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San Diego is one of "America's Favorite Cities"

Travel + Leisure America's Favorite Cities survey 2012

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Have you heard? San Diego is one of America”s top 10 favorite cities, earning a sixth place overall ranking on a new list based on the Travel Leisure 2012 America”s Favorite Cities survey.

San Diego was recognized with high marks in a range of categories including visitor experience, dynamic nightlife, culinary offerings and as a destination for all types of visitors to travel throughout the year, but that”s not all! San Diego also rated as America’s #1 city for athletic/active people and as #2 for most attractive residents.

Here are online casino just a few of the categories where San Diego ranks in the top 10 destinations:

Best Time to Visit

According to the survey, that”s anytime of year!

Type of Trip

Whether you travel with a surf board or golf clubs, with a best girlfriend or significant other, all types of travelers are welcome in San Diego.

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  • #1 for athletic/active people
  • #2 for <a title=”Bring Your Family”s Best Friend with you to San Diego” href=”http://www.sandiego.org/plan-your-trip/travel-guides/traveling-with-your-pet.aspx” target=”_blank”>pet-friendly vacation
  • #3 for family vacation
  • #5 for girlfriend getaways
  • #8 for romantic escapes
  • #9 for gay-friendly vacation
  • Food and Restaurants

    It”s a secret no more – San Diego is a great destination for foodies.

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  • #4 for hamburgers
  • #5 for ice cream
  • #7 for <a title=”Taste the Best at San Diego”s Craft Breweries” href=”http://www.sandiego.org/what-to-do/dining-nightlife/breweries.aspx” target=”_blank”>microbrew beer
  • #7 for pizza
  • The complete list of the Travel Leisure 2012 America’s Favorite Cities survey results, along with methodology, is available at www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-cities/2012. San Diego placed in the top 10 position according to visitors in 39 of the 66 individually ranked categories – check out the link to see which ones!

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    San Diego is Home to Nation’s Best Brewpubs

    Just a Selection of Beer Taps at Pizza Port OB
    Just a Selection of Beer Taps at Pizza Port OB

    Just a Selection of Beer Taps at Pizza Port OB

    Any idea where you’ll find the best small brewpub in the country?

    It’s right here in San Diego – in Ocean Beach (OB), to be more precise.  Pizza Port OB, which opened in May 2010, was tapped Small Brewpub of the Year at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival (PDF), the nation’s largest and most prestigious showcase for brewers and their brews. Head brewer, Yiga Miyashiro, was named Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year.

    The OB location is the fourth link in the Pizza Port chain launched in Solana Beach in 1987 by Gina and Vince Marsaglia, a sister/brother team who are not brewers but have the Midas touch for finding top beer-making talent. (At that 2011 national beer fest, Pizza Port Carlsbad won Large Brewpub of the Year – for the third consecutive year.)

    Delicious pizza goes great with a local beer

    The chain began has a pizza-only restaurant – and chewy-crust designer pizzas are still a hot draw. Make sure to request the signature wholegrain beer crust. Salads are fresh, large and tasty.

    Pizza Port Ocean Beach family Style Seating

    Pizza Port Ocean Beach family style seating

    Customers order at the counter and sit on benches at long picnic-style tables in the large, often packed, dining area. Ambiance is informal, friendly and noisy – a surprisingly strong family vibe (baby strollers are often parked alongside tables). There’s a small indoor bar and a sidewalk patio.

    Delicious Pizza Port Beer

    Delicious Pizza Port Beer

    Choose from a wide selection of affordable high-quality beer on tap, including award-winning house-crafted brews as well as other locally crafted offerings covering a wide range of styles, flavors and punch. Can’t decide? For $4-$8, sample a four-brew tasting.

    Pizza Port Ocean Beach is at the corner of Bacon and Santa Monica in OB.  It’s open from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays, till midnight Fridays and Saturdays.  Pints cost $3-$7; 10” pizzas run $7-$10.