I just returned from a short, but nice family vacation/business trip (for the parentals anyway) to San Diego.
It was our 3rd trip to the city and I had a great time. The only unfortunate thing was that the trip was somewhat shorter than I realized so we didn't have much time to do the "Tourist" thing. After poring over the guidebooks and brochures, I realized that San Diego has a lot to offer in the way of shopping, art, and education, but I couldn't con my family into joining me at the San Diego Zoo when we've already gone there once. It was ten years ago and I don't remember it, but technically they're right. We've done most of the touristy things that the city has to offer. Belmont, the Zoo, Coronado, La Jolla, and the Gaslamp Quarter. So instead, this was more of a relaxing time in a new(-ish) place.
Things I loved about this vacation:
1) Lounging by the pool in (and this is the important part) virtually no humidity. It was a really nice change for this South Florida girl to be able to comfortably lay out in the sun without needing to cool off (or rinse off from the sweat). I loved correcting people when they assumed that San Diego was "just like home" when I told them that I was from Florida.
"No," I assured them. "It gets cold here."
2) Dining outside in the city. People-watching never fails to entertain me. I saw a pretty legit pimpmobile and people smoking pot out in the open. Living the American Dream.
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3) Taking a sunset sail. It was very relaxing and the city is beautiful at all stages: Daylight, Dusk, and Night
4) Top of the Hyatt. While the Manchester Grand Hyatt didn't impress me too much, one thing they did right was the bar at 40 stories up. I had an Amaretto Sour (my favorite drink) and enjoyed the view while I sipped at it.
I had a great time, even if it wasn't the most exciting trip I've ever taken. I'm sure I'll return to the city again someday, and when I do, I'm determined to be a better tourist and make it more exciting.