What to do with only half a day in San Diego, California. If you are visiting on a road-trip, flight layover, or a day trip from LA, here are the top 3 things to do on a short half day to San Diego:
The original settlement of California which dates back 9,000 years. Parking was crazy for labor day but should be easier for you. Once you enter into the little village you can parallel park along the street for free. Go to the very end for the historic ‘park’ which is meant to look like the actual old town and little markets- much better prices for authentic Mexican things like blankets and pottery than what you may find in the boutiques. I also heard this area in general was the most amazing food but we did not have time to try.
Seriously the most beautiful place, at least come for the sunset if nothing else. This was the highlight of the trip!
This is a state park so parking at the official entrance is $25. For a more economical parking option, keep going, pass the entrance on your left and make a U-turn at the next light to find street parking on your right with a kiosk for cheaper parking if you do not plan to stay a long time, or for parking after the visitor’s parking closes. You can enter the park on foot at no cost. There are a few trails on this side with dramatic cliffs above the shore, or you could walk towards the park entrance for more trails and cliffs and to be along the shore. There is a little Mexican diner nearby but the food was honestly not very good so I recommend planning ahead food wise to not waste your time or calories there.
3. North Park
We started off here where there are a lot of cute little shops. We loved ArtElexia for bright colorful murals and odds and ends from Mexico, and around the corner was another store full of pastels and cute things called Pigment. This is also just a short drive away from Holy Matcha (matcha tea + Instagram worthy café), the San Diego Mural (shockingly in a parking lot next to nothing important), Milk bar (the famous one from nyc) and the huge park with the San Diego Zoo.
That is honestly all we had time for. If we went back, we would love to:
See the La Jolla caves($)/kayak around the caves($$) My friend went to this beach to see the sea lions which is free and mentioned it was much smellier than she imagined.
I have this copied from a blog, I do not remember which:
La Jolla Beach & Caves-
Location: 1325 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am to 5:30pm (Cave closes at 4pm)
Parking: A nightmare! Come early, and be prepared to walk quite a distance.
See the SD Zoo/walk around the Balboa park, and spend more time in Old Town
Go to see this sculpture garden, which is only open to the public on specific days