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Myrtle Beach, San Diego or somewhere else?

Asked by dalepetrie (18009points) January 20th, 2011

I want to take the family on vacation Feb 19–23, and for about the same price we could go to Myrtle Beach, SC or San Diego, CA. Thoughts?

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Rarebear's avatar

San Diego. I just got back from there and it was 75 degrees. Better beer in San Diego also.

syz's avatar

Oh, Myrtle Beach is atrocious. Go to San Diego.

Sarcasm's avatar

Weather for that week is supposed to be about the same in both locations, ~60 degrees, so it’s not like you’d be escaping a deadly cold or anything.

I’d throw in my vote for San Diego too. But I live in SD county, so there’s that bias, and I don’t really know anything about Myrtle Beach.

The city of San Diego has a lot of attractions. The famous Zoo, Seaworld, Balboa park (Which has tons of museums, as well as a nice open park), the Gaslamp (For drinking-age entertainment mostly), Seaport Village, so on and so forth. Dang. Those are a lot of things I need to do.
Legoland and the Wild Animal Park are just a drive up the I-5 and I-15 respectively.

And of course, there are beaches, but I assume that’s not a big attraction in February, and also, a place like “Myrtle Beach” probably also has beaches, so it’s a moot point.

ETpro's avatar

In February, San Diego for sure.

heresjohnny's avatar

San Diego! It’s the middle of january, and I’m wearing a t-shirt and shorts every day! Ok, so I’m a little biased, as I live there.

Jeruba's avatar

Haven’t seen you in ages, @dalepetrie. I’ve missed your posts.

chyna's avatar

Hi @dalepetrie
Myrtle Beach is awful now. The beaches are dirty and in the winter the town is practically closed down. San Diego has more things to do and is much nicer.

john65pennington's avatar

SD all the way. go make your plans and take lots of money. you will need it in Calif.

GracieT's avatar

I don’t live there, but I’ve been to both places. I really enjoyed San Diego and would love to go back, but Myrtle Beach, not so much.

marinelife's avatar

Are you sure that your dollars would not stretch to the West Coast of Florida? Sarasota would be warmer.

Cruiser's avatar

I would do San Diego. Great city, great beaches, great restaurants and more fun attractions for the kiddies.

josie's avatar

San Diego

JustJessica's avatar

San Diego! It’s a win win situation the weather is ALWAYS great, and you have Sea World and the Wild Animal Park (which I highly recommend) , and of course the World Famous San Diego Zoo!

JLeslie's avatar

I would say San Diego. But if you want bikini weather South Florida, Mexico or the carribbean would be better.

crisw's avatar

I’m also in San Diego. Other than weather, what else do you like to do? I know squat about Florida, but I could give you some tips on San Diego.

It was very rainy and cold in Dec. but we are predicted to have La NiƱa conditions the west of the winter, so Feb. should be breezy but nice.

dalepetrie's avatar

San Diego it is!

As for FL, I’m planning to get to Disneyworld in the fall this or next year, so want to do something else.

And it was 20 below here last night, I’m sure the temps will work for me wherever I go.

Thanks all.

JLeslie's avatar

San Diego is really nice. You will have a great time. If you get a chance go to dinner in La Jolla and see the seals before dark.

crisw's avatar


Actually, although the seals will be sleeping, the sea lions are really fun after dark, especially on a moonlit night. Right now, the big guys get their harems up on the rocks and bellow threats at each other! It’s a lot of fun to watch and listen to. Then you can walk down to the Goldfish Point cafe and have a nice warm drink.

VS's avatar

As much as I would love for you to bring your tourist dollars to SC, I have to agree with the consensus here and say vacay in San Diego, if those are your only two choices. Being as how I LOVE New Orleans though, you could probably vacay there in February (after Mardi Gras!) for about the same money, and I think that would be your best value. Myrtle Beach would be a great choice if you were able to go at a different time of year, but February will find it virtually deserted and not much going on. Hope you have a great time wherever you decide on!

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