato (open air farmer's market Saturdays)

http://www.littleitalysd.com/mercato/

Gaslamp District

http://www.gaslamp.org/

Cabrillo National Monument

http://www.nps.gov/cabr

Pacific Beach / Mission Beach

SeaWorld

La Jolla / La Jolla Cove

http://www.lajollabythesea.com/

Coronado Ferry / Coronado

http://coronadoferrylandingshops.com/

www.coronadovisitorcenter.com/CVC/index.html

Enjoy your visit.

Zed

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2. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

You'll get some great advice here but you have to decide if you want to stay downtown or have more of a beach vacation...I tend to go with that to get the great SoCal vibe...check out Pacific beach, Mission beach La jolla and Coronado. You can then daytrip to the other sights...depends what your interests are

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3. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Those links are fantastic...I never took a harbor cruise I might look into that

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4. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

You do need to decide if you want a beach vacation or a more urban stay and visit the beach using the bus. Depending on where you stay it can take 30 mins to 1 hr between the two places.

As said, the best places to stay using public transportation are Downtown, Little Italy or Old Town. There is no beach at those places so you'll have to travel on the bus to get to the beach. If you stay at the beach you'll have to travel on the bus to get to places like the Zoo, Sea World, Downtown SD, etc. Depending on your starting and ending points it can take up to an hour on the bus or a combo or bus and trolley to get places.

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5. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Wow..so many choices. She says more of a town vacation with a trip to the beach.

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6. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Good. With that established I'd look at the areas mentioned. Little Italy is a nice place to stay with a few choices like La Pensione (no pool), Best Western Plus Bayside has a shuttle bus to the airport, free breakfast and walking distance to the bay. Easy to get around on public transportation. Wyndham Bayside is right across the street from the Bay. There's an Embassy Suites Downtown.

There are really a lot of hotel choices Downtown. It all depends on your budget, really. And since you say late July you should thankfully miss ComicCon.

Edited: 08 June 2013, 20:08
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7. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

<<<And since you say late July you should thankfully miss ComicCon.>>>

Yes, hotel-wise it will be very difficult to get something during ComicCon. However, if you do come into town at that time, I bet your daughter would love to see the craziness that ensues. Although I don't bother to attend the ComicCom anymore, I still take a day to go down there to do some serious people watching. Even without a ComicCom batch you can still get into some places outside the Convention Center and see cartoonists at work or get their autographs. I also got into a mock-up of a movie set last year (don't remember what that was for).

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8. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Suggest that you give your 15 year old daughter surfing lessons at La Jolla. This will be the high light of her trip. La Jolla has great beginner waves and is protected from the afternoon wind. Very difficult to get around San Diego without a car.

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9. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

Just know that if you do decide to go to La Jolla for a surfing lesson it will take you approx 1 hr on the bus. But, then you didn't mention this and you did say that your daughter wanted a more urban stay.

With all due respect, I don't think anyone can say that something will be the highlight of someones trip when they don't know the people involved. Surf Lessions may be just fantastic for someone and not so much for someone else.

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10. Re: First time to SD with 15 year old daughter

I like the Old Town State Park area for a nice central location, and good access to Public Transit, both the San Diego Trolley, public buses to places like Pacific/Mission Beach area and SeaWorld, and the privately run Old Town Trolley Tours. (Main Depot)

http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

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