A day off for us means exploring, so Christian and I decided to take a day trip down to San Diego from LA. We didn’t know a lot about San Diego, but we did a little bit of research right before we left and found a few things we wanted to do and see.
We took our time driving down Rt 5 South, making sure we stopped to see amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. The look out point pictured above was located at the Marine Corps base, Camp Pendleton. This spot had breath taking views! The weird thing to watch out for though, is that there are squirrels that will climb up your leg looking for food! It creeped me out when the squirrels came closer and closer to me so I kept running away from them, but they started climbing up other peoples legs!
The first place we stopped was La Jolla Shores beach. The drive through the neighborhoods of million dollar homes was breathtaking! We easily found parking right by the beach and it was free! We walked taking in the beautiful views of the mile-long crescent shaped beach.
The next stop was a short drive from the beach, and one of my FAVORITE places, La Jolla Cove. I was most excited to go here because of the sea lions and seals you see everywhere! La Jolla Cove is a beautiful cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs. There is so much to do and see here! Christian and I saw so many people kayaking and snorkeling in the water, and many were kayaking into caves! My favorite part was walking onto the rocks to see all of the sea lions and seals. You can get so close to them!
After walking along the water, We decided to get a late lunch and drinks at Olive and Basil, which is an amazing Mediterranean restaurant with ocean views. This is a great place for happy hour, with 20% off all drinks and appetizers.
The next place we stopped was Balboa Park. This park is so beautiful, and has so much to do. We came here later in the day, which was a bit of a mistake because all of the museums close at 5 p.m.! Even though the museums were closed, we still walked around to see the beautiful architecture and greenery. There were people taking pictures everywhere because every square inch of this park is breathtaking!
Lastly, we drove to the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego to have a drink at a rooftop bar. We decided to go to Altitude Sky Lounge on top of the Marriott Hotel. This place had the most amazing views of the city, Petco Park, Catalina Island, Coronado Bridge and more!