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Perched on the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is rich in family-friendly tourist attractions, gleaming white colonial-style buildings and beautiful beaches. The city is also ideal for exploring the Pacific coastline and other destinations such as Tijuana,Los Angeles,Temecula and Carlsbad.
If you’re arriving via San Diego International Airport, it’s a short three-mile drive by hire car into the downtown area of the city. En route you could stop off at Waterfront Park to take in the ocean view and, if it’s hot, cool yourself off beneath the spray fountains.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Alamo, National and Avis. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
There are many easily accessible attractions within the city itself. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is a two-mile drive by rental car, while Balboa Park, three miles away, features green spaces, museums and theatres, and is the home of San Diego zoo. Popular family attraction, SeaWorld, is a seven-mile drive from the downtown area, while both Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are a nine-mile journey.
Tijuana, in Mexico, is a 20-mile car ride via Interstate 5. There you can swim, surf and body board on the Playas de Tijuana beaches, plus enjoy all that Tijuana’s thriving nightlife has to offer. Los Angeles is a 120-mile journey and includes popular attractions like Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios and Rodeo Drive.
Freeways in San Diego usually have four lanes, with the first lane being the fastest, so it may be best to choose a slower one while you’re getting used to your hire car. Remember that the US is right-hand drive, and also keep an eye on your mirror as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the California ones before your visit.
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