Photos by Mary Cate Long
One of the biggest advantages of being a Pepperdine student is the variety of options for fun weekend getaways. Being nestled right in the LA area, there are dozens of destinations for day trips. But if you are really feeling the need to get out of the Malibubble for the weekend, try spending the weekend in San Diego.
San Diego is a treasure trove of good food and good times and only a two-to-three-hour road trip away.
A great first stop is Balboa Island on the way down the coast and near the heart of SD. Take the ferry right off of the coast of Newport Beach to arrive at this classy little island and explore the posh but quaint streets to enjoy shopping and a nice dinner.
Begin the next morning by heading farther down the coast to Sambazon in the Encinitas district. The acai bowls at this earthy juice bar give even SunLife a run for its money.
Consider ordering a bowl to-go to enjoy it paired with the beautiful sights and peaceful vibes of the nearby Self Realization Meditation Gardens.
Continue the trip by traveling down to the Torrey Pines State Reserve. This park includes moderate hikes that lead to dazzling views of the ocean. Look out for glimpses of bobcats and dolphins.
Next stop, La Jolla. This beautiful district is a fun place to explore and shop. Enjoy a chai latte from The Living Room Coffee House (this is a must) and don’t miss one of San Diego’s most beautiful views at the La Jolla Cave lookout. The waves crashing against the cliffside, the sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks and the mysterious sea caves hiding below make this an unforgettable spot.
An amazing start to the second full day of your trip would be to visit the Old Town district of San Diego. T
his historical area feels like stepping into the past of California. Learn about the culture and history of San Diego while enjoying a wide selection of authentic Mexican restaurants, such as Old Town Mexican Cafe.
If you are willing to backtrack a little bit, visit the Solana Beach Farmer’s Market on Cedros Ave. Open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, this market has a wide assortment of booths and stands selling all kinds of delicious and fresh products.
Now is a perfect time to check out the downtown heart of San Diego. From the renowned San Diego Zoo to SeaWorld, there is an abundance of interesting attractions. A particularly notable stop is the USS Midway Museum. This museum is located inside an actual aircraft carrier, where visitors are able to go inside and learn about the integral role that the Navy plays in San Diego culture.
For those looking for a pastime that is a little softer on your walking shoes, put on some flip-flops instead and hit the Coronado beaches. These beaches are beautiful and constantly rated as the top beach location in the San Diego area.
Whether heading back to the ‘Bu late Sunday night or early Monday morning, don’t miss out on the magic that is Better Buzz Coffee. This artsy little coffee shop will be beneficial for both your Instagram account and for your taste buds. I highly recommend the honey latte and avocado toast.
Overall, San Diego is a dazzling treat, both for the eyes and the tummy. With these tips, be sure to make the most of your weekend trip.
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