San Diego is one of my favorite cities in the world! Even though I hate travelling to the same place more than once, I always find myself back here time and time again.
It has the perfect weather, beautiful beaches, adorable shops, great people, and best (kill me for actually admitting to say this word) vibe!
The first time I ever visited this city was on a romantic weekend getaway with my boyfriend, Joseph!
What to pack?
I keep a list of all my summer essentials and favorite finds on this guide here. I am constantly updated it after every warm destination – tried, true & tested!
Also, I have a list of my 10 travel essentials I can’t live without, you can read those here!
If you are traveling to San Diego in the winter months, I would still bring summer clothes + a few light jackets. It gets cool at night, but still sunny and warm during the daytime!
Day 1: Fly into San Diego
You can fly into the large, international airport in the heart of San Diego. I have stayed both in the Downtown area and the beach area, and am indifferent. I think they’re both great spots and it just depends on what you prefer!
The downtown area will be far less expensive (hotel wise), with more nightlife options.
The “Pacific Beach” area is an adorable beach town with margarita bars and surfers galore!
Once you check into your hotel / Airbnb, go to my favorite Pacific Beach spot: Baja Beach Cafe! This is my favorite spot for several reasons: They have an entire page of margarita options, the margaritas are the size of your head (seriously), the have an adorable outside patio right on the beach, and the best happy hour EVER! They have 2-for-1 drinks from 4pm – 8pm every Monday-Friday (the happy hour special does not give you the extra large size though, they are still big but not as big as pictured below).
TIP: If you want to go for sunset, I would get their early to score a spot on their patio!
After you drink your weight in margaritas, you’re ready for your night out on the town! If you’re in town on a Wednesday night, make your way over to PB Shore Club for their Goldfish races!
TIP: Don’t choke and come in second place like I did, sigh…
Day 2: San Diego Zoo
Grab yourself a acai bowl at The Mad Beet, and head over to the San Diego Zoo!
Prepare yourself for a long day of walking and picture-taking because this place is huge! If you can avoid going on a weekend, I would try because it can get crowded. I would also try to go right when it opens!
End your night by grabbing a bite to eat and a bottle of wine (don’t forget the wine opener like we did, ha) and head over to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for sunset. The smell of the ocean, sound of the waves crashing and feeling like you’re the only two people in the world is my favorite moment out of all the times I’ve been to San Diego!
End your night either bar hopping in the Gaslamp Quarter or a date night in Little Italy (both downtown San Diego). Some of my favorite bars in the Gaslamp are Onyx Nightclub, Vin De Syrah, Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub!
Day 3: La Jolla
Sleep in and head to Mister A’s for a high-end brunch. Enjoy your perfect view of the city and spend your morning relaxing and watching the planes land and take off over the city.
After brunch, drive over to La Jolla Cove. This is a cliff-side town that has shopping, cafes and SEALS! If you didn’t get your animal fix from the zoo, you can walk down to the cliffs and take a picture with the millions of seals and sea lions!
Go to dinner at the cliff-side restaurant, Crab Catcher. Enjoy your dinner watching the best sunset of your life while drinking one of their world-renowned martinis!
Day 4: Beach Day
If you’re ending your trip on a Sunday, head over to the Catamaran Resort for the best buffet-brunch of your life! For only $62, you get bottomless champagne and king crab legs / sushi!
Work off your food by either paddle boarding mission bay or spending your afternoon at the beach before your flight home.
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