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San Diego, California, USA

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Country: USA  Area: USA

Water Temp: 15 - 22°C (59 - 72°F)

Visibility: 12 - 30m (39 - 98 ft)

Depth Range: 6 - 39m (20 - 128 ft)

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The city of San Diego is one of the most visited vacation towns in the United States, offering some of the best weather in the United States all year long. From the exciting downtown area, including Seaport Village, Island of Coronado, all the excellent beaches, Marina, Sea world, San Diego zoo, and much more.

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Whether you enjoy this hanging on the beach, bicycling up the coast highway, surfing or windsurfing, or enjoying excellent restaurants along the coast highway, a visit to San Diego is always a good visit.

 

Marine Conservation

The waters off San Diego and Marine conservation and protection are of the utmost concern to Southern California in the city of San Diego. There are multiple organizations involved including but not limited to Scripts Institute, Center from reading biodiversity and conservation at UC San Diego as well as private organizations including San Diego Oceans Foundation and the San Diego Coastkeeper.

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Climate

San Diego is known for its excellent weather, and for the most part hardly a day goes by that you can't do something outside. The best times of year for sunshine are the months of July August and September when temperatures are in the mid-70s (25° C). Contrary to popular belief San Diego never rarely gets hot and statistically there might be only one or two days every year with a temperature actually reaches 90°F (32° C).All year long the evening temperatures can be found in the 50s and 60s (10° C-21° C), and very rare when they are above 70°F (21° C). Water temperatures are at their warmest in July August and September averaging 71°F (21°C), and coolest in January when water temperature sits at approximately 59°F (15°C).

 
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The Diving

The main dive sites in San Diego and the ones most popular are found in what's called Wreck Alley,which is an artificial reef made up of a bunch of ships on its bottom. For wreck diving enthusiasts this is Nirvana. All the sites and wreck alley are buoyed that sent/descent lines so that divers can easily locate the vessels.

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The El Ray sits on the bottom and about 90 feet of water and was the first vessel drop to the bottom to form the artificial reef. This is a large hundred and 10 foot long barge type ship and although it isn't a good dive for the wreck diver looking to get inside uses lines and investigate because it's mostly collapsed, the sea life around and inside our excellent.

The Yukon lies in approximately 100 feet of water offshore from Mission Beach on her port side, and was dropped in 2000 again as part of the artificial reef project. The diving depths for the Yukon are around 70 feet, and access to the inside of the Yukon is pretty good, especially because more holes were created for that purpose. This dive is good for almost all divers, however if you plan to investigate inside it's really for experienced divers who have been properly trained and certified in wreck diving. Intermediate advanced divers will be fine as long as they are prepared for a cold dive and are certified to dive over 60 feet. Even divers without experience in wreck diving can find plenty to enjoy externally on the Yukon including photo ops with the gun turrets. There are well over 1000 Anemone;s, as well as coral, and grouper, spider crabs and many other colorful fish can be found around the ship especially under the bow.

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The Ruby E is a Coast Guard cutter that was dropped to the bottom in 1989 to assist an artificial reef creation; the Ruby E is intact and can be accessed from the hatches for exploration. She sits in approximately 80 feet below the surface upright and almost perfect. The Ruby is essentially covered with kelp and anemones. This guy was a good dive for just about all levels as long as you are experienced with cold water diving and are certified to a depth over 60 feet. As far as entering the rack you should be certified or dive with a qualified dive instructors.

The Hogan was a destroyer back in World War II that served in the battle of Iwo Jima as well as the coast of north Africa. This Navy vessel now lies in 120 feet on the bottom extremely close to the Mexican border, and for multiple reasons is a dive only for the advanced diver or technical diver, and one with a sufficient amount of cold water deep dives under his or her belt. Because she was used as a bombing target back in the mid-1940s this is in a penetrating wreck dive but a great experience, with up to 50 or more feet of visibility, but be careful of excessive currents.

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The P – 38 is an exciting dive again for advanced divers, as it sits in over hundred and 20 feet of water, intact to the point of still having for 50 mm cannons on her with ammo belts. The P 38 was a World War II fighter-bomber that you might have seen in movies with its two rear tales connected. Besides the fact of the depths as well as usually fairly poor visibility, diving this airplane, which sits off the coast of Torrey Pines State Beach, which is north of San Diego, there's no descent line, so experience is necessary.

The Kelp Beds off Point Loma is a fun dive for all experience levels because there's nothing like the experience of swimming through monster stocks of kelp in up to 70 feet of water. The waters within the kelp fields support a large amount of fish as well as the famous California spiny lobsters.

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How to Get there

You'll be flying directly into the San Diego international Airport and downtown San Diego. The experience of flying into the San Diego airport is a rare one, and most passengers aren't even aware that it's one of the few airports in the United States where the pilots are actually flying the plane and not the instruments. The view that you will have of San Diego and its coastline as you cruise in his phenomenal.

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Where to Eat & Drink

Downtown San Diego is a diner's paradise because within walking distance of the water in the downtown hotels you'll find yourself in the old Gaslamp Quarter, with over 52 restaurants at your service. If you looking for a fun happening restaurant with cold beer, good drinks, live entertainment and of course good food, a local favorite and a favorite of visitors and business travellers is Dick's Last Resort.  Dick’s is not fancy nor is it fine dining, but like we said it’s fun. Whether eating a burger, ribs, or chicken, or anything else on the menu, you’ll be eating off of rolled white paper. Plenty of napkins, and live music make decks a fun experience. And don’t be surprised when the waiter or waitress insults you, because it’s their job.

Because you’re right on the coast may be you’re looking for some really good sushi, and you’re in luck because the highly acclaimed and excellent sushi and Japanese restaurant Nobu is located in the Gaslamp Quarter. No blue is located within the hard rock Hotel on fifth Avenue and offers over 40 sashimi and sushi options. If you get there during their happy hours they offer a menu beyond belief and discount prices on beer wine specialty drinks and sake.

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If you looking for a fun place with a good bar and American comfort food very popular with the locals you should check out the Urban Bar and Grill on Fifth Avenue. It’s usually crowded and as you know that’s a good sign, and if there is a game going on here in the lock because there are strategically placed flat screens throughout the barn restaurant. The menu is excellent and offers a good variety of choices including awesome onion rings and their specialty a truffle macaroni and cheese with bacon, and everything’s good with bacon.

If you're hanging out around Seaport Village in the late afternoon or even if you just want to head their from your hotel the Harbor House Restaurant on the water is about as good as it gets. All seats have a San Diego Bay water view, you'll find fresh oysters being served every day, from 3 to 6 PM every day you can enjoy excellent happy hour. The menu is full of seafood as one would expect with everything like crab wontons, fennel crusted scallops, and fried calamari for appetizers. Entrées including Cioppino, paella, seafood risotto, excellent selection of steaks and so much more.

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Lastly, a bar/pub with a “flair” and probably left to just the adults is the Tilted Kilt in Downtown San Diego. This Pub and eatery is a party for the moment you walk in the door. Over 30 choices of draft beer, a full bar an excellent pub food you can't go wrong hitting this place after a good day of diving. The tilted kilt “hoppy hour” lasts from 3 PM until 9 PM daily. The kilt girls, who by the way also have a calendar you can purchase, will serve you. There’s a great selection of bar food to go with your cocktails or beer include Irish not shows, fried calamari, roasted garlic fries or an awesome tilted onion stack.

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Other Activities

Besides diving there are endless possibilities and greater San Diego for things to do, for instance, San Diego County has some of the best golfing in the United States. Just north of San Diego overlooking the Pacific waters is the world-famous Torrey Pines golf course. You can take a water taxi or your car over the Coronado Bridge the Coronado and plan a course that runs along the water, standing on a tee box and clearly see the sailors on deck oh ships coming into Harbor.

With such famous sites as Sea World,the San Diego Zoo, and Wild Animal Park there are plenty of places to enjoy.

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Family Friendly

Youngsters can always taken introductory course and scuba diving for enter into youth training and after a couple days able to dive with the adults. San Diego is a great place for their first dive, and there are excellent dive shops and boats for them to learn on. Taken a water taxi one of the smaller ferries over Coronado Island is an excellent way for families to spend the day. Once you get on Coronado Island which is only a 20-minute ride across the bay you can rent bicycles or skates and see this quaint little town period is little shops, nice places for lunch and of course then there's the Hotel Del Coronado. The Hotel Del Coronado is a famous old wooden hotel of movie star thing, and in fact the largest wooden building in the United States. It's a great place to have lunch or dinner outside of weather permits on the big deck overlooking the water.

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Tips

Don't think that just because you heading to San Diego and think it's the sunny hot Southern California vacation spot that you'll be diving in your bathing suit. The fact is the water is cold and you will need that wetsuit of years. So you have a choice of either bringing yours, or renting one.Even at 20 to 40 feet down it's chilly and doing the deeper dives it gets pretty cold.

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This is San Diego in Southern California, and home to a lot of cardboard signs that say “starving need food”, but really mean” I want your money”. Because of the moderate climate, San Diego's a perfect place for panhandlers, who probably make more in a year than you do, so be aware.

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