Hotspots in San Diego, CA

Quattra Via Aveda Salon

Quattra Via is a full service Aveda salon and spa that offers a relaxing retreat from everyday life. Whether you're there for a haircut and highlight, waxing, manicure and pedicure or one of the many massage or facial options, you will not be disappointed. You're asked what beverage you prefer when you book your reservation, and keep in mind that your options include wine! Quattra Via also offers a menu of express services if you're short on time but still need a little attention. Book an appointment and come prepared to relax, rejuvenate and look and feel fabulous!

Cupid's Dinner Cruise and Band

Do you want to treat your sweetie to a romantic nighttime cruise on Valentine's Day? Consider the Cupid's Cruise and Band offered by Hornblower Cruises and Events. The three-hour cruise onboard a beautiful yacht decorated for Valentine's Day will not disappoint. You will be treated to a four-course seated dinner, free-flowing champagne (or cider), live music performed by the Stiletto's and a beautiful view of the San Diego harbor. The cruise takes place between 7 and 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day, but you can you board at 6:30. Be sure to check the website for a discount code.

Coronado Beach

San Diego locals know that a quick drive over the Coronado Bridge is the quickest way to arrive at a beach lover’s paradise. Coronado’s central beach is a great place to enjoy a sunny day. Pack a picnic and bring your beach chairs. If you enjoy a hands-on nature experience, don’t forget to check out the tide pools that form around the rocks directly in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. Kids can explore crabs, shells, sea anemones and other ocean life. Check online tide calendars for low tide times. Slather on the sunscreen because even on cloudy days, you'll feel the heat!

LEGOLAND Amusement Park

Any child who likes Legos should have a blast at this theme park. While kids older than 12 might not find the excitement they are looking for, the 12 and under crowd should have lots of fun. They can stretch their legs in the Land of Adventure and they can stretch their minds in the Imagination Zone, where attractions such as the Build and Test allow “young engineers” to build and race cars. Star Wars fans will appreciate the miniature exhibits. Legoland also features a water park and an Aquarium, both of which require additional admission fees.

Belly Up Tavern

Known as one of San Diego's better live music venues, Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach never disappoints. Affordable tickets and great bands and performers make Belly Up a favorite among San Diego locals. The tavern has a variety of performers - from well known bands to local ones. The small venue means you're close to the band and a part of the action. It also means that seating is limited, so if you're not in the mood to stand, get there early. Popular shows do sell out, so buy tickets early.

The Shout House

Looking for a fun, loud and slightly rowdy night out in San Diego? The Shout House in downtown San Diego is a must-do. The dueling pianos are obviously the attraction, and the talented piano players get crazier as the night wears on. Prepare to sing, smile and laugh the night away. If you want to sit, arrive early because The Shout House fills up on weekends. Additionally, there is a cover charge, so be prepared. Because of the downtown location, parking is always an issue. Most patrons mention the raunchy factor as the night wears on, so keep that in mind if you're sensitive!

Belmont Park Amusement Park

Belmont Park, located in Mission Beach, features plenty of opportunities for family fun, including amusement park rides, mini-golf and beachfront restaurants. If you're a water family, don't miss the FlowRider and FlowBarrel, wave machines that allow novice, intermediate and advanced surfers to practice and show off their skills. If miniature golf is a favorite family activity, Belmont Park offers glow in the dark mini golf on a pirate-themed black light course. Up for a challenge? Try the mirror maze or laser maze challenge. Grab lunch or dinner at one of several sit-down restaurants or have a quick hot dog. Dessert is always an option at Beach Treats or The Sweet Shoppe.

Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium features exciting exhibits, kelp feeding shows, shark reefs and more. One great aspect of the Birch Aquarium that many visitors like is the size -- it’s small! Not too small so as to limit your experience, but it’s not overwhelmingly large, either. The Birch Aquarium is great for tots and tweens alike, and locals will enjoy reasonable annual pass rates that can be purchased at a discount for the whole family. Bonus: Four free guest passes. Moms, if you’re having a tired day, you can grab a cup of coffee along with lunch for your kids at the outdoor café.

Detour Salon

Located in Encinitas, Detour prides itself on its fun and hip atmosphere, well-trained stylists, commitment to great client relationships and quality services. Detour offers basic hair services, such as highlights, color and cuts, as well as popular options including straightening (permanent and semi-permanent) and extensions. Have you heard of the new feather extensions? Seven rooster feathers are bundled and attached to your hair with an adhesive, adding a fun and individual touch to your style. Detour stylists can do those, too! Check the website for different promotions and don't forget to sign up for text deals.

Knott's Soak City Water Park

Knott’s Soak City water park features a variety of slides, pools and water attractions perfect for kids of all ages. Younger visitors can get wet and have fun in the Tykes Trough, which is limited to little ones who are 48" or under, or the Gremmi Lagoon, a children's pool and activity area. Adventure-seekers, don't miss the La Jolla Falls, a series of four high-speed slides. The family that plays together, stays together, so jump on the Pacific Spin, a four-person raft ride. Knott's Soak City also features a lazy river. Guests of all sizes are welcome to relax on the lazy river, including those 48" and under with a life jacket. Soak City doesn't allow outside food, but there are a handful of lunch options, including burgers, fries and pizza. Also note that there is a charge for parking.