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The Hotel del Coronado

This legendary landmark graces 26 beautiful oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888, this extravagant seaside vacation resort has hosted many dignataries and celebrities over the years. Today it is still one of the most popular locations for hosting special events or private romantic getaways.

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Shelter Island Vacation Resorts
Humphreys Halfmoon Inn - Shelter Island Vacation Resort
San Diego Bay Club Hotel - Shelter Island Vacation Resort
San Diego Shelter Pointe Hotel - Shelter Island Vacation Resort

San Diego Choice Hotels International
Follow this link to see a listing of all major affiliated Hotel Resorts in the greater San Diego region complete with online room search, special discount rates and online reservation booking service.

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Shelter Island Palms Resort - Best Western
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Beautiful waterfront hotel and marina resort overlooks scenic San Diego Bay. This excellent vacation getaway is close to many area attractions and recreational activities.

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    Southern California Outdoor Adventure
    Index of special recreation adventure topics, clubs and venues for this region. More resources to pursue your favorite hobbies.

    Wild Adventures in Southern California
    Special guide to the most extreme adventures available at area beaches, islands, mountains, deserts and many points in between. See also the links to area state and national parks, forests and beaches.

    Tour Balboa Park San Diego
    Over 1400 acres of beautiful gardens, grassy picnic area and groves of exotic palm and eucalyptus trees - Balboa Park is home to some of the funnest museums and other attractions of San Diego.

    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Five original adobes are part of the complex, which includes shops, restaurants and a museum. La Casa de Estudillo is a mansion built around a garden courtyard. This park covers a six block area (bounded by Wallace, Juan, Twiggs and Congress sts) re-creating the founding of the first European settlement in California. Presidio Park (located closeby) is the site of California's first mission and military fortress (1769).

    Tour Coronado Island
    For more than a century this seaside island resort has enchanted travelers from near and far. Today it is home to three major luxury hotel resorts. This enchanting place provides many activities and attractions for family enjoyment.

    Tour Point Loma
    Major scenic overlook of the San Diego Skyline. Cabrillo Monument and Lighthouse, restaurants and giftshops.

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    Mountain Regions

    San Dieguito River Park
    Partially completed Coast-to-Crest wilderness trail follows the path of the San Dieguito Rivier. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian and may even connect with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park just beyond. It will wind past Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Escondido, Lake Hodges and Lake Sutherland.

    So. California Mountain Ski Resorts
    There are six major ski resort areas operating in the San Bernardino Mountains, less than one hour away from the greater metropolitan area. Activities offer include traditional alpine skiing, snowboarding, family winter fun zones, ski schools and more. Ski season usually runs from December to April. And during the off-season, these mountain areas are also a great place to visit to enjoy suberb scenic vistas.

    Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
    Located on the tip of Point Loma - this major landmark offers the best scenic views of the San Diego skyline and a host of other great features. It is also a great vista to watch the big ships sail in or out of San Diego Bay. The monument includes a tall statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who is credited with the discovery of San Diego Bay on Sept 28, 1542 and the first European to ever set foot on what is now the US West Coast.

    Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
    Located on the tip of Point Loma - this major landmark offers the best scenic views of the San Diego skyline and a host of other great features. It is also a great vista to watch the big ships sail in or out of San Diego Bay. The monument includes a tall statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who is credited with the discovery of San Diego Bay on Sept 28, 1542 and the first European to ever set foot on what is now the US West Coast. There are also several scenic hiking trails down to tidepools along the coast and a terrific vantage point for whale watching.

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Old Town Hacienda Suites San Diego Vacation Resort Sea World
Old Town Hacienda Suites
San Diego Best Western Hotel

This secluded hillside vacation resort reflects the historic traditions of California taking you back two hundred years in time. Enjoy spacious comfort in your private vacation suite in classic style. This resort is located in the heart of San Diego's historic Old Town village and is close to famous attractions such as the Zoo, Balboa Park, Embarcadero, Sea World, Mission Bay, Presidio, Mission, Seaport Village and more.

Shelter Pointe Hotel and Marina
Situated on the tip of Shelter Island in San Diego Bay, the hotel feels a world apart from the busy San Diego metropolitan area - just a short drive from the hotel. Architecturally, the style of the hotel with it's alabaster walls, red tile roofs and archways set the tone of the resort and create a warm and relaxing atmosphere in a Mediterranean style. Formerly the Kona Kai Continental Plaza.

Catamaran Resort Hotel - Mission Bay
The Catamaran Resort Hotel offers casual elegance in a tropical paradise with acres of lush foliage and sun-drenched beaches. Mission Bay, the world's largest aquatic park, is at your doorstep and the enticing waves of the Pacific Ocean are just 100 yards away. The Catamaran Tower commands a view from the shores of La Jolla to Old Mexico and over Mission Bay to Point Loma and the spectacular San Diego skyline. Sea World, the world famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego International Airport are just minutes away.

    Salvation Army / Kroc Community Center - Rolando Heights
    6845 University Ave, San Diego CA; 619-287-5762; Center Website;
    This six-block, 12-acre, $87 million facility is the Salvation Army's biggest community center and one of the largest in the nation. This family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts facility was made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Mrs. Joan Kroc. The Center provides a variety of programs for individuals of all ages including youth camps.

    • Three swimming pools
    • Indoor skateboard park
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Ice-skating rink - skateboard ramp built in Belgium
    • Basketball court and gymnasium
    • Sports field
    • Weight room
    • 650-seat performing arts center
    • Full library and computer center with 80 terminals
    • Entire set of band instruments and nine pianos

    The Maritime Museum - San Diego Embarcadero
    The Maritime Museum of San Diego features one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world, including; the world’s oldest active ship Star of India.

    Knott's Soak City USA - Chula Vista
    San Diego's newest, biggest and wildest water adventure park.
    22 of the most intense water rides and attractions imaginable - all themed to the longboards and surf woodies of the 1950s San Diego coast. 32-acres recreational water park with 16 waterslides, wave pool play tower and island, ballpark, volleyball pit, and picnic areas.

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    Boomers - Family Fun Centers
    Family Entertainment Centers featuring mini-golf, game arcades, bumber boats, batting cages, go-cart racing, laser tag, food and more. Popular destination for children's birthdays. Look for days with discount pass prices.


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    Morale, Welfare & Recreation
    MWR Department operates all NBC recreational and athletic facilities including golf course, bowling alleys, swimming pools, sports and fitness centers, dining facilities, theater and hobby shops.

    Mission Valley YMCA
    Dance, adult trips, adventure clubs, athletics & aerobics, aquatics, gymnastics, martial arts, preschool, childcare, skate park, summer camps, cycling, yoga.

    UC San Diego Triton - NCAA Athletics
    Intercollegiate Sports Programs include - hockey, cross country, golf, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, fencing, swimming, diving, volleyball, water polo, track & field.

    More Metro Area San Diego Sports Adventures
    Pro Sports, Semi-pro, Collegiate and High school sports, clubs and special events.
    Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club - The Tennis Club boasts twelve championship courts including two soft courts.
    San Diego Polo Club - Group polo lessons available. The Public is welcome to the Sunday matches.
    IceTown - Large skating rink at UTC mall hosts ice figure skating and hockey tournaments and lessons
    Metro Area Golf Courses - Golf Resorts, Course Guides, Tournaments, Lessons, Pro shops and more.

    More Adventure Venues
    SportCenter - Mission Bay - Watersports Youth Camp
    Ocean Experience SurfCamp - Ocean Beach - Summer Surf Camp
    Pacific Beach Surf School - Pacific Beach - Summer Surf Camp
    SeaCamp San Diego - San Diego - Summer Youth Camp Marine Biology
    Sol Surf Camp - Del Mar - Summer Surf Camp
    Superstar Basketball Camp - UC San Diego - Early July
    University Sports Camp - University of San Diego - Summer Youth Sports Camp
    Vertical Hold - San Diego - Guided Outdoor Climbing Adventure
    Willis Bros SurfCamp - San Diego - Summer Surf Camp

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Adventure Links Tour Local Beaches - San Diego

Southern California Deep Sea Recreation
For more adventure tour resources try these MainTour.com special features:
Fishing Adventure Guide - Guide to Saltwater and freshwater game
Boating Adventure Guide - Pacific coast marinas and boat charters
Watersports Adventure Guide - Great links to wide variety of aquatic activities
Tour San Diego Harbor - Visit historic, private and commercial watercraft of all sizes
Tour Mission Bay San Diego - Popular boating destination
Tour Channel Islands National Park - Protected marine wildlife habitat assessible only by sea or air.
Tour Catalina Island - Popular tourism resort destination accessible only by sea or air.
Tour Dana Point - Very scenic small craft harbor.

Hyatt Key West Vacation Resort Hotel Marina Florida
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The carefree ambiance of the Caribbean beckons in one of America’s most unusual cities. It’s a place where shopping, sightseeing and relaxing fill your days and where tightrope walkers and fire-eaters create a festive backdrop to the setting of the sun.

San Diego Bristol Hotel - Gaslamp Quarter -
This new boutique hotel is in easy distance to Horton Plaza, Downtown, Convention Center, Petco Park and the Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego's premier entertainment district. Each guestroom reflect bright, radiant colors and a stylish theme.

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Popular for Runners, Boaters, Hikers, Bikers and Adventurers
Recent technology updates have made readily affordable for outdoor adventures a nifty item - the GPS Watch. It uses 3D Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to triangulate your position and elevation to within 20 ft accuracy.

Sheraton San Diego Bayside Hotel & Marina
San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina
Nestled at the water's edge on spectacular San Diego Bay, the hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and the downtown city skyline. The hotel is a San Diego landmark, providing convention, leisure and entertainment accommodations to thousands of visitors each year.

    California Coastal National Monument
    Established in 2000, the California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of the California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide. These provide forage and breeding grounds for significant populations of coastal birds and sea mammals.

    San Diego Youth Aquatic Center
    Youth watersports and marine biology camp facility owned by City of San Diego located on the eastern shore of Fiesta Island. It is home to Camp Fiesta Island (a boy scout summer camp), SeaCamp oceanography youth club and San Diego's Kayak Team. It is adjacent to Enchanted Cove which is a popular for non-motor based watersports such as Kite Surfing, Small Sailboats, Boardsailing and Kayaking.

    Mission Bay Park
    Miles of bayside shoreline with facilities for picnicking, boating, camping and fishing. Popular watersport activities include sailing, water-skiing, swimming, wind-surfing and jetbikes.

    Border Field State Park
    Tijuana River Refuge

    Monument Road, Imperial Beach CA 91932; 619-575-3613; Park Website;
    Open Daily : 9AM-5PM - Call ahead for safety conditions.

    Historic beach front site contains much of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, an important wildlife habitat. The salt and freshwater marshes give refuge to migrating waterfowl and resident wading birds, such as black-necked stilt, avocet, teal, American widgeon and pelican. The park offers hiking, horse trails, surf fishing and birding. In 1848, the Mexican-American border commission started here to survey and mark the new international border.
    Tijuana Estuary - National Estuarine Research Reserve - Visitor Center for bird-watching and equestrian trails.
    Tijuana Slough NWR - FWS website for National Wildlife Refuge on the northern part of river slough with visitor center. This beautiful 1051 acre wetland where the Tijuana River meets the sea is southern California's only coastal lagoon not bisected by roads and rail lines.
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    Silver Strand State Beach
    5000 Highway 75, Coronado, CA 92118; 619-435-5184; Beach Website;
    Following along the isthmus connecting Coronado Island to Imperial Beach with extensive beachfront facilities on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Combined with the area’s mild climate, the beaches make Silver Strand one of the area’s finest recreation destinations. Camping, fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, and picnicking are popular activities. Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker. There are approximately 130 first come first served campsites. The bay side of the park offers views of San Diego Bay. Three pedestrian tunnels lead from the parking lots under the highway to the bay side of the park. The water in the bay area is usually warmer and calmer, perfecting for swimming and sailing. Ramadas, tables, barbecue pits, and fire rings are available in the area. Park visitors will be able to gain Wi-Fi access when they use a wireless device within about 150 to 200 feet of the Life Guard Tower located in the park.

    Crown Cove Aquatic Center
    Southwestern College; Facility Website;
    Southwestern College watersports facility located between the city of Imperial Beach and the city of Coronado in the Silver Strand State Beach, it provides a wide range of educational and recreational activities to the surrounding communities. The primary focus is to promote boating and water safety programs with the vision to expand to other boating sites in the area.

    La Jolla Cove La Jolla Cove - Beach
    1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA; (619) 454-1444; City Beach Webpage;
    One of the best scenic tours in all of San Diego takes you to a small hidden beach cove tucked in between sea cliffs and tide pools making it a frequent stopping place for visitors such as sea lions and harbor seals. This place includes the Sunny Jim Cave accessible only thru a staircase from a souvenir shop at 1325 Coast Blvd.

    San Diego - La Jolla Underwater Park
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    Created in 1970, the underwater park is a continuing community project to preserve the natural ecology, reestablish the underwater sea life and maintain the natural beauty of the shoreline. Within the Park there are two special areas created by the California Fish & Game Commission; the Ecological Reserve and the Marine Life Refuge.

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    Pacific Beach
    Site of the famour Tourmaline Surfing Beach

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    Coronado Yacht Club
    1631 Strand Way, Coronado CA 92118; 619-435-1848; Club Website;
    760 Member based club with guest privileges. Coronado Yacht Club offers slips for more than 300 yachts and accommodations for 100 in dry storage. Two small boat hoists are available to serve dry storage boats. In addition, there are floating dry storage docks for the active Sabot and Laser fleets.

    Coronado Cays Yacht Club
    30 Caribe Cay Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118; 619-429-0133; Club Website;
    Complete with a host of functions, a working marina and fabulous clubhouse, we offer every member an enjoyable atmosphere in a community surrounded by waterfront style and nearly perfect weather. There are approximately 734 slips presently constructed within the Coronado Cays planned area. Premium facilities available for hosting special events.

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Hawaiian Island Getaway
One of the most popular tourism destinations in the world is the Hawaiian Islands. Local attractions include touring royal palaces, miles of beautiful beaches and polynesian cultural entertainment venues.

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This site features the best regional magazines, roadmaps, guidebooks, local history, folklore, fiction, recreation, adventure and more.

    San Dieguito County Park - Del Mar CA
    The four reservable picnic areas at this park are set among towering eucalyptus groves that characterize this part of the county. Only minutes from the ocean, this park is cooled by the sea breezes during warm summer months. A ball field, basketball court, play areas, and hiking trails are nearby for picnickers to enjoy.

    Torrey Pines State Reserve
    Encompasses 2000 acres of coastal bluff, home to the protected rare Torrey Pines trees. The Torrey pine is the rarest native pine in the United States. This preserve has oer eight miles of trails that take you to the coastline and coastal lagoon.

    Otay Valley Regional County Park
    Otay Lakes; Park Website;
    The regional park will extend about 11 miles inland from the southeastern edge of the salt ponds at the mouth of the river, through the Otay River Valley, to the land surrounding both Lower and Upper Otay Lakes. Currently there are no active or passive recreational areas in the park, other than the County-owned and operated facility at Otay Lakes. It will provide South Bay residents and visitors recreational opportunities ranging from playing fields and picnic areas to hiking, biking, and horse trails. At the same time, the park will protect open space, wildlife, historic, agricultural, and archaeological resources.

    Tijuana River Valley Regional Park
    2721 Monument Road, San Diego 92154; 619-428-2946; Park Website;
    This 1638-acre park offers a diverse array of habitats that enhance visitors' experiences -- from dense riparian forests along the Tijuana River to coastal maritime sage scrub on top of Spooner's Mesa. Visitors may hike or ride a horse along miles of trails, or bring your binoculars to see birds in one of the best bird watching spots in the county. Another popular feature of the park is the Community Garden at Hollister and Sunset, which provides area residents a place to exercise their green thumbs.

    Sweetwater Regional Park
    3218 Summit Meadow Road, Bonita, CA 91902; Park Website;
    Visitors to this 539-acre regional park have quite a palette of activities to choose from. The Summit Site, atop a hill overlooking the Sweetwater Valley, offers modern campsites – including some with corrals for equestrians who want to bring their horses and explore the 15 miles of trails in the area. Below the summit are hundreds of acres of streamside vegetation, grassland, and open areas that provide a variety of habitats for hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers.

    San Diego Metro KOA - Chula Vista CA
    111 North 2nd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
    You’re only 20 minutes from the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, beaches, Old Town San Diego and even Tijuana, Mexico. The pool is heated to 80 degrees year-round, and there are special activities in the summer months

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    Coronado City Parks & Recreation
    Parks Website;
    Bike Trails - Coronado features 15 miles of dedicated bike and in-line skating paths. Bike/blade along the Bay, under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, along the golf course and down the Silver Strand. Bike and in-line skate rentals available at many of the bike shops in Coronado. Bikes are allowed on San Diego Bay Ferry and Strand Bus route.
    Glorietta Bay Park - boat launch, small beach, playground
    Tidelands Park - Located below Bay Bridge - playground, ball fields, trails,
    Centennial Park - Original ferryboat ticket booth
    Spreckles Park - Gazebo bandstand hosts summer band concerts - playground.
    Coronado Municipal Pool - Olympic Size Pool and dive pool - 1845 Strand Way,

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    Chula Vista City Parks & Recreation
    Parks Website;
    Memorial Bowl - Hosts Summer Concert Series
    Loma Verde - Community Center, Recreation facilities and aquatic center.
    Norman Park - Senior Center featuring sports, fitness and dance classes.
    Parkway Gymnasium - Full size court - Open play programs are featured including basketball, badminton, and volleyball
    Veterans Park - Recreation center hosting sports and dance programs

    San Diego Beaches & Parks
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    San Diego CONVIS - Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    San Diego Recreation
    UCSD Recreation Department -
    Port of San Diego - Recreation Department
    San Diego Fish Online - Fishing Links & Info
    San Diego Trails Council - Hiking, Riding and Mountain Biking Trails
    San Diego Sports Arena - Event Calendar
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