San Diego Area

Food and Drink

America’s Finest City Offers a Little of Everything

Skyline of San Diego from the water at sunset
Take a break and reconnect with what matters most in America’s Finest City.

The third largest city in California, San Diego feels like perpetual summer. The weather is impeccable most of the year, with daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s and an average of 320 sunny days a year. Fittingly, San Diego is a place that takes leisure seriously.

The big question when you’re there: How will you fit it all into one visit? Here are a few highlights of where to go and what to do*:

Stone Brewing, San Diego. Courtesy of San Diego Tourism Authority
Courtesy of San Diego Tourism Authority

Sample Some Beer and Wine

The beer scene in San Diego consistently ranks in the top five in the U.S. for two reasons: the amount of craft beer brewed and the number of breweries. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido is one of the biggest names in the SoCal scene. AleSmith Brewing Company is known for its Speedway stouts, which incorporate flavors like cherry and salted caramel brownie. And for those who prefer fruit to beer, Serpentine Cider at the Miralani Makers District creates several versions based on apples, apricots, guava, and other flavors; it also shares a space with grill favorite Smokin J's BBQ.

Wine lovers will find plenty to savor, too. Temecula Valley, located about 20 miles north of Hyatt Vacation Club at The Welk, is home to nearly 50 wineries that use the dry, sunny climate to produce their many varietals. The non-drinkers in your group can also enjoy pit stops at the area's olive oil producers, many of which have tasting rooms.

Children and adults gathered around a beaver at San Diego Zoo. Courtesy of San Diego Zoo
Courtesy of San Diego Zoo

Go to the San Diego Zoo

In 2023, the iconic San Diego Zoo marked its 100th anniversary in its current location. It’s one of the world's great animal parks, with so many varied exhibits and unmatched conservation efforts. Start with a ride on the SkyFari. The tram glides above the park, giving you an aerial view of the animals and the surrounding Balboa Park neighborhood. If your party has kids (or adults!) who love newborn animals, the Wildlife Baby Boom walking tour is a great add-on that includes early entry to the zoo. And the regular exhibits — from aviaries to the Africa Rocks section to the Elephant Odyssey — never fail to delight.

Visit the Gaslamp Quarter

Blocks of downtown San Diego that date to the Victorian Era have been reborn as the Gaslamp Quarter. It’s the city’s epicenter for entertainment, arts, and culture. Think rooftop bars, restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs, and a nightlife scene that draws in the locals. Stop by a comedy club, catch a Major League Baseball game, or hang out at the Cat Café, where you can enjoy a stellar cup of coffee and interact with the cats on-site.

Swim and Snorkel

There are more than 70 miles of beaches in San Diego County — and enough diversity between them to make everyone happy. The sand in Encinitas is a local favorite for a laid-back atmosphere. Moonlight State Beach, with its playground, fire pits, and easy parking, is a highlight. Mission Beach Park is a hit with families, thanks in part to the rides and amusements of neighboring Belmont Park. La Jolla, meanwhile, offers a little bit of everything. Swimmers love La Jolla Shores. The Cove is a favorite for snorkeling. And the children's pool is known for seal and sea lion watching. Be sure to find your way to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park to capture one of those iconic San Diego sunsets for your social media feed.

Aerial view of Hyatt Vacation Club at The Welk in San Diego California
The tennis court at Hyatt Vacation Club at The Welk in San Diego, California.

Where To Stay:

Make your home base in North County San Diego, about 40 miles from downtown with a stay at Hyatt Vacation Club at The Welk in Escondido. The resort sits on 450 acres of pristine natural beauty with mountain views. It has everything you need to keep you busy — or help you relax, including:  

  • 5 recreation centers
  • 8 pools
  • 8 hot tubs
  • A theatre with live performances
  • A fitness center
  • Inspired Activities & Experiences including beer tastings, yoga, and Festival Under the Lights
  • Games, sports, and more
Hyatt Vacation Club at The Welk in San Diego, California
The pool at Hyatt Vacation Club at The Welk in San Diego, California

There are also two golf courses and a day spa (all operated by a third party).

A vacation at The Welk — and the laughter, relaxation, and unique moments that come with it — are the antidote to the stress of a busy world.

Start planning your trip today.

* No inquiry has been made into the off-site locations, activities, services, or events, or the qualifications, safety, or quality of the off-site locations, activities, services, or events, and WHV Resort Group, Inc. and HV Global Group, Inc. (collectively, “HVC”) make no warranty, express or implied, as to the condition, capacity, performance, or any other aspect of such off-site locations, activities, events, or service providers listed herein. Do not consider this an endorsement of or recommendation for any of the off-site locations, activities, services, events, or providers. Neither WHV Resort Group, Inc. nor HV Global Group, Inc. assumes liability for attendance at, or visits to, any off-site locations, or the products, activities, or services furnished by independent service providers. Additional fees and costs may apply. Activities and events are subject to change. Some activities or events may require the participant to be in good health and have a certain level of skill.

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