How to Spend 30 Hours as a Tourist in San Diego
A Photo Journey
I wrote yesterday, on Father’s Day, that we were taking off for about 30 hours to be tourists in America’s Finest City. It wasn’t clear how the time would unfold since we were just going to go where our moods took us.
30 hours later we’re back after having a wonderful time and seeing some sights in San Diego. We did little planning except to make the hotel reservation for last night in the Gaslamp District in San Diego, and to set up a dinner reservations at Osteria Panevino, a few blocks from the hotel.
While planning was not needed for most of the trip – even lunch at Chez Loma (photos below) on Coronado Island was spontaneous – it makes sense to have a hotel in place. It gets pretty crowded at this time of year and who wants to wander around trying to find a place to crash, or that far exceeds your budget?
Dinner reservations, too, unless you go really early. I prefer to know where I’m going to eat and when, and not wander around aimlessly trying to find something that appeals to my stomach, or giving to wait in line. The Gaslamp District has an incredible amalgam of restaurants to suit every taste and budget, but who wants to roam around when you’re hungry and it’s 80 degrees, trying to figure out where to dine?
Sometimes the best times are those that just unfold, as did this staycation (daycation?), rather than planning everything out in detail. The weather was in the mid 80s with wonderful breezes and we logged over 5 miles yesterday. Without a formal agenda you don’t have to worry about how long it will take to get where you are going, and often you find things along the way to explore.
Don’t get me wrong planning CAN be a good thing. And if you are coming in from out of town and have limited time, you want to plan things so you can enjoy what you want in the tie you have. But being a bit impulsive as a tourist, even in the city where you live, can be a lot of fun.
The focus of the trip was Coronado Island (and of course you have to wander around the iconic Hotel Del Coronado and the beach), the Gaslamp District (our hotel, just wandering, dinner and breakfast), a wonderful Italian dinner, end-of-the-evening drinks on the roof top bar and pool area at the Andaz Resort with amazing downtown San Diego night views, and the famed Balboa Park and the San Diego Museum of Art and Point Loma today (with lunch on the water on Shelter Island at Bali Hai). We finished the trip with a gelato at Carlsbad’s Gaia Gelato in Carlsbad Village before heading home.