Hotel on San Diego’s Point Loma peninsula, near waterfront restaurants and seaside cliffs
Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Aqua Mar
Hotel Aqua Mar sits on the Point Loma peninsula, an area west of downtown San Diego that’s known for picturesque scenes of rocky cliffs set against the Pacific Ocean. Sample local seafood at one of the restaurants near the peninsula’s eastern waterfront, then head to the west side to take in a gorgeous sunset from the cliffs.
- Beachy style: Blue mosaic tiling in the bathroom and wave-inspired artwork over the beds nod to the city’s seaside setting.
- Share vacation pics using the hotel’s free WiFi.
- Get comfy: Slip on the robe and slippers in your room and settle in to watch the 40-inch plasma TV.
- Closest beach: Shoreline Park, located 1 mile away on Shelter Island
- Distance from the Gaslamp Quarter: 6 miles
San Diego, California: Electric Nightlife and Historical Attractions
San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably the trendiest listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 museums, as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery and oil paintings. In Old Town, shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful woven baskets and maracas. Nearby stands the Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture and eerie dolls.