Staying in one of the Rancho Bernardo house rentals means you'll be a stone's throw from La Jolla Cove, a charming hillside community. Two sandstone cliffs border this beautiful beachside spot and at low tide, you can splash about in the water. Find playful sea lions in Scripps Park and check out the charming galleries and beautiful boutiques that pepper the area.
Or spend a day exploring Mission Beach, much loved for its retro charm. Play volleyball or rent some blades to make the most of this beachside neighborhood. Take a ride on the three-story Vertical Plunge at Belmont Park for a little more adventure. The gentler Liberty Carousel is a great option for visitors with kids.
With close to 700 different animal species, San Diego zoo offers an enchanting experience for all age groups. Gorillas and tigers are the star inhabitants while hogs and water buffalo provide a glimpse of native African wildlife. Spot endangered giant pandas as you walk through the Panda Trek. Bird watchers, meanwhile, will discover an array of tropical bird species.
Take on the flat hiking trail at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, a dog-friendly trail that ends in a small, hidden waterfall. Look out for wildlife like coyotes and snakes. At Miramar Reservoir, travelers can enjoy lots of activities including picnicking, jogging, rollerblading, and cycling. Hike around the beautiful lake and keep track of your distance with the distance markers.