San Diego Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Indulge and Explore

Only 30 minutes from the American- Mexican border, San Diego is the epitome of casual cool. With oceanside dining, picturesque beaches and a slew of lavish spas, even the most discerning traveller will feel fulfilled.


Situated on the Pacific shoreline, Tower23 is ultra modern, with architectural elements that salute the stunning natural surroundings— sun, sky and sand—of southern California. The minimalist property is a relaxing oasis during the day that offers guest-only access to a secluded second-floor terrace that faces the endless ocean and houses plush loungers with a private bar and meal services.



JRDN, an onsite restaurant at Tower23, sits street level and is abuzz with locals and guests alike in the evening. Find a spot on the patio and dine feet from the Pacific Ocean, while a 70-foot “wave wall” produces a theatrical display of lights. In addition to the lengthy wine list and unique cocktail concoctions, dinner options developed by head chef Nick Shinton include sustainably sourced cuts of beef as well as a selection of items from the restaurant’s raw bar—like littleneck clams and Pacific stone crab claws.

George’s at the Cove will take your breath away with sweeping views of the Pacific. The rooftop terrace is an impeccable venue to share a bottle of local California wine or indulge in a signature drink like a pepper and pineapple-infused sip with tequila, of course.



Dedicate a day to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The horse races are on a seasonal schedule and occur five times per week during peak season. Pick a pony and make a wager; it’s a refined way to experience some mid-afternoon excitement alongside enthusiastic racing fans.

For a tranquil activity, escape to one of San Diego’s decadent day spas. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a five-star estate nestled amidst lush, tropical foliage. Low-rise buildings with orange clay roofs are decorated with colourful hand-painted tiles. The most difficult decision you’ll make all day is whether to select a Soothing Herbal Sea Wrap or a Firming Cocoa Bean Facial from the vast list of treatments.