30 Hours as a Tourist in San Diego – Little Planning Needed

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

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.

 

Hotel Del Coronado 

 

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.

 

 Dinner at Osteria Panevino

 

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?

 

    Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego

 

 

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?

 

Historic building in the Gaslamp District in San Diego

 

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.

 

Rose at Chez Loma    Duck confit salad at Chez Loma

 

 

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.

 

Wall mural in San Diego

 

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.

 

Gardens at Balboa Park

Balboa Park in San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park

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The more I hear about San Diego, the more I like it.  Many years ago, I drove through it in a hurry, on my way from LA back to Phoenix.   I need to visit again, and spend some time there!

Jun 20, 2016 02:12 PM #1
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I once spend a week there hanging out down in Ocean Beach area, it was a real laid back relaxed place, i could imagine staying there longer.

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Fred Griffin 

Thanks for stopping by. I continue to learn about and see things here that really make me appreciate what we have. Come on out...and let me know when you do!

Jeff

Jun 20, 2016 03:43 PM #3
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I haven't spent a lot of time in that part of time but have heard that. But then I hear that alot about this part of California anyhow!

Thanks for coming by!

Jeff

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Good morning Jeff. Appreciate the photos, appreciate you taking us along on your short trip to San Diego.

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Easy to see that you enjoyed your quick daycation Jeff Dowler CRS great photos!  Your new profile photo threw me for a minute, now you really look like the Southern California Relocation Dude

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Awesome photos and --log of your 30 hour escape Jeff Dowler CRS Now I have the urge to visit your beautiful city again. 

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Thanks, Joe Petrowsky . We had a great time and it was fun to just play tourist, and be away from the computer, other than to check email a few times.

Jeff

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Lisa Von Domek 

Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

The photo is a tradition each summer. It does throw people since it's so different, but some remember it year after year! LOL

Jeff

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Sounds great, Jeff. I was wondering how to share my Berkeley weekend; you've given me a great frame for it.

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Looks like a very nice vacation and you have highlighted it well with your photographs!!!

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What a great city to enjoy a day, weekend, or longer -- so much to do, plenty to see, and you never have to check the weather forecast!  Glad you enjoyed yourself!

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