Carlsbad: Carlsbad’s easy-breezy weather and stunning beaches make it one of the best places to live in California. The endless outdoor activities, along with local art galleries, farmers markets and tree-lined streets make this city highly livable—and Irvine Company's three apartment communities here combine stunning views with cool, ocean air. Seven glorious miles of surf, sand and sun have enticed residents and visitors alike to this quaint beach town. Carlsbad’s famous beaches are known for surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing and even beach camping!
Carmel Valley: 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.
Downtown San Diego: 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: Explore the La Jolla Sea Caves by kayak. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive around the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Check the Birch Aquarium at Scripps website for one of their guided walks on the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, which is normally closed to the public. Reserve a spot at the Marine Room’s High Tide Breakfast. And it’s never too soon to start preparing for the Shores’ annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge swim.
Mission Valley: 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.