Last year, i travelled to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the summer, had a blast both times, exploring the cities and the yummy food the west coast has to offer.
So when my friends mentioned a trip to San diego before our annual work trip to Las Vegas in August, i was obviously in there like swimwear.
The Plan was to rent a boat for the weekend, sleep onboard the boat and sail around San Diego.
The Partner and i arrived a day earlier to see San Diego for ourselves, do some touristy stuff, and generally spend time doing nothing.
First impression of San Deigo: Chill Everyone one just seemed so happy, smiling, amazing weather, being a coastal city they get that beautiful sea breeze keeping everywhere cool, not so cool that you need a sweater, the sun was out and every single picture we took was beautiful.
Best things we ate: Fried chicken at The Crack Shack,
We shared a plate of fried chicken with biscuits and delicious crunchy fries, you get half a bird, we were able to get all dark meat, i also got one of their jicama slaw, it was a little meh, too much papaya, someone else might love it, the flavor was on point though.
The Grass Skirt; Really fun tiki bar, Polynesian decor, you walk in through the stainless steel refrigerator door of a sandwich shop to get in, makes it so cool and exclusive; They had some yummy small plates here, we enjoyed the okinomiyaki fries, and the bao buns, some of the best cocktails we have ever had, and there's some special drinks off the menu that unlocks a fun quick light and sound play, dessert was pretty good.
Best Touristy Attraction: Balboa Park This is the end all be all of tourism in San diego, According to their website, "Balboa Park is home to more than 17 museums, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, there is something for everyone" The park has a Spanish style vibe; beautiful architecture left behind after the park hosted the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition and 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition, both of which left architectural landmarks. The park and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We had a blast walking around a people watching, didn't get there early enough because we took our time eating fried chicken -__-, but we still got into a few museums, walked around the beautiful rose garden, watched a live concert;
How we got around: Lyft/Uber - worked really well and very affordable, ala california.
What we wished we did: - Really wish we had time to stop at extraordinary desserts;
- Stayed long enough to explore the San Diego Zoo, which is the biggest zoo in North America, we are planning a trip back to San Diego just for this.
We spent the rest of the weekend sailing with our friends, it was my first time sailing and sleeping overnight on a yatch; it was a decent sized one with two bedrooms, enough for 5 of us; we went shopping for supplies; had music and the best company, we sailed out into the pacific
and then went past the US Naval base yard, docked at night to sleep; and we even visiting dock and dine restaurants during the day; At night we went downtown San diego to the Gas lamp quarter; walked around and then had some dinner at one many restaurants there.
We loved San Diego, and we actually discussed the idea of moving here in the future; definitely my best west coast city so far; beautiful atmosphere and people seem much more open and friendlier than the tech crowd of San Francisco and the expensive LA glitzy lifestyle