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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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On this page it explains that some services require a "Premium Pass" Trips that include the COASTER or Rapid Express require a Premium Regional Day Pass I'm picking that the standard Regional Pass does not include the COASTER or Rapid Express. Additionally, from this page What is the difference between the Regional and Premium Regional passes? ...


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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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It looks like people who take Bus 84 into Cabrillo National Monument get in free. A Trip Advisor poster from 2017 notes that he got in free when riding bus 84 in. Surprisingly, this bus route doesn't seem to be very well utilized, or this perk well publicized. That same year, SDMTS apparently tried to discontinue the route, and received a lot of public ...


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If you head south you will be able to exit at Torrey Pines City Beach, a path leads up to a suburb from which you can easily exit on to N Torrey Pines Road. Further along south you can walk all the way to La Jolla Shores, a public beach with street access. If you head north you will run into Torrey Pines State Reserve, from which there is a trail that will ...


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Yes, you can buy the pass there, but only until 4:20 pm each day. Perhaps 50 feet ahead of the entrance station is a sign showing all of the available fees and passes. The Interagency Annual Pass (the official name for this pass) is listed, along with the other variants (senior, military, access pass, etc).


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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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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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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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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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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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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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