Ahh San Diego. I don’t say this about many places I visit, so I was totally shocked when I came to this quaint beach town and said “Wow, I’d live here.” San Diego is probably one of the most prominent California cities to visit, especially if you’re from the East Coast like me. I’ve lived in CA for the past 3 years and it’s one of the coolest, most down-to-earth places in the entire state – right up there with Lake Tahoe 🙂 – and I felt right at home when I went.
What made it feel like home was the fact that it actually reminds me of Long Island! I lived on Long Island for most of my life and valued the beaches growing up. Long Island is beautiful in the summer, with perfect beach weather and restaurants like Swell Taco that capture all the California vibes that came to life once I landed in San Diego. It was like my Long Island taste of CA exploded and went up several notches, so I instantly fell in love.
If you visit any California city, San Diego should be it. I’m basically obsessed with all the southern CA towns including Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Some of the most beautiful places on this entire earth with sunsets to die for.
You really can’t go wrong in San Diego, but here’s what I did and absolutely loved:
Stayed at an iconic resort
Being an event planner has endless perks but one of them is being able to stay at amazing places and hotels when planning offsite events! I had the pleasure of staying at the historic and iconic Hotel Del Coronado. The resort is located right on the beach and has oceanside views and balconies right from your room. What makes it so historic is the fact that it’s been up and running for over 130 years! Here’s 3 fun facts about Hotel Del:
- It’s one of the most famous hotels in the world as it was built in 1888 and the structure of the building remains the same. It resides in Coronado on the Pacific Ocean, directly across from the San Diego Bay.
- Famous celebrities have stayed here over the course of 130 years including royalty, 10 U.S. presidents, and Marilyn Monroe! They filmed the movie “Some Like it Hot” in 1958 featuring Marilyn Monroe right on the property.
- It’s haunted! A woman names Kate Morgan checked into the hotel in 1892 and committed suicide during her stay. Until this day, guests who stay in the room she stayed in, clam they can hear noises, sense temperature changes and some have even had sightings of Kate herself. Spooky! All about it.
found a taco shack
Nothing screams San Diego more than tacos and margaritas. It’s a must when you visit. Beach + Taco Shack serves up fresh tacos and rim-salted margaritas right on the beach which provides the most beautiful atmosphere. I sat outside here for 2 hours laughing and drinking margaritas with my friends and was just transplanted in beachside, surfer, taco Heaven. Seriously though, what is better than tacos and margaritas. It’s good for the soul!
My favorite part about visiting a place is just straight up exploring. I love walking around, looking at the buildings, the architecture, the paintings, the shops, the restaurants, and just frollicking along side the beach, with my toes in the water. It’s funny because I have such a hard time being present in real life; I’m always looking forward to the next thing, the next event, the next travel destination. When I travel, I’m able to actually be present. It brings me such joy that I’ve realized, that’s what ultimately keeps me centered. Exploring and seeing all there is out there.
Happy travels xx