Wednesday, October 13, 2021

San Diego Travel Guide

 I had such an amazing trip to San Diego in August! I planned my trip to a T - I like to know everything I am going to do before hand. Of course, there were changes and I was flexible with them, but I will share my main itinerary below!

I hope this is helpful, please let me know if you have any questions.

Where we stayed:

Carte Hotel San Diego - this location is in between Little Italy and Downton San Diego. I felt very safe in this area, it was a walkable distance to a lot of attractions we wanted to see. We were close to a Starbucks, A Rite-Aid and 10 minutes from the airport. 


The pool also had great amenities such as a gym, hot tub, pool & rooftop restaurant.

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Speaking of the pool, this was my first time on vacation since starting laser hair removal at Milan Laser. Let me tell you, it was one less thing to worry about while planning to leave for vacation. I didn't even have to think twice about shaving, such a liberating feeling! My results have been so amazing. It is important to make sure any areas being treated don’t have sun exposure & also, touse lots of sunscreen. I packed a cutesarong to pair with my suits so I could enjoy the pool without exposing the area to the sun.

Places to Visit

La Jolla:

Our first day was planned to visit La Jolla, this is a popular tourist attraction to see the La Jolla Coves and Sea Turtles.

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We got dropped off at the cove and walked down. It was so cool to see the coves & the beauty of La Jolla! After experiencing the beach, we walked to the shops.

We went to better buzz coffee , which I loved! I got a vanilla latte that I am still dreaming about. 

There are so many gorgeous places to eat there! One I would recommend is Valencia Hotel. The views of the ocean from this spot is gorgeous. 

Seaport Village: 

We went to Seaport Village, we walked around & saw the USS midway ship. We also visited the famous kissing sailor statue.  You can get on & explore the ship if you would like as well - you can buy tickets here. 

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Gaslamp Quarter:

A good place to visit at nights! Lots of popular restaurants and bars, they have STK and Fogo De Chao, similar scene to Downtown Chicago. 

Balboa Park:

I was not prepared to see how big this park was! There was so much to see & do. 

We visited the San Diego Museum of Art ($20 admission for adults), it was really nice to see a new museum.

There is also a Japanese friendship garden, we didn't get to it but looked beautiful! 

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Coronado Island:

We spent the day at the beach & walking along it. 

We checkend out the famous Coronado Hotel, very cool to see it from the outside & you can walk in as well. 

There was such nice shopping at Paris & Me Boutique & Shop Avenu.

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Places to eat:

Choice Juicery - My go to! I went here for fresh juice, açaí bowls & avocado toast. They had all my favorites to stay healthy on vacation. 

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Crack Shack  - This was my favorite lunch spot!! Delicious chicken sandwiches, probably one of the best ones I've had.

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Cloak & Petal - Great spot for dinner! They had nice music going, good drinks & delicious sushi. 

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Salvatores - I went here for dinner! The vibe was so cool. They had amazing drinks, they had a build your own cocktail bar that they can bring to your table. The decor was very insta worthy. Food & drinks were delicious. I would definitely come back.

Invigatorium - I went for breakfast, they had great vegan options before my flight home. 

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Barbusa - Cute Italian spot! Loved the decor, appetizers were amazing and can't recommend the pesto pasta and the pizza enough. 

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The Taco Stand  - Great casual spot that is a crowd pleaser! My family loved this place. Tacos were delicious! Especially the fish. 

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Achilles Coffee - Many breakfast options as well as coffee.


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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters - Great place for an afternoon treat.

Lofty Coffee - Love the vibe of this place!



Pali Wine Bar  - I had Sangria here that was delicious.


Donut Bar  - These donuts were insane! Oh my gosh, you have to try these. They were huge, cakey & delicious. 

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Pappalecco for Gelato 

Salt & Straw - Delicious ice cream, fun spot & open late 

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Holy Paleta  - dipped ice ream bars that were so good! I had a cookies & cream one. 

I hope this is helpful for trip planning! Ioved staying in the Little Italy Area, if I didn't stay there I would probably want to stay in La Jolla because of how beautiful it was. Please leave any travel questions down below.

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