San Diego

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Tucked away in the nation's most southwesterly corner on a perfectly sheltered harbor, mild mannered San Diego is continuously caressed by gentle sea winds that both cool it in the summer and warm it in the winter. The harbor provides the perfect setting for San Diego's famous naval base and the subsequent surfeit of sailors doesn't hurt the sightseeing either.

Sailing may be popular here but surfing is a way of life, and Pacific Beach is the home of the country's only gay surfers' club. Also available for your enjoyment are the flourishing gay & lesbian communities of Hillcrest, North Park and Normal Heights. Spend an afternoon watching hang-gliders off the cliffs of La Jolla while enjoying the sun and surf at the popular, nude Black's Beach; or drive to Coronado to visit The Hotel Del Coronado where you can dine and sip cocktails against the breathtaking backdrop of a national historic landmark. It was here that a cross-dressing Tony Curtis lost his heart to a wonderfully dizzy Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.

A red trolley or taxi will take you from the skyscrapers of downtown to the Mexican border where the bargain hunter's mecca of Tijuana awaits. San Diego offers museums, concerts, cafes, an aquarium, and the country's most exquisite zoo. Visit the "Old Town" for a flavor of San Diego's origins. Or, just experience the fragrance of eucalyptus as sea mist sweeps over San Diego's cliffs and through the ancient Torre pines.

Hotels

  • Bahia Resort Hotel
  • 998 West Mission Bay Drive
    San Diego, CA 92109
  • Website: www.bahiahotel.com
  • 800-576-4229
  • Beach Place
  • 2158 Sunset Cliffs
    San Diego, CA 92107-2120
  • 619-225-0746
  • Best Western Mission Bay
  • 2575 Clairemont Drive
    San Diego, CA 92117
  • Website: www.bwmissionbay.com
  • 619-275-5700 or 800-457-8080
  • Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
  • 2051 Shelter Island Drive
    San Diego, CA 92106
  • Website: www.islandpalms.com/
  • 619-222-0561
  • Carole's B&B Inn
  • 3227 Grim Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92104
  • Website: carolesbnb.com
  • 619-280-5258
  • Catamaran Resort and Spa
  • 11480 North Terry Pines
    San Diego, CA
  • 800-422-8386
  • Cornado Victorian House B
  • 1000 Eighth Street
    Corando, CA 92118
  • 619-435-2200
  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown
  • 530 Broadway
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • Website: www.marriott.com/sancd
  • 619-446-3041 or 800-321-2211
  • Crown City Inn
  • 520 Orange Avenue
    Coronado Island, CA
  • 800-422-1173
  • Days Hotel - Hotel Circle/Sea World
  • 543 Hotel Circle South
    San Diego, CA 92108
  • Website: www.dayshotelhc.com
  • 619-297-8800

Bars

  • Beauty Bar - San Diego
  • 4746 El Cajon Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92115
  • Website: www.thebeautybar.com
  • 619-516-4746
  • Caliph Lounge
  • 3100 Fifth Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-298-9495
  • Club Extasis
  • Calle Larroque 213
    Tijuana
  • 526-646-8283
  • Club San Diego
  • 3955 Fourth Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103-3109
  • 619-295-0850
  • Fiesta Cantina
  • 142 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-298-2500
  • Flame, The
  • 3780 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • Website: www.flamesd.com
  • 619-295-4163
  • Flicks
  • 1017 University Avenue
    San Diego, US
  • Website: www.sdflicks.com
  • 619-297-2056
  • Gossip Grill
  • 1440 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-260-8023
  • Hole, The
  • 2820 Lytton Street
    San Diego, CA 92110
  • 619-226-9019
  • Loft, The
  • 3610 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-296-6407
  • Number One Fifth Avenue
  • 3845 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-299-1911
  • Numbers
  • 3811 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • Website: www.numberssd.com
  • 619-294-9005
  • Pecs
  • 2046 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92104
  • 619-296-0889

Shops

  • About Face Skin Care
  • 514 Pennsylvania Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103-4214
  • Website: www.aboutface-sd.com/
  • 619-688-1103
  • Adams Avenue Bicycles
  • 2606 Adams Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92116-1363
  • 619-295-8500
  • American Apparel
  • 3867 4th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-291-1845
  • Babette Schwartz
  • 21 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-220-7048
  • Boomerang for Modern
  • 2475 Kettner Street
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • 619-239-2040
  • Cathedral
  • 435 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-296-4046
  • Controversial Bookstore
  • 3063 University Avenue
    San Diego 92104
  • 619-296-1560
  • Crowning Glory Wigs
  • 3775 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-296-4084
  • Crypt, The
  • 3847 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92103-3609
  • 619-692-9499
  • F Street
  • 2004 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92104-2709
  • 619-298-2644
  • Fashion Valley
  • 7007 Friars Road
    San Diego, CA 92108
  • 619-688-9113
  • Mankind
  • 3425 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-497-1970
  • North Park Adult Video
  • 4094 30th Street
    San Diego, CA 92104-2602
  • 619-284-4724
  • Pleasures & Treasures
  • 2525 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92104
  • 619-822-4280
  • Pop!
  • 2927 Lincoln Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92104
  • 310-651-8059
  • Rufskin
  • 3944 30th Street
    San Diego, CA 92104
  • 619-564-7880
  • Urban Shave Barbershop, The
  • 3774 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92103
  • 619-297-4283

Attractions

  • San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
  • 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
    Escondido, CA 92027
  • Website: www.wildanimalpark.org
  • 760-747-8702
  • SeaWorld Adventure Park
  • 500 SeaWorld Drive
    San Diego, CA 92109
  • Website: www.seaworld.com
  • 800-25-SHAMU