Lots of people ask me ‘should I skip San Diego?’. NO, you shouldn’t! It’s an awesome place with a great vibe, a few special places and it’s said to be the birthplace of California.`
Day 1: Old Town
On my way from Palm Springs to San Diego, I visited Salvation Mountain. Therefore, it was already 4pm by the time I reached San Diego. A friend I met earlier on this vacation was already waiting for me at the hostel we booked (hostel on the 3rd). We decided to drop our luggage and walk to Old Town. I was about to kill her when I found out it took us way longer than the 10-minute walk she promised me. It took us 1 hour and 30 minutes! So here is my advice to everyone who wants to go from the city center to Old Town: take a train, a taxi or drive yourself if you still want to feel your feet.
Fortunately, the walk seemed to be worth it. Old Town San Diego is absolutely a nice place to hang around, especially in the evening. The place is very Mexican. It’s not very big but there’s a vibe I just can’t describe and the place to be to have a cozy (Mexican) dinner.
Day 2: Balboa park, Seaport Village, Suspension Bridge and a wonderful sunset
Balboa park is definitely my favorite place in San Diego. Its colorful tiles, wonderful buildings and street artists are an instant boost for your mood. I hung around there for about 2 hours but I could’ve spent a whole afternoon out there.
Afterwards I drove to Seaport Village in downtown San Diego. As the name suggests, it’s a small village with many souvenir shops and restaurants that overlook the water. There’s also a lot of entertainment on the streets. If you ask me, it’s a must visit place in SD.
Next stop? Suspension Bridge, a ‘hidden’ pedestrian bridge. Maybe a bit overrated but anyways, it’s a nice place to stop if you’re in the area.
After walking around for several hours it was time to get some rest at La Jolla Beach. I would lie if I’d say this beach is super special but the sunset was stunning.
Day 3: Unconditional Surrender Statue
At the Port of San Diego’s Greatest Generation Walk you find the famous Unconditional Surrender Statue. The statue is based on the famous WWII photo of a sailor kissing a nurse. It’s my favorite statue ever! It’s huge and I just love the story behind this everlasting kiss, a happy moment in history.
After strolling on the bay it was time for me to leave for Los Angeles. On my way to LA I stopped at La Jolla Cave. The place to be for who wants to see seals. They’re all over the place and they come very close to people. The caves are visible from high above on the cliff trail but you can also pay $5 and actually go in a cave through the cave store. After going down 145 stairs, a beautiful view is waiting for you. Unfortunately there were a lot of kayaks disturbing the view at the moment of my visit. But anyways, seeing this part of the coastline is definitely worth a bit of your time.
So here’s my conclusion: DO NOT skip San Diego!