If pursuing the sun was a hobby, it would be mine. California is the best place to find sun almost 365 days of the year. We always try to visit family there once a year and it will always hold a special place in my heart. This year, we visited San Diego and all I can say is that I just love California just a little bit more than before. There’s also a ton of things to see and do in San Diego so I rounded up the locations we visited while we were there to give you ideas if you are heading that way!
Day 1 -We flew into San Diego from Edmonton as we were staying over one of my cousins place. We stayed in San Diego for most of the first day, but actually drove into LA which is around a 3 hour drive to visit more family. My grandparents and Uncle on my mom’s side of the family live there so we thought we would stop by to surprise them.
Day 2 – LEGOLAND – If you guys have never heard of Legoland, it’s a must for kids ages 2-12. This place is an ultimate little playground that’s themed around colourful LEGO bricks. If your little one is not a hardcore LEGO devotee, you will still love it because there are so many fun things to do with kids! To make most of your time, here are just a few tips I will mention! Buy your tickets in advance and choose the time of the year when to go. It was perfect for us because all the kids were back to school so there were hardly any line ups for the rides. If you do go on a busy time, do consider the Reserve ‘n’ Ride to skip the lines. Your kids will love this place! Needless to say, Gabe had so much fun and enjoyed every single ride. His favourite one was the rollercoaster!
Day 3 – LA JOLLA – (pronounced as la Hoya LOL ) – This place was my personal favourite as I love being around the beach. Just the overall vibes is enough to keep me from leaving this place. If we spent the whole entire week here, I wouldn’t be mad. There are so many things you can do here and wish we stayed there a few days longer. We didn’t get to do all, but here are some of the things you can do there!
Snorkel in the Cove – you can swim in crystal blue waters with some fish! This was another one that I had wanted to add to our itinerary but I had Gabe at the time and wouldn’t be able to go with a toddler.
Seals at the Children’s Pool – Quick fact, This was originally made for children back in the 90s but over the years, the seals took over the cove. This place literally took my breathe away. I can’t even to put into words.
Downtown – This area on its own would take an entire day to visit. Every single corner of this place is literally instagram heaven. There’s not a shortage of tropical plants and cute pink walls.
Sunny Jim Sea Cave – It’s the only La Jolla cave that is accessible by land via tunnel leading down from the historical landmark, the Cave Store. We never had a chance to visit this area but locals were telling us this is a must!
Day 4 – San Diego Zoo – Buy tickets in advance, bring your own food and snacks, go on a day when it’s not super busy. Take the Kangaroo Bus and take a guided tour because this Zoo is HUGE.
The Liberty Public Market is very similar to the Seattle Market. It’s a bit smaller but the food and drinks are bomb. We spent time with family there for our last night and it was so much fun! Gabriel met some of his second cousins and just loved watching him bond with them.
We were only there for 5 days so we had to make sure that we had some sort of itinerary and not wasting any minute. I hope this helps some of you planning a trip to San Diego and around the area!