Happy #MDW everyone! Where will you be spending it?

📍La Jolla, CA

What to do in Sunny San Diego…

This beautiful city easily made its way into my heart as a destination I’d visit over and over again. The consistently gorgeous weather allows for an open schedule to explore all of the beauty San Diego has to offer!

Where to go for: Salt Air

…the beach, duh! San Diego has about 70 miles of coastline to explore! If you’re looking for good surf, then head up to Swami’s in Encinitas. Want a young, party vibe? Then check out Pacific Beach & Mission Beach. The beach front bars along the boardwalk are great for mingling after a long day on the sand.

Where to go for: Family Fun!

The San Diego Zoo is great for all ages! The combination of attractions, animals, and beer vendors are superb! Make sure to set an entire day aside for this outing, because you won’t want to rush through any part of it!

Where to go for: a Romantic Sunset

There is no place more picturesque than the La Jolla Cliffs. Although, I believe photographs can hardly do this spot justice. Go with a loved one, to just go on your own, to breathe in the wonder that Mother Nature has given us.

Where to go for: Outdoor Exploration 

Balboa park: museums, gardens & cafes, oh my! This is another spot you should set aside an entire day for… and although this is where the zoo is located, there isn’t enough time in a single visit to truly enjoy both. The botanical gardens are nothing short of majestic, and the Spanish village is bursting with creativity! 

Where to go for: Historical Beauty

Where else but the historical landmark: Hotel Del Coronado! Visit the spot where Marilyn Monroe filmed the classic, “Some Like it Hot!” Even if you don’t stay overnight, it is a beautiful spot for a day-cation, where you can shop, eat, and lounge on a beautiful beach!

Where to go for: Nightlife

The Gaslamp District is always raging. There is something for everyone, regardless of your idea of an ideal night out on the town. If clubbing is your scene, check out Fluxx. Great DJs in a wild atmosphere is a recipe for success! Enjoy more of a bar scene? Go to The Shout House. This dueling piano bar is home of good drinks, awesome live music, lots of laughs & an all around great night out! 

Hungry For Adventure: Dining Downtown San Diego

Last week I told you some places to check out if you are in the northern county of San Diego (Guide to Encinitas). Today, I’ll let you in on some hot spots downtown!

Breakfast: Hash House a Go Go, Hillcrest. 






I’m not typically a breakfast person, however, this place has changed my opinion on the most important meal of the day. The portion sizes are gigantic! So, if you’re a first timer, you may want to share with a friend. Must try: their crispy potatoes! They have great daily mimosa specials– the grapefruit was my personal favorite.

Lunch: Baja Beach Cafe, Pacific Beach. 






Fish tacos & huge margaritas… what can be better than that?! I’ll tell you what– a phenomenal patio with great reggae music, and a view of the beach and beautiful people walking and riding their bikes along the boardwalk.

Happy Hour: Wave House Beach Club, Mission Beach.






The atmosphere of this beachfront outdoor bar makes it a must-see if you are in the area– especially around sunset! Enjoy discounted beers around the fire pit. There is even a wave machine that you can ride!

Dinner: Bandar, Gaslamp District.






I love expanding my palate and trying foods I’ve never had before. Bandar is a cute Persian spot, with outdoor seating, and great food that will make you want to break out into a belly dance. Order the mast-o-khiar (yogurt with cucumber) as an appetizer, and be sure to save it to mix with your meal!

Dessert: Clayton’s Coffee Shop, Coronado.






This cute, old-fashion cafe makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time, with their juke box and retro decor. Their delicious menu of ice cream cakes and home made pies is irresistible!