Friday, June 22, 2012

San Diego by Sea

Woodie-station wagons, bonfires & bongos, not to mention the superb beach life... All of us are long overdue for a nostalgic sun and fun-filled excursion to San Diego, California. It is widely accepted that there's no tan like a rich, healthy-bronze Southern California tan. San Diego's Mediterranean-esque climate ensures that the weather will be delightful all year long.

Although this community is world renowned for their Zoo and countless other landlocked attractions... this month, let's take a different tack and explore San Diego by sea.

Nothing is too Far

When venturing throughout San Diego, a rental car is a must. Payless Car Rental of San Diego has rates as low as $6.95 a day. Unfortunately, they will attempt to nickel and dime you at every opportunity on the rental agreement. Just stick to your guns and most assuredly the counter agent will reluctantly meet the promised original online rate.

Also, keep in mind that their San Diego Airport location is separate from the more established car rental sites. Nonetheless there is a shuttle from the airport terminal, just be sure to have a map or GPS to ensure finding your way back to their tucked away downtown location.

Parking throughout San Diego is reasonable as well as plentiful. Often you can find free two hour parking by many popular attractions.

Surf's Up
The Catamaran Resort & Spa - Mission Bay

An easy drive from the airport, this vintage hotel comes complete with delightful views of the bay as well as a calming breeze off the ocean. With secluded lagoons, birds of paradise and ducks that freely roam the manicured grounds of this resort, you'll soon feel relaxed and stress-free.

After settling into your room, be sure to take full advantage of all the on-site water sports ranging from sailboats to paddle boards... Or simply stick your toes into the soft white sands by the bay. Only two blocks from the Pacific Ocean, you will be hard pressed to find a better value for this prime Mission Beach location. The luxury suites are welcoming, alluring, and comfortably furnished.

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club- Fun, Fun, Fun

This retro beach resort is packed with more fun than a two-piece bathing suit. You can't get any closer to the Pacific Ocean than this property. It is located smack dab on a pristine stretch of beach in La Jolla Shores.

Flashback to the 1960's at this well preserved slice of Americana. You can't have a Beach Party without an outdoor grill and a fire pit... and guess what, this property is sure to outfit you with these popular seaside amenities. Where else will you and the kids make the 'smores?

The one bedroom suite is equipped with a full kitchen, living room and is easily spacious enough for a family of four. Best of all, it's only a short drive to the plethora of attractions that await you in downtown San Diego.

If you're in the mood for surfing or other water sports, check out Surf Diva--only a short walk from the resort and even has a surf school for kids!

One by Land

Old Town

You will discover the slower pace of the 1800's when visiting Old Town--an early version of San Diego. The streets are cordoned off for foot traffic only, which allows for strolling through the shops and historical buildings.

For authentic Mexican food, do yourself a large favor by taking advantage of the many choices available for casual dining. Old Town is minutes away from the downtown area and a fun day trip for the entire family. For more information visit:

Two by Sea

Your Need for Speed- The Carolina Connection

San Diego Speedboat Adventures, proudly owned by UNC graduate Chris Boone, offers an exhilarating and unique on the water experience. Commandeer a two-seater mini speedboat around San Diego Bay at breakneck speeds. It's a thrilling way to explore everything from the famous Coronado bridge to the edge of downtown. Along this guided tour the kids will love getting up close and personal with sea lions and other marine life. The boats, designed here in Lake Norman, stand up flawlessly to the tumultuous San Diego Bay. They are conveniently located at Cabrillo Isle Marina on Harbor Isle, directly across from the San Diego Airport.

Deep Sea Fishing

A great way to spend one of your sunny, and mild San Diego afternoons is by exploring the ocean on a rousing deep sea fishing adventure. With either half or full day tours, H&M Landing provides safe and dependable charters. The accommodating crew will help bait hooks for the young ones as well as fillet your catch of the day. They even provide a grill with a amazing cook. Keep in mind, onboard they only accept cash so be sure to take along a few green backs. Who knows if you toss in a few bucks you may even win the kitty for hauling in the largest fish.

Ocean View Dining

Island Prime and C- level Lounge

San Diego Bay is the backdrop for one of the best all around restaurants in the area-- Island Prime and C- level. The sunset against the attractive San Diego skyline provides for a striking as well as romantic atmosphere in which to dine on delicious cuisine. The menu choice ranges from prime cut beef to succulent lobster tail, as well as fresh caught seafood-- local ingredients are complimented by an impressive wine list. Island Prime's decor mirrors the presentation of the food, crisp and modern. It's a great way to end a busy fun-filled day--unhurried, watching the boats drift by sipping a nice Pinot Noir. Truly one of the most impressive restaurants that you will ever find in a coastal setting.

The Marine Room

Nowhere else will you be able to take in fine dining so close to the rolling surf. Entering The Marine Room at La Jolla Shores, you will be immediately greeted by the sight of crashing waves lapping up seemingly to the walls of this elegant restaurant. The Marine Room proves to be an unforgettable experience as you dine and immerse yourself in great conversation with family and friends. Their wide-ranging selection of fresh seafood is out of this world and should not be overlooked.. Top notch service, a remarkable scene and mouth-watering fare, combine for a 'San Diego by the Sea' do not miss.

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