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7 Luxury Experiences in San Diego

Bring your sense of adventure and explore

Glide high over the beautiful coastal foothills and Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon or helicopter. Breathe in the salty sea air as you set sail on a private chartered yacht. Or indulge in an extraordinary meal, including your own personal sommelier, at the 5 star, 5 diamond Addison restaurant.  These are just a few of the many luxury experiences you'll find in San Diego.  From private wine tasting tours to safari excursions, we've rounded up a few fan favorites you won't want to miss.  

By: San Diego Magazine
Experience San Diego from a Helicopter

Experience San Diego from a Helicopter

The spectacular coast of Southern California awaits with high-flying views of La Jolla Cove, Mission Bay, downtown, the historic USS Midway, and iconic Coronado Bridge. Corporate Helicopters’ takes you there! Opt for the $599 per person Winery Lunch tour which includes an aerial exploration of La Jolla’s beaches, lunch at a winery in Temecula, and an inland tour. Tours start at $165 per person.

Hit the Links at the official 2021 U.S. Open Golf Course - Torrey Pines

Hit the Links at the official 2021 U.S. Open Golf Course - Torrey Pines

The links at Torrey Pines are not just for the pros. San Diego’s most stunning beachside course is open to the public, but even experienced players might want to opt for playing some of the holes with an expert. At $750 per person (and $450 for additional players), a full-day golf school includes 18 holes on either of the two courses, 90 minutes of private instruction, nine holes played with the teacher, and lunch at the Torrey Pines Lodge.

Charter a Private Yacht

Charter a Private Yacht

Set sail on an adventure of epic proportions. Charter a luxury yacht on the bay and sail as far as Catalina Island for a romantic sunset – maybe even pop the question? San Diego Luxury Sailing will handle all the details for you. Tours start at $400.

Addisons Del Mar

Dine at Addison

Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort’s signature eatery has earned AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star status for nine straight years – one of only two SoCal restaurants to achieve this coveted status. It is the pinnacle of contemporary French cuisine in a fine atmosphere (though the dress code only encourages, but does not require, men to wear jackets). Try the chef’s tasting menu for $250 per person.

Experience a Safari Excursion at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Experience a Safari Excursion at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The world-famous zoo’s wilder cousin, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is best enjoyed from the back of a covered safari truck as you feed giraffes and rhinos, and get close glimpses of Asian and African birds on the exclusive Caravan Safari Adventure; $125 and up for two hours. To see the landscape as a savannah bird might, strap into the Flightline Safari zipline for a one-hour experience starting at $79. Too much fun for one day? Spend the night in a safari-style tent at an adult-only or family-friendly Roar & Snore experience, and get a glimpse into nighttime on the savannah.

Rent Del Mar Turf Club’s Luxury Suite

Rent Del Mar Turf Club’s Luxury Suite

All bets are on in a Del Mar Turf Club’s Luxury Suite overlooking the race track Enjoy a day of thoroughbred racing alongside 24 of your best friends, for a price of $1,500 to $1,750 per day. Complementing your bird’s eye view of the track are your very own mutual machine to place bets, TV monitors, and a special menu boasting sushi platters, tiki feasts, sandwiches, and more. Reserve the suite early to get the day of choice.

Revel in a Sunset Balloon Ride Over Del Mar

Revel in a Sunset Balloon Ride Over Del Mar

Why vie for a good place to watch the sunset among the crowd when you can float above it all in a hot air balloon? Soar over coastal bluffs as well as sprawling Rancho Santa Fe estates—with clear day views all the way to Mexico. Whether celebrating a special occasion or checking off a bucket list item, California Dreamin’ offers private sunset balloon rides over Del Mar for $1,948 for two people.

Chauffeured San Diego Winery Tour


Chauffeured San Diego Winery Tour

Simply step outside your hotel and enter your very own chauffeured tour to three family-run wineries in the San Pasqual, Highland, or Ramona Valleys, within a half-hour of downtown San Diego. Sample around 18 different wine varieties and enjoy a fruit and cheese platter, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the vintners work their magic. Cap things off with an early dinner overlooking a winery; $149 per person.

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