A lot can happen in 24 hours, and 24 hours in San Diego is a must for everyone. I just got back from celebrating a week long of birthday festivities with my bestie Diana (@tr3asur35) in California, and exploring San Diego was one of my top trip highlights from the many adventures we did!
A Little History
San Diego is California’s second largest city, and considered to have the 8th largest countywide population of 3 million, in the United States! San Diego is heavily influenced by Mexican and American Cultures due to the fact that it is closely located to the Mexican Border. Plus, to have some peace of mind, San Diego is one of the larger cities in the country with a crime rate of 15% lower than the national average. With that being said, lets see where San Diego led me.
Kayaking in La Jolla
Once Diana and I arrived in San Diego, we headed to the upscale ocean front community of La Jolla. La Jolla sits on a rocky headland overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On the Airbnb website, I booked us a “Kayak in La Jolla” experience for only $25, for an hour and a half. This has to be by far one of my favorite water activities. We met up with the rest of the group at the store “Everyday California” where we got life jackets and helmets for our safety.
We then began our small walk to the water where we got a quick lesson on how to properly use our paddles for kayaking. Once in the water, our guide shared tons of knowledge on San Diego, La Jolla, the ecosystems in Cali, and even told us about some famous people that use to live there, like Dr. Seuss! At one moment we kayaked so close to the caves, we got to see a sea lion pop his head up and look at us then swam away. Due to the water conditions, we weren’t able to go into the caves, but all in all we still had a BLAST! Thank you, Chris, (our instructor) & Everyday California!
After all of the kayaking fun, we headed back to the hotel to shower and get dressed for dinner. We headed into the oldest & most iconic areas of San Diego, Little Italy. Its origins began as a fishing community for Italian Immigrants. After talking to a local about where to have dinner, we ended up at Buon Appetito Restaurant. Buon Appetito opened its doors in June 2003 and there walls they have local artists work hung up and are changed out quarterly.
We started the night with a glass of Centorri White Wine. For the antipasta aka appetizer, we tried Arancini which are large crispy fried risotto balls stuffed with meat ragu and fontina cheese. They were melt in your mouth delicious! My bestie then ordered the “Farfalle con Pollo Affemiento“, which is a smoked chicken breast with sundried tomatoes and mushrooms in a white wine cream sauce.
For myself, I ordered Gmocchi ai QuartoFormaggi. This is a homemade potato dumpling served in a four-cheese sauce with green peas and topped with a crispy Prosciutto. When I say legit, I mean LEGIT. This had to be one of the best Italian dishes I have ever had! You can taste the freshness in every bite!
At this point we had absolutely no room for dessert, so to calm our full belies, we walked the streets of Little Italy, took pictures, had some heart to heart conversations, and made more awesome memories to look back on.
Harbor View – Downtown
After walking a few blocks, we came in contact with the neighborhood of Harborview in downtown San Diego. It has a picturesque walking trail by the water where you can see all types of boats, yachts, ferries, and even planes taking off and landing at the nearby San Diego International Airport. After some picture taking, people watching, and soaking up all the beautiful scenery, it was time for the sun to set. We found a bench and watched the sky do its magic. This sunset was absolutely astonishingly gorgeous.
Everybody please go take a quick getaway trip to San Diego, live it up, relax, and take in all of its beauty!!