(Closed) So excited for San Diego!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

This has nothing to do with your question. Eat at Searsucker restaurant in Gaslamp. It’s owned by one of the guys from Top Chef totally yummy.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Also nothing to do with your question- but don’t lay out on a rooftop pool, lay out at the beach!!!  In my opinion, La Jolla Shores is the nicest beach in San Diego (though Del Mar and Torrey Pines, not to mention Coronado are nice too).  Go snorkeling- rent the snorkel equipment at la jolla cove and go explring. It’s an underwater marine preserve, and there’s TONS of fish there.  If you secretly feed them frozen peas (which you’re not supposed to do, but I grew up doing it and so have many locals), they will swarm all around you and you’ll get to be up close and personal.  Also, if you’ve never been, try the zoo, wild animal park (now called safari park) and seaworld… they’re fun.  And DO be sure to visit Julian- it’s up in the mountains, quiant little mountain town with the best apple pie of your life (go to miner’s diner).

 

I LOVE san diego… born and raised.  We’re doing our wedding and minimoon there before we (hopefully) do a cruise this October.

PS If you like sushi, Ra downtown is awesome.  And the Shout House is a great place to go for a fun night out. =)

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@LadyCheri: Ok so the safari park is drive thru and it’s kind of a long ride from the gaslamp area and it’s like 90 degrees in that area as oppossed the the beautiful 70’s weather in the area that you are staying. I preferred the zoo hands down.  If you guys like wine, you may want to think about heading to Temecula (sp?) and doing some wine tours. We did that the last time we were there and we loved it.

You have to eat breakfast at Hash House A GoGo. It’s been featured on tons of tv shows surrounding food (man vs. food), and it’s super cheap and super yummy, and the portions are huge.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Ayslinn87: I agree with everything you said!  We just moved back east after several years in San Diego and your post makes me miss it even more than I alreayd do!

OP – The Gaslamp is downtown San Diego.  Coronado is maybe 15 mins by car, about $20 by cab and their beaches are very nice.  La Jolla is a bit further away (not sure how much in a cab) but completely beautiful.  As PP mentioned, you can go snorkling and see tons of wild life, fish, sea turtles, leopard sharks (totally harmless) and even sea lions!!  Amazing!!  You can also hike in the Torrey Pines park which overlooks La Jolla.

Wine tasting in Temecula is awesome.  That’s about 70 miles north of downtown San Diego.  We LOVE Wilson Creek Winery (http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/).  I’m having several bottles of their almond champagne shipped to us for our wedding!!

If you and your Fiance like beer, go to The Yard House.  It’s in the Gaslamp and has over 100 beers on tab.  You can get samples for $1 and try out so many new items.  FYI, many things are 1/2 off there after 9 or 10pm.

I agree on the above about Hash House.  But be prepared to wait.  An hour or more for a table isn’t unusual no matter the time of day.

We do love the zoo, but really love the Safari Park.  It’s a bit of a drive and definitely hot, but that’s the point.  It’s set up to resemble Africa and parts of Asia, where the animals are used to the hot weather.  It’s far more amazing to us to see the animals running around playing, rather than in the smaller enclosures at the zoo.  Last time we went we were able to see a male rhino courting a female.  Watching them run around was too funny and not something you would observe at any regular zoo.

Ahh, there are soooo many other things I could recommend.  I’d say take a couple days to just lay on the beach and relax, and then take another few days to really get out and explore the area.  It’s the most amazing place!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LadyCheri: There is a trolley system you can use which is fairly simple to figure out (http://www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp) but it’s fairly limited on where it goes.  To see most of the places we’ve discussed, I’d rent a car.  If you were going to do a few days on the beach, I’d bundle up the days when you want to go exploring and only rent the car for that paritcular day.  

Also, $60 a day is nuts.  I’m sure there are parking garages and open lots which are MUCH cheaper than that!  (I can think of a few downtown that maybe $20 per 24 hour period).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@vabride2011: OMG Darling Husband and I are obsessed with their almond champagne. We live in CT and you can’t get it here!!!!!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@LadyCheri: You don’t need to rent a car for the whole time. 2 blocks outside of gaslamp is an Enterprise rent-a-car. On the days that we wanted a car we just called the night before and they delivered it to the hotel. So we only had it a couple of days and that saved us some money. Plus, most of the hotels in gaslamp will actually store enterprises car for you over night and not charge you the valet fee 🙂 You just have to tell them that you want it picked up that night.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LadyCheri:  The bus system in San Diego sucks.  Actually, the entire public transit system sucks.  Yes, there is a trolley but it doesn’t take you anywhere touristy- just out to east county and back or down by the border.  Definitely rent a car- especially since you would NOT want to pay the money to have a cab take you up to Julian and back!

Also, I have to disagree with PP and say that the safari park is better than the zoo (although you’ll find this is a matter of debate!), and also not drive through!  You park, you pay for your ticket, you go into the park… and they have the standard zoo-type exhibits but they also have this big wide open area with all of their african safari animals (giraffes, rhinos, etc) running free basically (predators are in separate areas) and you can pay a small fee to go around it on a tram or pay a bigger fee and they’ll take you right through the middle of it.  It’s way. freakin. cool.

As far as snorkeling in La Jolla goes- you can rent your snorkeling gear from  anywhere near the cove, although they don’t actually sell it on site.  When you drive to the Cove (which by the way is only 5 minutes from La Jolla shores, although La Jolla shores is a great beach for laying out, boogie boarding, etc whereas the cove is much better for snorkeling), and you head down the hill (you’ll see what I mean when you get there) there’s a little dive shop on your right hand side… they should rent snorkel equipment to you for the cove.

Also, at La Jolla Shores, you can rent boogie boards on site for some beach fun and surf boards too I believe- you can even buy lessons. And the reason I recommend LJS over Coronado is that Coronado, in my opinion, is more otu of the way and has waaaaaay too much sand before you hit the beach! Very wide beach, and also no grass. LJS has grassy picnic areas, nice restroom facilities, soft sand, and nice water… plus it’s super close to the Cove for snorkeling (oh, and down the street from the Cove is the Children’s pool- walk down there to see the local colony of sea lions.  There’s a sea wall you can walk out on and on one side of you, the waves are crashing and on the other side, it’s a calm cove and you can see the sea lions pretty clearly. Really cool.)
 

Also, FWIW, I second the yardhouse- delicious!!!!  And also, try Baja Betty’s for a good night out (in the hillcrest area 5 min from downtown) or Urban Moe’s- both great places (they’re in the gay district of San Diego, but they’re both really really good and worth checking out).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@mwitter80:You might be able to order the almond champagne through their website.  I think there are a couple states they can’t export to, but most of them you can!  Soooo good!!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@vabride2011: CT one of the one’s they can’t ship too. Trust me I’ve checked LOL. I still have a bottle left though. LOL

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