Updated: Feb 9, 2022
The very first time I visited San Diego over 5 years ago, I instantly feel in love. I could see the beautiful bay with the beautiful boats dancing on the bay as the plane came in for a landing at the San Diego Airport. It was the perfect combination of sun, water, good food and fun! I remember landing on a perfect, sunny 70-degree day with a light breeze and palm tree leaves swaying in the wind. With sunglasses in hand, I set out for my west coast adventure.
During my trip to San Diego a couple of weeks ago, I was met with almost the same experience. It was January, so it was not quite as warm, but I got off the plane and it was a very warm 65-degree evening compared to the 30-degree and imminent snowy weather I just left on the east coast. The first thing I love doing when I get to San Diego is rise with the sun and go on a nice bike ride beside the marine. I love seeing all the fabulous luxury yachts and boats that are docked. My soul was instantly at peace. I soaked in the glistening water under the sun light with the breeze blowing in my hair as I peddled up W. Harbor Drive. If you are lucky enough, at times you can see a navy ship that is docked or a cruise ship that has pulled in.
San Diego has some of the best restaurants. Whether it is Italian in Little Italy, Thai food in downtown San Diego, Mexican, scrumptious seafood in Point Loma, or whatever you are in the mood for, San Diego has got you covered. For seafood, I recommend one of my favorite spots in Point Loma, Mitch’s Seafood. This restaurant is located at 1403 Scott Street. It is nothing fancy, but you can sit on the marina deck, watch the seals swimming while you enjoy some of the freshest locally caught seafood at an economical price. The restaurant is family owned and the people are super friendly. You can also enjoy beer from some of San Diego’s famous breweries and wine from family vineyards throughout California. On my visit this time, I sought out a Thai restaurant. I found Aaharn Thai within walking distance of my downtown hotel at 1202 Kettner Blvd. They have Happy Hour $5 drinks and cocktails. The Massaman Lamb Shank was to die for. It had just the right amount of spice. I also went in search of some great Mexican food for Taco Tuesday and LaPuerta did not disappoint. They had a variety of tacos for $3. The mantra on the door said, “Life isn’t always tacos and tequila, but it should be!”. I knew I had come to the right place!
If fun in the sun is what you are looking for, look no further. San Diego has so much you can enjoy. San Diego claims 17 miles of its magnificent coastline within the city limits. Whether you visit Mission Bay, Black’s Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla Shores Beach, or Windansea Beach you are sure to find a spot to surf, sunbath or enjoy yoga on the beach.
If you enjoy being in the water, you can go out on one the famous year-round whale watching tours. Point Loma's sportfishing is also very popular with ½ day, full day or overnight trips available. Vessels are Coast Guard approved with experienced captains.
If surfing, stand-up-paddle board, or kayaking sound like fun, you can get lessons in La Jolla. San Diego Bike & Kayak Tours is the #1 source for bike tours, kayak tours and snorkeling adventures. Explore the majestic sea cliffs and caves of La Jolla on sit-on-top kayaks.
How about exploring the world class California wineries? The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association has more than 40 world class wineries and tasting rooms. Wine lovers will enjoy being educated by expert grape growers and winemakers. San Diego has it all! Please consider taking a trip here, especially if you are looking to stay within the Continental US.