THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO
Like I said, I freakin’ love San Diego. This gem of a place is so special and I want to share some of my favorite parts with you. There’s so much to do in San Diego before and after your wedding day! If you’re not local, this section is tailored just for you! And if you are and you think I’ve missed a must-have, tell me and I’ll update this ASAP!
Torrey Pines State Park
This is a go-to must while in San Diego! It’s a pretty easy hike, about 1-2 miles depending on the trail you choose. This is right next to the ocean, so you’ve got the sea as your big view.
Iron Mountain Trail
This one has some beautiful views but if you’re not great at hiking (like me), I’d recommend this to your guests who are. It’s about 6 miles and starts moderate but becomes difficult, depending on the different trails you choose. Definitely need to pack some extra water and sunscreen for this one!
Cedar Creek Falls to Devil’s Punchbowl
Okay, confession. I haven’t hiked this but have heard good and scary stories. It’s a hard one and ends in a punchbowl of a pool that is not too difficult to go down, but definitely a struggle to come back up. Yes — people have died trying this so I personally wouldn’t but it looks cool if you’re into that stuff lol!
YOU NEEEED to visit Balboa Park. It has a greenhouse area that is so beautiful and filled with plants. It’s a perfect spot for engagement pics 😉 if you really want to get the essence of SD. It has a Japanese Garden, an area with beautiful Spanish influence (colored floor tiles, etc). Some people even hold their weddings here!!
Another must go-to place is Downtown and the Gaslamp. It is the cleanest Downtown area I have ever been to! And if you stroll, you’ll no doubt be able to walk into a few galleries. If you’re into art, this is a dream. I’ve wandered into a Dr. Seuss exhibit, among others and every one I’ve been to is amazing and so interesting. I could spend hours there.
If you like the night scene, you gotta checkout Prohibition Lounge and Noble Experiment, I’ve heard some awesome things about them! I don’t drink but they look freakin cool, my friends recommended them to me before realizing I don’t. ANYWAY I can’t really give you some first-hand knowledge so maybe I’ll stop recommending bars. Look’em and see if you’d like’em?
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood Restaurant will forever be the first on this San Diego Food List. You’re on the sunny coast, each city include the name ‘beach’ or ‘ocean’ ; the seafood is insane. Do not come to SD without trying this place out. Order the smoked fish tacos… and drool.
I LOVE sushi and haven’t found the best place… YET (it’s my mission). But, I was taken on a first date to the Sushi Diner because my date was a sweetheart and knew of my obsession. This spot is, so far, the best I’ve tried. And, it’s on this list because of the neat atmosphere of the restaurant. Bob Marley everywhere. I don’t know how Marley mixes with sushi, but it’s a cute combo and the sushi is pretty good!
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill has some raging reviews on Yelp (the holy grail that I use to get the best foods in my belly). I have yet to try this spot out but Yelpers are going nuts about it, so I suggest we jump on board!
Okay, here’s one that’s not seafood that is insanely delicious if you’re into Mediterranean foods. Shawarma Guys has everything you’d imagine when you think mediterranean. I grew up with this food at home and usually am not a fan of restaurants because I know what the real deal tastes like, BUT THIS PLACE IS GOOOOOOOD. Give it a try and let your salivary glands show you how much they truly thank you.
Last one, ’cause everyone love Pizza! Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen tells you everything you need to know in the title. It has vegan friendly options and is delicious as heck if you’re looking for something more casual, less sea-food and a comfort that only good pizza can bring! God, I love San Diego and its foods.