It depends - if you like zoos, Sea World, Safari Park (used to be Wild Animal Park), and the beautiful beaches - then San Diego is where you want to stay. On the other hand if you are just looking for a nice coastal vacation with beautiful ocean areas - Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and access to all of the LA sites; then go for the great deal.
You're not crazy - it is just that there are so many wonderful places to vacation in California. It will be a long day to San Diego and back - so plan on that. Also, you probably can only do one of the main attractions (i.e. the zoo or Sea World for an example) if you plan to take in one of those. It will be a highlight tour of San Diego only - and you will want to go back and see it again.
What a nice dilemma - with our economic times, a nice deal is always wonderful. Have a good time whatever you decide.
Note, Huntington Beach is a large city, and only some of the Hotels/Motels are near the beach. But if you got a Hotel near the beach, yes, it is a great place to stay.
The Disneyland Resort is also nearby, but you really need a rental car to visit the two parks.
Also, lots of shopping in the area, South Coast Plaza is a very well known Upscale Mall, plus there are many other places to shop in the area.
Thanks for the replies. That helps a lot.
Chuck, the drive to San Diego from Huntington Beach usually takes about 90 minutes. There are several nice places to stop along the way to of from if you don't care to drive straight through. Recently I had lunch at the Beach House Restaurant in Cardiff by the Sea, with a great ocean view. There is a botanical garden near Carlsbad, and if you are into gambling, there is an Indian Casino as well as an outlet shopping mall.
Whether you stay in San Diego or just drive there will obviously depend upon how much you want to do and see in San Diego. But it certainly isn't difficult to visit there for the day.
There is a very nice outlet center in Carlsbad, and next to it is the "Flower Fields" which is currently in bloom, basically open March and April each year. The Flower Fields are mainly designed to get seeds/bulbs for the year, and of course, they cut the flowers for sale.
And IMHO the drive is more like 2 hours much of the day due to heavy traffic.
If you want to visit an Indian Casino you need to go inland, the main ones are in Northern San Diego County near Interstate 15, or Eastern San Diego County off of Interstate 8.
It's pretty obvious LSCats was referring to the casino in Oceanside. Instead of childishly publicly scolding someone, perhaps you could just tell the poster the name and location of the casino.
Oceans 11 is a Card Room, and not run by an Indian Tribe. No Slot Machines, just poker and other card games where you pay a fee to play.
By no means is it a casino in most folks mind.
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