San Diego Bucket List

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park 

Get ready to watch one of the most beautiful ocean side sunsets you will ever seen. The view was like something out of a movie. There was even a group of people doing yoga. Bring a blanket and sweater as it can get windy and chilly out. Parking is free, but is limited as it is in a residential neighborhood, so plan to arrive early. There is a steep drop off onto a rock formation that is perfect for viewing the sunset, but not very kid friendly.

IMG_0208IMG_0167-001

 San Diego Zoo 

This zoo definitely lives up to its title of being world famous. It is incredibly clean and well organized. The place is huge! I don’t think you could cover everything in one day. Tickets are pretty pricy at $56 per person for a one day pass. My favorite part of the zoo was the Skyfari Aerial Tram, it offered amazing views of the zoo and it was a shortcut from one end of the zoo to the other. I you are looking for a more interactive experience I would check out the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

IMG_1404
IMG_1410.JPG

North Park 

If you are looking for some cute shops to buy souvenirs or gifts head over to North Park. There are also some great art murals in this neighborhood and tons of cute little cafes and restaurants. The two shops that I loved were Pigment and Artelexia. Pigment has a floral selfie wall and swinging chair inside, in addition to design-savy gifts. I literally wanted to buy everything inside the store because it was all so cute. Atelexia specializes in Mexican gifts, art, and home decor, and has a beautiful mural of Frida Kahlo inside.

IMG_0337IMG_0310

Balboa Park 

This park is an absolute must if you are visiting San Diego. This was one of my favorite things that we did. The park is huge so plan on spending the day here in order to see everything. Entrance to the park is free. Yes you heard that right FREE! There is a designated parking lot where you can leave your car, and a free shuttle comes around and takes you to the center of the park. There are several restaurants at the park which was very convenient. The best way I can describe the park is that it is a museum and garden all in one. Make sure to stop in the gift shop and pick up a map. My favorite part of the park that are a must see were the Spanish Village Art Center, Botanical Building & Lily Pond, and the Old Cactus Garden. There are several museums scattered throughout the park, some of which have an additional entrance fee. I would highly recommend doing the California Tower Tour located inside the Museum of Man. There is a lot of stair climbing involved, but the view at the top is well worth it.

IMG_0402IMG_0640IMG_0522

Coronado Beach & Hotel del Coronado 

There is a beautiful bridge which connects San Diego to Coronado. Driving over this bridge was both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. It may be scary at first, but once you see the view honestly you will forget about the height of this bridge. Although we didn’t stay at this hotel, it was great to visit this historic hotel which opened back in 1888. The beach was beautiful, and the sand was unlike any I have ever seen before, it literally sparkled like gold. We found out that the gold color comes from a mineral called mica. The beach was stunning, but definitely too cold for a swim in my opinion.

IMG_0950IMG_0962

Cabrillo National Monument 

This monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. This was the first time a European expedition set foot on the West Coast of the United States. This was my favorite place for jaw-droppingly beautiful birds-eye view of San Diego. I just felt so at peace here, and honesty could have stayed there all day just taking in the beauty of it all. I loved seeing all the sail boats off in the distance and the crystal blue waters.

IMG_0832IMG_0825

La Colla Cove & Sea Lions 

My favorite thing that we did was hands down getting to see the famous sea lions in La Jolla. This is one of those once in a life time experiences that everyone should have. Being that close to these beautiful and amazing creatures just took my breath away. Start by parking at the garage across from the cave store. Walk down from the cave store and you will be in La Jolla Cove which is a small cove composed of two rocky points. This spot is accessible by a gate, where you can step out onto the rocks and get some amazing photos. Continue along the coastal path which will lead you to Shell Beach which is accessible by stairs. We saw tons of sea lions in the water playing and sun bathing on the rocks. We were literally a few feet away from the sea lions! Continue down to Children’s Pool which is the final stop. There is a sea wall that serves as a walkway.

IMG_1247IMG_1138

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park 

Trying saying the name of that park five times fast! There is a lot of influence from Mexico seen throughout San Diego as it is only a 30 minute drive to Tijuana. The park is filled with tons of different shops and restaurants. The park is free to enter and there are shows that take place at certain parts of the day. The park features San Diego’s first school house and newspaper office. The park commemorates the early days of San Diego from 1820’s to 1870’s.

IMG_0781IMG_0731

Torrey Pines National Park 

It’s no secret that I love a good hike, especially a scenic one. When you arrive at this park you pay an entrance fee, and there will immediately be a parking lot to your left hand side. Do not park here otherwise you will have a long hike up to the top and will be tired before you even begin your actual hike. Instead drive all the way up the road to the office at the top and pick up a map. There are numerous different hiking trails to choose from. We decided upon the beach trail as the hike leads you to a secluded beach! This was another one of my favorite things we did the views were out of this world beautiful!

IMG_1009IMG_1122IMG_1041

San Diego is one of my favorite places in the States, and definitely a place I could see myself living at in the future. The weather is literally perfect year round. You are near the ocean, and there is an endless amount of outdoor activities to satisfy any adventurous heart. I hope you guys have enjoyed this list of must do activities while in San Diego!

xoxo

~Tanja~

WNDR Museum

Wndr museum is an interactive, pop-up museum that combines art and science into one.  The cost is $32 per person which is a bit pricey, but i felt that it was well worth it as we all really enjoyed the experience. Parking is not available on site, so I highly recommend downloading the SpotHero app. One of my girlfriend told me about this app, and it saved us money on parking, and it was incredibly easy to use. There were lockers and restrooms available on site which were both a big plus. When you are purchasing tickets for the museum, you have to purchase them for a specific time slot. They take a new group in every thirty minutes. This ensures that not too many people are in one area at once. We ended up being late to our time slot due to traffic, and I was so worried that we wouldn’t be allowed to enter the museum. The staff members were very nice, and told us not to worry about it. As you work your way through the museum, you cannot go back to a room you have already been to, so ensure that you take your time and do not rush. The total experience took us about two hours to complete, and there are many opportunities for great photos so make sure you have your camera ready. The only thing we really had to wait in line for was the infinity mirror room exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. You have to place covers over your shoes in order to enter the room, there is a security guard present, and you only get 60 seconds in the room so make sure your camera is ready. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend it to you all. I hope you are all having an amazing week so far. I am loving this warmer weather and am hoping it’s here to stay!

~Tanja~

” Every thing has its beauty but not everyone sees it” -Andy Warhol

IMG_2904IMG_2853-001IMG_2915-001IMG_3015IMG_2844IMG_2989-001IMG_3017

My Top Four Cafes in San Diego

It’s no surprise that I love hunting for cute cafes while on vacation.  The first one on my list is Holy Matcha, and it was by far my favorite of the four. Most of the items on the menu are made with matcha, and all of the items are gluten free and vegan! I wanted to order one of everything on the menu. I ended up ordering the pumpkin spice matcha latte, the pink lemonade donut, and the almond butter and strawberry toast. It was all so delicious and healthy too. The decor inside was another bonus! They had a beautiful palm leaf printed wall, and blush pink booth style seating. I really wish we had a cafe like this one in my home town.

The second cafe on the list is Parakeet Cafe. What I love about this cafe was that their menu consisted of many organic options. They also had gluten free and vegan options that were clearly marked. I chose an iced herbal tea and the cacao waffle and both items were delicious. The interior of the cafe is so modern, and I love the parakeet wallpaper, and neon sign that says birds of a feather. I was very impressed by the quality of the food here, and how friendly the staff member were.

The third cafe is called Communal Coffee and it was definitely the most unique as it shares a space with a floral shop named Native Poppy. You can stop in and grab a cup of coffee, and a bouquet of flowers too. They also have an assortment of small gifts too. I opted for the lavender lemonade, and a good old slice of avocado toast. If you come to visit this place you must sit outside and take a picture with the famous Coffee and Flowers wall!

The fourth cafe on the list is S3 Coffee Bar. This little cafe is every instagrammer’s dream. You know a place is good when it’s in the middle of nowhere and it’s packed. They have a cactus printed wall with an old school pink telephone that was perfect for a photo-op. What stood out to me was their unique and tasty drink choices. They had some of their seasonal fall drinks out on the menu, so I opted for the Bee Hive Latte which was essentially a Honey Cinnamon Latte. I had mine with almond milk and it was so delicious. I highly recommend this place if you want a unique, but delicious cup of coffee.

I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday and thank you for reading! Let me know if you check out any of the cafes and your thoughts on them!

~Tanja~

IMG_0240IMG_0254IMG_1326IMG_1324IMG_1356-001IMG_1378IMG_1519IMG_1548

South Pointe Park Pier

South Pointe Park is a beautiful 17-acre park and pier located on the southern-most tip of Miami Beach. There is a designated parking lot for the park, however it is very small and fills up quickly. We ended up finding a paid parking lot several blocks away and walking to the pier. What I was surprised about was that the beach by the pier boasted beautiful clear waters, whereas at Lummus Park the water was filled with seaweed. If you plan a trip to Miami I would definitely stick to this end of the beach. I am not sure how old the pier is, but it must be newer or just very well maintained. I loved the giant thought bubble in neon colors. It just screams take a picture with me. You will also notice a barrier of large rocks that stretch beyond the pier. This is a great place to go for a stroll or even a bike ride. The views are beautiful. This place is definitely a hidden gem that everyone should visit while in Miami. Looking at photos from Miami makes me miss it so much, because we just had our first snowfall of the season in my hometown. It’s pretty funny to see the different way that people react to the first snowfall of the year. You either love it or you hate it, and for me I personally hate it. I like sunshine, warm weather, and the beach. One day I will get there just have to keep working towards it. Thank for reading and I hope you all had a great week.

IMG_8913IMG_8919IMG_8928IMG_8936IMG_8956IMG_8950IMG_8977IMG_9002IMG_8990IMG_9008

Rusty Pelican

When I go on vacation I like to set aside a day to eat at a really nice restaurant. To me it’s not necessarily the food that I am going there for, but the experience and the unforgettable view. The restaurant we chose in Miami was the Rusty Pelican, because it was rumored to have one of the best views of Miami’s skyline. I have to say, the restaurant lived up to its expectations. Not only did we have an incredible view, but the food was absolutely delicious as well. My mom and I both went for the salmon, and it was cooked to perfection. It came with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus. If you are looking for a delicious meal and incredible view, then I highly recommend the Rusty Pelican!

One of my favorite things to wear in the summer time are rompers. They are so comfortable, but they still look so put together. The one I am wearing is from Nordstrom. What I love about this romper is that it has a front tie and peekaboo cutout. It features a beautiful vintage inspired mint color and floral pattern. Thank you all for reading !

IMG_8820IMG_8837IMG_8839IMG_8878IMG_8846IMG_8859IMG_8861IMG_8862IMG_8884