We're so glad you're coming to visit! San Diego's known for its weather, its zoo, its absurdly high housing prices, its beaches, its restaurants, its beautiful sunsets, and its freeloading seals.
We live on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.
Some of our favorite places to visit
San Diego Zoo
It really is as good as they say. We visit every chance we get. Among Elinor's favorite animals are the otters in Ituri forest, and the serval in the Children's Zoo. Carl loves the new monkey area, natch.
Wild Animal Park
The much bigger park with free roaming animals in very natural exhibits is about an hour north of San Diego.
La Jolla Cove
The cove is a beautiful nature reserve (which means it's a bad place to look for souvenir shells - everything you find there has to stay there) with something for everyone: tidepools, a little sandy beach, fabulous snorkeling (if you can take the temperature - the water will be cold in April!), caves to explore (on foot or by kayak), and a grassy park above. What it lacks is easy parking. (Just keep circling and hang in there and you'll find a space eventually.)
Torrey Pines Glider Port
The Glider port is in north La Jolla, just a few minutes from UCSD (where Carl and Elinor both work). Even if you aren't quite ready for hang gliding or paragliding, you'll have fun watching the others jump off the cliff. The view is spectacular... and we don't just say that because San Diego's nude beach Black's Beach is below. There's even a snack bar.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
The spot for hiking. Torrey Pines has incredible views of the ocean and fairly easy scenic trails (but keep in mind that food and water aren't allowed inside).
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