The weather outside may or may not be frightful, but one place isn’t having these problems: San Diego. While it does, in fact, rain in Southern California (Tony Toni Tone LIED y’all), the weather is pleasingly temperate year-round. There’s an ocean, of course, as well as parks, mountains, and trees with fruit on them(!) in addition to plenty of good food and fun spots to explore. Here’s what you should do:
1 // TAKE THE FERRY TO AN ISLAND
Enjoy the view at Broadway Pier before hopping on the ferry for the 15-minute trip to Coronado Island. Once there, stroll down Orange Avenue (I recommend stopping for gelato at Nado Gelato) and hit Hotel del Coronado for shopping and seaside people-watching.
2 // CLIMB A MOUNTAIN
Climbing one of the eleventy-thousand paths up South Fortuna Mountain ensured I wouldn’t need to do squats and lunges for a solid week after. Work your glutes ’til you make it to the top, and breathe in.
3 // EAT YOUR HEART OUT
There’s no shortage of places to eat! Head to Influx Cafe for casual coffee and brunch, go for a fancy-schmancy dinner–and if you’re like me, dessert–at The Prado in Balboa Park, and enjoy impossibly fanciful confections (and a surprisingly delicious BLT panini) at Extraordinary Desserts.
Traveling with kids? Dig in to a few slices of cheesy pizza at Mona Lisa, savor a solidly good cheeseburger and fries at Burger Lounge, and join the rest of the hipster families for locally grown fruits and vegetables at Mercato Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
4 // GET SOME CULTURE
Balboa Park houses a collection of museums, galleries, gardens boasting everything from German Expressionist paintings at the San Diego Museum of Art to an astonishing variety of roses (the Rainbow Sorbet breed smells amazing) in the Memorial Rose Garden.
5 // ENJOY THE BEACH
There’s plenty of coastline in SoCal, but my favorite beaches were Del Beach on Coronado and the gorgeous rocky cliffs of La Jolla (pronounced la-HOY-a, as in Oscar de). Hang out on the rocky coastline and watch the waves crash ashore.
Have you been to San Diego? What’s your favorite thing to do there?