How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In San Diego
Vivid ethnic communities , year-round flip-flops, fresh fish tacos and bonfires on the beach and world-class food .
A happy place with an exceptional amount of sunshine , lack of pretension and the capital of Southern California casualness.
San Diego’s identity does not exist as such , it is a blend of communities .
This is why , the real beauty of a stay in San Diego is exploring its many neighborhoods.
Here is a perfect itinerary for a fabulous weekend in San Diego
Visit Coronado Island in San Diego
No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit the picturesque and charming Coronado island .
Affectionately called ‘The Del’ by locals The home of wide beaches, sparkling sunsets , and of course its main landmark El Coronado Hotel , with its Victorian cupolas rising above the Pacific shore.
The hotel is famous for its Victorian architecture and the previous guests that included Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh and Marilyn Monroe, whose film “Some Like It Hot,” was shot here.
The beaches of Coronado are constantly voted as some of the best in the US . The super soft sand that literally sparkles thanks to the mineral mica. The historic downtown of Orange avenue is famous for charming boutiques , local art shops , jewelry , restaurants and people watching .
Catch a ferry from the Broadway Pier to Coronado. From the Coronado Ferry Landing, near the north end of Orange Avenue, you can catch a ferry to downtown San Diego .
You can explore this charming luxury town or hag out at the Coronado resort – — the resort spans over 28 acres and is free to visit for general public
Old Town San Diego – The birthplace of California
Considered to be the heart of San Diego , this place is celebrating a Latin culture that thrived in San Diego long ago
The area runs along San Diego Avenue north of downtown and offers a peek into what life was like in San Diego in its years under Mexican control from the 1820s to the 1840s.
An array of Latin American goods at Bazaar del Mundo
museums, restaurants, historical demonstrations a peaceful cemetery
Most of the historical sights are free to public , and oh , there are many : from the first newspaper print shop to the first public school house .
There are plenty of demonstrations , performed by the volunteers . You can see blacksmithing demonstrations , quilting and dancing . All of these activities celebrate the park’s history and educate the visitors .
In addition , you will find plenty of restaurants , specializing in Mexican cuisine , of course. With the flower garden, the open-air but breezy restaurant provides a festive atmosphere with folkloric dancers and a mariachi band.
The Gaslamp Quarter
In the heart of the city ,the Gaslamp Quarter is part of downtown San Diego, stretching eight blocks long and about two blocks wide.
From the late 1880’s through the early 1970’s , it was a red-light district full of gambling halls, saloons and bordellos habituated almost exclusively by sailors.And has been turned into a buzzing center for night life . But the history is still there , even though , remodeled . Those modern storefronts are actually part of some of San Diego’s most historic architecture: multistory Victorian commercial buildings from the 1870’s and 80’s, put up by developers from San Francisco after the start of the Gold Rush.
Today this area is with cocktail lounges, restaurants and pulsating nightclubs, it’s a virtual playpen for partying.
There are plenty of other activities as well: Padres games at Petco Park, Seaport Village, the bay and waterfront parks, and the ferry to Coronado are just around the corner .
Around the Quarter, most restaurants have indoor and outdoor seating and there and all appetites can be accommodated, from seafood to Persian to Indian to Thai to American.
There’s no better indoctrination to San Diego’s laid-back style than a stroll along the Embarcadero, a two-mile stretch of downtown waterfront where a
gentle sea breeze will lull you into a zombie-like state in no time.
San Diego is a beach-lover’s paradise .There are dozens of beaches, the most authentic one being the Ocean Beach ,with its surfers and antiques shops . It feels like it has stayed frozen in time because of strict zoning rules from the 1970s.
Coronado beach is the favorite of all . It is known for the pristine white sand
Bohemian Pacific Beach is San Diego’s version of Venice Beach.
Watch the surfers from the end of the picturesque Crystal Pier
Activities include relax and watch pelicans and sea lions ,or if you are feeling active you can surf, swim, walk, jog, paddle board and kayak . Expect warm sunshine temperatures and strong ocean waves.