San Diego and the surrounding area
If you have the opportunity to visit San Diego, there’s a good chance you’ve planned a trip to the Pacific East Coast where the beaches, parks, and summer climate go hand in hand. I spent a few days there in May, and I succumbed to the municipalities surrounding the city. Here are some of the places I would recommend.
The LUV Surf properties
During my trip, I decided to conduct an experiment and test a new way to stay somewhere for a few days by leasing one of the LUV Surf houses. Upon our arrival, we took the time to explore the house, unpack our suitcase, and settle in (for once!) before having a drink on the terrace. Our house was located near the beach, so it was a super easy walk. I have no doubts that I’m going to try them again on my next holiday. LUV Surf offers many different types of properties for short or long periods of time, and your pets can travel with you, no problem. Guaranteed to be love at first sight!
This is a paradise that’s located close to the city! Only a few blocks from SeaWorld, located in a beautiful bay a few kilometers from the beach, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to stay in the area. The on-site Red Marlin restaurant has live music performances and stunning views of the harbor. Also, the hotel’s spa has been named as one of the top 10 best spas in the world by Organic Spa Magazine. And, finally, the rooms have a gorgeous bay view that will take you away from your real life completely – even on a business trip!
If you want a good fish taco, look no further! The address is near Pacific Beach and resembles a snack bar – and every day it attracts hundreds of people. The menu features delicious ceviche, shrimp tacos, smoked fish or beef strips, and even breakfast! I highly recommend their coconut-flavoured fruit water. And if you have to wait in line, make sure you get at least two tacos at the same time, so you don’t have to risk waiting again!
Imagine, for a moment, that you’ve been asked to choose a variety of cookies and ice cream to create your own personalized sandwich. NOM! Peanut butter cookies, white chocolate, red velvet, chocolate chip… and the ice cream flavors? Even better! Birthday cake, cookies and cream, cheesecake, mint, butter pecan, and many more. you can understand my excitement – and my desire to share this amazing culinary experience. Also, they offer gluten-free options on site.
This charming restaraunt has various locations throughout San Diego. During my trip, I loved its friendly atmosphere, background piano music, and interesting decor – garden walls, rustic tables … even dogs are welcome! Its menu features Californian classics like fresh salads, fish, and crab cakes. A big round of applause for their food presentation, and my heart burst for the bread served with our meal!
Oh yes, the rental houses I previously mentioned also have a clothing line. And a boutique. And you know what? I caved! Once inside, we discovered super cute accessories, California-style clothes for your inner surfer or bohemian, as well as swoon-worthy jewelry. If you’re in the Mission Beach area, it’s definitely a stop you don’t want to miss.
This label has several addresses in San Diego (and even one in Ontario!). The shopping fanatic in me wanted to bring it all home. Due to a limited budget – and closet space – I only chose a few trendy items that now remind me of my trip to California. Light dresses, printed camis, skirts, bags, all at an affordable price! Apparently, you can also shop online but their website is currently under construction.
The terrace on the roof of the Hard Rock hotel provides a stunning view of the Gaslamp Quarter. The pool attracts guests by day, and the fireplace transforms it into a chic urban lounge in the evening. They have a DJ and serve amazing cocktails. Go grab your high heels!
This cocktail lounge is a little more relaxed, providing the perfect atmosphere to try good local beers, their list of interesting cocktails, and even test out a menu of whiskeys and bourbons. They have a friendly staff, and in the background a DJ competes with a jukebox. If you plan to go through the East Village, don’t hesitate to check it out!
FOR A VISIT
A beautiful spot in the heart of the city, Balboa Park is popular with the residents of San Diego – and with tourists, of course. Their well-maintained gardens are perfect for a picnic. Don’t miss out on the Prado restaurant if you want a quick lunch, or, even better, to just hang out on their superb terrace.
It’s impossible to make a list of places to visit in San Diego without mentioning the zoo! It’s so well-known because it’s huge, well maintained, and very entertaining. Benefit from a rainy day to visit the pandas, gorillas, and hippos. Sharing the experience with children is even more fun!