During the eight plus years that I’ve lived in Oregon, I’ve discovered many things about myself. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that I’m not a Pacific Northwest winter kind of a girl. At all. Sure, I’ve sucked it up as much as I could through the years, but the cold, dark and drizzly days just aren’t my cup of organic, Fair Trade, locally brewed, Swiss water processed decaf Joe.
Unfortunately, my resistance to this weather only get worse as the years go by. Fortunately, Southern California is just a couple of days away by car. Also fortunately, I was able to persuade my husband that it was time to plan an escape.
So plan we did and recently enjoyed the most scrumptious time be-bopping around San Diego for the month of February.
So much to see and do! Whether we were at the Zoo, Balboa Park, learning stand up paddleboarding, picking out vegan brownies at Stephanie’s in Ocean Beach, staring at the ocean or getting fresh groceries at Ocean Beach food coop, we were having a good time!
Although we’d visited San Diego before, this time we got a chance to really feel what it was like to be a San Diego resident. And it wasn’t too shabby! Here are 10 things I love about San Diego.
- It’s sunny; almost all of the time! Even when they say the sun isn’t going to shine, it does! In fact, some people I talked to said they wanted to visit Portland because they were tired of how sunny it was. Crazy!
- San Diego residents are super friendly. I can’t tell you how many times people saw us taking pictures and stopped to ask us if we wanted them to take a family shot. Best places to get cool shots include Old Town, Balboa Park and anywhere on the beach.
- It is also uber family friendly! There are so many parks and playgrounds and the eateries we visited were all kiddo-friendly too. We especially love Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park.
- San Diego is also extremely dog friendly. I’ve never seen so many dog owners congregated in one area.
- There are so many amazing vegan and gluten-free friendly eateries. Favorites include Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar, Snooze an A.M. Eatery, VegNOut, Ranchos Cocina, Stephanie’s Bakery, and Healthy Creations and 2Good2Be in Encinitas.
- The weather is conducive to outdoor exercise, year-round. Everywhere we went, people were walking, jogging or biking. Our favorite places to take a power stroll are Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park and Pacific Beach.
- Everything is close by. No matter where you are in San Diego or the surrounding areas, everything is quick to get to.
- There were so many cool neighborhoods and districts. Hillcrest, North Park, Old Town, downtown, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Coronado Island–you name it, each area had it’s own distinct vibe.
- The beaches! There’s a reason why San Diego is home to some of the most popular beaches in the world. My favorite aspect? The boardwalks!! My favorite beaches are Pacific Beach and Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
- The surrounding towns. Some of the best days of our workation were spent in other towns like La Jolla, Cardiff and Encinitas. Each of these coastal towns had its own cool factor and flavor.
Ocean Beach sunset, family yoga at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, a stroll along the coast in La Jolla and pink flamingos at the San Diego Zoo.
Our waitress, Ariel, gifted us with a gluten-free cinnamon roll pancake. It was the best pancake we have ever had!
We spent quality time with “Natural Awakenings” San Diego publisher, Elaine Russo; met a wolf dog named Journey; hung out at Bill Corkery’s audio production studio; meditated with my silly friend Jennifer at the renowned Self-realization Fellowship in Cardiff; got a whole new look thanks to Charlotte St. Amour, the owner of Salon Amour in Encinitas; and enjoyed some pizza with my dear friend Jill at a cool pizzeria in Pacific Beach.
We stayed at this cool, centrally located condo community, Pacific Isles near Point Loma, that apparently used to be a happening place for swinging singles in the 1960s.
Below is the view from our condo. The 1-bedroom unit we rented was nice, affordable and has great owners. For more details, visit VRBO.com/344925.
For more information on what to do, eat and see in San Diego, follow the links below to several articles I wrote for the RV site at BellaOnline.com.
Where to Eat in San Diego
RVing Point Loma and Ocean Beach
Family RV Trip to San Diego