I recently visited San Diego for work and did my best to incorporate some time to explore. This was my second visit to the sunny city and I have to say, I am a big fan of this spot!
As I only had a couple days to explore I didn’t do a whole lot, but I did love the things I did do!
Here I’ve compiled some must see & do’s when visiting San Diego!
Explore Balboa Park
This public recreational space is a gorgeous destination to spend an afternoon! My boyfriend and I explored the gardens, architecture, and basked in the sunshine for a few hours, and I totally fell in love with this place.
Everywhere you look, you’re sure to find something gorgeous, whether its a majestic building or dignified fountain.
While we got carried away exploring and didn’t leave time for a museum visit, you should absolutely note that Balboa Park is home to many, many museums, so you’re sure to stumble upon one that peaks your interest. They also have a grab and go coffee counter & a full service restaurant in the heart of the park.
Sunset At Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
This is the place to end your day. It is arguably one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.
It would be a great spot to picnic and watch the sun go down with a loved one or friends, there were plenty of people with blankets and takeout too. If your timing doesn’t allow for sundown, I’m betting a coffee and daylight stroll along the edge would offer beautiful views nonetheless!
Walk La Jolla Cove & See The Seal Pups
This is another gorgeous ocean side destination, with a sea wall stretch that you can easily walk over the course of an afternoon.
We actually didn’t find time to do this, this year, but having visited around the same time last year, I can attest to this having been a highlight of my previous visit to San Diego… I especially loved it, because between December & May, it is seal pupping season! Which means baby seals galore! In complete honesty, this may actually have been one of the highlights of my life.
While the beaches of La Jolla Cove are closed off during this time, the walking path allows you to get quite close to these adorable animals in their natural habitat (or you can wander off a little, like I did). This is, in my opinion, truly the BEST way to catch a glimpse of any animal… In the wild, not sneaking up on them, just to clarify.
Bike The Seawall Near Sea Village
While this is something we didn’t have the chance to do, I’ve walked this enough to know it’s on my list for next time.
I’d totally recommend hopping on city bikes, which you can find pretty well everywhere downtown, and bike the downtown sea wall to their sea village. Then stop to browse the touristy shops, admire the gorgeous yachts parked in the marina, or cruise all the way to the maritime museum and take a tour!
I am already looking forward to my next visit to San Diego and will be sure to update this list as I become more familiar with it’s hotspots. SD locals, would love if you would share any additional recommendations in the comments below! xx
For vegan food recommendations see my post “Eat Vegan – San Diego Hotspots”
For fitness recommendations see my post “Get Sweaty – San Diego Workouts”