Posted on July 18, 2013


We had a wonderful trip to San Diego – I had visited years ago but this was the first time for us as a family and we found a city which was down to earth, full of fun and a perfect family vacation spot.

1. Where to Stay

We decided we wanted to stay in San Diego as if we lived there!! We rented a gorgeous little house – – complete with swing on the front porch and a super safe fenced-in yard for eating out and playing. It was equipped with everything a family could possibly need – high chair, cot…and loads of toys and books. It was a real home away from home and suited us perfectly for our time there.

Our little North Park home also meant we could cook in, visit local farmer’s markets and just really relax. None of us wanted to leave when our time came to an end!!

2. Where to Eat

San Diego is packed full of numerous amazing restaurants. Here are some of our favourite dining out experiences:

Breakfast at Richard Walker’s Pancake House. I had done my research on breakfast!! We knew we wanted to have a big feast with all the trimmings and this seemed to be the perfect spot. You can find the restaurant by looking for the large queue that snakes out the door and down the path!! We enjoyed a huge spread of pancakes and strawberries, scrambled egg, hash brown…we are veggie so didn’t go in for the bacon or sausages but the table was heaving under all of the food!! It was absolutely delicious and set us up for the entire week!!

Breakfast at Richard Walker’s…yum!

Since we’re from England we do like to indulge in American food when we visit so we loved going to Corvette Diner, a traditional style American diner (complete with huge Corvette in the lobby!!). The waiting staff are all kitted out in 1950s outfits and sing and dance through dinner! The portions were huge and really delicious!

Corvette Diner, San Diego

One of our best trips out was for Mexican food in San Diego’s OId Town – it seemed like the perfect setting for a huge bowl of tortilla chips and a few burritos.

Mexican restaurant in Old Town, San Diego

3. Things to do

Coronado Beach is beautiful. Whether you’re hanging out to watch the surfers (!!), building sandcastles or picking through rockpools we spent an absolutely perfect day here.

We also really enjoyed a couple of trips into San Diego’s Old Town where you can see the old jail, avoid the huge cacti and have a go at playing rabbit sticks!

Old Town’s Gaol
Old Town San Diego
Roof Detail, Old Town, San Diego
Hanging out in a wagon…as you do!! Old Town, San Diego
Learning to play rabbit sticks, Old Town, San Diego

5. Top Tips with Children

Well of course I can’t not mention San Diego Zoo. World famous and it has to be said it really lived up to expectations. We went a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Sometimes zoos can leave me feeling a bit uncomfortable but the animals seemed so well looked after here and the enclosures really well designed. We also took a trip on the skyfari across the top of the zoo itself…well, I say ‘we’, everyone thought it looked great except for me (I’m not a big fan of heights…or open-air swinging seats in the sky!!) so I opted to take photos of the rest of the family! I have been assured though that it was a great experience – and they all went twice more so I think it must have been!!

Map reading at San Diego Zoo
Bye bye family on the Skyfari!!

We loved seeing the seals on the beach at La Jolla. We found a little bench that overlooked them all basking in the sunshine and the children loved watching them.

Seals on beach at La Jolla, San Diego
Seal watching – you can just see a couple in the water!

Loads of the beaches have playgrounds on the sand which was perfect for all of us to hang out and relax.

 Playground with a view!
All in all it was a really lovely trip to San Diego and definitely a city to return to.