We had so much fun on our trip to San Diego, we can’t wait to go back! We wanted this vacation to relaxing so we spent a good portion of the vacation on the beach. But we also went on a few excursions to explore around the San Diego area.
When we arrived in San Diego, we went straight to our beach house at Mission Beach. We had pizza delivered and spent the evening unpacking and settling into our place.
We woke up late the next morning and spent the entire first day at the beach. We staggered beach time with a few excursions to the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Cove and exploring around the San Diego Harbor.
The highlight of our trip was taking short trips on the Lime Scooters that are spread throughout Mission Beach and La Jolla.
Where to Stay
Oceanfront Getaway in Mission Beach, California – If you’ve never rented a house on the beach, you’re missing out! We rented this specious 3 bedroom beach house through VRBO. The house featured it’s own private patio right on the boardwalk, a beautiful newly renovated kitchen and large bedrooms big enough for 2 pack and plays!
Where to Eat
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – One of our families favorite restaurants in California. This restaurant is a perfect fit for an evening spent together with your family. The restaurant is kid friendly, has a wide selection of hand crafted brews (including some handcrafted sodas for the little ones) and features a massive menu so everyone in your group is bound to find something they’ll enjoy!
Cheesy Express – This little spot is just 2 minutes off the boardwalk right by Belmont Park and offers a unique menu of grilled cheese dishes. The caramel apple melt was incredible!
The Beach House Grill – This restaurant is the perfect solution if you want to spend some time watching the waves, but don’t want to set up camp on the beach. The restaurant features light American style food & drinks, but offers a fun atmosphere. You can rent a cabana for your party and spend the afternoon relaxing with your toes in the sand while you enjoy your meal.
What to Do
The Beach – Mission Beach is our family’s favorite California Beach. The beach is long and wide with plenty of sand meaning beachgoers can really spread out and have plenty of space and privacy. The waves are usually pretty mellow for California too, making it a great beach spot for little ones.
What to Do
San Diego Zoo – The San Diego Zoo is a favorite among both locals and tourists. The zoo boasts a variety of animals – including their one of a kind panda exhibit and is a great experience for everyone in the family.
Cabrillo National Monument – If you’re in the San Diego area, the Cabrillo National Monument is definitely worth a visit. You’ll get stunning views of the Naval Base, the California Coast Line and you’ll be able to see some of the best Tide Pools in the state!
Sail Around the San Diego Harbor – There are plenty of places around the San Diego Bay where you can rent a charter for the afternoon. You can cruise around the harbor getting an up close view of all the historical sites, wildlife and a unique view of the cityscape.
Where to Eat
Cheesecake Factory – This restaurant is always a favorite of ours when we come to San Diego.
Bali Hai Restaurant – This restaurant is one of the only ones in the Harbor with a boat dock, making it the perfect stop for some lunch while sailing out in the Harbor. The restaurant has breathtaking views of the harbor, offers a kids menu and a wide selection of drinks!
What to Do
Ocean Front Walk – Mission Beach has a walkway that spans the entire stretch of the beach all the way up to La Jolla. Lime leaves scooters and bikes all along the city that you can rent right through their app and ride all the way up to La Jolla. There you can spend some time wandering around through the oceanfront neighborhoods, the downtown shops and along the coastline.
Windansea Beach – This La Jolla Cove beach is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. You can venture around the northern side of the beach and search for sea creatures in the tide pools, or you can make camp among the rocks and watch the surfers who frequently visit this area.