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Frommer's San Diego 2002
     

Frommer's San Diego 2002

by Stephanie Avnet Yates
 

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go—they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid

Overview

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go—they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's San Diego features gorgeous full-color photos of the sunny beaches and fascinating animal parks that await you.

Frommer's San Diego is simply much more complete and authoritative than its major competitor. Our author, a lifelong resident of southern California, has checked out all the city's best hotels and restaurants in person, and her honest, opinionated reviews will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget.

You'll also get up-to-the-minute coverage of shopping and nightlife; advice on fun activities for the kids; in-depth coverage of all the best beaches and golf courses; excellent maps; and side trips to Disneyland, the Temecula wine country, Tijuana, and more. Frommer's San Diego also includes a free color fold-out map and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764582882
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/29/2001
Series:
Frommer's Complete Series
Edition description:
BOOK&MAP
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.79(d)

Read an Excerpt

Frommer's Favorite San Diego Experiences
buildings that fill a 161/2-block area will make you think you've stepped back in time. The beautifully restored buildings, in the heart of downtown, house some of the city's most popular shops, restaurants, and nightspots.

calm waters, paved paths, and friendly neighbors make Mission Bay an aquatic playground like no other. Explore on land or water, depending on your energy level, then grab a bite at funky Mission Cafe.

usually don't like organ music, you might enjoy these outdoor concerts and the crowds they draw-San Diegans with their parents, their children, and their dogs. The music, enhanced by the organist's commentary, runs the gamut from classical to contemporary. Concerts start at 2pm.

custom of afternoon tea is dignified and old-fashioned at the U.S. Grant Hotel, cozy and Victorian at the Horton Grand, and elegantly charming at the grand Hotel Del Coronado. Take your pick.

San Diego Harbor and provides some of the best views of the city. The ferry runs every hour from the Broadway Pier, so you can tour Coronado on foot, by bike, or by trolley, and return whenever you please.

there's always an adrenaline rush as you follow this engineering marvel's dramatic curves and catch a glimpse of the panoramic view to either side. Driving west, you can easily pick out the distinctive Hotel Del in the distance long before you reach the "island."

was originally named for the toddlers who could safely frolic behind a man-made seawall. These days, the sand is mostly off-limits to humans, who congregate along the seawall railing or onshore to admire the protected pinnipeds who sun themselves on the beach or on semi-submerged rocks. You can get surprisingly close, and it's a truly mesmerizing sight.

costs a mere $2.50, takes only 40 minutes, and the clean, quick trolleys are fun in their own right. Once in Tijuana, load up on colorful souvenirs and authentic Mexican food.

downtown in a historic Gaslamp Quarter building, Croce's celebrates the life of musician Jim Croce and showcases the city's jazz musicians.

experience. Excellent sunset-watching spots include the Mission Beach and Pacific Beach boardwalks, as well as the beach in Coronado in front of the Hotel del Coronado. At La Jolla's Windansea Beach, wandering down to the water at dusk, wineglass in hand, is a nightly neighborhood event.

plethora of places to enjoy lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos, but the coffeehouses in La Jolla serve them up with special panache. For some favorites, see the "Java Joints in La Jolla" box in chapter 6.

throughout the area sell the bountiful harvest of San Diego County. For directions, see chapter 9.

places to stroll. One of our favorites, along the waterfront from the Convention Center to the Maritime Museum, affords views of aircraft carriers, tuna seiners, and sailboats.

they serve lobster with rice, beans, tortillas, and freshly made salsa; it's an affordable and deliciously filling meal. See chapter 11.

passengers over the golf courses and luxury homes north of the city. These rides are especially enjoyable at sunset. For details, see chapter 11.

between March and August, and the locals love to be there. To find the date of the next run, pick up a free tide chart at a surf shop or consult the daily newspaper.

Meet the Author

About the Author A native of Los Angeles and an avid traveler, antiques hound, and pop-history enthusiast, Stephanie Avnet Yates believes that California is best seen from behind the wheel of a little red convertible. Stephanie authors Frommer's Los Angeles, Frommer's Wonderful Weekends from Los Angeles, and co-writes Frommer's California, in addition to contributing to several other regional guidebooks and websites. She confesses to a special fondness for San Diego, having once attended UCSD. Online, Stephanie can be reached directly at savvy_girl@hotmail.com.

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