As you may already know, Carl’s parents relocated to San Diego almost 10 years ago when we were in high school. Since then, we’ve been visiting San Diego pretty regularly. We usually go during Christmas break, leaving on Dec 26th and returning a few days after the New Year.
For the past 10 years, San Diego only meant going shopping – a lot of shopping. Because we went in winter, with the temperature hovering around 12-15 degrees, we never went to the beaches or did anything particularly outdoorsy. But this trip was totally different and showed us a different side of San Diego.
Day 1: On day 1, we visited Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial. You drive through a beautiful neighbourhood to get there and you’re met with a spectacular view overlooking all of San Diego. The next stop was “The OB” as the locals affectionately called it. Ocean Beach was hustling and bustling for a Wednesday afternoon. We walked on the the west coast’s longest concrete pier bringing us 1,971 ft into the ocean. I also planned it so we could visit the evening farmers market on Newport Ave. It offered local goods and amazing food. Carl chose to get half a dozen macrons and some Jamaican food and I got a three tiered pita dip.
Day 2: After getting super sunburned from the day before, we kept day 2 easy. We did do some shopping at the Las Americas outlet today. It’s definitely worth going – just don’t accidentally drive into Mexico which apparently Carl did many years ago when I wasn’t around.
Day 3: This was a fun day too! We started the day at 11:00 am and signed up to go kayaking in San Diego bay departing from Coronado. Coronado is a resort city hosting the historical Hotel del Coronado, a grand 1888 Victorian property. After the kayaking trip, we changed and went for lunch at one of my favourite restaurants, Bluewater Boathouse. We had a delicious shrimp cocktail to start and then I had a creamy clam chowder and an amazing Louie Shrimp Salad. They really know how to make sauce. We then walked around Coronado and had an icy cold cold brew coffee from Cafe Madrid.
Day 4: Again, we took it easy today with another sunburn – we just never learn. We ran some errands in the morning and went to the outlets at night. Then we had an amazing crab leg dinner buffet at the casino with Carl’s parents.
Day 5: We’ve been to La Jolla many times but this time we got to see it from a new perspective – from the 16th floor of a coastal-front condo unit for sale! We saw how the 1% lived….Then at night, we cooked dinner at home and watched the sunset from the backyard. Another relaxing day – just what we needed.
Day 6: Our very last day and we had to catch a 10:30 pm flight. You’d think we’d take it easy but instead we decided to venture down to Black’s Beach. At first we went to the Torrey Pines State Beach but I wasn’t crazy about the fly infested seaweeds on the shore. Black’s Beach is at the base of a very, very intimidating cliff…of course we went very unprepared – in flip flops. But the pain of hiking down the cliff was worth it. Because it’s difficult to get down to, this beach is much more secluded. I’m not sure if this is an official nude beach, but there were definitely people in their birthday suits there. My first experience!
This San Diego trip has been our favourite so far. We frequented the beach, swam in the ocean and ate delicious food. It was so relaxing and we were so familiar with the areas we almost felt like a local. We honestly can’t wait to be back.