San Diego California is the perfect destination for Spring Break 2012. San Diego hotel rates are cheaper than ever—stretching your travel dollar and leaving more money for the fun stuff like SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Gaslamp restaurants & clubs, Old Town Mexican food, local brew pubs and more.
San Diego is 2012’s safe destination for Spring Break. Why cross the border when there’s plenty to do in San Diego with miles of sunny beaches, downtown nightlife, outdoor activities and much more.
When you hit town, pick up a copy of the San Diego Reader. The Reader is published weekly and can be found free of charge at most convenience stores. The Reader has tons of information on the local club and music scene as well as the best restaurants and other local activities.
Parents love San Diego for Spring Break with its affordable accommodations and more kid-friendly activities than any destination in the country.
Start your day at the beach. Mission Beach is a kid-favorite with a long sandy beach, perfect for sand castles and romps in the gentle surf. Nearby Belmont Park has carnival rides and games as well as “The Big Dipper”, an old-fashioned wooden roller coaster that will get the kids screaming and begging for more.
Of course, don’t forget San Diego favorites like the Zoo, Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld or every kid’s favorite—Legoland.
Balboa Park is chock full of kid’s activities like the Rueban H. Fleet Imax Theater and Science Center. The Science Center is full of exhibits that make learning about science fun. The Imax Theater is a stunning widescreen sight and sound extravaganza that features educational films about wildlife and culture that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
If your idea of Spring Break fun is a relaxing day at the beach followed by a night of the club and party scene—San Diego’s got you covered.
Head to Mission or Pacific Beach, stretch out your towel, kick back in the sun, play volleyball, cruise the boardwalk or take a surfing lesson. Try the Wave House at Belmont Park—a man-made wave machine that will test your surfing skills.
A favorite spot for nightlife is the Gaslamp District downtown. The Gaslamp is full of hip/trendy clubs and restaurants that are frequented by young adults looking for good times. World-class shopping is located at nearby Horton Plaza, an urban mall on the west edge of the Gaslamp. The garage at Horton Plaza, accessed on 4th Avenue, provides free parking if you purchase anything in the mall and have your receipt validated.
The club scene at Pacific Beach is a favorite with the college crowd with dozens of bars and clubs located near the beach on Grand and Garnet Avenues.
San Diego is fast becoming one of the nation’s hot spots for award-winning brew pubs. Stone Brewing, Alesmith, Port Brewing and Karl Strauss are just some of the names that make San Diego a favorite among beer lovers.
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John Rogers, the author of this article, was born and raised in San Diego. He spends much of his free time exploring the beaches and open spaces of California, especially those described on this site.