San Diego is a luxury vacationer’s dream with its eternal sunny days. The temperatures remain at least in the seventies and the sun is always shining. Sun worshippers and surfers will love the picturesque beaches; foodies will revel in the sophisticated restaurants and artisanal breweries. San Diego is the perfect place to bring the whole family, with attractions like Legoland, San Diego Zoo, the New Children’s Museum and the Aerospace Museum and Hall of Fame. Be transported to Europe when you visit Little Italy, and admire the stylishness of the Gaslamp Quarter, before discovering its incredible nightlife. Or discover the beauty of the seventy miles of coastline that frames San Diego. San Diego has a laid back vibe and is sometimes referred to as “America’s Finest City”. If you stay in a luxury vacation rental villa in the city, it is easy to discover why. This is where the stars of Hollywood come to get away from it all, with its perfect combination of beach and city.

View of San Diego from Balboa Park. 

San Diego is a city where arts and culture blossom. Balboa Park is the largest park of its kind in the United States. It has fifteen museums, several art galleries, public concerts and the Old Globe Theatre that has been given a Tony award. There are tours of the multiple landscaped gardens, such as the Desert Garden, which depart from the Balboa Park visitors center. There is no reason to stay inside in San Diego, head outdoors to participate in a variety of activities from biking and hiking to sailing. There is also a great selection of golf courses that come with panoramic ocean views and the beautiful sunshine. Surfers will delight at the break in Point Loma and Coronado beach.

The Ocean Front Walk in the city of San Diego.  

Walk along the Ocean Front Walk between South Mission Jetty and Pacific Beach Point for a breath-taking view and exciting people-watching of the many inline skaters, joggers and cyclists that run up and down the boardwalk. Or look down at the golden sands of Mission Beach to see the glistening bodies of tanned locals, who pack onto the sand in the summer, along with the occasional seal. At the north end of the beach is Belmont Park, home to the Giant Dipper rollercoaster that kids will love. Off Mission Beach is Mission Blvd, where you can find a variety of swimwear and surf shops, and you can rent bikes, skates and surfboards to join the crowds on the boardwalk and the beach.

The palm lined streets of Fashion Valley.

Serious shoppers head to the al fresco malls in San Diego for some delightful retail therapy. Two of the most popular are Fashion Valley and Westfield Mission Valley Shopping Center, which are located right next to each other in Mission Valley. The more upscale Fashion Valley has over two hundred stores, such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. In San Diego’s downtown you will find Westfield Horton Plaza, which is a delight to shop in with its colorful and surreal facades and maze-like layout. You can also find great shops in the Gaslamp Quarter. After all that retail therapy, try out some relaxation therapy at one of San Diego’s amazing spas. Upscale The Spa at The Grand Del Mar offers luxury at its very best. The women’s area is nautical themed with canopy chairs where you can eat divine chocolate truffles, and the men’s area has a gentlemen’s club feel with red leather chairs and a real fireplace where you can watch the forty inch flat screen TV. Try one of their combo services for full body relaxation. The Spa at Torrey Pines is located right next to the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and offers heavenly signature treatments such as the Coastal Sage Scrub, which uses the seventeen different varieties of sage that grow in the reserve.

San Diego lights up at dusk. 

The finest dining in San Diego is found in its seafood restaurants, as the fresh fish is just minutes off the boat. In the Gaslamp District in Downtown try the Blue Point Coastal Cuisine restaurant or the Oceanaire Seafood Room for some haute cuisine seafood dishes. For seafood with stunning sea views go to Anthony’s Fish Grotto. However, no view beats Bertrand at Mr A’s, a refined penthouse restaurant with panoramic views of San Diego and the surrounding coastline. For authentic Italian food head to, you guessed it, Little Italy. And for truly delicious Mexican food check out the restaurants in Old Town and Barrio Logan. Or try one of the seventy microbreweries that are cropping up all over the city for unique craft beer. Grab dessert at the new iDessert café, a new concept store created by one of the best pastry chefs in France. Here you order your perfect dessert by ipad and then post it to instagram. Finish off the night at a basement bar like Vin de Syrah, or dance the night away at Cake nightclub.

A view of San Diego marina. 

Stay in a luxury villa rental in San Diego to have all the diversions and delights of the city right at your doorstep. Use your villa as a base to explore the beaches and rolling hills of this stunning landscape.