Hello from sunny San Diego!
Today, January 21st, it’s 63 degrees, the sun is shining, and I have a little sunburn on my chest. I thought it might take me a bit of time to get used to the lack of winter, but I’m 100% about it! One of the main reasons that Brett and I decided to move to San Diego was the weather; having a year round summer where it never gets too hot or too cold seemed perfect for our ideal lifestyle.
Since our move, I have had a few friends and acquaintances reach out and ask what they should do on their vacations to San Diego, so I’ve put together a quick list of five “must-dos!”
1. Explore Balboa Park, and climb the California Tower at Museum of Man. Balboa Park, San Diego’s 1,200 acre park in the middle of the city, is home to the Zoo, countless gardens, museums, a golf course, and endless picnic spots! My favorite museum, the Museum of Man, has a beautiful tower you can climb for spectacular views over the whole park (while getting an interesting and brief history lesson!).
2. Visit the San Diego Zoo. I know you can find zoos anywhere, but the San Diego Zoo is truly spectacular! Keep your eye out for the Koalas, and make sure you visit my favorite section, the Animal Ambassadors, where you can watching the Dog and Cheetah BFFs play fetch (yep, for real). Put on comfortable shoes, since you’ll be doing a ton of walking!
3. Catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs. When Brett and I visited San Diego three years ago, we learned of Sunset Cliffs, and it absolutely took our breaths away! Since the area can get a bit crowded in certain spots, walk around to find a more secluded location — you can climb down a bit, too. Brett and I love going about an hour before sunset time with a bottle of wine!
4. Wake up early and “hike”Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve. Torrey Pines has some stunning views, and the Beach Walk is a must! After hiking (or hard walking, as I call it on this hike) up the cliff, you can take the beach walk trail, and walk back to your beginning point along the beach. I highly recommend checking the tide and visiting early, as the preserve can get crowded. Note: there is free parking right outside of the entrance of the preserve, as opposed to the paid parking inside the preserve! On your way back to San Diego, stop for an acai bowl at Fruittitude in La Jolla and check out the town :).
5. Treat yourself to an ice cream flight at Hammonds. Brett is going to laugh at me once he gets to this point in my post, but I promise you, you need to go to Hammonds. Their ice cream flavors are delicious and unique, and you can get a flight of flavors on mini cones! While there are a few locations in San Diego, I would recommend visiting the North Park one, and hitting up a brewery or coming to say hi to me while you’re in our ‘hood.
San Diego really is a beautiful city, and I would be happy to provide more recommendations for what to do, see, and eat while you’re here. Just reach out!