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Introducing San Diego

Whoosh – here comes a skateboarder. And there goes a wet-suited surfer toting his board to the break, while a Chanel-clad lady lifts a coffee cup off a porcelain saucer. Downtown San Diego and its nearby coastal communities offer all that and more.

San Diego’s Downtown is the region's main business, financial and convention district. Whatever intense urban energy Downtown generally lacks, it makes up in spirited shopping, dining and nightlife in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, while the East Village and North Park are hipster havens. The waterfront Embarcadero is good for a stroll, and in the northwestern corner of Downtown, vibrant Little Italy is full of good eats, and Old Town is the seat of local history.

The city of Coronado, with its landmark 1888 Hotel del Coronado and top-rated beach, sits across San Diego Bay from Downtown. At the entrance to the bay, Point Loma has sweeping views across sea and city from the Cabrillo National Monument. Mission Bay, northwest of Downtown, has lagoons, parks and recreation from waterskiing to camping and the world-famous SeaWorld. The nearby coast – Ocean, Mission and Pacific Beaches – epitomizes the SoCal beach scene.