It seems that everyone has sunny San Diego travel on the mind these days! If you’re headed to the area – and even if you’re like us and not going but are always dreaming about it – here are some tips for traveling to San Diego.
San Diego Travel
We love San Diego and both went to college there – that’s where we met! Pack light because no matter how the morning starts out, it’s always sunny by around noon time in San Diego.
Roberto’s Taco Bar – open 24-hours. Burritos (go for the carne asada) or 3-rolled tacos with guacamole. Inexpensive. Multiple locations around town.
In and Out Burger – go off the menu and ask for fries and burgers “animal style.” Animal style is caramelized onions and cheese on either burgers or fries. We try and use our restraint and split an order. Good luck with that!
El Indio – Mexican food that’s delish. Get a quesadilla. Off the highway just on the way to the airport.
Balboa Park – plenty to do, see, and sketch. Bring a pad and look around.
Pacific Beach – hit the beach and check out Crystal Pier.
Mission Beach – hit the beach and the boardwalk. Surfing and people watching are non-stop. Don’t miss Sunset Boulevard where Brad lived and Ostend Court where I lived.
Carlsbad – good surfing waves at warm-water jetty. Park along Highway 101. Drive north from San Diego area and check out all the coastal towns on the way.
Torrey Pines State Park – gorgeous hiking and walking – and beach.
There’s still time to set up a home swap. Have someone occupy your home while you enjoy sunny San Diego.
Not quite house swap ready? Check out AirBnB for a place to stay where you can sleep and have a kitchen.
There are lots of hotels in San Diego. Pick an area you’d like to explore and see what’s available. Find reviews on Trip Advisor.
Crystal Pier Hotel and Cottages – we’ve never stayed here but they look adorable – and are close to the action on the beach!
Stop by the University of San Diego and pray that our kids get a big scholarship to our alma mater! Take a peek at Founders’ chapel is where “Social Sunday” church takes place weekly – and it’s beautiful. The outdoor pool at the sport center is worth a walk around.
LaJolla – window shop in downtown LaJolla and bring a picnic lunch for dining along “The Cove.”
San Diego Zoo – everyone loves this zoo because it’s the best! Ride the tram last – when you need a break and to sit. Pack a lunch – food is expensive. Get there early, too.
Old Town – be a tourist and enjoy a foot tour of the oldest section of town. Used to be dodgy now it’s trendy.
Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island – pretty drive and a gorgeous, historic hotel. Walk around and pretend like you’re staying there.
Lego Land – just north of San Diego in Carlsbad. If you have to chose between Disneyland and Lego Land, I like Disneyland better but if you’re sticking around San Diego and need an amusement park setting, Lego Land is it.
Enjoy your trip to San Diego! I wish I was going, too.
What’s your favorite spot in San Diego? What would you add to the list?
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