My boyfriend, Grant, and I recently spent four days in San Diego visiting my sister, Brooke, who moved out there last fall to start school at San Diego State University. The trip was intended as a graduation celebration for my boyfriend, who just completed his undergraduate degree, as well as an opportunity to see Brooke and explore her new home!
We arrived on Friday, and the first thing we did was walk around the campus and soak up the beautiful sunshine! After exploring for a bit, we headed into downtown San Diego to eat dinner at La Puerta, a hip Mexican spot that was open and airy. They had the most incredible guacamole!
After dinner, we walked around downtown for a while and then headed into Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping complex with a lot of unique shops. It has a lot of cute, touristy attractions like a gourmet fudge shop, an interesting store full of socks, and stands offering handmade jewelry and other knick knacks. My favorite part, though, was the view. After looking around a bit, we stopped by Ben and Jerry’s and each got a scoop of ice cream to enjoy by the bay.
On Saturday, we started the day off with a couple-mile hike at Torrey Pines. It was a bit overcast but otherwise perfect hiking weather. The view of the ocean was incredible, and the path had tons of overlooks where we could stop and take pictures.
After hiking, we drove to La Jolla, an affluent neighborhood in San Diego known for its beautiful coastline. While there are many things to do in La Jolla, from snorkeling and surfing to shopping and dining, my personal favorite was walking along the shore and watching the sea lions. They hang out on the cliffs in the sun, and it was really cool to explore the beach cove and watch them interact with one another.
We spent a couple of hours outdoor in La Jolla and had lunch while we were there before heading back to the San Diego State campus. My boyfriend and I spent some time hammocking by the turtle pond on campus while my sister hung out back at her apartment. It was a good chance to rest up and enjoy the peace and quiet after a busy day.
That night, we went to Sunset Cliffs, a gorgeous spot to watch the sunset. This was my favorite memory from the trip; it was so peaceful listening to the waves crash along the cliffs while the sun dipped below the horizon.
Sunday started with a bike ride on Coronado Island, a famous resort city across the San Diego Bay. We rented cruiser bikes for a couple of hours, and it was such a fun way to make our way around! While I wish we could have toured the historic Hotel Del Coronado, the tour was fully booked that day. We did, however, enjoy a nice lunch and a relaxing stroll on the beach.
Later that day, my boyfriend and I went to check out Fashion Valley Mall while my sister got ready for her gymnastics meet that would take place that night. The mall was really cool because it was outdoors and had a lot of upscale stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton—places I don’t normally get to see. My boyfriend and I aren’t really big shoppers, though; the only place we bought anything from was at the candy shop, where we indulged in chocolate caramels and peanut butter fudge. We then headed to the gym my sister was competing at to watch her perform on a couple of events. It was really cool to see a bunch of adults having so much fun doing the sport that they love.
After the meet, we all hit up Trujillo’s Taco Shop, a little Mexican joint on campus that my sister adores. She got their most popular Phi Psi burrito, which has steak and french fries in it, while I got a combination of a few different things to try: a cheese enchilada, a veggie taco, and some Mexican rice. It was good, but my favorite meal of the trip was definitely the tacos at La Puerta!
Monday was our last day in San Diego, and we took advantage of our last morning in town by going back to La Jolla for brunch. We hit up a rooftop cafe called Trilogy Sanctuary that offers aerial yoga classes and serves up epic smoothie bowls. I got the chocoholic bowl, of course, which had açai, cacao, peanut butter, bananas, and granola.
Overall, it was a fantastic trip filled with lots of activities. I’m so happy I got to visit my sister and see her in her element. If you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend a visit to San Diego!