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Renting an Alamo hire car to pick up in San Diego is hassle-free, and you have the opportunity to select a model to meet you and your family or party's needs. It is the most convenient and economical way to travel while you are enjoying your holiday.
Known to the locals as the "America's Finest City", San Diego is a true jewel in the crown of the Golden State. It bursts with glittering attractions, fine architecture, fabulous dining, shopping and nightlife (especially in the Gaslamp Quarter). But to experience all the wonders, natural and man-made, that this vibrant city has to offer, you're going to need to arrange car hire. Here's why.
Even if zoos don't usually float your boat, it's worth making an exception for San Diego's. Set in the magnificent Balboa Park, it boasts over 3,000 animals spanning more than 800 species, all of them meandering in stunningly landscaped enclosures brilliantly designed to reproduce their natural environments. Balboa Park alone is well worth a visit, with its multiple museums and manicured gardens; it even pays homage to Shakespeare with its Old Globe Theatre, a remarkable replica of the English venue the Bard himself used to perform his works.
To get the best out of your hire car, don't miss out on "La Jolla" - a stretch of white-sanded beaches lapped by crystal clear blue waters, frequented not only by human visitors enchanted by its spellbinding beauty, but by seals who like to bask in the Californian sun on the beach. With its numerous coves surrounded by cliffs and splendid landscaped gardens, you'll understand the moment you arrive there why it was called La Jolla, which is Spanish for "the jewel". The best La Jolla beach for taking a dip is Torrey Pines City Park but if snorkelling tales your fancy, rent equipment from the Cave Store and immerse yourself in the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park. There are also magnificent "SoCal" stretches of sand and clear blue water at Pacific, Mission and Ocean beaches.
If you have children, extract every cent of value from your rental car and take them to San Diego's Legoland, 34 miles north of the downtown area; it features incredible Lego-brick versions of Star Wars characters, spaceships, sets and amazing recreations of famous world landmarks. You can also let the children cool down or off steam in the nearby Logoland and Chima Water Parks, before taking them to watch sea creatures swim between underwater Lego creations at the Sea Life Aquarium. This is one day the kids aren't going to forget in a hurry.
Finally, don't forget to explore the city of Coronado. Perched across San Diego Bay from the Downtown area, it boasts a stunning beach and jaw-dropping ocean views from the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma.