It's a combination of brains and beauty hard to match anywhere. The rocky shoreline is equally without peer for sheer breathtakingness. And there's the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course—because of course, heaven has 18 holes.
Where to stay: The Grande Colonial hotel is steps from the shore (and seal sightings!) with rooms and suites in soothing shades. Rates start at $219; thegrandecolonial.com.