The heart of Carlsbad Village has small town charm with tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Residents enjoy antique shops, pubs, handmade crafts, cafes and live entertainment. Hailed as the "Best Southern California Town to Live In" by Sunset Magazine, the village also hosts a series of weekly outdoor films as well as art walks.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Just a few minutes from Carmel Valley, stunning overlooks and peaceful trails ranging from one to five miles long offer unspoiled beaches at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The reserve features broken cliffs and deep ravines overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through the nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana - while a circa 1922 pueblo-style structure, once a restaurant, now houses the visitor center.
Besides the beaches, San Diego is home to some of the country’s greatest outdoor spaces, most notably the 1,200-acre Balboa Park, a historic landmark home to the San Diego Zoo as well as a number of museums, gardens, restaurants and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The space is a breathtaking one, featuring open space areas, natural vegetation zones, gardens, and walking paths. The park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use.
La Jolla Cove
The La Jolla coastline affords some of the most breathtaking beaches in California with a mixture of dramatic cliffs, sandy expanses and secluded coves with steep canyons that culminate at Mount Soledad. La Jolla Cove is San Diego’s most desirable spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving with calm waters home to colorful yellowtail, rays and even leopard sharks.
Old Town San Diego
Just three miles south of Mission Valley and known as the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego brims with colorful art galleries and festive theaters, boasting 17 museums and historical sites including the Whaley House, which has been featured on the Travel Channel's America's Most Haunted. Home to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, California’s first mission, as well as dozens of restaurants featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, Old Town San Diego is a blend of community and history.