A few weeks ago I went to San Diego with all of my best friends to celebrate a Bachelorette party. My brothers went to college in San Diego and I used to love visiting them. And the bride also lived there for a while and I had so much fun visiting her. It was fun to go back and spend a weekend away with my favorite ladies! Plus we’ve decided to make more regular girls trips. We’re already planning our next trip!
Where to stay:
I’m a big fan of staying at Marriott hotels, they’re great quality and they have an excellent loyalty program. Stay close to all the downtown action at the Marriott in the Gaslamp District and grab a drink at the rooftop bar (makes for great pictures)! Or stay at the Marriott Marquis & Marina with the beautiful outdoor pools and views of the harbor and the bay! Another beautiful option is staying at the Coronado Island Resort & Spa!
Another beautiful hotel to stay at in San Diego is the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. With views of the water and it’s luxurious amenities, the Sheraton is a great choice!
We stayed at this AirBNB, it’s perfect for a large group and is conveniently located steps away from Petco Park and only a short walk to the Gaslamp District! The bathroom looked like something you’d see at a spa! There’s a pool table and an outside patio area to hang out. And our host was very responsive and helpful! Highly recommend this place, and definitely plan to come here again!
What to Do:
Definitely head to Seaport Village during your stay in San Diego. It’s a great place to walk around and do some souvenir shopping. See my blog post here about Sinfulicious Bodycare, located in Seaport Village!
Flagship Cruises & Events offers a variety of dinner, sightseeing, and whale watching cruises. Enjoy some food, cocktails, and some of the best sights of San Diego from the water! Hornblower is another option for a dinner or cocktail cruise!
Tip: Purchase tickets on Groupon (San Diego dinner cruises linked here) to save money!
Play in the Bay
One of the best things to do in San Diego is relax on one of the many beaches. Grab a book (see my post here about the ultimate list of books to read this summer) and head to the beach to relax, go surfing or play beach volleyball.
A great way to explore this beautiful city is to rent a bike and ride around San Diego, going to popular beaches and historic areas or take a bike tour with Bike and Kayak Tours.
If you’re a baseball fan, head to Petco Park and catch a game! If you’re into stadium tours, or you’re just trying to see your favorite team play at every stadium, Petco Park is a beautiful place to watch a game.
Another great way to get on the water and have a fun trip is to head to La Jolla Kayak to take a guided kayaking, snorkeling, bike, or whale watching tour.
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum
Add some history to your vacation by taking a self guided tour narrated by sailors at the USS Midway Museum. Explore life at sea aboard one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers.
Tip: You save $2/ticket if you purchase online (prices/purchase link can be found here)
It was a little too cool this trip, but when I was younger I took surf lessons through Surf Diva. They offer camps and private lessons and they have everything you will need to go surfing!
Another must visit place when in San Diego, Sea World is sure to be a fun filled day for the whole family. One of my favorite memories growing up is getting to swim with the dolphins, where I got to go behind the scenes and help with daily training and animal care activities.
Where to Eat
Duke’s La Jolla
Head to Duke’s La Jolla for beautiful views, tasty drinks, and delicious food!
Located in Little Italy, Davanti Enoteca is an Italian restaurant with 4 stars on Yelp and over 1,300 reviews! The food is delicious, the service is quick, and the restaurant has a great, lively atmosphere.
San Diego Pier Cafe
Located in Seaport Village, we decided to grab lunch at the Pier Cafe the morning we left. Best idea ever! The drinks were delicious and my sandwich (pictured above) was absolutely amazing.
Another highly rated Italian restaurant on Yelp, 4 stars with over 1,700 reviews. Also located in Little Italy, Buon Appetito offers great food and service.
No pictures from our night activities are being shared, it is a bachelorette party after all 🙂 But our favorite places that we went out to were the Coyote Ugly Bar and Moonshine Flats. But there are so many places to go, just walk around the Gaslamp District!
Have you been to San Diego before? What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re there?
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