Despite the overcast cool weather, we enjoyed three days in San Diego last weekend.
We met a friend for lunch in Del Mar where we watched the surfers and ate our lunch outside on the patio. On the way back to our hotel, we stopped for an easy hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve. The park has preserved 2000 acres of undeveloped land and is home to the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds.
Friday we headed to Balboa Park, described as a landscape of arts and culture. It is a 1200 acre oasis in the middle of the city. There are beautiful gardens and over a dozen museums all housed in the park. The visitor center was a useful first stop for a map and overview of what to see and do.
We did a quick walk through the quilt exhibit at the Mingei International Museum,
had lunch at The Prado and then decided to brave the Good Friday crowds and go to the San Diego Zoo. The lines were long with plenty of strollers to navigate but the up close access to the animals was worth it!
Our evenings were spent comparing fish tacos and margaritas. We ate at Miguel’s Cocina in Old Town, the Red Marlin bar at our hotel, and World Famous in Pacific Beach.
Saturday the sun came out so we enjoyed lunch outside at Georges at the Cove in La Jolla.
We had plenty on our list that we didn’t get to on this visit — Coronado, the gaslamp district, Old Town, so we will happily return to San Diego.