04th January 2012
Connecting with nature is one of the most amazing and breathtaking experiences we can have. It can be accomplished through many different avenues, from nature hikes to visiting rare waterfalls and forest reserves. Some like to visit beaches and coastlines, while others like to have a more hands on experience by scuba diving or swimming with the dolphins. No matter what your preference, one of the most captivating experiences in nature is whale watching, and there is no better place to do it than San Diego.
Whale watching is a very unique and awe-inspiring adventure. Each year, mainly between the months of December and March, the California gray whales migrate from Alaska toward the coastline around the San Diego area. Visitors have the opportunity to book a charter cruise with a number of different companies to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Cruises can last a couple of hours or even longer if you decide to book one that includes dinner and entertainment. If you would prefer not to go out on the water, you can also go to Cabrillo National Monument or the Birch Aquarium to view the magnificent “giants of the sea” from land. The Cabrillo National Monument, located on the Point Loma peninsula, offers a glassed-in observatory to see the whales. It also offers whale exhibits and narrations about the various characteristics of these animals. The Birch Aquarium hosts a “Whalefest” in the months of January, February, and March that teaches all about the whales and their migration to the San Diego area. Enjoying a cruise on the ocean or exhibits on land are sure to give you unique insight into the beauty of these creatures.
Many may be afraid that these experiences are out of budget, but think again! Vacation peak times in San Diego are from May to August, and because of this tickets are in higher demand and offered at higher prices during these Summer months. Choose to visit the San Diego area during the winter months of February and March and you will find lower prices and fewer crowds. This is the same for area hotels such as the Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn is located in San Diego’s Pacific Beach, and is in close proximity to several attractions, including various whale watching tour starting points. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, spacious rooms, affordable prices and packages, and several in-room amenities that cannot be beat. Go to www.oceanparkinn.com for more information about the hotel, whale watching hot spots, and other local attractions.
28th December 2011
As you plan your next vacation, do you find yourself craving something totally different than you’re used to? If you are looking for a change of scenery consider traveling abroad! There are many top-rated vacation destinations across the world, and especially in the United States. One of the most visited destinations in the U.S. is sunny San Diego, located in gorgeous Southern California. San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and is a favorite amongst national and international tourists.
Aside from its most well-known attribute–the wonderful year-round mild weather–San Diego also offers numerous attractions, restaurants, and accommodations at affordable prices. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, LegoLand, Sea World, and Balboa Park top the list of famous attractions. But don’t forget the ocean, with more than sixty miles of breath-taking beaches, there is plenty of opportunity to experience all types of water fun. There are many five-star restaurants in the area, with varied cuisines and price ranges. San Diego also offers top-notch accommodations such as the Ocean Park Inn. With its spacious rooms, luxurious amenities, breath-taking views, and affordable family and group rate packages, the Inn can’t be beat. Located on the beach in San Diego, you need only to walk out of the front door to start enjoying the wonderful setting and let your adventure begin.
Besides planning your itinerary, you can’t forget to prepare for the trip. There are many requirements when traveling abroad, such as attaining passports, visas, updating vaccinations, etc. Luckily, there are places that can help you get everything you need in order and on time. Utilize your favorite internet search engine to look up the list of approved and not approved travel items if visiting us by plane. If you are traveling by plane, you may have to stop by the customs check point as well. You may also want to consider travel insurance or medical insurance in case of a last minute emergency. Visit the Department of Transportation website for more information about required documentation and additional travel tips.
21st December 2011
San Diego is a fantastic place to visit year-round, but due to its “fun-in-the-sun” stigma, it is most popular during the summer. Luckily for you, this can mean amazing off-season deals at some of the area’s hottest spots. With the San Diegan climate typically ranging from 60-80 degrees, you can escape the cold winters of the east coast or central states, and step out into the sunshine of the west coast. There is always something to do so the options are limitless as to how you can spend your time while staying here, and because it is the off-season, prices for all types of adventure and accommodations are sure to go down. Are you ready for some of our top picks on how to spend your winter days in San Diego?
Let’s start with a very unique and awe-inspiring adventure – whale watching. Each year the California gray whales migrate from Alaska toward the coastline around the San Diego area from January to April. Visitors have the opportunity to book a cruise with a number of different companies to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Cruises can last a couple of hours or even longer if you decide to book one that includes dinner and entertainment. Vacation peak times are from May to August, and because of this tickets are in higher demand during the summer, and are often offered at higher prices. Visit during the winter months and you will find lower prices and less crowds, but an equally amazing experience!
If you are a sports enthusiast there are a variety of spectator and participant events to meet a wide range of interests during the off-peak season. For example, several marathons are scheduled in the San Diego vicinity, and it’s a great time of the year to be a runner as the weather and scenery provide an optimum experience whether you’re new to the marathon scene, or a seasoned veteran. Plus, there are plenty of other attractions in the area so it’s fun for the whole family. Knott’s Berry Farm, the Air and Space Museum, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are just a few of the local attractions that offer exciting and affordable day ventures.
Finally, because there are less tourists visiting the area during the winter months, many hotels offer great deals. One such place is the Ocean Park Inn. Located just steps from the sand in sunny Pacific Beach, the Inn is the perfect place for you to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer. Ocean Park Inn offers many amenities including spacious rooms, complimentary continental breakfast and wireless internet, and an amazing value for your dollar. Visit their website today at www.oceanparkinn.com to discover what off-season perks you can take advantage of this year.
Let the ‘off-season’ become your ‘on-season’ this year with an exciting and affordable winter getaway!
14th December 2011
When planning a trip for the whole family the goal is always to find affordable and wholesome activities that are still fun and adventurous. In San Diego you’ll be able to find just that! Many hotels and local attractions offer discounted pricing and honest fun that allows you to finally take that much-deserved vacation.
The Ocean Park Inn, located in sunny San Diego, is doing its part to offer families an affordable place to stay–especially during the off-season in winter. The Inn’s rooms offer space for the whole family, along with great views and friendly staff. Even more, your stay comes with several amenities such as free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, refrigerator, hair dryer, a free daily newspaper, optional in-room massages, and much more to ensure your family’s relaxation and convenience.
There are many local attractions around the hotel including SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo, and LegoLand, to name a few. There are also options for more low-key fun such as visiting Kate Sessions Memorial Park, walking the Pacific Beach Boardwalk, or simply soaking up the sun on the miles of beachfront sand San Diego has to offer. No matter what your family enjoys for leisure activities you are sure to find the perfect activity for all in San Diego!
All of the sight-seeing will surely induce a lot of hunger! There are many local restaurants to satisfy your appetite, ranging from 5-Star to more affordable family joints. Be sure to stop by the front desk and ask a friendly Ocean Park Inn staff member for recommendations on the best place to take your family during your stay.
There’s no need to break the bank this year. Just visit www.oceanparkinn.com to find an affordable hotel and great family activities in San Diego. Affordable family fun is just around the corner!
09th December 2011
Are you looking for an affordable yet enjoyable mini vacation this winter? How about the newest trend in travel called the ’staycation’? As the economy is still in recovery mode, many people are looking for ways to maximize fun time while minimizing costs. Rather than trying to save up a large amount of money to travel abroad, or far from home, consider coming down to the Ocean Park Inn and enjoying a first rate experience without breaking the bank.
The Ocean Park Inn is located in sunny Pacific Beach in San Diego, close to Mission Beach, Ocean Beach Park, Downtown San Diego and more. Recently renovated in 2010, the Inn exudes luxury immediately upon entry into the lobby. Numerous amenities, pleasant staff, and affordable rates truly transform a simple staycation into luxurious time away.
First and foremost, the rooms at Ocean Park Inn are spacious and comfortable. You can spread out and relax with several room size choices. You may also choose a room that has an ocean view to take full advantage of the gorgeous location, or maybe a poolside view to keep an eye on the kids. Refrigerators and microwaves are available on suite so meals can be prepared in the room, saving you the cost of constantly eating out. A continental breakfast is served every day, and room service is also available. Additionally, each room features a sofa bed, and cribs are available upon request, so there is plenty of space for everyone to relax and get comfortable. And the best news yet–you don’t have to clean up! Friendly and thorough staff allows you to take a break from your normal duties by providing daily cleaning service.
If you can’t quite get away from work completely, we’ve got you covered with complimentary wireless internet, a desk in each room, and free daily newspapers which allow you to keep up with the business world if the need arises.
Finally, did we mention the view? At the Ocean Park Inn you can choose from a variety of rooms that include a balcony view. Watching the breathtaking view of another West coast sunset is the perfect ending to a relaxing day. As you plan your next outing, consider a staycation with us at the Ocean Park Inn. Visit our website at www.oceanparkinn.com or call 858-483-5858 for room rates, availability, and specials!