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San Diego’s Most Instagrammable Photo Spots

If you love to take photos when you travel, you will be thrilled to know that there are so many unique, quirky, and beautiful places in San Diego to fill your social media pages with amazing vacation photos! The best part is that many of these insanely cool Instagrammable places in San Diego are within…

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Summer Vacations on Shelter Island

Welcome to Shelter Island, where summer dreams come to life in San Diego! With its sun-kissed shores, endless blue skies, and relaxed coastal vibe, Shelter Island is the ultimate summer getaway destination. Nestled within this paradise, our hotel offers a tropical oasis of comfort and relaxation amidst the natural beauty of the island. Join us…

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Unleashing San Diego’s Top Dog-Friendly Hangouts

If you and your favorite furry friend are looking for the best dog-friendly hotels San Diego has to offer, you will both be in “paw-radise” here at the Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina. Our newly pet-friendly bayfront resort on beautiful Shelter Island features everything you’re looking for when you vacation with pets, including…

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San Diego’s Best Sailing, Whale Watching, & Fishing Spots

Ready to soak up some California sunshine and spend some time on the San Diego Bay? Those who love the coastal lifestyle and want exciting experiences on or near the water will enjoy spending time with us here at the Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina. Our bayfront hotel on Shelter Island is…

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Exploring San Diego’s Spring Attractions

Spring has sprung in San Diego, and with it the city is blooming with fresh and exciting new events and activities. From brand-new theme park adventures to cultural celebrations and outdoor explorations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in “America’s Finest City.” Here’s your essential guide to the hottest happenings at these spring San Diego…

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Local’s Guide to Hidden San Diego Spots

Explore the magic of San Diego with its countless reasons to visit. Sure, we’ve got the famous museums, theme parks, and awesome weather that draw crowds year after year. But beyond the tourist hotspots, there’s a whole world of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Locals know all about these off-the-beaten-path treasures, and now it’s…

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Fun and Wallet-Friendly San Diego Date Ideas

Planning to spend some quality time with your sweetie in San Diego? Great choice! Our warm weather, miles of beaches, and breathtaking sunsets make this a dreamy place to do just that. And since much of what makes our stunning seaside city so spectacular comes without much of a price tag attached (if any at…

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A Long Weekend in San Diego: The Perfect 3-Day Itinerary

Planning a long weekend escape in America’s Finest City? With 70 miles of stunning coastline and a diverse range of beachfront, downtown, and suburban neighborhoods, deciding where to start can be a bit overwhelming. Worry not! Here at Island Palms Best Western PLUS Hotel & Marina, we’ve curated a comprehensive 3 day San Diego itinerary,…

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