- Tré Barnes
Take a trip down south where the sun always seems to be shinning and the time passes slowly. Here is our Southern California weekend in a handful of pictures.
The essential element to making sure you have a great day is starting off with a great breakfast! We recommend Kono's Surf Cafe which sits right next to Pacific Beach which serves breakfast and brunch from 7 am to 3 pm. The service and quality of food is top notch. Be sure to get there EARLY or else you might find yourself in a line that wraps around the building.
Knowing we wanted to soak in the sun and relax this trip we brought along the perfect California hammock. It's an awesome hammock with a unique teal color that blends right in with any tropical environment. If you're looking for a picture perfect summer hammock check out Alpine Leisure Co.
Don't leave San Diego without seeing the Sea lions! If you have ever been to Pier 39 in San Francisco and were impressed with the Sea lions on the pier, La Jolla Cove will be far more impressing. Unlike Pier 39 you are actually able to walk down right next to these incredible sea animals. Remember they are wild animals and they will attack if they feel threatened, as cute as they appear keep in mind that they are protected by federal law so DON'T touch them! Look but don't touch! Also be warned that they smell pretty terrible!
If you visit La Jolla cove bring some flippers, goggles, and a snorkel. The cove is an incredible place to sea a variety of underwater life. If you swim out about 20 meters and take a peek underwater you will see an array of colorful fish as well as sea lions dancing around underneath you. Be sure to bring a GoPro you might just catch to sea lions fighting underwater like we did (Check out the video)
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego that houses multiple gardens, museums, theaters and the famous San Diego Zoo. It's a great place to visit if you want a break from the beach
If you are looking for a more secluded beach without all the crowds head over to Windansea Beach. It is a small and narrow beach that has a rocky landscape where jutting rocks create powerful waves. It offers picturesque scenery and is a prime location for photography enthusiasts, find a model and shoot away!
Windansea is also known for it's consistent surf breaks that are created by underwater reefs. Waves typically reach 6 to 8 feet making it a great destination for surfers. The beach tends to attract lots of young surfers.
If you have the balance and coordination rent a long board to get around the various boardwalks, they made getting from point A to B super easy!
One of our favorite parts of the entire trip was watching the sunset at the beach. There is something about an ocean sunset that just puts the heart and mind at easy, you can almost faintly hear Bob Marley strumming away and smoothly singing "Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright". No matter how hectic your travel plans are take a minute and just watch the sunset, you'll be glad you did!
When the sunsets in San Diego the party doesn't stop. All the excitement from the beaches move into the 16 1/2 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. The night life atmosphere is not very conducive to families the later it gets as the younger crowds flood the streets and hop from bar to bar all night long. If you love high energy environments this is the place for you. If you're not so into the clubbing or bar scene there are multiple shops to walk through and top rated restaurants to dine at. San Diego seems to have something for everyone.
To get a better taste of everything we did in San Diego watch our video.