Spend the morning exploring some of San Diego’s 110 kilometres of coastline. Hire a car and head west from Downtown, pausing at the seven-day market at Liberty Station, until you reach Point Loma. This rocky peninsula with its famous Cabrillo National Monument is recognised as the birthplace of California and affords fantastic city views.
11.00 – Walk this way
Continue north up the coast, stopping to discover San Diego’s beach communities, which still maintain their laid-back feel. Stroll along the boardwalk from Ocean Beach, with its funky 1960s vibe, past great surfing beaches until you reach Mission Beach. Pop in to Belmont Park for candyfloss and a ride on the Giant Dipper, a 1925 wooden roller coaster.
12.30 – Lunch with a view
Further north, in Pacific Beach, Jrdn is a hip restaurant serving contemporary Californian cuisine alongside enviable sea views. Menu highlights include fish and shrimp ceviche and chicken fennel sausage burger.
15.00 – Kayak the coast
Discover why La Jolla – the elegant coastal resort 20 kilometres north of Downtown – is known as ‘the jewel’ of San Diego, by kayaking in its protected bay. Everyday California runs group tours, and a guide will point out the marine life - including sea lions and Garibaldi fish - and regale you with fascinating stories as you paddle past the Seven Sea Caves.
19.00 – Mexican fare
Just north of Downtown, Old Town is the site of the original Spanish settlement. Today it’s home to dozens of restored buildings housing shops and museums. It’s also arguably the best place to sample authentic Mexican cuisine in the city. Head to Café Coyote for traditional tacos and margaritas.
21.00 – Night moves
Uptown is quickly emerging as San Diego’s equivalent to London’s Shoreditch, with hipster bars and restaurants popping up in the Hillcrest and North Park communities. Catch a cab to Hillcrest, the heart of San Diego’s LGBTQ scene, where The Alibi is a neighbourhood icon and popular dive bar. For something more sophisticated, The Wine Lover offers wine tastings and meat platters.