The Lowdown on San Diego, California

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Last summer I was lucky enough to go and spend two weeks staying with a friend from university at his home in San Diego. I had never been to the USA before and I had absolutely the best time! This blog post is going to give you the lowdown on where to stay, what and where to eat and where to go/what to do! I was lucky enough to be spending the time with a San Diego native so hopefully there are a few things on this list that you might not have done without it!!

Where to Stay

So my advice on this is not first hand as I stayed in my friend's house which was in Poway, about half an hour north of San Diego city centre. But he said that there are three main areas which he would recommend to someone coming to stay in San Diego. There is the downtown area which is right in the centre of the city, near to the convention centre and Little Italy but it can be quite expensive. There is the Mission Bay area which is very pretty and close to the water or there is La Jolla which is slightly north of the main city centre but has some beautiful beaches nearby. As I say, I didn't stay in any of these areas but La Jolla is really beautiful and you can access Torrey Pines Nature Park from there which has some amazing hikes.

What to Eat

Okay so when in San Diego, you should eat more Mexican food than you have ever eaten unless you have been/are in Mexico. The Mexican food I had there is unlike any Mexican food I have had anywhere else and there is just so much! Probably 10/14 days we ate Mexican food at at least one meal, whether that was out or at home!! Their Mexican food is second only to Mexico! Some of the places I would recommend are any places in Old Town, Rubio's which has several stores (their fish tacos are so good) and Chipotle which I know is a chain but their guacamole is incredible!

If you can, you should definitely try to find a Baked Bear who do the most incredible ice cream and cookie sandwiches. I had never had a ice cream and cookie sandwich before and I was quite amazed. Especially as one of my cookies was a snickerdoodle which I had never had before either!

If you get the chance, you should also go and get a milkshake from Ghiradelli's store in the Gaslamp district. Their chocolate is amazing and lots of free samples in the store too!!

I also did a whole post about food in San Diego which you can check out here

What to Do/Where to Go

I'm going to list some of the best things that I did/think there are to do in San Diego and then I will probably do more detailed posts about each one as I don't have room for all the detail on here!

- San Diego Zoo
- Balboa Park
- Old Town / Seaport Village / USS Midway and Submarine (all in similar area)
- La Jolla Children's Pool and the Seals!
- Torrey Pines Hike
- Birch Aquarium

I hope you have found this post useful and let me know if you have any questions about San Diego!!

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