Help a Picky Traveler Plan a San Diego Trip
December 13, 2013 2:26 PM Subscribe
I'm planning a trip to San Diego in early February. Not sightseeing, just being somewhere else and getting out of the Michigan cold for a while.
posted by still_wears_a_hat to Travel & Transportation around San Diego, CA (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
What I want to do is:
- Wander around the interesting areas, at least the Gaslamp Quarter, Embarcadero, Hillcrest, and Balboa Park, including the Zoo. Maybe Seaport Village, Mission Bay and/or Old Town, though not if they're just tourist traps.
- Go to some of the bigger farmers' and street markets (maybe Hillcrest, Little Italy, La Jolla, Old Town, Public Market).
- Spend some time on a beach (probably Pacific and/or Mission). I do realize that it may not be good weather for sitting on a beach, but hope I can at least walk along a beach and a boardwalk.
If I can, I'd like to do is stay somewhere that would let me do all that without renting a car. I'm fine taking taxis and buses when I need to, but not if it means I'm spending my whole trip waiting for a bus or looking for a cab. I'm also fine staying in the central area for a while and then moving to a beach hotel.
So my questions for people familiar with San Diego are:
- Is it reasonable to skip the car rental, or should I just bite the bullet and drive?
- How many days would you suggest for the seeing a decent amount of Gaslamp/Embarcadero/Hillcrest/Balboa Park? I've been to the Zoo before, I'm thinking I'd spend half a day there, but don't know about the rest. And do you recommend Seaport Village, Mission Bay and/or Old Town, and how much time for them, if so?
- Any good suggestions about places to stay - either areas or specific hotels? I like interesting hotels, but will be on my own, and feeling safe (including being within walking distance to restaurants) is a high priority.