San Diego is a place I have been wanting to visit for years. My sister always told me San Diego is a city I would die to live in. Welp, she was right! The weather is amazing, but the lifestyle is even better ... laid back living by the ocean. It doesn't get any better.
The house we booked was in Mission Beach and about a hundred feet from the ocean/boardwalk. It was the perfect location! The house had a large patio where we ate breakfast and drank wine before going to dinner every night. If you're planning a trip with AirBNB, I highly recommend booking with 710 Beach Rentals!
Our first morning in San Diego, we walked down the boardwalk and stumbled upon Woody's. It is a little outdoor restaurant right off the beach. You order at the window and eat at their shorefront patio or upstairs on the roof. Do yourself a favor and order the breakfast potatoes! Oh wow, my whole mouth just filled with saliva thinking about them!
La Jolla Cove
We rode scooters from Mission Beach to La Jolla Cove. We wanted to stay along the shore, so our trip was around 5 miles. It was beautiful but definitely a long ride. You could ride bikes there as well, but it is hill-y.
La Jolla Cove is beautiful! We walked down to the beach and explored a little 'cave'. It's a great place to see seal lions, soak up some gorgeous views, and let's be honest ... take some insta-worthy pictures!
Possibly my favorite part of the trip was eating at George's in La Jolla Cove! We ate on the ocean terrace and had one of the best views I've experienced. It is so high up. You can see for miles. I think we spent more than a couple hours here because we just didn't want to leave. Oh, and the food is amazing!
The next day, we took an Uber into San Diego. We got dropped off at Seaport Village. This is a more touristy part of San Diego but a perfect spot to do some shopping. (We had to bring our kids back something for leaving them for a week.) There are so many sidewalk eateries and waterfront restaurants to choose from when you've finally had enough shopping.
The Fish Market
After we found the perfect souvenirs for our babes, we stopped at the Fish Market to get a drink. We sat on the porch outside and you literally sit on top of the water. We watched boats sail by with a view of Coronado and naval ships in the distance.
We made our way to Little Italy for the evening and it did not disappoint! So many pizzerias and Italian restaurants to choose from. We sat out on the street and had a view of the bay and sunset in the distance.
Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel Del is an absolute must see! The island itself is beautiful and home to a naval base. The Hotel was the largest resort hotel in the world when it opened and has been the setting for numerous movies. There are many restaurants to choose from, and we decided to eat lunch at the Sun Deck Grill. It is located right on the beach and gives you an oceanfront view. Not to mention, I had the freshest most delicious salad I've ever eaten!
We rode our bikes back through the island and took the ferry back to San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter is right next to the ferry landing and was the last stop on our trip. If you are looking for night life, this is it! There are streets and streets of pubs and restaurants. Just walking down the streets is so lively and entertaining. It almost reminded me of a college town with all the dive bars and nightlife. We stopped in a couple places, had a drink, and soaked up the fun atmosphere. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, but I just had to go to a place you can only get on the west coast; In-N-Out Burger! Don't judge! It was my last chance to get it before we went back home ... and who knows when I'll be back to eat it again.