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Love Is in the Air: Three Days in San Diego

If you're more in the mood for a party then for meandering around La Jolla, take a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico. The border is just 17 miles south and accessible via San Diego's light rail network (do make sure to bring a passport, which is now mandatory). You simply walk through border control, and then you're in Mexico! Taxis are available for the five-minute ride to the city, or you can walk to downtown in about 15 - 20 minutes.

Tijuana's known for a lot of things, such as dog racing, jai alai and outdoor shopping plazas (mostly tourist trap stuff), but what's really fun is to sample its famous tequila. In Mexico, you don't shoot it, you sip it, even if it's served in a shot glass. Order yours "completo" and it will come with sangrita, a tomato-based palate cleanser meant for sipping along with the tequila. Be forewarned -- if you're looking for anything other than a great party town, you'll likely be disappointed in Tijuana.

Day Three
Recover from last night's partying with a morning on one of San Diego's many beaches. Just like tourists, different beaches have different personalities, and we've picked a beach for nearly every kind of visitor.

Surfer Dudes: The city's surfing beaches are concentrated about 30 minutes north of the city. At beaches like Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Leucadia you can rent boards, take lessons or simply watch others catch the waves.

The Bookworm: Silver Strand, just south of the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, has lovely sand and gentle surf ... and is often nearly deserted.

All Action, All the Time: Folks who can't sit still will love the action at Mission Beach. The promenade is always alive with activity, while the sand provides great people-watching and sports like volleyball.

Once you've soaked up enough rays, head back to your hotel to freshen up. Then spend the afternoon strolling along San Diego's Embarcadero. You can visit the Maritime Museum or continue to Seaport Village where you'll find a large assortment of souvenir shops, restaurants and street performers. Dine here or head to the Gaslamp District, where you'll find over 200 restaurants serving every imaginable cuisine. Two that stand out are Confidential (tapas) and Athens Market Taverna (Greek). After dinner, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the area and call it a night.

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