Weekend Wanderlust: San Diego

By Shelby Nix

San Diego is sunny and 75 nearly every day, making the locale a perfect destination for a weekend getaway at any time. Located just two hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego is an ideal area to explore epic sunsets, enviable beach spots and endless outdoor activities. I recently spent a weekend in this beautiful place, and wanted to share a breakdown of my recommendations for a leisurely drive down the Coast! 

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10:00 AM: Carlsbad, in North County, is where I'd definitely suggest weekend warriors start their adventure on Pacific Coast Highway. Jump off the 5 Freeway South and take Carlsbad Village Drive to PCH. Carlsbad has a quaint city center with small juice shops and organic eats to fulfill any health nut's cravings! Grab a small bite at Naked Café to fuel your body and mind before the big day ahead.

11:00 AM: Enjoy the sunshine while eyeing the ocean views between Carlsbad, Leucadia and Encinitas. Hipster hotspot Coffee Coffee in Leucadia will satisfy all your kale and caffeine needs. The newly repainted wall mural on the side of the building is ideal for a quick Instagram photoshoot!

1:00 PM: La Jolla is a must-see for all San Diego visitors. In my opinion, the town is san Diego's Laguna Beach. Pack a picnic lunch and head down to the beach for a midday tan. Before you move onto your next coastal community, visit La Jolla's Salk Institute for the country's best architectural seascapes.

3:00 PM: As you venture down into Downtown San Diego, spend some time at Balboa Park. Experience the outdoor music, colorful pedicabs and Spanish architecture while stepping into the many museums that the park offers. The European ambiance makes for an entirely international afternoon.

6:00 PM: It's dinner time! Indulge at The Crack Shack in Little Italy. This upscale fried chicken counter is a place where you will break all of your healthy habits with #NoRegrets. The Coup Deville Sandwich with a side of their crispy french fries is heaven on Earth!

8:00 PM: If you're planning to make this an overnight trip, there is no better place to stay than the famous Hotel Del Coronado! After you check in, embark on a moonlit walk on the beach and reflect on your fabulous day down the Coast!

Comment below and let us know your favorite weekend getaway spot!