The Mann was just offered a project in San Diego and Napa and J had jetBlue points to burn so we’re going back to California for a super-quick visit. It was cheaper to rent a car and drive rather than renting cars in both cities and flying in between so … ROADTRIP! We spent a couple of days in San Diego a few years ago (more on that below) so this time we’re hitting Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Napa and San Francisco. In 4 days! Stay tuned to see that how turns out but for now, let’s take it back to 2014 and our San Diego to Las Vegas trip via Joshua Tree and the Mojave. Enjoy!
Every year, the punks of America, nay, the WORLD, come together in Las Vegas for three days of music, bowling and debauchery. In 2014, we were there. And since we’re efficient travelers, we decided to extend the trip and spend some time out in the desert while we were on the other side of the country. We flew into San Diego, rented a convertible and headed to OB for much anticipated fish tacos at South Beach Bar & Grill. We had been hearing about these fish tacos for months from a couple of friends who had lived in San Diego and they were, indeed, delicious. South Beach B&G has a great selection of beers to go with them, so our vacation was off to a great start.
This was the last week of May, so the weather on the coast was gloomy, not what we expected, but it made for comfortable exploring: not too hot, not too sunny. We checked out the surf shops around the restaurant and then headed over to the pier to watch the ocean.
Next stop was Dog Beach. It’s the first off-leash beach in the US. There was doggy-bliss everywhere and we wished our pups could have been with us.
While we weren’t there for sunset, we did swing by Sunset Cliffs. They are gorgeous, spectacular, breath-taking, so awesome that you want to cry for the joy of being alive and experiencing such natural beauty.
OB (Ocean Beach) is a small community with a local feel. Not touristy at all. We loved it but decided to stay in nearby Pacific Beach at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel. The hotel was clean, modern, comfortable and reasonably priced. The hotel was under renovation while we were there and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful amongst all the commotion. We dropped off our stuff and headed out to walk the boardwalk, look for surfers and explore the area. It reminded us a lot of Venice Beach in LA, but calmer and quieter. We found a liquor store, grabbed a bottle of wine and headed back to the hotel to sit on our balcony and watch the sun set.
We had a great dinner at World Famous which is just across the street. The next day we got up early and popped down to Woody’s Breakfast and Burgers for breakfast burritos on the beach… is there a better way to start the day? They have a bar that faces the beach and a great little lounge area with cushions and pillows where you can cozy up with some tea.
We were excited to start our road trip but we couldn’t leave San Diego without stopping in La Jolla to see the seals. It’s so tough to explain this experience… there is a sea of seals… a solid mass of spooning, squiggly, sunning seals. Some slither into the ocean, some just cuddle, it is mesmerizing. And stinky (tons of guano on the jetty overlooking the beach).
We hung out there for a while and then headed over to a less populated area for a quick photoshoot.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve been taking more and more road trips and, therefore, being drive-by tourists: spending only a day or two in a single spot. We could have stayed in San Diego for a week and explored so much more, but we’re very pleased with the stops we chose.
Next up… into the desert!