Admittedly, I haven’t been to San Diego as much as I would like. It’s weird how we tend to skip out on places close to home, even though people travel across the world to visit them. This was a last minute trip so instead of my typical research, I reached out to my SD natives to find out what they would recommend for an overnight trip and they did not disappoint!
Here’s how we spent our day (and a half) in the sunny beach city of San Diego:
We started our trip at the La Jolla Cove to see the seals. It was a beautiful area where you could walk along the cliffs and stand just a few feet from the seals and sea lions. As amazing as these animals are, they smell terrible…absolutely terrible. So, as you can imagine, we were fine being around them for only a few minutes.
San Diego has a strong Mexican influence being so close to the border. Having a serious love for Mexican food, this place was my dream. A friend of mine suggested going to a little taco shop called Oscar’s Taco Bar. It’s right off the main street and is a little shack with a bar to sit on outside. I find that the smaller the place – the better the tacos and Oscar’s was no exception.
After our amazing tacos, we headed to Balboa Park. The park was beautiful with its dreamy flower gardens, serene fountains, and architecture out of a magazine. Try to set aside a few hours to really appreciate all that this place has to offer. Inside the park is the San Diego Air and Space Museum filled with old aircrafts and exhibits. Whether you want to sit and have a picnic or get a dose of history, Balboa Park has something for everyone.
Next stop: The USS Midway. You can visit this historic aircraft carrier and its exhibit until 5 pm. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it in time to explore the navy ship, but it was still definitely worth visiting. Being a hopeless romantic, I also really wanted to see the giant statue near the Midway that replicates the famous “Last Kiss” photo taken in Times Square. It’s truly heartwarming watching couples from all over the world mimic the pose.
Just a quick drive (over a terrifying bridge) and you have reached the beautiful Coronado Island. No trip there would be complete without stopping at the Hotel Del Coronado. It is a famous hotel whose charm matches that of the island. We sipped our coffee and just took in the spectacular scenery. From the rainbow, to the sandcastle, Coronado was the perfect end to our day!
We headed back to Mission Beach to check-in to our accommodation. The Pacific Terrace Hotel far exceeded our expectations. It was located right on the boardwalk and had an incredible ocean view. A friend of mine recommended the Firehouse for dinner, but we ended up across the street at the Pacific Beach Alehouse. It had a fun rooftop bar and really great vibes.
Now, you cannot go to San Diego and leave without getting a California Burrito. It is like a regular breakfast burrito, except SO much better. We grabbed ours on the boardwalk and then headed down to Belmont Park to wrap up our trip. I’d describe Belmont Park as a mini carnival; it has an arcade, a fun rollercoaster, and is home to the famous Wave House. There are also plenty of little shops, perfect for finding some San Diego souvenirs before you leave.
There are still so many things we didn’t get to do (party in the Gaslamp District, explore little Italy, visit the breweries), but luckily San Diego is only a short drive away! Thanks for reading and please share your SD adventures with me in the comments below 🙂
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