This has taken me a little longer than I wanted it to, but I’ve been meaning to share my recent trip to San Diego with you guys. Josh and I went to San Diego the second week of October for an award ceremony for Josh’s job. It was five full days of exploring this beautiful city. From taco restaurants to the zoo, we did it all…or at least tried to.
We arrived to San Diego at 12 p.m. on Friday and decided to explore immediately. In San Diego, scooters litter the streets, BIRDs and Limes galore. Me, I could do without a scooter but of course, Josh could not get enough of them. Once we got some food in our stomach at this really cool Mexican Restaurant, La Puerta. Super relaxed and low key restaurant with good food and a fun vibe. And yes, after we ate, we went scootering but not for long. We continued our exploring to the Gas Lamp Quarter where we found another spot to enjoy the city and get some drinks, at American Junkie. And it just so happens that D-list reality TV star James Kennedy was expected to be DJing that night. In the morning and afternoons, American Junkie is a chill relaxed restaurant with sports games blaring on several TVs and an awesome outdoor seating area, perfect for people watching. However, at night, it turns into a club. Enter James Kennedy. We didn’t stay to wait for him, but I did shamelessly take a photo of the sign the hostess was creating. Not sorry.
As we were walking back to our hotel, we decided to peruse The Embaracadero Marina Park, it was on our list but Josh was also eyeing another scooter and as you can imagine, the park is the perfect place to scoot (is that a thing/verb?). It’s a really cool low key area right on the water with various walkways and grass to sprawl out and relax. Next to the park is The Seaport Village which consists of a bunch of touristy shops and restaurants. It’s right on the water and it’s a beautiful place to stroll through, definitely recommend!
The next morning we woke up early and headed back to the Gaslamp Quarter and decided to try our luck with a Saturday morning brunch spot. Josh and I are both foodies, so we’re not particularly fussy when it comes to new places. We stopped at Cafe 21, mostly because the outside decorations were oh-so Instagram worthy. It’s actually an organic, gluten-free eatery and it is DELICIOUS. Josh and I eat gluten like it’s our job, and as I said, we don’t seek out places, we just kind of go wherever feels right. This was one of our favorite meals! I ordered the Turkey Benedict which consisted of a spinach and feta bread pudding base, topped with turkey, a poached egg and cranberry jam. OMG. It. Was. Incredible. I was a little iffy on the combination, but it was so delicious and so fresh; literally drooling thinking about it right now. Josh got the Shrimp Corn Cakes, which included poached eggs, Kennebec potato, wild shrimp, sweet corn, mozzarella, cilantro cream sauce and, fried basil. I had a taste and it was good, but we both agreed my meal was the best. I also got a perfect cappuccino to complement my meal–AMAZE.
After brunch, we headed to the USS Midway Museum. This maritime museum located downtown and consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship includes an extensive amount of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. It was super fun exploring the carrier and learning more about the aircraft it houses. We probably spent two and a half hours there–definitely a must-see in San Diego.
We ate at Sheerwater, which was way overpriced and not anything amazing. It wasn’t bad, it just could have been better. We were there mostly for the amazing scenery and that did NOT disappoint. Definitely a place worth visiting when in San Diego.
We strolled the beach. It’s huge and so beautiful. It was the perfect beach day, but it was on the chillier side. If we had more time, I would be living at this beach all week. Oh, and people carved sand pumpkins…
The next morning, we headed to La Jolla for a kayak tour with La Jolla Kayak Tours lol. We took the Original Cave Tour, which consisted of paddling along the coastline, catching glimpses of sea lions bathing in the sun. We stopped in front of the caves, but it was a little too rough to go through them. At each spot we paddled to, the tour guides filled us with fun facts and anecdotes. My favorite was one about Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel lived atop the mountains in La Jolla and, like most guys, he loved hosting guys night at his place, but his wife hated when he did that. So, to avoid the men, she would make her way to the top of the mountain and enjoy her own girls night. But when she was ready to head home, she would call Dr. Seuss and tell him to get everyone out of the house, she was on her way home. He would turn to his friends and say: “Time to go! The Grinch is coming to steal all of our fun.” (paraphrasing) and they would rush to leave. Apparently, she was the inspiration behind The Grinch, and I’m not sure their marriage lasted very long. For those who love the ocean and to be outside, I definitely recommend this tour–it was also a great workout! After, we got brunch at Galaxy Taco. They make their own taco shells and their food is DELICIOUS. I got the traditional Mexican breakfast meal known as Chilaquiles–so good! We sat outside and enjoyed some people watching while crunching on tortilla chips.
That evening, we decided to visit the famous Sunset Cliffs, Natural Park. For the best ocean and sunset views, this is the place to be. It’s a 68-acre city of San Diego park which extends 1 1/2 miles along the Point Loma peninsula’s western shoreline. The views were breathtaking and while there were a ton of people there, it didn’t feel crowded. There are more than enough spots to view the sunset.
As you can imagine, we worked up the quite the appetite. From kayaking to viewing sunsets, we were ready to eat! This is absolutely Josh’s favorite spot: The Crack Shack. It’s your well-above average fried chicken, chicken sandwich, really good fast food-esque restaurant. They can describe it much better, here. I got the California Dip and Josh got the Double Clucker…he can’t stop talking about it…even now. We also got a side of Mexican Poutine–-AMAZING. Mouth is watering again. If we were in San Diego longer, we probably would’ve gone at least once a day, especially if it were up to Josh.
On our second to last day, Josh went golfing at Torrey Pines while I wandered around the Gaslamp Quarter. I’m not a golfer, but the course is beautiful…right?
After golf, I met up with him to go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve. The views were beautiful and we ended up hiking two trails, so our legs were literally jello by the end of the day.
Paused for beach views before hiking up the steepest part of the trail. Needless to say, we didn’t make it out to dinner that night as we hoped. Instead, we ordered room service and watched 90 Day Fiance… it was a long day!!
And on our final day, we made it to the San Diego Zoo. So amazing! So fun. We spent five hours there made it to the majority of the exhibits, not all. My favorite was the orangutans–they are too funny! I could hang with them all day LOL. Here for updated information on the zoo.
We had an early dinner at a restaurant near our hotel called La Puesto. It was pretty delicious and definitely a place we would go back to. Below is a list of places I really wanted to try, but just didn’t have enough time to visit.
Hope you found this helpful and I can’t wait to make another trip out there since there is so much left to see…and eat!