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Appreciating San Diego's Hidden Gems

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This is the best time of the year to be in San Diego. Daylight Savings is about to kick in so the days are longer and the weather is consistently nice. Spring is definitely in the air and everywhere you look, people are smiling and in a great mood.

If you're visiting San Diego for the first time, checking out places like our Award winning San Diego Zoo is a must. Beach towns like La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Coronado should also be on your "must see" list. When visiting Coronado, make sure you tour the entire island. It's not all that big so it's easy to get around. Exploring by bike is a great way to see the island. The bike paths that run along the Coronado Ferry Landing are awesome and what a view of our Downtown skyline! If you happen to be here on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, don't be surprised if there's a live band entertaining the crowds. That's always a nice touch! Move goers should also check out the vintage Village Theatres on Orange Avenue. After years of being closed, it reopened in 2011. It's not your typical movie theatre. Each theatre has beautiful wall murals of San Diego landmarks. Definitely worth the visit!

In Pacific Beach, Yoga enthusiasts should head to Law Street where the grassy area overlooks the ocean. On Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, Yoga classes are held in this spot and everyone is welcome. It does attract a lot of locals so get there early to ensure your spot. After you're relaxed, stroll south down the boardwalk and grab a bite to eat at Kono's, a favorite locals hangout. The portions are a nice size and the price is just right. You also can't beat the ocean view. It's a great way to start your weekend. One word of warning - locals love this place so again, get there early OR be prepared to stand in line.

In La Jolla, there's all sorts of things to see and do. Prospect Street is ideal for shoppers with all its Art Galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and clothing stores. La Jolla is also home to Warwicks - a fantastic bookstore that has a little bit of everything. From its wide variety of books to stationary and unique gift items... this is a good place to get lost and unwind for an hour or so. They also offer "Author Events" where book authors will come in and conduct interesting Q&A sessions.

For more ideas on what to do in San Diego, log onto the San Diego Tourism Authority's website. One thing's for sure, you won't be bored in America's Finest City!

Darlynne Reyes Menkin is a travel & lifestyle journalist who lives in sunny San Diego. When she's not digging for travel stories, she can be found leading tours and team building Scavenger Hunts with her husband Marc. The couple run Where You Want To Be Tours, an adventure travel company that specializes in hidden San Diego spots.

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