stay classy, san diego
This June I went to San Diego for work and extended my trip a few days to enjoy the city and surrounding area. I was so excited to visit SD after my 5th grade project to “spend a million dollars” was a trip to San Diego with a visit to the zoo. It surpassed all my ten year old expectations by far! While I had never heard of “June gloom” (the weather in SD can be rather cloudy in June) we lucked out after a few cloudy days and got lots of good sunshine.
Eating and Drinking Downtown – Visit the Gaslamp district by going on a tequila or local brewery tour! San Diego is known for its Mexican food, and the carne asada fries at La Puerta with some delicious local beer was one of my top meals I had there. El Vitral also had excellent food and tequila! The outdoor section looks over Petco park, so even if you can’t make the ball game there’s excellent spectator seating over lunch. For evening drinks, try Altitude, a rooftop bar looking over the baseball stadium. Gorgeous on summer nights!
Day Trips: Defintiely take the ferry to Coronado, a lovely beach town where the Naval Base is. I walked through the downtown to Hotel del Coronado and took in the beautiful views, treated myself to ice cream, and if I had more time would have rented a bike. A perfect day trip. Further out is Oceanside/Carslbad, where I caught up with a friend and went surfing. It is absolutely beautiful and a total California activity. Don’t forget the post-surfing trip to In-and-Out burger, (order everything animal style). Another amazingly beautiful area is La Jolla (soft J people), a ritzy part of town famous for its sun bathing sea lions. The breath-taking views reminded me of Les Calanques in the South of France. A must see.
Things to Do and Visit: Sea World was great, the only slightly frightening part was the rehearsed, cheesy rock concert style Shamu show. The first time I had ever seen something like that at an aquarium, it was interesting. Balboa park was the most beautiful area, Spanish style architecture everywhere and amazing museums and of course, the zoo! While the zoo is expensive, it is one of the nicest in the country and I loved having the employees around the explain about the personalities of the different animals and the gossip inside the glass. Didn’t even mind that I was older than all of the kids there! I also caught a game at Petco park and watched how the Padres played on the west coast.
Favorite Moment: One night I stayed in Ocean Beach, a very hippie part of town. We sat by a bonfire at night and listened to the ocean, only to wake up the next morning to have breakfast on Ocean Pier and watch the surfers wait patiently on their boards for the perfect wave. A wonderful trip indeed to a unique, relaxed, delicious city. My top trip of this year.