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Old 05-20-2009, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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On our 2005 trip to San Diego (and up the coast a bit and back), we stayed at the Grand Manchester Hyatt when we first got to San Diego - very nice. And we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Islandia at Mission Bay - that was really nice. Our room was on the 15th floor overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific beyond the bay.

Here's a picture we took from the balcony:




And here's a sunset from the balcony:


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Old 05-21-2009, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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On our 2005 trip to San Diego (and up the coast a bit and back), we stayed at the Grand Manchester Hyatt when we first got to San Diego - very nice. And we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Islandia at Mission Bay - that was really nice. Our room was on the 15th floor overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific beyond the bay.

Here's a picture we took from the balcony:




And here's a sunset from the balcony:

Awesome
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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We lived in Orange County for 18 years and made this trip many times. A few things that were not mentioned (i think) that are neat to see inclue=de Kings Canyon and sequoia national parks (not ont he coast but worth the diversion) There is a really neat granite cave that you can tour. As well as giant redwood trees. We personally like these parks better than because they are less crowded and less commercialized although not as grand.

Winchester Mansion. A really neat tour - look it up on the Internet.

Monterey acquarium.

Sea World in San Diego.

Catalina Island. The boats leave from Newpor Beach or from San Pedro (long Beach). Rent fins mask and snorkle and check out the fish in fishermans cove. Really awesome. See the now wild buffaloe left out there from a movie. Eat some buffaloe at one of the resturaunts and tour the Casino. This is an all day trip.

Stop in La Jolla villiage (near San Diego and tour the sea cave(s). Go to the sea lion beach and walk right up to the sea lions (if you touch them they may bite you, be careful).

Laguna beach is a neat artists colony type of town and there is a tide pool beach just north of Laguna. It is a steep walk down the path to the beach, but you can look in tide pools during low tide and see all sorts of neat sea creatures if you look hard enough (sea stars, sea slugs sea cucumbers, star fish, octopi, some fish etc. You never know what you will see. Find some kids and ask them to find stuff for you. Kids are great at finsing things and they have more energy.

I would skip the City of LA, but stop in Venice beach and Santa Monica. The 4th street promenade in Santa Monica is really neat. Seeing all the wierdness in Venice beach is fun too. If you are a shopping nut the Garement district of LA or the jewlry market area are pretty neat. China town./Korea town can be pleasant. Most of the rest of LA is just office buildings (empty in the evenings). Some people like to go walk through hollywood.

From Ventura you can take a boat out to the Channel islands. You can also arrange to go sea kayaking out there. Even if you just take the boat out and walk around a bit on the islands it is neat. You will see all kinds of sea animals in teir natural habitat. Bring your own food water rm clothing even in summer.

santa Barbara is a very pleasant beach side town with lots of artists and even a winery that you can tour.

Soemone probably mentioned it, but thre is a hotel on the bluffs in Big Sur area. It is all by itself, not in a town. Even if you do nto stay there, stop for a few hours. You can walk down a staircase to the beach at the base of the cliff. It is an incredibly beautiful and romantic place.

San Francisco has a lot of neat things to see and do. Leave a couple of days for that city and area. You could spend a week in San Francisco and not get bored.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Stop in La Jolla villiage (near San Diego and tour the sea cave(s). Go to the sea lion beach and walk right up to the sea lions (if you touch them they may bite you, be careful).
We have seals, not sea lions in La Jolla. And you can no longer walk anywhere near them, since they put up a barrier. It's an ongoing court battle to have the permanently removed, so they might not even be here next season.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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We have seals, not sea lions in La Jolla. And you can no longer walk anywhere near them, since they put up a barrier. It's an ongoing court battle to have the permanently removed, so they might not even be here next season.

Oh that stinks. Are they a pest? Where would they move them too?
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Oh that stinks. Are they a pest? Where would they move them too?
They're not a pest at all. The area they are in is called Children's Pool, which is not really a beach, but a tiny cove area where they spend their days. Some people want that beach back for humans, even though we have so much coastline here in SD. Even if they remove the seals, I'd never go near that water. It will probably never be safe enough to swim in after the seals have been here for so many years.

LaJollaLight.com | Seals get to stay at Children's Pool - for now (http://www.lajollalight.com/news/250765-seals-get-to-stay-at-childrens-pool---for-now - broken link)
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