Checking Off Must See Spots in San Diego.

San Diego Sea

Truth be told, I’ve been to downtown San Diego and in the Coronado area in the past but, I’ve never really seen all of what this city has to offer until now. On this trip, I had time in my hands to dig deep and find what I desired to see that I’ve never done before. Oddly, this was the first time I made a list which I ended up checking off and completely completing.

La Jolla

When I arrived in San Diego, my first stop was La Jolla. I read about this cave being there and I wanted to see it. It turns out this cave was dugged up by 2 Chinese laborers hired by a painter name Gustauf Schultz back in the early 1900s. It is a small cave in my opinion with several steps that’ll take you to an opening overlooking the ocean at the end of the stairs. Is it worth it? Yes. Would I go again? No. I thought it was cool but, this is one of those one time experiences.

Entrance Fee: The cost to enter is $5 for adults, $3 for 3-17 years old & FREE for infants 2 or younger. The earlier you go the better as it can get quite crowded.

Parking: I parked in the neighborhood area a few blocks up the road from The Cave Store for FREE. Otherwise there are a few metered parking spots along the coast.

After the cave exploration, I walked along the coastline. It was a beautiful sunny day and there were people already in the water kayaking, snorkeling, doing stand up paddles and lining up at the rocks watching sea lions sunbathing. I joined the crowd and took a couple of shots. I made my way towards the shops a few minutes later and found it quite similar to Beverly Hills with its upscale shops and restaurants. I didn’t bother going in to any of the stores as I had other places in mind that I wanted to see but, La Jolla was definitely worth visiting.

Liberty Public Market

Around lunch time my stomach started complaining. I left La Jolla to grab some food at the Liberty Public Market, a market with hip eateries, craft vendors and specialty foods.

When I arrived, I made a loop to check out the different types of food and decided on empanadas from Paraña. I ordered 3 kinds of empanadas; 1 with cheese, 1 with beef & 1 with chicken. The beef won which I was not surprised at all as it was slow cooked for 24 hours. I probably could’ve eaten 5 of those easily, however, I wanted to try these steam buns from another vendor. Those were also good but, not as good as the empanadas.

Outside the market are various galleries. I walked around the quad area for a few minutes then decided it was time to head towards the hotel.

Parking: they have a free parking lot area and it is busy.

Seaport Village

After 20 minutes of driving from the public market, I arrived at Seaport Village around mid afternoon and the place was packed. Parking was difficult and found a metered parking spot across the street near some condos. I walked over to the main area of the village and immediately understood why so many people flocked here.

Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining area housed with galleries, shops and eateries. The view of the sea is the main draw of the crowd but, I think the best view is truly from the 40th floor at the Hyatt hotel. I didn’t eat here but, I did stay a few minutes for the view.

This area was compact with a few tables for eating and drinking. I can’t comment about the food and drinks because I didn’t stay long. However, it looked like a great place for happy hour. They also seem to get booked pretty quickly so, make sure to reserve (if possible) or come early right when they open the doors.

To be continued…

See my posts on Hotel Del Coronado, Visiting The Skyline & The Gaslamp District, viewing the best sunset at the Sunset Sea Cliffs and more.

Fun Times in Split, Croatia

streets of split, croatia

Oh Croatia! We definitely saved the best for last. I had way too much wine and way too much fun. Croatia in the summer is H – o – T. Literally and figuratively speaking here. C & I spent 3 days in Split, although we should’ve stayed there for a week. Croatia had so many things to do and see that we didn’t get a chance to see it all, unfortunately.

When we arrived, we were running on 3 hours of sleep as we pulled an all-nighter at the airport to make our 545am boarding time slot. The airport alone was an experience in itself. Did you know it’s a happening place between 4-6am? I was surprised of how many people were actually there at this time in the morning.

Anyway, C & I were such troopers. Who knew? As soon as we arrived in our airbnb apartment, we dropped our bags off and went strait to exploring the town. The few zz’s we actually had on the plane and at the airport helped a ton because we didn’t waste any time looking around Split.

One day we spent time tanning at Bacvice Beach. We were lucky that the beach was only 15 min. walking distance from our apartment. You can’t miss Bacvice Beach because it’s one of the most popular beach in town.

The minute we arrived, the music was already blaring through the speakers. People were everywhere! In the water, on the sun-beds sleeping, tanning, talking or ordering at the bars. It was crowded and there’s no doubt it was a happening place. It took us a few minutes to find a spot and finally, we did. I swam in the water for a few minutes. It was chilly, although, it warmed up after a while.

We had plenty of time to roam through the city center in Split after we woke up late on our last full day and missed our chance to ride the boat to Hvar. After many attempts in trying to find a boat that would take us to Hvar that day, we were left with no other option but to stay in Split. No fret, one thing we did best was that we took advantage of every minute we had on our trip.

Split city center had lots of restaurants to choose from. Don’t forget to explore further than what’s on the main square because C & I saw a ton of hidden restaurants that likely offered better food and provided seclusion which, you won’t get on the main square.

Also, be careful of the floor as it was slippery. I saw a ton of people slip many times (including myself). I can’t imagine what happens when it rains.

Summer in Split is definitely busy. Everyone flocks to the same spot, although, if you get a chance to roam around early in the morning I highly suggest to do so. You’ll get to explore the town without bumping on to people.

Don’t miss the underground market in Diocletian Palace. It was one of my favorite things to see. Here, you can also enter the cellar of the palace. There’s a small fee but, you’ll get a student discount with a card.

Split is not all about partying. Although, I admit we did one night of dancing and had a great time. If, you prefer something quieter then head over to the Diocletian Palace. One of the nights we sat outside and listened to a band playing a slow and melodic tune. It was a perfect way to wind down and end our night.