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When you feel like keeping it classy, there’s only one place to go: San Diego. It’s a city filled with leather-bound books and the seductive aroma of rich mahogany…at least, if a certain eccentric weatherman is to be believed. In reality, this California hot spot is teeming with surfboards and smells more like sun cream and craft beer than mahogany.
And hey, with one of Wotif’s San Diego car hire deals, you’ll make beach-hopping the new island-hopping. Weird tan lines are so this season.
Rev the engine on your San Diego car rental and point your compass north: Just 56km from downtown is the colourful seaside town of Carlsbad. Locals flock here for discounted purses at the outlets, but it’s also a pretty sweet place to chow down, and The Flower Fields paint a local hillside each spring.
Turn your car back south, and in 52km you’re at sprawling Balboa Park. Museums, a world-famous zoo and patio dining await.
And now, for the reason you booked a trip to San Diego in the first place: the majestic riverfront. Just kidding. It’s the ocean! Even if your accommodation in San Diego isn’t beachfront, you can get to spots like Coronado Beach and La Jolla in 20 minutes or less from most San Diego neighbourhoods.
Are you keen on exploring greater Southern California? We knew you looked smart. Drive 95km to the northeast, and you land smack-dab in wine country. Temecula wineries overlook purple vineyards and the type of wide open spaces usually reserved for romantic comedy B-rolls. After a few sips and a hearty lunch (to sop up the booze), head west to San Clemente, where you can have a beach barbecue near the pier.
Book your car hire in San Diego with Wotif, and your budget for surfboard wax and burritos will hardly feel a dent. Combine it with San Diego holiday packages, and you’re officially a savvy traveller.