San Diego

There’s a reason why you’ve never heard a single bad thing about this southern California city: it has gorgeous beaches, the most amazing burritos, and a great nightlife. Our stay in San Diego was short in length (we only had one full day!), but in no way short in terms of fun. This was our final destination during our week-long Cali trip! We flew into San Francisco and drove down to San Diego, making a two night pit stop in the city of Angels. This place is absolutely amazing and I’m not kidding when I say the first thing I did when I made it back to the East Coast was look for jobs in San Diego!

We stayed in a bedroom Airbnb apartment in Mission Beach, which is a short drive from both downtown San Diego and the popular Pacific Beach neighborhood. The apartment was perfect– not only was it right across from a walkway to the beach, but it had an awesome rooftop with patio furniture and views of the ocean. I’ll tell you this: the sunsets over the San Diego beaches are unlike any I’ve ever seen before. They’re stunning and thanks to our close proximity to the beach, we got to bask in the beauty. The apartment was towards the middle of the Mission Beach neighborhood and right near the theme park and boardwalk.

We definitely indulged in the amazing San Diego Mexican food over our two day stay. We ate at Fat Fish in Pacific Beach,which had the best Baja shrimp tacos I’ve ever and probably will ever have, and Ortiz’s Taco Shop #2, where I had an original California burrito stuffed with all your typical tasty burrito goodness and FRENCH FRIES. It was to die for. Fat Fish is definitely on the trendy side, but Ortiz’s Taco Shop #2 is a legit, authentic hole in the wall joint. Don’t get me wrong– it’s DELICIOUS and if you’re in San Diego you need to go there. We also had lunch at Draft, which was on the boardwalk. We sat outside to take in some rays and enjoy views of the beach.

Luckily, Austin has a close friend that lives in the city, so he was able to show us some great spots to drink at that Saturday night. We headed downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter, which was so pretty. First, we went to the Altitude Sky Lounge at the Marriot, which had expensive drinks, but lots of swagger and great views of Petco Park below. It also had small fire pits to keep us warm. Then, we headed to Rustic Root, which was right up my alley considering it had a beautifully decorated, rustic-looking (hence the name) open patio on the second floor with a decent drink selection.

Those two days came and went so quickly! I’m hoping to get back to San Diego soon so I can check out the world renowned Zoo and explore La Jolla.