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San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

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San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

Hi - we are going to San Diego for 8 days beginning of August. Ideally would like to get a hotel with shuttles and/or easy access to the Seaworld, Lego Land, zoo & airport.

It's 1 adult and two kids 14 and 10.

I think for the attractions, we probably need to get some kind of pass.

Is the pass possible or do we need to buy entrances to these attractions seperately?

Where would be the best place to stay such that the kids can play (pool, beach, kids area etc) and I can also relax? And still have shuttle access to seaworld etc? Is this even possible?

We won't have a car so getting around will have to be by shuttle - ideally most outings to the attractions and just using resort facilities...

A bit at a loss here will really appreciate some advice.

Thank you all

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1. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

the Wyndham Bayside downtown across the street from the Bay has a shuttle

http://tinyurl.com/lyn3knl

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2. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

Hi ChocoRonto,

Welcome to San Diego.

If you are going to be relying on public transportation and hotel shuttles to get you around, I would recommend staying in the Old Town or perhaps Mission Bay/Pacific Beach area.

Old Town has the Old Town Transit center where you can catch buses, our light rail system known as the San Diego Trolley (not to be confused with the Old Town Trolley Tours, a hop-on, hop-off tour bus), and even the Coaster commuter train and AMTRAK.

Mission Bay and Pacific Beach can access the Old Town Transit Center by bus, but you may be spending 30-45 minutes making the trip.

Here is the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website where you can look up bus routes and schedules (as well as trolley schedules) and check how close the route is to your prospective hotel.

http://www.sdmts.com/

Also, LEGOLAND California is located in Carlsbad, about a 40 minute drive (perfect traffic) from downtown San Diego. You can take the Coaster train to Carlsbad, and then either a taxi or perhaps a bus to LEGOLAND from the train station. You can check out schedules at the North County Transit District site:

http://www.gonctd.com/

Unless your kids are LEGO-holics, they may be a little old for LEGOLAND. It seems to be geared more for the younger kids.

There are passes available for multiple attractions here in the San Diego and southern California area here:

mousesavers.com/southern-california-multi-at…

Finally, you don't mention a $ per night budget for your hotel. In August's high season, beachside hotels will be pricey. Let us know what your budget is so we can recommend something in your range.

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3. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

Hi,

The activities you mention are spread out over a wide distance with Legoland being the farthest from the city of San Diego! There are no dedicated hotel shuttles that go there unless you stay in a hotel near Legoland and then stay in another hotel in the city of San Diego. Legoland is located in Carlsbad which is about a 40min. drive from downtown San Diego. It is also not recommended for children over about 9ish unless they are really serious Lego fans. I suppose any age could go to the waterpark there if that is the part that interest you.

You don't mention your price range at all???

Summer is high season at our beaches so prices will be pretty far over $200 per night for 4 people.

In general to get around easily to all activities for a family of 4 a rental car would make life easiest for you!

Not sure why you are reluctant to rent one???

The downtown bayfront hotel mentioned above will have a shuttle from the airport and to the zoo and maybe to Sea World but it is not a "resort'" with children's area etc.

IF you give us a clue to your budget we will be able to direct you more intelligently.

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4. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

OK, lets talk about a pass for multiple attractions. The Go San Diego Card will bundle all the attractions mentioned.

http://www.mousesavers.com/go-san-diego-card/

But depending on what else you plan to do, you might want a different package, here is a comparison chart.

mousesavers.com/southern-california-multi-at…

OK a nice resort in Mission Bay is Paradise Point. So nice pools and beach (though bay side beaches). No real shuttles for free, but decent public transit, except on Sundays.

http://www.paradisepoint.com/

www.sdmts.com/RouteFiles/routes/pdf/8_9.pdf

On Sunday, you could take the Paradise Point private boat shuttle to SeaWorld and a special back gate private entrance to the park.

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

The Zoo would be a short taxi trip (about $20) or a combination of the Route 9 Bus to the San Diego Trolley system, to Route 7.

From the airport, a taxi is about $20 to $30 to the Resort.

The one drawback is LEGOLAND and anywhere in the city of San Diego. The LEGOLAND Resort is located in the city of Carlsbad in Northern San Diego County, and has very limited Public Transit option, basically one trip a day, and would be a combination of the MTS Route 9, to the Old Town Transit Center, catching the COASTER Commuter train to Carlsbad, and then another bus. This option is only available on weekdays, and you need to be sure to catch the bus back on time.

gonctd.com/images/breeze_bus/446/446-w.pdf

So not a perfect solution, but without a car, or splitting the trip (part in San Diego and part in Carlsbad), there is no perfect solution.

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5. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

Thank you all.

We would like to spend about 3000 including flights, we are coming from Boston

Thank you about the legoland info - definitely the kids are not Lego fans - so that's out.

Is there an area with hotels close to the other attractions like sea world or the zoo?

What else can 10/14 year old girls so in San Diego?

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6. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

Thank you all.

We would like to spend about 3000 including flights, we are coming from Boston

Thank you about the legoland info - definitely the kids are not Lego fans - so that's out.

Is there an area with hotels close to the other attractions like sea world or the zoo?

What else can 10/14 year old girls so in San Diego?

I got good deals at park Hyatt aviara which is Carlsbad - so that's no good:(

Thanks again

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7. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

I mentioned the Paradise Point Resort, maybe also look at the Catamaran and Bahia Resorts if you are worried about budget. These are all in the Mission Bay area near SeaWorld and you can use public transit to get to the San Diego Zoo. There really are not "resorts" that are in the middle of SeaWorld San Diego in Mission Bay and the San Diego Zoo near Downtown San Diego.

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8. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

We are staying at the Hyatt in Mission Bay the end of the month with a 9 year old. SeaWorld is close. They have a breakfast package, stay 2 nights, get the third night free. Maybe if you stay 6 nights they repeat the offer, etc. Do you have AAA?

Check out the swimming pool photos on TA, looks great with water slides and waterfalls, very tropical. View of the bay and ocean from the top floors of the tower. We'll have a car so don't know about transportation.

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9. Re: San Diego - where to stay 10&14 year old

The Park Hyatt Aviara is a gorgeous (usually very expensive)resort hotel but you need a car if you stay there!

I still don't understand why renting one is not possible? It would make your trip much easier.

The Hyatt in Mission Bay,mentioned above, has a bus that runs right outside it so if you don't mind long rides on a bus it would be an OK location without a car.

Edited: 09 July 2013, 14:12
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