I’m going to dive right into my top recommendation in San Diego, and to be honest, it isn’t even technically in San Diego! My all-time favorite place in the world is La Jolla. It’s just north of San Diego (about a 20 minute drive from downtown) and it is magical. Besides it having some of the nicest beaches, views, and weather, it also has SEA LIONS! The La Jolla Cove is the perfect place to go to spot a huge group of sea lions bathing on the beach. I would definitely say to be careful and make sure you aren’t making them uncomfortable, but they are very de-sensitized to human interaction and Jim and I felt lucky enough to get extremely close to them this time around! It was our third time in La Jolla and we have never been able to get this close to them. Jim even pet the top of one’s head and I swear it purred… When we’re in La Jolla, we always make sure to explore the entire perimeter of the shores. There are incredible cliff views and large rocks that you can climb on for the perfect view of the ocean, or a great photo op! You can also find our favorite place to eat, Don Bravo, and some of the nicest houses in Southern California right next to each other. If you eat one thing while in San Diego, let it be MEXICAN FOOD!!! We always make sure to set aside time to grab some carne asada burritos (they are so affordable) from Don Bravo and watch the sun set from one of the many amazing views in La Jolla.
San Diego is one of those places that is so versatile because it poses as a perfect affordable romantic getaway (it made a wonderful mini honeymoon for us), but it also works as a great family vacation spot or girl’s trip! We have stayed in hotels in La Jolla in the past because we know that it is our favorite area, but it can definitely be pricey. So, this time around we chose to go with an Air BnB (see ours here!) We stayed in the perfect spot in Kensington, which we would definitely recommend as an area to stay in. It was in close proximity to anything and everything we wanted to do while we were there and had amazing food spots within walking distance. If you have exhausted yourself of La Jolla, definitely check out areas like Kensington, Little Italy, and Downtown. There are some unreal views of airplanes landing around San Diego as their airport is right next to downtown! San Diego has one of the cleanest downtowns we have ever seen and has actually been voted one of the cleanest in the U.S. If you are the type that prefers to stay more in the downtown areas and don’t care too much for the beach, you will love those spots. If you’re in season, you can also catch a baseball game while you’re at it! Although we loved exploring those few other areas, my second biggest recommendation would definitely be Coronado Island. In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m all about the beach, so the two places I’m going to push most are San Diego’s closest beach cities.
Coronado Island is this amazing little beach city separated from San Diego by a very thin, tall bridge that is so much fun to drive on and like La Jolla, only about 15 minutes away from downtown San Diego. Once you get there, you will be amazed at the environment. The island totally reminds me of a West Coast version of The Hamptons and you will see exactly what I mean once you start exploring the decor of all the shops and homes. I envy anyone who gets to make Coronado or La Jolla their weekend getaways! I unfortunately don’t have a specific food recommendation for Coronado, but like I said, get Mexican food when in San Diego, and you can’t be disappointed.