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Whether you're popping over from LA, or flying in from afar, there's nowhere like San Diego for a girls weekend. Whether you fancy a buzzy cocktail bar downtown or peaceful beach day, the city and its outlying areas truly cater to all interests. So, get the girls together and use our definitive guide to narrow down the many options. From pink-hued hotels to epic brunch cruises, we aim to please. And pleased you will be when your evenings are made up of ocean view-dining and speakeasy cocktails. Ah, Californian bliss...

WHERE TO STAY

Pacific Terrace Hotel

The Pacific Terrace Hotel San Diego is a four-diamond beach front property that overlooks the stunning coast. Located at the north end of Pacific Beach's oceanfront boardwalk, it's just minutes away from hip restaurants and shops. So, relax pool side in the day, check out the luxury spa and engage in more than a little retail therapy.

La Valencia Hotel

If you’re looking for an even girlier getaway, the Valencia Hotel in La Jolla should fit the bill. This boutique hotel, in all its charming pink glory, provides a lavish 20s ambiance for your weekend adventures. Choose either to stay in a vintage-inspired room or luxurious villa- they're so pretty that your only obstacle will be tearing yourself away.

WHERE TO EAT

Il Fornaio

Whichever part of San Diego you pick for your weekend, you must head to Il Fornaio  for delicious authentic Italian dishes overlooking the ocean. The menu is known for its on-site freshly made pasta, such as the Pennoni alla Vodka, and its thin crust pizzas. There are two locations, one in Coronado, just opposite of Downtown San Diego, and another in Del Mar, located in North San Diego. Both locations offer patio seating that will allow you and girlfriends to sip on some wine while watching the sunset above the sea.

WHERE TO DRINK

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is THE spot for a night out with the girls - this district area in downtown San Diego offers a plethora of bars and clubs. Check out the quirky speakeasy Prohibition , which specializes in complex drink concoctions, or the Altitude Sky Lounge , where the only thing better than the dance-floor is the incredible skyline views.

WHAT TO DO

Watch a movie in luxury

One of the best, and unexpected, things about North San Diego is the number of luxury theaters on offer.  Cinepolis is not your ordinary movie theatre – it allows you and your squad to eat and drink while watching the latest box office hit.

Go on a brunch cruise

Alternatively, downtown offers a luxurious champagne-filled brunch cruise . This 2-hour yacht tour offers breathtaking sightseeing, with a side of bubbly and eggs benny for starters. I think we can all agree that a girls getaway demands nothing more!

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