San Diego in 24 Hours

If you’re a regular to my blog, you’ll know that one of my favourite things about my job is the opportunities I have to travel. Over the past year, I’ve visited places I could never have imagined, learning more about culture and mixing with locals, and I know how lucky I am for it. This week, I visited somewhere new – sunny San Diego, right at the south of California.

San Francisco

We started our business trip with a quick pitstop in San Francisco, fitting in meetings before heading to one of my favourite rooftop bars in the city. After a couple of jalapeno margaritas, we had to rush off to the airport. We said a sad goodbye once again to the city before jetting off to San Diego.

The View, Marriott Marquis, San Francisco
Views from The View, San Francisco

Of course, you can’t visit San Francisco without a spot of crab! We grabbed a tasty crab roll before boarding the plane to San Diego.

A crab roll at Yankee Pier, San Francisco Airport
Getting crabby at Yankee Pier
Views of Los Angeles from the plane
Stunning views over LA

The Nolen, San Diego

The Nolen rooftop, San Diego
Rooftop views from The Nolen, San Diego

Having felt a little sleepy after a 4am wake up call, we felt in need of a cocktail, so headed to one of San Diego’s finest rooftop bars – The Nolen. Here, we spent the evening chatting away and enjoying the views across the city.

Cocktails at the Nolen, San Diego
Cocktails with a view at The Nolen

We set off to our hotel in search of sleep, before a busy day ahead.

Breakfast Republic, San Diego

Then first, coffee. And possibly one of the largest coffees I’d ever had! If you’re in San Diego, make sure to grab brekkie from Breakfast Republic. As the name suggests, the food was also amazing. I’d highly recommend the Crab Benedict.

A huge latte at Breakfast Republic, San Diego
Breakfast Republic doesn’t mess around when it comes to coffee!
Crab Cake Benedict at Breakfast Republic, San Diego
Starting the day as we meant to go on!

La Jolla, San Diego

After our meetings, we were desperate to get out and explore the San Diego area as best we could before catching our flight back to Vancouver. Our client recommended going to check out the beautiful neighbourhood of La Jolla, home to a handful of rich and famous. After seeing the views, we soon realized why.

La Jolla, San Diego
Views at La Jolla Cove
Beautiful La Jolla
There’s nothing like palm trees and a view
La Jolla, San Diego
Soaking up the views

After seeing the sun for the first time this year (Lucy’s based in London), we were both pretty happy to have the sun shining down on us and to see the incredible colours of the ocean.

La Jolla Cove, San Diego
Gorgeous views

La Jolla is well known for the seals that rest at the cove who are adorable and fun to watch, even if they do make it smell a little!

Seals at La Jolla Cove
Making new friends
Enjoying the views at La Jolla, San Diego
Seeing the sights

We spent some time meandering the avenue that takes you along the coast to the shore, all the while appreciating the hot sun and lovely Hispanic architecture.

The views at La Jolla, San Diego
Can’t get enough
The ocean at La Jolla, San Diego
A deeper shade of blue
Palm trees and architecture at La Jolla
Palms for days
La Jolla, San Diego
‘Look after the earth, it’s not yours’
Seals at La Jolla Cove
A whole bunch of seals at the cove
Hispanic architecture at La Jolla
Admiring the architecture
La Valencia Hotel, San Diego
Who wouldn’t want to stay at the pink hotel?

George’s at the Cove, La Jolla

After having worked up quite the appetite after our meetings and wander along the seafront, we headed to a recommendation: George’s at the Cove. It’s pretty easy to see why it’s so popular with its stunning views across the San Diego ocean.

Fish tacos with a view at La Jolla, San Diego
When in California, you gotta have fish tacos
George's at the Cova, La Jolla
Happy with our choices!
George's at the Cove, San Diego
A desk with a view

We munched our way through chips and salsa, fish tacos, and a couple of drinks whilst tapping away at our laptops. I must say, it’s certainly the best view I’ve had from my desk in a long time!

Views across La Jolla, San Diego
We couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous view
La Jolla, San Diego
Sun’s out, fun’s out
Palm trees in San Diego
One last ray of sun

Very disappointed to be leaving, but very thankful for our brief stint in San Diego, we headed off to the airport. Of course, it wouldn’t be the US without our taxi driver asking if we’d seen the princes or queen riding about town. Ah America, I love you!

Have you visited San Diego? Which travel tips would you share for this beautiful city?


I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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