How much can we pack into one day?!
Fuelling up at all you can eat Manna BBQ, it was my first experience of Korean BBQ food. Our friends are big fans and picked a great selection of meats and other dishes, setting us up for the day.
I’m not sure you can visit San Diego and miss beautiful Mission Bay. At Mission Beach we strolled through Belmont Park entertainment area, watching surfers and body boarders in Wavehouse and smelling sweet funnel cake as we passed the rollercoaster rides and arcade games.
Blessed with blissful sunny weather (not even chilly winds) the conditions at the beach were perfect for water sports or lazing on the fine white sand. I think we saw the whole blue colour spectrum that day – bright mid-blue skies to seas varying from turquoise to deepest, darkest blue-black. Just gorgeous, especially when you take off your brown-tinted sunglasses!
Further along the coast at Ocean Beach, we walked the length of the fishing pier and stood taking in the great views of Ocean Beach and the surrounding Mission Bay and Beach area.
Driving via Coronado after dark, you could see the lights of Mexico twinkling in the distance just beyond the border. We drove into Coronado which is basically an island, past the well known Hotel del Coronado, and back over the iconic Coronado bridge. It looked very beautiful all lit up but I bet by day it’s even nicer!
After a quick dinner at Ciros Pizzeria and Beerhouse, we got to see San Diego’s weekend nightlife scene. Main Street was buzzing, heaving with people crowding the sidewalks. We avoided places with queues like Whisky Girl and chose some good alternatives in the Gaslamp Quarter where we could still hear each other speak!
Opposite Ciros was Wet Willies, which we just had to check out for the iced slush puppie style drinks! Super sweet, I loved the mango drink ‘fortified’ with rum!
After meeting out San Diegan hosts, we headed to an Irish bar playing 80/90s music, done out to look like it was from a different era. Then after drinks at Jolt’n Joe’s, a big bar with pool and ping long tables, the other bars began to shut so we headed to Area 51. An upstairs hookah club with funky old chairs, lounge seating, pumping music and a tangle of hookahs at the bar, everyone there was chilling out and winding down.
Our final stop before heading home in the early hours was a hookah lounge called Fumari. With so many flavours you’ll find it hard to choose, but try the white grape – you won’t be disappointed!