San Diego is one of our favourite places to visit in Southern California. Not only is it home to many of our good friends, we just love the relaxed laid-back vibe of this coastal area. During our recent visit to Sand Diego, we were hosted by Bahia Resort Hotel. Located on a 14-acre peninsula in Mission Bay, the area could not have been more convenient. As we flew in and out of LAX, staying on the northern end of San Diego made it easy for our road trip arrival and departure, it was a few minutes from Sea World, and a quick 10/15-minute drive to some of our favourite areas including Liberty Station in Point Loma.
One of our favourite things about California resort properties in general, is the meticulous care that goes into the gardens and green spaces. It is a work of art that is undertaken with a real sense of pride. Bahia Resort Hotel did not disappoint; the grounds were filled with beautiful, lush tropical gardens.
While it was still ‘winter’ in California, we still enjoyed the heated outdoor pool and spa area, which both kids loved! In warmer months, the beach would be a welcome place to cool off and relax!
One thing we loved about the Bahia Resort Hotel was the friendly staff! Our favourite was Jean, who works as a server during the breakfast hours. Jean has a warm kind smile, greeted our kids by name every morning and was a ray of sunshine.
For those who want great views of the ocean, Sunset Cliffs is only a few miles away from Bahia Resort and is a must visit for those incredible sunset views.
Other beautiful spots for those ocean views include Ocean Beach and Wind and Sea at La Jolla. San Diego offers so many different options for spots to either visit or capture some images of the California beach.
As mentioned, Liberty Station is one of our favourite areas. Formerly known as ‘The Naval Training Centre San Diego’, it welcomed its first navy recruits back in 1923. A few years following the training centre closure in 1997, the city of San Diego gained ownership of the property and repurposed it into a center for commerce, history and arts. The area has expanded much further even since our first time visiting it in 2016 and is now home to some amazing restaurants and shops, including our favorite, Moniker General Store! Moniker was our first stop after arriving in San Diego as the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy some much-needed good coffee (especially after a long day of travel with a wake-up time of 5:00am with 2 kids in tow)!
The following day we enjoyed lunch at the Corvette Diner in Liberty Station, a 50’s themed diner with a large arcade gaming area. The strawberry milkshakes were our favourite and Sydney was excited to play some of her favourite arcade games afterwards.
FUN FACT: Scenes from the move Top Gun were filmed at Liberty Station!
San Diego is also famously home to Sea World! We visited on a trip 3 years ago with Sydney and had so much fun that we wanted to go back and take Cruz. Our first stop was the sesame street area where we took Cruz on his first ever amusement parks rides: Abby’s Sea Star Spin and Elmo’s Flying Fish. When at Sea World, its best to plan your day around the shows and we made sure we hit up the Sea Lions Live, Orca Encounter and Dolphin Days shows. One thing we love about Sea World is their dedication to conservation as well as animal rescue and rehabilitation with over 34,000 rescues!
On our last day in the area, we also visited Lego Land! Sydney loves Lego Friends so our first stop was to Heartlake City and we planned our time at the park around their live show! Our favourite attraction was MINILAND USA; where we could view NYC, Las Vegas, New Orleans and made completely of lego.
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