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Southern California Get Aways

Baby boomers head to vacation spots

eTN Staff Writer  Aug 03, 2009

ResorTime.Com, known as an online travel site for spacious timeshare resort condominium rentals, is touting autumn as the best time for older couples to get away from it all.

“Autumn in southern California is one of the best kept secrets in the travel industry,” said Sherri Weeks, general manager of “Gone are the joyous shrieks of five year olds on the water slide and parent’s cautioning kids to ‘walk’ not ‘run’ around the pool area. The weather is near perfect, the beaches open for strolling, and the restaurants quiet and relaxing. Fall is definitely the time to be in southern California."

Two of southern California’s quieter locales that cater to a more mature crowd are Coronado and San Clemente. San Clemente, in southern Orange County between San Diego and Los Angeles, offers wide beaches, upscale dining, and the world famous Mission of San Juan Capistrano built by Father Junipero Serra in 1776. President Richard Nixon chose San Clemente as his "Western White House," and surfers claim surfing spots like Trestles and San Onofre beach as “the best.” Travelers say San Clemente is an ideal spot to use as home base while exploring the coast of California.

Just a two-mile drive from cosmopolitan downtown San Diego, across one of the world's most distinctive bridges, is the town of Coronado. Really a peninsula, and not an island, the community is easily accessible. The charming town is a favorite of admirals and visitors. Besides the world-famous landmark, The Hotel Del Coronado, the well-groomed community has nearly 70 restaurants, a highly-rated community golf course, and charming shops all reflecting its laid back, but upscale atmosphere.

When fall comes, both of these cities settle down from the tourist hustle and bustle, all the while continuing to offer places to explore by bike, on foot, or on the water. And San Clemente and Coronado are easily within reach of all the great tourist attractions such as Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm (southern California’s first theme park).

Despite the warm sunny weather, lodging in San Clemente and Coronado can be quite affordable in the fall. One way to cut through the clutter of offers and travel hype is to visit a site such as, which specializes in large suites, complete with kitchens and quiet balconies, to enjoy the gentle afternoon breeze. Timeshare rentals by the night or longer begin at US$99. Special dining certificates and packages are also available if booked online.

For more information, go to or or call 877-477-7368.

Baby boomers head to vacation spots
Photo from GBG & Associates

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