San Diego Family Vacation

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San Diego is a perfect family vacation. The weather is the best in the country, the beaches are great, the people are friendly, it is easy to get around and tons to do for kids of all ages.

Here are my travel tips and recommendations for a great family vacation in San Diego.

Where to go:

San Diego

La Jolla 

When to go:

Anytime of the year but I recommend going in October for some of the best weather and no crowds.

How long to go:

A week

Where to stay in San Diego:

Mission Bay Near Seaworld

Recommended: Stay at The Dana on Mission Bay. Request a Water’s Edge Room for extra space and wonderful view of the bay.

The rooms in the older building, poolside have a nice patio and easy access to the pool. Free shuttle to Seaworld and close enough to even walk there (15 minutes).

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Bahia Resort Hotel

  

Pacific Beach Area

Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages is very unique since all of the cottages are on the Pacific Beach Pier. The views are amazing and you could not be any closer to the beach plus you have your own kitchen.  Must stay here at least once! 

Best Western Plus Blue Sea Lodge 

Pacific Terrace Hotel 

 

La Jolla

The Lodge of Torrey Pines 

San Diego Marriott La Jolla 

 

Or check out a condo or house rental through VRBO or VacationRentals.com

 

Things to do in San Diego:

San Diego Zoo – start your day off with the guided bus tour to see 70% of the zoo in 35 minutes. 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park 

Seaworld – highly recommend the Breakfast with Shamu, perfect way to start your day and up close view of the whales and the breakfast is very good, nice variety.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park 

Catch a ballgame at Petco Park 

Visit the USS Midway Museum and step onto a real naval aircraft carrier 

Balboa Park 

Mission Beach and Belmont Park is a very busy, fun place. Lots of restaurants, shops, people watching and even rides.  

Old Town is filled with history. Fun place to explore.

Gaslamp Quarter for dinner otherwise more for adults after dark. 

Pacific Beach or PB as they call it is great for sunsets, shopping and biking along the boardwalk. Very beautiful beach. 

 

Things to do in La Jolla:

Shell Beach Tide Pools 

Children’s Pool Beach is very scenic and home to hundreds of seals. It is also open to the public to swim. 

La Jolla Caves for access into the cave. You can rent snorkel gear during the summer months.

La Jolla Cove for the real life zoo. You can see dolphins, sea lions, seals and sharks. There is a strong smell but this is the natural smell of sea animals and birds. For a real up close adventure, try the kayak tour.  

 

Family Friendly Restaurants:

San Diego is full of family friendly restaurants so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one but here are some of the top, more unique options to check out:

Corvette Diner – fun waitstaff, an arcade, rock & roll, burger and shakes. Of course your kids will love it.

El Indio – Birthplace of the taquito and great authentic Mexican food.

Station Tavern – it may be a bar but there is an outdoor playground for the kids to play at while you enjoy a burger at the picnic benches.

In-N-Out Burger – you can’t enjoy these burgers everywhere.

Mamma Mia – In Pacific Beach, great Italian food.

Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop or Heavenly Cupcake in the Gaslamp Quarter for a sweet treat.

 

Enjoy your family vacation to San Diego! Contact me for any help planning your trip.

 

   

Los Angeles Weekend Trip

Los Angeles

Looking for a great couples long weekend trip?

Los Angeles is a perfect weekend getaway for you and your partner! You can find it all here:  great beaches, restaurants, cities, attractions, outdoor fun, glitz and glamour. You name it, you can find it!

Where to go:

Los Angeles, California

Beach Cities

Hollywood

When to go:

Summer, Fall

How long to stay:

4-5 days is perfect for a quick trip with no kids

Where to stay:

In Venice Beach

The Inn at Marina del Rey

Hotel Erwin

Venice Beach Suites

 

In Santa Monica

High End Options

Shore Hotel 

Viceroy Santa Monica

Moderate Options

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The Georgian Hotel

Budget Friendly Options

Travelodge Santa Monica

 

In Hollywood for one of the touristy spots in LA but close to everything

High End Options

Loew’s

Roosevelt Hotel

Moderate Options

Holiday Inn Express

Hilton Garden Inn

Budget Friendly Options

Best Western Hollywood – motel style but great location and you can’t beat the price

 

Other options to stay for a romantic vacation for two:

In Manhattan Beach

Hotel Belamar

Sea View Inn at the Beach – free bike rentals included

 

On Catalina Island 

The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island for a small boutique hotel

Hotel Vista Del Mar

Pavilion Hotel

 

What to do in and around Los Angeles:

In Malibu

Paradise Cove for lunch and stay for the great beach club $30 a day for parking for beach $6 for lunch

Hike in Solstice Canyon – amazing views of the Pacific Ocean

Drive the Malibu Coast on Highway 1 – make a day of it and enjoy a whole new view of California

 

In Hollywood

Eat in Thai Town – try Vim Thai Restaurant, make sure to order the Thai Ice Tea.

Shop at the Farmers Market and The Grove , located south of Hollywood Blvd and east of Beverly Hills. There are lots of food stands to choose from in the Farmers Market and so many shops at The Grove outdoor shopping area.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive , enjoy window shopping among some of the most exclusive and expensive stores in the world. 

Catch the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour to see some famous landmarks and homes. 

Sunset Strip for nightclubs and sidewalks full of party people.

Griffith Observatory 

Hollywood Sign Hike in Griffith Park.

See music at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park or the Hollywood Bowl .

Shopping at the Hollywood & Highland Center .

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – see the handprints of the stars.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

In Nearby Beach Cities

Venice Beach where you will find out that anything goes here so don’t be alarmed in the sights you will see. 

Eat at The Sidewalk Cafe for the best people watching and great fish tacos.

Ride bikes along the boardwalk or learn how to surf (or watch the surfers).

Walk along the wide open beaches.

Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park is fun to take a ride on the ferris wheel and share a funnel cake.

Santa Monica beach is very beautiful. 

Take a sunset walk through Palisades Park .

Third Street Promenade is a fun street to walk down and enjoy the shops and cafes. 

Ride bikes along the South Bay Bicycle Trail .

Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains.

 

Enjoy your Weekend Trip to Los Angeles! 

 

 

Girl Getaways in Florida

Sunset on Madeira Beach

Girl Getaways in Florida

Tampa, Florida is perfect for girl getaways in Florida. Grab your girlfriends and start planning your vacation.

You will enjoy the sunshine almost year-round, beautiful sandy beaches, delicious restaurants, fun nightlife and lot of shopping in the St Petes Beach, Redington Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira and Treasure Island areas near Tampa, Florida.

Here are my travel tips and recommendations:

When to go:

Fall, Winter or Spring

Where to go:

St Petes Beach, Redington Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira, Treasure Island

How long to go:

Weekend getaways to 7 days

 

Recommendations on where to stay:

If you stay in Indian Shores try the Sun Burst Inn

If you are staying in Treasure Island try South Beach Condo/Hotel

Or Surf Beach Resort – Condos with full kitchens

If you are staying in Madeira Beach = Beachfront Hotel at Barefoot Beach Resort at Madeira Beach

If you are staying in Saint Pete Beach = Plaza Beach Hotel

Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort

TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort

Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel

If you are staying in Redington Beach = Doubletree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay/North Redington Beach

Or try VRBO or Vacation Rentals for more options!

Don’t forget to check the reviews on Trip Advisor!

 

 

 

Top things to do during your girl getaways in Florida:

EATING

Restaurants: Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores

Red Mesa Cantina in St Petersburg

Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar in St Pete Beach

Walt’s Fish Shak in Medeira Beach

The Pearl in Treasure Island

 

PLAYING

Saint Pete Beach

Lemon Tree Spa

Water Monkey Stand Up Paddle Boarding

The Undertow for fun nightlife

Dolphin watch cruises

Snorkeling trips

The Pier

Fort De Soto Park

Florida Botanical Gardens

Starlite Princess Dinner Cruise

Salvador Dali Museum

Dance clubs in Clearwater

 

SHOPPING

Shopping at International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa

Corey Avenue in St Pete Beach

 

Enjoy your girl getaways to Florida!

Contact me for any help planning your next weekend getaways to Tampa, Florida or any vacations in Florida!