A Couple’s Guide to Vacationing in San Diego

San Diego, California was designed for travelers it seems. Between the average daily temperature of about 71 degrees and its closeness to all terra topography (desert, coast, mountain, and ocean all a day trip away), there is literally something for everyone. For couples, San Diego holds spa treatments, museums, history, science, and nightclubs for your entertainment. Below are some activities designed for couples that San Diego offers.

Spa Tripping
San Diego has the honor of holding (as of July 2004) three of the World’s Top Ten Destination Spas. The Cal a Vie placed second, the Golden Door placed fifth, and the Rando La Puerte (actually in Tecate, Mexico but was claimed by San Diego for the award) placed eighth. Spa Tiki is another spa in San Diego and it has a newly designed three and a half hour couple’s package. It allows you use of the wet bar, hors’douvers, champagne, manicures and pedicures, plus the VIP lounge. If a little rest and relaxation is on the agenda, San Diego has you covered.

Driving Free
The 59 Mile Scenic Drive is a three hour driving route throughout San Diego. Many give it a full day so that you can make stops and sightsee. It is the perfect way to start your trip, giving a summary overview of the city. A route and driving guide to the 59 Mile Scenic Drive is available at the visitors center.

Double Down
Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort is located in San Diego. It houses the largest hotel in the North County and has over 651 rooms. Besides the casino, it has a spa, an eatery called Cabana Cove for poolside dining, and private cabanas. Try your luck here in the 21 story tower.

Whale Watching
From the middle of December to the middle of March over 15,000 whales go from Alaska to Baja California. In January alone you can have as many as 200 whales in San Diego waters. There are a number of boating excursions that will let you follow schools of gray whales, or you can see them at the Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma and the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. A delightfully different vacation attraction, whale watching may be just what you are looking for.

Party Time
If you want nightclubs, you want San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Home to over eighty nightclubs, theaters, galleries and restaurants, this historic district has everything you can imagine. Live music, performances, exhibitions, and fine dining all can be found here. Maloney’s Tavern, Martini Ranch, Stingaree, The Bitter End, and Onyx Room are just a few of the nightclubs there to tempt you.

Sea the World
Come to Sea World San Diego to see the newest killer whale calf and a new sea lion and otter show called Clyde and Seamore in Deep, Deep Trouble. Sea World has come a long way since it started in 1963. It even has a camp for younger visitors. SeaWorld San Diego is open year-round with varying operating hours and days.

History Buffs
San Diego Natural History Museum began simply with a group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874. This museum now has summer camps, exhibitions, nature walks, field trips, and much more. Its collection is sized at over 8.2 million pieces and is a wonderful way to immerse you in the conservation movement.

Science on My Mind
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is home to the world’s first 76-foot IMAX Dome Theater. There is also Deep Six, the motion simulator ride and Meteor Storm, the virtual reality meteor shower. The exhibition schedules are up on their website, http://www.rhfleet.org/index.html.

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