2 and a half day, perhaps you will get into a busy schedule according to the spots you mentioned. You know that the large Balboa Park will take you a whole day to get around, for this park is the home to a diversity of attractions and hot spots? But as you said that you are not going to visit the zoo, so probably you can manage it.
La Jolla cove sounds great! This small beach is often acclaimed to be the most beautiful beach in South California. However, don’t you think it is a bit cold to visit the beach area in days before Christmas? You know, the major fun of the beaches lies in the water-related activities, but definitely swimming, diving or snorkeling are not suitable for winter.
Then I suggest you to make a visit to the Old Town area, which is usually thought to be the birthplace of California. San Diego local residents frequent this area and it is seen as one of the best kept secrets of SD. This area has more than 25 award-winning restaurants, a wealth array of shopping, a variety of events and night entertainment, as well as the iconic Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the most visited park in the State. Here is a brief intro to this historic area: http://www.sandiegohotelsadvisor.com/old-town-san-diego
As for daytime activities preferred by the local, personally, I think it is better to check whether there is any featured event going to happen in SD during your trip. Local forums or websites are good ways to find insider’s tips. You can seek advice there. Or you can try your luck at this website, which includes a full host of local info about San Diego, from lodging and dining, to attractions, transportation, things to do and trip ideas. http://www.sandiegohotelsadvisor.com/
· 8 years ago