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San Diego has all the ingredients for a seriously fun girls' weekend away: major sunshine, tons of beaches, lots of fun bars, breweries, and other attractions. Here is a brief itinerary for the perfect Southern California girls' getaway.
San Diego is an enormous city with many different districts, some of which are basically cities in and of themselves. Most of the tourist attractions are located close to the downtown core, known as the Gaslamp Quarter, which is also the most walkable part of the city. This part of San Diego is close to the airport and has public transportation to many surrounding areas, making it perfect for car-less visitors. It is easy to find a good hotel deal in one of the many downtown hotels that cater to business travelers, like the Omni, Hilton, and Marriott.
If you have your own car and prefer a beach-themed vacation, consider staying in one of the many beachfront communities along the coast, like La Jolla, Mission Beach, or Point Loma. You will probably pay more for a hotel in these areas, but you will be able to enjoy a laid back atmosphere with prime access to the area's beaches.
With Mexico just a stone's throw away, San Diego is the place to eat SoCal-style Mexican food. Fish and shrimp tacos are particularly popular. Some great places to try fish tacos are Casa Guadalajara in Old Town and Fat Fish in Pacific Beach.
San Diego is well known for its many craft breweries. Grab a designated driver and head out to one of the more established ones like Stone Brewery or Ballast Point where they serve up excellent pub menus with stellar pairings.
Aside from beach frolicking (always an option), there are a ton of fun things to do with your girlfriends in San Diego. The Gaslamp District is a good starting point with its historic architecture, convention center, and the kitschy Seaport Village. History buffs can take the tram to the Spanish inspired Old Town area.
Then there is the iconic San Diego Zoo (it's not just for kids), and the adjoining Balboa Park, which is decorated with numerous museums, beautiful gardens, and the Spanish Village Craft Center. The Old Globe Theater is a replica of London's Globe Theater and shows Shakespearian and contemporary plays.
On a sunny afternoon take a ferry from downtown to Coronado. Here you'll find lovely beaches, local breweries, and the historic Coronado Hotel, which was featured in the classic movie Some Like it Hot. San Diego enjoys near perfect weather year round, but be sure to get a travel insurance policy before your trip to better plan for the unexpected.
Happy Hours are a huge part of San Diego culture and most of the bars downtown offer fantastic early evening specials with food and drink for up to half off. This is a great way to sample some of the many fantastic local beers. Some of the best happy hours in the Gaslamp Quarter are at Taste and Thirst, Las Hadas, and Funky Garcia's.
Of course, if you're feeling really crazy, Tijuana is just a short bus ride away. It's easy to cross over the border for just a day or an evening, but you will need your passport. Many local companies offer pub hopping and brewery tours South of the Border, which will ensure that you return safely and on time.
Please drink responsibly and use a designated driver, as your RoamRight policy does not cover loss resulting from or caused by being under the influence of alcohol.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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