I didn’t realize until I looked at the calendar last night that today not only marks my first day at my new job, but it’s also my one month anniversary of moving to San Diego. Woah, I’m sure that must mean something! So I figured since my vacation has officially ended and I have to return to the real world, I would tell you all about the fun things I did over the past month in SD. And if you ever come to visit this fine city you should definitely do these things too!
1. Stop by Shelter Island Park
After purchasing my new car and getting somewhat settled into my apartment (aka just leaving all my stuff in my room until things like hangers and a dresser could be purchased), my mom and I spent a little time on Shelter Island enjoying views like that one. There’s way more to do than just relax, but you can’t beat views like these when everyone you know is back home under snow (sorry guys)! There are quite a few shops and restaurants, so it’s definitely some place you want to visit one lazy afternoon. I went back a second time for a long walk along the bay, totally worth it!
2. Go for a Bike Ride on Coronado Island
From Downtown San Diego, you can take a ferry over to the beautiful Coronado Island. The ferry ride is no more than 15 minutes and you can see the entire skyline of Downtown San Diego, gorgeous! Once you get there, you can rent bikes or tandems and there’s a bike path laid out so you can experience the entire island. Lots of cute (but expensive) shops and restaurants too, but my mom and I just enjoyed the ride and got in some exercise for the day. The bike ride is only a few miles and I think it took us maybe an hour and a half, but there are some great places to stop and enjoy the views as you wait for the ferry to come back! Plus there is an amazing little cupcake place right near the docks called the Coronado Cupcakery! Unfortunately I ate mine too quickly to snap a photo, but it was delicious!
3. Visit the Seals at La Jolla Cove
Yeah I don’t think I need to say much more about this one. The views are spectacular and in the afternoon the seals come to take their siestas on the beach. So cute!
4. Check Out the Trails Outside the Zoo
My mom isn’t a big zoo person, so instead there were some really amazing hiking trails right outside the zoo that you could wander along. Definitely worth some of your time to see some of the amazing San Diego wildlife and if you’re cheap like us, you can say hello to the metal zoo statues right outside the entrance!
5. While You’re by the Zoo, Check out Balboa Park
Right across from the zoo is Balboa Park and I have to say this is a must see for anyone visiting the area. It’s a small walkable town with tons of cute shops selling art and a ton of museums to take a look at too! You’ll want to stop by the Botanical Gardens for the beautiful view. We didn’t eat there, but I’m told you should stop by Prado while you’re exploring.
6. Grab Dinner and Watch the Sunset in Ocean Beach
I have to say Ocean Beach has a… wild crowd. You’re typical hippie Californians, but the seafood was delicious! We ate at the South Beach Bar and Grill and had delicious fish tacos and sandwiches. I have to say, I think my mom’s favorite part of the trip was the abundance of fish tacos. I knew we were related! And after you’ve eaten, stay for the amazing California sunset. There’s really nothing like it and I’m still blown away every time I see it.
7. Get the Tacos at Puesto in Downtown San Diego
My friend Bryan was visiting San Diego and so we figured the best way to catch up would be over tacos and guacamole. Let me tell you, Puesto did not disappoint! Some of the most delicious and fresh tacos I’ve had since I’ve been here (and that’s saying a lot). And you’ll want to get the guacamole to share, so delicious and honestly I can’t think of a better way to catch up with high school friends!
8. Walk along the Boardwalk, Wherever You Are
Lastly, before you head back home make sure to walk along any of the boardwalks. They are filled with colorful people and the views are amazing no matter the time of day. I still go for long walks along the boardwalk at Pacific Beach and plus if you catch it at the right time, you’ll see that amazing sunset once again. I’ll never get bored with it.
So after a month of exploring San Diego, I have to say that I am so happy that I moved here! The views, the people, everything is just better than I expected and I can’t wait to continue my adventures!