Rising up within the wine nation of Temecula, I used to be perpetually dreaming of my subsequent journey in San Diego.
My listing of issues to do within the huge metropolis by no means stopped rising. Luckily, San Diego was solely an hour away so it was simple to jump over to discover the superb eateries, beautiful seashores, and funky neighborhoods.
All through years of residing in Cape City, San Diego stayed close to and pricey to my coronary heart. After I was lastly able to plant roots in Southern California, I made a beeline for this cool coastal metropolis.
Immediately, I name San Diego residence and my staycations are the whole lot I dreamt they’d be. I relish the chance to point out individuals round my stomping grounds.
That’s why I created my Final Information to San Diego Journey that will help you get your bearings. Now, that will help you dig into the every day planning, right here is my one-week San Diego Itinerary.
Prepared for an insider’s information to San Diego? Let’s go!
Which Neighborhood to Keep in San Diego
It’s important to know simply how geographically huge San Diego County is. As you might be planning out your must-see spots round city, have a look at a map.
There are 70 miles of shoreline inside the county so issues will be a lot farther aside than you would possibly assume.
There are too many neighborhoods to even listing so I’m simply going to scratch the floor by itemizing the perfect bases for exploration.
If you’re solely on the town for one week, you’ll discover a various vary of choices. That will help you determine, let’s have a look at which areas are finest for various kinds of journey.
In the event you’re in search of top-notch nightlife, add downtown and the Gaslamp (simply beside Little Italy) to your listing.
Whereas Little Italy is near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, it’s not a terrific space for teenagers. You’ll additionally discover the parking dear is tough to come back by.
However, when you’re in search of an evening in town and plan to Uber it round, you’re going to like it.
For a stunning view of the Pacific and a laid again vibe, you’ll be spoiled for selection all through the Pacific Seashore, Ocean Seashore, and Mission Seashore space
This drop-dead beautiful space comes at a premium however is effectively value it once you want to deal with your self.
When you’ll be a bit farther from the everyday vacationer spots like Balboa Park and the Zoo, you’ll discover chill locations to flee in Del Mar, Solana Seashore, Leucadia, Encinitas, and Carlsbad.
In the event you’re solely planning to pop down the Balboa Park space and are extra thinking about in search of a spot to disconnect, search for choices up right here. It’s a calming seaside space with bargains available.
I am keen on the Carlsbad Flower Fields up right here! Go to within the spring to admire the colourful blooms. Remember although that you just’re 45 minutes from Level Loma and this isn’t a sensible base when you’re planning to discover San Diego every day.
The Finest Time to Go to San Diego
By far and away the perfect time to go to is from August to October. The climate continues to be heat however you’ll discover the hordes of vacationers have principally cleared out.
In the event you’re not from California, you won’t be accustomed to “Could Grey” and “June Gloom.”
Whereas we’ve got a couple of heat and sunny days within the spring, it doesn’t really feel like summer time till round July. By means of a lot of spring and early summer time, the mornings are overcast and a bit dreary.
That stated, I do benefit from the overcast days as a result of it not often really rains. It’s the sort of climate the place you’ll be able to cozy up in a cardigan and sip a sizzling brew in a espresso store.
In the event you’re in search of enjoyable within the solar on the seaside, Could and June aren’t tremendous dependable instances to go.
Getting Round San Diego
Definitely, having your individual set of wheels in San Diego is important. Whereas there are walkable areas, they’re far-flung. Through the course of per week, it would be best to discover the broader San Diego space.
Southern California isn’t identified for its public transport and there’s a purpose for that.
The quite a few freeways close by loop round, connecting the entire seaside cities and areas within the outskirts of San Diego…however they’re for automobiles. Counting on the bus system is irritating and time-consuming.
Planning Tip: Whereas I’ve put collectively a one-week information, it’s a free plan. You’ll be able to combine and match completely different occasions and do issues in no matter order you favor.
I’d extremely advocate trying out the city event calendar as you begin planning.
See if there are any festivals or huge occasions that you just need to take a look at or keep away from (when you’re not attending, the site visitors, parking hassles, and inflated costs throughout main occasions will be annoying).
Day 1: Balboa Park and the Zoo
These are the 2 must-see websites of San Diego.
You’ll be able to knock them each out in in the future. The entire prime museums are collectively in a single spot. In the event you’re touring with children, they’re positive to like the Zoo (as will the grown-ups!).
A lot of Balboa Park’s unimaginable Spanish-inspired structure was constructed between 1915 and the late 1930s for various Expositions (you could know these as World’s Gala’s).
There are many nice locations to stroll round exterior of the zoo and you’ll BYOB to have a wine picnic. Take your time exploring and make a full day of simply these two spots.
Day 2: Convey on the Brews
With 150 breweries and new locations popping up every day, San Diego has most undoubtedly earned its place amongst the world’s finest craft beer capital.
Make a day of beer tasting and exploring the entire distinctive choices that you’ll solely discover right here.
To pattern the native suds, make a beeline for North Park. And, come hungry! This place is residence to the perfect native eateries and craft beer spots on the town.
Day 3-4: Beach Days
It’s all about the beach here and you’ll want a couple of days to soak in the sun. Beyond bronzing and watersports, each beach town has its own unique vibe.
While you’ll hear locals recommending a range of spots, when it comes to accessibility and offerings, you can’t go wrong with any of this line-up of popular beaches.
Here are a few places to check out:
Mission Beach and Belmont Park
When you think of a classic boardwalk, you are probably imagining something like this. From bumper cars to miniature golf to beach rental shops, these two miles of boardwalk here have everything for families.
It’s also a great area for biking or rollerblading. After dark, you’ll also find plenty to do around Mission Beach and nearby Pacific Beach.
La Jolla Shores
When it comes to family options, this is a top pick. With relatively calm seas, and lifeguards on hand, this is a parent’s fave.
Make sure to check out the Children’s Pool La Jolla! It’s a small, sandy beach with an area originally built for kids to be secluded from the waves by a concrete barrier — it’s now quite popular for seals to hang out in!
You could even go kayaking, if that’s your heart’s desire!
This quaint island off the coast is the perfect pick for families and couples. You can tour the legendary Hotel del Coronado, shop at the one-of-a-kind boutiques, or stroll through the parks.
This is a young and lively town that is popular with surfers. Catch a wave, surf Crystal Pier, then stick around for drinks and dinner.
If you want to rent a Duffey boat or hop on a paddleboard, Mission Bay is a good option because its bay location means there are no waves.
Home to Legoland California theme park, beautiful spring flower fields, and eight different beaches, this city just north of San Diego has scenic spots with a small-town vibe.
Make sure to check the calendar for the Flower Fields as the iconic ranunculus are only in bloom from the beginning of March to the beginning of May!
Aquarium at Scripps
The more than 5,000 fish who call it home, make the 60+ aquariums at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography a must for kids (and kids at heart).
Day 5: Hiking and Nature Reserve
Start your day in Torrey Pines. Hike the nature reserve and soak in the beauty away from the shoreline. Once you have worked up an appetite, go for brunch.
In the afternoon, head over to Solana Beach or Del Mar. They’re both known for their eclectic boutiques, trendy eateries, and local art galleries.
Day 6-7: Choose Your Own Adventure
For the last two days of your San Diego visit, you can choose your own adventure. Here are a few of my all-time faves:
Check out the Bay and Coronado Island
Go for a naval ship tour, take the Hornblower cruise, visit the Midway Museum, then store, eat, and drink your manner by the Halfway District, in addition to the beautiful Coronado Island!
Take your self out to the ballgame!
Little Italy Road Market
Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market is on each Saturday from eight am to 2 pm. For meals, crafts, and a terrific vibe, begin your day right here.
Wednesday Night time Market in OB
The Ocean Beach Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from four to eight pm. It’s a terrific place for searching, choosing up native goodies, and a chief spot for people-watching.
The sundown from right here is so spectacular that they named the entire place after it! And, on prime of being a romantic spot, it’s additionally a terrific place for yoga courses.
Do understand that it’s a preferred spot in the summertime although so bear in mind that it will get crowded.
That stated, it’s a incredible location for a picnic with critical views!
Glider Port in Torrey Pines
The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the proper place to get your coronary heart racing and get a fowl’s eye view of the town.
There are greater than 100 wineries in San Diego County and many extra simply exterior. In the event you’re a fellow wine lover, do miss your likelihood to pattern the native vintages.
A Night time on the City in Little Italy
What would you add to your dream San Diego itinerary? I’ll be engaged on eating places and brunch guides shortly! Let me know what you’d wish to see within the feedback beneath!