San Diego’s 70 miles of white sandy beaches bring swathes of tourists to the city every year, with each one playing host to its own unique personality. La Jolla Cove benefits from spectacular natural scenery, including kelp forests and deep water canyons and animals such as sea lions and brightly coloured garibaldi, decorating the landscape. Head off the beaten track towards Carlsbad beach on County Highway to visit a series of small beaches divided by sea walls. These beaches offer a stunning view of the sea, open access to the beach and well-constructed walkways. Photograph opportunities also abound when you head to the heart of Balboa Park, thanks to The Spreckles Organ Society. Made up of volunteers, this group host a free performance every Sunday, with at least 62 concerts scheduled throughout the year. Once you’re done, take in the gardens around Balboa Park, which include elaborate botanical displays across the Japanese Friendship Garden, Australian Garden, Rose Garden and Desert Garden.
America’s finest city doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fine foods served in the best environments either. Located in the city’s University Heights neighbourhood, Madison offers up a contemporary interpretation on Mediterranean and Southern Californian cuisine, with dishes such as papperdale, rye and emmentaler and pork chops served with sesame crusted asparagus and broccoli. Elegant, high-vaulted ceilings and cedar walls create refined surroundings within which to truly savour each and every dish. Wander just west of Rancho Bernardo Road to sample the menu at The Cork and Craft – a restaurant that successfully marries specially chosen ingredients and a skilfully assembled selection of beers and wines with a chicly finished décor. With dishes such as Colorado lamb, beer mac and cheese and Pei mussels on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this striking eatery.
San Diego completes the visitor experience by playing host to a range of impressive boutique hotels. Located on Grand Del Mar Court, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a luxury golf and spa resort comprised of 249 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, each with stunning views over The Grand Golf Club or Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Decorative touches such as marble bathrooms, deep European-style soaking tubs and LCD televisions in each room deliver supreme comfort while spa and pool facilities, including an adult only relaxation pool, offer an opulent and relaxing retreat for every guest. Located in San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter, the LEED eco-friendly Hotel Indigo has the benefit of being pet-friendly, boasts a rooftop bar and even has a One-Suite Baseball Package. This package includes two nights in the Terrace Suite, welcome amenities, four tickets to the game with seats located in the Toyota Terrace, private three-hour bottle service and complimentary valet parking.