San Diego, California
Fly New Haven to San Diego, the second largest city in California and home to 70 miles of beaches, the world famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and one of the country’s hottest surf scenes.
Located near the California border just above Tijuana, Mexico, San Diego is a vibrant city with a rich culture and southwest flavor all its own. San Diego’s East County landscape ranges from soaring mountains and rolling hills to the dramatic Pacific coastline and the 600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Arts and Culture
The country’s largest cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 museums and 9 performing arts centers, lush cultivated gardens, the San Diego Zoo and Globe Theatre. This is the city’s cultural heart, with Spanish colonial architecture set amongst green lawns and lush gardens. Visit the Timken Museum of Art for some time with Rembrandt and Rubens or catch the latest performance at the esteemed Old Globe Theatre. See the Apollo 9 Command Module at the Air & Space Museum or spend a day exploring nature, humanity and universe at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
After a day with the kids at the Children’s Museum downtown, enjoy a night of culture with the symphony orchestra or San Diego opera company. San Diego is also home to the Diversionary Theatre, one the country’s oldest LGBT theatres and a producer of edgy dramas and playful musicals with gay and lesbian themes. The city is loaded with great places to eat with plenty of influence from neighboring Mexico. Nightlife is hot with great dance clubs, sidewalk cafes, neighborhood bars and the sound of salsa.
Surfing San Diego
Surfing is a way of life for many in this southern California community, with surfers lining the coast rain or shine waiting for the perfect wave. San Diego’s Pacific coast offers serious white water surfing and all kinds of waves from fast, shifty beach breaks to reef breaks with long shapely waves to monster hollow tubes for the ride of your life.
This is a demanding sport that’s fun and challenging to learn and San Diego has some of the best surf schools in the country. A great place to start learning to ride and hold a wave is Mission Blvd., from Garnet Avenue to the Belmont Park Roller Coaster. To watch surfing’s best, go to Windansea at the foot of Nautilus in La Jolla where the surfing is close to shore and the best talent is always on hand. San Dieg hosts ASP surf competitions at Oceanside Pier and Lower Trestles.
The San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park is widely regarded as one of the very best in the world. The zoo hosts animals from every continent with special attention to realistic habitats. Visit the Meerkat colony in Africa Rocks and see elephants, lions, sloths and jaguars at the Elephant Odyssey habitat. Get up close to the experience at the Children’s Zoo, Insect House, Reptile House and Sea Lion Show.
The San Diego Zoo is home to Giant Pandas and Polar Bears, Koalas and Wombats. Visit the Lost Forest and lose yourself in a steamy tropical habitat with streams and waterfalls, filled with exotic endangered wildlife from Birds of Paradise to Apes to Hippos.
At the Safari Park choose a behind the scenes safari, the Africa tram ride or a caravan safari through hundreds of acres of landscape home to giraffes, rhinos, antelope, chimpanzees, tigers and zebra.