My lovely sis-in-law Beth and I recently returned from Southern California, a trip that we hope to make an annual tradition. When we started planning this getaway, we knew we wanted sun, sand, and a place we could explore. Southern California seemed to check all those boxes and so many more! We started our trip off with two nights in San Diego and ended our trip two hours east in the mountains and desert. Since each day was so memorable and completely different, I have broken this post into a few parts.
Day 1: San Diego (aka San Di-yay-go)
Our first meal of the trip was definitely memorable. The portion sizes were MASSIVE — and I live in Texas! At the end of brunch, we decided we’d definitely return to Hash House A Go Go, but we’d order one plate to share.
We continued our day at the San Diego Zoo. We started with the double-decker bus tour (a total must-do!!!) and then spent the next few hours wandering around the park.
The double-decker bus tour and the gondola are both included in your full day park pass — so make sure to partake! After the zoo we were starved and we decided happy hour and oysters were exactly what we needed. We drove to the popular Gas Lamp Quarter and after asking a few locals for recommendations, we ended up at Lou & Mickey’s. $1 oyster happy hour anybody?!
We ordered 55 oysters and over 3 dozen other assorted seafood pieces off the killer Happy Hour Menu. Seriously, no judgement please. We had a fabulous experience and I can not say enough great things about our server!
After dinner, we headed back to our Airbnb that had an enormous deck from which the Sea World fireworks were visible. While watching the fireworks, we saw bonfires burning across the bay and being fans of the show The O.C., we had to go check it out. What we found was Fiesta Island — an island with permanent fire pits, long stretches of beach and gentle waves. Pure bliss! Tip: firewood is not provided for you, make sure to bring something to sit/lay on, and BYOB!