San Diego

San Diego Travel Guide

Clubby blue-lit bar scene. A honeycombed wall made of PVC piping serves as a striking backdrop (and clever bottle storage) for this restaurant's blue-lit bar.

The expansive “habitats” include a tropical rainforest filled with gorillas, a recreated Arctic tundra with polar bears and reindeer, and a Giant Panda Research Station.

Carries a small but chic collection of beachwear, from punky-preppy designs by Trovata to hipster shades by Initium.

This marine-inspired theme park has activities for kids of all ages, including several water rides like Shipwreck Rapids, a tube-style rafting adventure. Aquariums and permanent exhibits, such as Turtle Reef and the California Tide Pool, allow for up-close encounters with the animals.

Career fireman Pat McIlhenney opened this microbrewery in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he became a full-time brewer.

The gallery represents more than 100 European and American artists

Located about 25 miles north of San Diego, the 16,000-square-foot Spa at Rancho Valencia Resort has four terra-cotta-and-adobe casitas that house 10 treatment suites, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with cardio and weight-lifting equipment and an Apparatus Pi

Named for its shimmering oyster-strewn shore, this stretch is also scattered with sand dollars, cockles, and scallops. Hotel del Coronado, a coral-red-roofed classic resort, is just a wave away.

Excited about: Portugal as a soft-adventure destination. White’s a fan of the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, with easy hiking and biking paths.Years as agent: 25. Specialties: Barge cruises, Food + Drink, Europe, Hiking/Walking.

Housed inside the Tower23 Hotel, JRDN Lounge and Raw Bar is a colorful restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor space that serves cocktails, wines, small plates, and seafood. The bar has views of the ocean, and the handful of white stools there are always occupied.

The hotel takes full advantage of its location on kid-friendly Mission Bay.

Altitude Sky Lounge is an open-air bar on the rooftop of the 22-story San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. Views of the city's skyline are the main attraction at this bar, where specialty cocktails such as chocolate martinis are served and a DJ plays hip-hop and house music.

Besides trails, dog parks, and play areas, the historic Balboa Park is home to such attractions as the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Museum of Art. The massive park covers 1,200 acres and has around 100 attractions ranging from museums to performing arts halls.

For the aromatherapy massage (from $135) therapists blend a range of essential oils to relieve your emotional tensions and give you a three-ounce bottle to take with you.

Twice a week at the Sè’s Kama Sìrèn bar, a rotating cast of Cirque du Soleil–type performers—aerial acrobats and mermaid contortionists—turns the open- air space into an interactive stage. Specialty What bartenders call molecular mixology: vodka-infused fruits and vegetables.