SAN DIEGO SIGHTS – BABY’S GRAND TOUR

Last year, you may remember, we visited San Diego for Thanksgiving while 5 months pregnant

This year, we visited San Diego for Thanksgiving with an 8 month old baby, and showed her some of the highlights! Quite a different trip but we still managed to fit in lots of fun.

Arizona doesn’t observe daylight saving so when Flossie woke up at what she thought was  6am, California clocks said 5 am! Normally not a problem but we didn’t think people in our hotel would appreciate being woken up by Flossie’s “singing” at that time, so we took a few early morning walks. The beach was very cold that early in the morning so we had to wrap up. Good job we had this super cute Gap pram suit at the ready for her! She seemed to enjoy herself, there was plenty to look at! We chose Mission Beach as we’ve been here before. It has large, free car parks and a long, flat, fully paved beach front walk which is ideal for the stroller. It also passes all the lovely beach front houses which are great fun to look at!

The rest of our activities had to fit around nap time or taking a nap in the carrier. We found plenty of things to do.

This was our third trip to San Diego and we  finally made it to Old Town, a collection of mini museums about some of the history of San Diego. Perfect for walking around with a sleeping baby!  We also walked around Heritage Park which is right across the street. It’s a small collection of Victorian houses that have been placed together and again were good for a nap time walk. We visited here on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It was pretty busy and although there seemed to be a fair amount of parking it took a while to find a spot. As it was fairly busy I’m pleased Flossie was in the carrier, a stroller would have been tricky in the crowds and a lot of the museums were up a flight of stairs.

 

We managed a picnic at the San Diego Model Boat Pond but unfortunately missed the model boats this year as it rained most of Sunday and we had to take shelter in some shops. We managed to dodge some of the rain showers and take a short walk in Balboa Park to see some of the Christmas decorations but it was too wet to hang around long.

 

This year we drove across to Coronado. We stayed here after our wedding and it was way too hot for us to explore. This time the weather was perfect. We looked around the fancy Hotel Del Coronado that was used in the film Some Like it Hot. It’s also the hotel that the Grand Floridian in Disney World is modelled on. They were busy building an ice rink in the centre of the hotel while we visited! We walked along the beach and back through some of the residential streets which are almost all beautiful and well kept. We often see house programs looking for houses on the island and now we know why they’re so expensive!

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We stayed at the Residence Inn Bayfront which was a very nice, new hotel. We had a suite with a kitchen and bedroom which made our trip much more comfortable! We would definitely stay there again. It was easy to walk along the sea front, past the US Midway, to the Sea Port Village or “inland” to downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District. If we’d been feeling more adventurous and the weather had been a little warmer we could have taken a boat trip from right outside our hotel.

We had a lovely mini-holiday in San Diego. There was plenty to do even though this was our third trip and we now have to accommodate a baby and their nap schedule!

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