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Old May 2nd, 2007, 12:44 AM   #21
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San Diego is actually my favorite city in California...there's just so much to see there: the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Balboa Park and the Zoo, Downtown, Little Italy, the Seaport Village, Coronado Island, Hillcrest, Mission Bay and Sea World, La Jolla, the Cabrillo National Park...

I really love the feel of this city, a lot more relaxed than LA, but just as fun.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 04:37 AM   #22
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Nice pic's .
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 11:00 AM   #23
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I am actually renting a car whilst in SD so should I still take this train up to Carlsbad or is the drive also nice.

I was also thinking of driving up the coast a bit towards LA. Maybe to say Laguna Beach one day. Is it a nice drive going all the way up towrds that way or is it too far?

Any other cool side trips in the SD area? Can anybody explain the different beach areas of SD? thanks for the tips!

The drive is pleasant, but you don't get to see much from the freeway. Also The 5 freeway can suck at times as traffic can get ugly, especially heading back towards San Diego. Now if you're heading that way the same day to visit Laguna Beach I would say drive because after you pass Ocean Side you drive along the coast and the scenery is quite stunning.

Laguna Beach is quite nice too, have you ever been there??

Anyway my personal opinion is to take the Coaster up to Carlsbad since you will get to see some areas of the metro you wouldn't normally drive past. The train goes really close to the ocean, and also close by some very beautiful homes. Its just a very relaxing ride, and it only takes about an hour on the train.

I hope this helps.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 12:05 PM   #24
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You know Ive always wanted to ride the Coaster and never managed to. Different beach areas, you have Imperial Beach near the mexican border Im not too familiar. Coronado Beach is often rated as one of the best beaches in the country adjacent to the Hotel Del Coronado and just random pretty houses along the beach. Then moving north there is Ocean Beach which is a nice little neighborhood full of independent shops and the like (they hate corporate chains though starbucks has managed to get in). Sunset Cliffs isnt necessarily a beach but it has a beautiful road to drive along stunning cliffs. Then theres Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, classic California boardwalk beaches, I tend to think these are the most popular. Then Windansea and the little ones tucked along the cliffs, more surf spots than anything, then La Jolla Shores, upscale very popular, Blacks Beach is next where clothing is optional, and then my favorite Torrey Pines which is along seaside cliffs that are relatively undeveloped. Then theres Del Mar that has some nice beaches and Solana Beach and Encinitas have very popular surf spots, I dont know about them as beaches. And Carlsbad and Oceanside which have been mentioned but Oceanside has a little harbor so the beaches arent that great. Then up near Orange County you have Trestles which is very popular with surfing. Its a nice coastal drive if you break off the 5 once in orange county and take the pacific coast highway if you have the time. Getting up to laguna the scenic way probably would take a little over 2 hours in good traffic.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 10:50 PM   #25
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thanx 4 the pics
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 11:39 PM   #26
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thanks

hey, thanks for all the advice!
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Old May 12th, 2007, 03:35 AM   #27
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Nice pics, thanks. Would like to see more.
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Old July 29th, 2007, 06:49 AM   #28
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Old September 8th, 2007, 06:43 PM   #29
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San Diego looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Great pics!!!!
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Old January 8th, 2008, 01:55 AM   #30
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OH! NICE PHOTOS!
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Old January 8th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #31
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Excellent pictures. The city for sure deserves its nickname.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #32
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Thanks again for the positive comments.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #33
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San Diego is really looking spectacular. It lacks the weathered grit that I like so much about other western cities like Portland, San Francisco and LA. It's one of the last cities that I would expect to be walkable. The thing I do not like about the west coast beach cities is the ocean. The Pacific is freezing, rough and scary. Why be at the beach when you can't go in without a wet suit? I like ocean here in Miami much better.

Great city nonetheless.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 08:37 AM   #34
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AMazing pics of San Diego.. BTW Mission Bay is not that freezing ..
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Old January 10th, 2008, 08:44 AM   #35
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My second city Looking great in those pictures
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 11:39 PM   #36
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SD rocks !! benn there for 5 month and i'm missing it verry much :/
those "verry small cars" are just a tourist attraction. u can rent them for few hours. it's kinda of small motobikes, nothing more
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Old July 24th, 2008, 12:25 AM   #37
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San Diego reminds me of Oakland a lot. I think it looks great these days. San Diego lacks the cultural edge of the other big West coast cities (except for San Jose). The weather is perfect. My only complaint is that the Pacific Ocean is brutally cold. I would trade Miami's ocean for San Diego's dry balmy weather. It also seems that there is no bond between Tijuana and San Diego. San Diego is in denial that it is so close to Mexico unlike the bond between Seattle and Vancouver.

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Old July 24th, 2008, 03:09 AM   #38
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Wow, San Diego reminds me of Adelaide somewhat. San Diego looks very nice, and with its population, you really don't hear about it that much, it must get overshadowed by LA.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #39
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ChrisLA took these pics himself, so I will move this thread to Urban Showcase!
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Old July 24th, 2008, 06:59 AM   #40
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San Diego reminds me of Oakland a lot. I think it looks great these days. San Diego lacks the cultural edge of the other big West coast cities (except for San Jose). The weather is perfect. My only complaint is that the Pacific Ocean is brutally cold. I would trade Miami's ocean for San Diego's dry balmy weather. It also seems that there is no bond between Tijuana and San Diego. San Diego is in denial that it is so close to Mexico unlike the bond between Seattle and Vancouver.
San Diego is a great city! but i agree with you philadweller SD is in denial that is so close to us and how its in reality a twin city,actually from my window here at home in Mexico i can see all the skyline from San Diego bay and the Coronado bridge. And we do have wonderful weather!!!


Right on top of the black glass building on the right of the pic is were the U.S.-Mexican border stands.




The New City towers in Tijuana B.C., are 2 blocks away from the US.Mex border


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