San Diego was amazing! Following the relaxing day in Palm Springs it was time for a new destination, a destination we hadn’t researched a lot and we didn’t know what to expect. Our hotel was situated in the marina and our room had a magnificent ocean view. The first night we enjoyed some Sonoma wine and beer on the patio while finishing some blog posts and later had a lovely three-course dinner at the hotel.
The next day was our only day in San Diego and we wanted to make the most of it so after an early breakfast on our patio we caught a cab to Balboa Park. We were dropped off on the west side of El Prado and walked in to the park, over the Cabrillo Bridge, and continued passed the San Diego museums. We did not enter any of the museums but walked through the Botanical Building, which was having an orchid exhibition at the moment. It was truly beautiful. We then continued passed the other amazing museum buildings and went to the Rose and Desert Gardens. We both found the Desert Garden more interesting, probably because Britain doesn’t have that many cacti.
As most people (who knows us) know, we don’t want to much of the touristy bits, but want to find the interesting, artsy, vintage shopping, craft beery part of town, and we did. North Park is located, logically, on the north east side of Balboa Park. We found many nice stores, restaurants, street art and craft beer tap rooms of course. We could have stayed there all day, but there was more to see so we grabbed some rental bikes and rode through Burlingame, South Park and Golden Heights before turning towards downtown. We both thought Downtown San Diego was much nicer than other large US cities. Although there were skyscrapers there was a small town feel to it, with smaller, older buildings in between.
We finished our day in San Diego with a stroll in the sunset along the Downtown marina and ended up at Craft and Commerce for dinner before heading back to the hotel. It was a truly beautiful day in a wonderful city. If we ever move to the US I think I want to move to San Diego, but we’ll see what my better half have to say about that 🙂 .