A Week In Southern California: San Diego

I came home from California to a hurricane in Connecticut so I will be having Cali dreams for a bit here. I’m splitting my week in California into two blog posts; the first on the San Diego area and the second on Los Angeles area.

We flew direct from JFK in New York to LAX in Los Angeles, grabbed a rental car and drove straight down to San Diego for the first leg of our trip. Having lived in San Diego from 2005-2009 I always know on each trip exactly what I want to do and what I can skip out on. I knew I wanted to stay in La Jolla this time, near the water, so we picked out The Shoal Hotel. They have family suites (a huge room) and is a five minute walk to the beach. Yes please.

We arrived on a Saturday evening and knew we’d be keeping it easy so a walk to the water was the only thing I wanted to do before crashing in bed.

For day two we started off hitting Torrey Pines first thing. Being on East Coast time we were up before the sun. We did some hiking and swimming there. You have to pay to park but honestly it’s well worth it because it keeps the crowds down and the water is the best in the area in my opinion, so clear and no seaweed.

After a couple of hours we went to the La Jolla open aire farmer’s market that runs only Sundays. Got some snacks for the week! By afternoon time we were crashing and sat by my friends pool for a bit to relax. After getting the kids in bed early on I walked down to the ocean and caught the sunset. A soul refueling moment sitting on the sand and watching the sky create a masterpiece.

Day three we spent at the San Diego Zoo! I hadn’t been since 2009 (before the expansion) and was so happy to be there.

Day four, our last full day in San Diego, we hung out at La Jolla Shores Beach and had dinner in Old Town. My favorite place to eat in San Diego! La Jolla shores has free parking and it got a bit crowded by mid day so we spent some time walking down to the pier.

We were able to mostly keep ourselves on an East Coast schedule, to some extent, in bed by 9 p.m. every night. With the kids going back to school (tomorrow!) right after I didn’t want to keep them up late while in California. Unfortunately that means we had zero nightlife. Such is the way when traveling with kids 🙂

To be continued…

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