California has won over my heart for sure. It is by far my favorite state just due to the fact that it reminds me a bit of Croatia. I have been there a few times now and have yet to be disappointed. I visited San Diego about two years ago and it is such a gem. I loved the vibe of the city and there was so much to do.
The Ultimate Guide to San Diego:
Stay: there is an endless amount of hotels and places to stay in San Diego. Below are two recommendations that I stayed at and really enjoyed. Both are in great areas with plenty to do around.
Grand Hyatt San Diego – this is the perfect hotel if you want to be centrally located to everything. It has beautiful views of the marina and you’re right by some of the best nightlife in the Gaslamp District.
The Dana on Mission Bay – this resort was a little more my style. It is located in Mission Bay and also set overlooking a beautiful marina. It has a more relaxing vibe because you are away from the crowds, but still around plenty of fun things to see and do.
See and Do: I wish I had more time in San Diego because there are still things that I didn’t get a chance to see due to my short visit, but I definitely knocked out some big spots and have outlined them below.
Gaslamp District – great for nightlife especially for a younger crowd. You can find clubs, bars and dive bars in this area. If that isn’t your scene, the take a stroll by the marina and check out some restaurants and shops along the way.
Mission Bay – relax at Mission Beach and check out all the Oceanside houses or get your adventure thrill at Belmont Park which is a amusement park in the area.
Old Town San Diego – this area takes you back in time with some historic spots. It is filled with lots of colorful shops and restaurants. I would recommend going at night and grabbing some dinner at the many lively restaurants. Make sure you go for Mexican because the town is known for its Mexican heritage so the food is on point.
La Jolla – this was probably one of my favorite parts of my trip. The rugged coastline has beautiful views of the water and there is a plenty to do in the La Jolla Village. Make sure to check out the seals that are just laying out on the cove, but prepare your noses because it is stinky!! After hanging out with your new seals and sea lion friends, go grab a bite to eat with some spectacular views. After your belly is full, walk it off by checking out the many shops in town.
Coronado Island – just a long bridge away, you will find Coronado Island. This place is absolutely stunning. Filled with tons of shops and restaurants, beautiful beaches and amazing hotels. I spent a whole day here but you could easily spend more time if you choose to. Check out the Hotel del Coronado, it is a beautiful property and is known for some haunted encounters.
Drinks and Eats: Now, for one of my favorite parts of the trip, the food and drinks. Below are some recommendations on good places I went to and what area they were in.
Puesto at the Headquarters (right next to the Grand Hyatt): this place had amazing tacos and different versions of chips and guac so make sure to get that for the table.
Cody’s (La Jolla) – go here for the pretty views. It is right on the corner and you have amazing views of the ocean.
Miguel’s Cocina (San Diego Old Town) – more Mexican food but you gotta try Mexican in Old Town. This restaurant had a fun vibe and delicious food.
George’s at the Cove (La Jolla) – this chic rooftop has pretty views and is a great place to grab a snack or a drink.
San Diego is such a fun town with so much to do. Not only that, but you are so close to other pretty beach towns that you can check out. Cruise down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and you will not be disappointing with the views and the other cities you will be knocking off your list. If you do not have a list, trust me you will after this trip.
So what you waiting for?! Book that ticket and enjoy all San Diego has to offer!
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre <3