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A Girls Weekend in San Diego

A Girls Weekend in San Diego

A few weeks ago I went down to SD for a fun filled girls weekend. This is my third time visiting San Diego and everytime I've been it's a different experience. There are so many great things to do here and this is only a start of some of the great places to explore while there.

Balboa Park Balboa Park is filled with SOOO many things to do and I honestly wish I spent more time here. It's a gorgeous park filled with lots of museums, gorgeous gardens and even more beautiful architecture. One could actually spend at least half a day to a full day here exploring the gardens & museums.

Don’t miss the rose or cacti garden right next to each other. I let my cacti obsession drag me over to the cacti area.   

Don’t miss the Botanical Building filled with all the luscious green plants across from a pond and fountain. 

Most importantly, my favorite part of Balboa park was visiting the Spanish Village Art Center. I seriously thought I stepped into a Spanish Village it brought back so many memories of my visits to Spain as a kid. Its beautiful with the colorful tiles, flowers and unique artsy vibes. This village is filled with over 200 local artisans filled with so much passion and love for their work it was inspiring. From painters, jewelers to photographers all types of artists create the work and sell it here. 


 San Diego Zoo One of the best zoos in the world. 

 Old Town San Diego Super cute town filled with lots of classic Mexican restaurants, history and architecture. Worth spending a couple hours for some great Mexican food and maybe even some margaritas.  

Seaport Village Great view located at the end of downtown San Diego lots of cute shops and some good restaurants.   

Hotel Del Coronado One of the most iconic parts of San Diego is Hotel Del so you have to make sure you stop by. Looking for a fun evening stop grab a drink at the bar on the terrace overlooking the water while you admire the amazing sunset over the ocean. Don't forget to check out the cute stores and beautiful interior of the hotel.

Hotel del Coronado

If you’re feeling up to it also check out some amazing restaurants on Coronado island. 

Coffee Shops

The Ground Bean Bar Want some great coffee/tea and avocado toast grab your laptop or a friend and come enjoy some great food at this spot. 

Better Buzz Coffee Super cute coffee shop with an outside area with great coffee/ tea and snacks. 

Bing Haus Adorable and very instagram worthy with some amazing food and drink options.

Crown Point Coffee Super small with a nice little outside area serving great food and drinks. Perfect for anyone wanting to eat a little healthy. 

Restaurants & Bars

Queenstown Public House Located in downtown San Diego this restaurant is like walking into New Zealand! Great food and super cute! 


The MadBeet Looking for a healthy snack check out The Mad Beet in PB. Amazing Acai bowls, smoothies, juices and now wraps & salads. 

Barbusa This place was super busy so highly recommend you have a reservations. Especially since the food was great and the people were super friendly! Highly recommend the Melanzane Bruchetta, Busalacchi Caesar Salad and to be honest you can't go wrong with any of the pizza's or pastas. But I had the Carbonara con Piselli, it was delicious!

Whisknladle Head over to La Jolla for some great food and even better cocktails! If you're looking for a full meal or just some apps & cocktails to share with the girls this is a great place! 

Born & Raised This cute Great Gatsby looking bar and steak house is a great place to visit. I only went for a cocktail upstairs that overlooks part of downtown and it was gorgeous and the drinks were great as well.

 The Fish Shop PB Delicious tacos and coconut shrimp with a side of San Diego brewed beer on a gorgeous sunny day. 

Candelas on the Bay Delicious buffet bottomless brunch with a great view of downtown.

Wonderland Ocean Pub Delicious food (highly recommend fish & chips) with a great view of the ocean.  

Crushed Delicious food and a mimosa flight?! How can you not want to do a boozy brunch here!

La Jolla Comedy store pick a show and prepare to laugh your evening away.  


Lastly for those wanting some good beach time there are tons and tons of great spots!! Some of my fave.

  • Point Loma Beaches
  • Coronado Beach
  • La Jolla
  • Encinitas Beach
  • Mission Bay
  • La Jolla Reefs: great to see sealions and climb rocks. 

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