Why didn’t anyone tell me how beautiful San Diego is? I absolutely loved it there. The quality of life is amazing. You know I always say I can tell I like a place by the way it makes me feel, well I felt 100% at peace in San Diego. I may be biased due to the fact that it’s surrounded by water (and ya’ll know how I feel about being sounded by water)! However, what really sold me was that San Diego has great weather all year round! I went in November and the weather was upper 60s to lower 70’s the entire weekend. You know I was in heaven! These are some of the top things I did and enjoyed the most.
Where I Stayed:
I stayed at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The hotel is right surrounded by boats and water. I would watch the sunrise everyday from the balcony in my room. This hotel is literally across from the airport so you can take a free shuttle to and from the airport provided by the hotel. I did not rent a car while staying here but I used Uber and Lyft (depending on who gave me a better fare) and I never paid anything over $12 to get anywhere.
What I Ate:
Let’s just start by saying I did not have one bad meal while I was out there. There are so many restaurants to choose from which makes finding somewhere to eat very overwhelming for an indecisive Libra like me!
- Ristorante Illando in Little Italy was great. It was a nice and intimate restaurant. The food and service was great.
- Liberty Public Market for lunch is a great option because there is so many food options to choose from. Another overwhelming decision for this Libra!
- Puesto is a great authentic Mexican spot and the food was really good! I typically do not like authentic Mexican food, so I was almost unwilling to try this, but thank goodness I did. SO GOOD!
- Great Maple I had to save the best for last! This spot is the PERFECT breakfast/brunch spot. Make reservations because the line was out the door when I went. The food was so worth it and they give huge portions so be ready!
What To Did:
(Even though it was too cold to get in the water, I still found myself at the beach because it’s ME)!
- Coronado Beach: Coronado in itself is a fancy ass town! I didn’t find this gem until late in my trip so I didn’t get to explore much. Also, its expensive as all hell to live or stay on this island, so there’s that! But it is gorgeous.
- Mission Bay Beach: Mission Beach looks like a fake Atlantic City. It has a boardwalk and everything but this nothing much to see here. I just went because I wanted to chill by the water. *shrug*
- Seaport Village: While I am sure there are tons of other places to shop, I thought Seaport Village was very cute. It is a nice shopping complex where you can shop for almost anything. And its by the water (of course)!
- Balboa Park: Guys, I spent so much time in this park, my poor feet were killing me when I left. This park has a park within a park and museums. There is just so much to do here. My favorite thing however, was the Japanese Friendship Garden. Do you want to talk about Serenity? Well this is it. I sat in this garden for hours. It was just so quiet and peaceful! Come to find out there are way more Gardens than this one in there but I was pressed for time. This park has a section for artists to display their work in cute shops. This was my favorite place I visited in San Diego.
Literally, the only thing I did not like about San Diego is that everyone I met said the cost of living there is extremely high. All my Lyft and Uber drivers had regular full time jobs and drove as a part time job to earn extra income. While this worried me, I just kept thinking, I may not be able to afford to live here yet, but I sure will soon enough.
P.S. If you have been to San Diego or live there and you have more things I should absolutely do next time I go, let me know!
P.S.S. I know I haven’t done a travel post in a minute. I have been trying to get my priorities in order so that I can travel more frequently in the future. Stay tuned, there will be more!