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You can go by train for a bit less money than Amtrak by using the commuter services: take the Coaster from San Diego to Oceanside, and then take a Metrolink Orange County Line train from Oceanside to Los Angeles. The regular adult fare for the Coaster from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside is currently $5.50, and Metrolink from Oceanside to Los Angeles ...


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San Diego is located in a desert region, which means that unless it has rained recently (it is expected to rain from time to time from November through March), there will be flowers only in irrigated parks. If you have the opportunity to go look for flowers in January through March (or later if it rained a lot), then parks like the Mission Trails Regional ...


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You will be able to get a Compass Card at the airport, either before or after you claim your baggage. From the MTS web site: Ticket Vending Machines for MTS services are located near the Information Centers of both Terminals 1 and 2, as well as at the Middletown and Santa Fe Depot stations. Ticket Vending Machines sell Compass Cards with one day passes, ...


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It depends on what you do. The park has a variety of "safaris" you can take. Videos of each are on that page. Most get close to the animals, in some cases hands-on. Almost all make stops specifically to photograph the animals, close-up or at the outer edges of the park. The tram safari is pretty well separated from the wildlife. If you're interested in night ...


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Some of the best birding in the US can be found in the San Diego area and the County has a great, detailed resource for enthusiasts. To whet your appetite: With most of California’s wetlands gone and developed, birding enthusiasts should know those wetlands remain here in the San Diego County region serve as the last refuge for many of the Western Flyway’...


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The San Diego chapter of the Audubon Society has a handy web application here. There are also an events listing, field trips, info on the Christmas bird count, and more. I would probably add the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas (north of San Diego, near the coast). It's not a big birding location, but has a lot of different habitats.


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You can only use the CBX bridge if you: Are legally able to enter Mexico or the United States, depending on your direction of travel, and Have a boarding pass for a flight which: Departs from TIJ within the next 24 hours, or Arrived at TIJ within the last 2 hours Purchase a CBX ticket Except for the requirement to buy a ticket for the CBX, and the ...


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Tower 23 Hotel 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach, CA 92109 San Diego Follow this link : http://goo.gl/xZdT2 The price is around 199 USD/night(from booking.com) and the booking.com review score is 8.5. It also states that "Guests at Tower 23 are surrounded by a large variety of recreational activities. Hiking trails, fishing, golf, surfing and whale ...


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If you want to go shopping for memorabilia, the Seaport Village and the Horton Plaza (prepare to not easily find your way out) are pretty good bets, as well as the Gaslamp Quarter, where you'll find plenty of dining opportunities (as a meat-eater, I cannot help you with vegan options). For museums, I very much recommend you take the bus to Balboa Park, ...


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It's difficult to see due to the lack of wind, but based on the stars and colors, it looks similar to the UC System Flag, which would indeed be a flag representing something within California and larger than UCSD: the University of California. According to that page, the flag was designed in 1958, but as it no longer appears on the linked UC branding site, ...


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There are a number of airport shuttle companies that handle transportation to and from the airport. They cost around $15 per person. Metro bus #992 The Flyer ($2.25) travels 10 minutes to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego, where you can connect to the Coaster commuter train, the Trolley, and Amtrak to get you anywhere else. Source


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Since you're all on one ticket, you don't need to worry. I wouldn't plan anything right after your scheduled San Diego arrival, but I wouldn't worry too much Finnair use the American Airlines terminal in JFK, terminal 8, which should help a little bit. When you get off the plain, look for a member of AA staff (may also be dressed as OneWorld), who'll ...


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During my recent trip there I didn't get to try all that many locations but my favorite ones that i did visit were definitely Tijuana Estuary and Mission Beach. The highlight was perhaps a close encounter with a fishing Osprey right by the Tijuana Estuary visitor's center. Taken from the Tijuana Estuary visitor's center: The Tijuana Estuary visitor's ...


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There's no rule against it. A quick search on hertz.com revealed plenty of options left for today. I would try to secure it online rather than at the desk.


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Are there options to park somewhere in San Diego and take the trolley down there? The UC San Diego Blue Line runs from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro International Border about every 15 minutes and takes about 45 minutes. Prices here. On the Green Line free parking is marked, eg at Old Town. From Old Town the journey would be about 20 minutes longer,...


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It is possible to use local buses the whole way. Starting in downtown San Diego San Diego Transit 30 (http://www.sdmts.com/print/1?fragment=30) NCTD 101 (http://www.gonctd.com/wp-content/uploads/Schedules/101.pdf) NCTD 395 (http://www.gonctd.com/wp-content/uploads/Schedules/395.pdf) OCTA 1 (http://www.octa.net/ebusbook/RoutePDFNew/route001.pdf) Long Beach ...


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Here is an aerial view from Google The green areas with a tram around them are the open areas where animals wonder outside of cages. Its about 1000 feet across and fairly long. Often the animals will go fairly close to the tram and the tram will stop at locations for photos to be taken where the animals have gotten fairly close. There may be some animals in ...


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The shuttles to the car rental area are pretty roomy unless you get unlucky and several flights arrive more or less simultaneously, in which case you could wait for the next one. They come around every few minutes at most. There is quite a lot of seating, plus standing is possible. There is also a luggage storage area on the shuttle where quite a large ...


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No. According to the MTS page on Compass Cash, the prepaid credit program for Compass Cards: Each time you tap on Trolley validators, or on the bus fare box for a one-way ticket, the value of that one-way fare will be deducted from your Compass Cash balance. You can deduct multiple one ways during the day or load a Day Pass. [...] Once a Day Pass is ...


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Paid overnight parking typically provides some security, you won't get that from free parking. As far as I am aware there are no free parking lots in San Ysidro, I believe the overnight rates are around $25+ per night. Check out Park Me for San Ysidro Parkopedia for San Ysidro There is limited street parking around San Ysidro, but it'll be unsecure so at ...


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I've been to San Diego a couple of times and both times stayed in vacation rentals instead of hotels. This worked great for our family because it meant we had our own garden and felt very settled while we were there. We stayed somewhat north of the city in Del Mar and Encinitas. Both these areas were great. I'm not a surfer, but there's always lots of people ...


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Sure, should be no problem. Here's a list of all the car rental companies operating near the SD airport (from the San Diego Airport website). I had no problem finding a small car at Dollar for 3:30 today at ~$50/day.


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