Last year we drove up the Northern coast of California for our honeymoon, passing through Big Sur, Carmel, Monterrey and eventually landing in Napa. It was romantic in theory, but after the hectic reality of wedding preparations we should have vacationed like sloths. It was all incredibly beautiful, albeit tiring. This year we decided to make our sloth-dreams come true for our first anniversary, so naturally we drove down the Southern coast of California! This time we made sure include plenty of rest and lots of beaching. I wasn't always a fan of beaches, in fact, I took it for granted being born in Los Angeles and not having to travel very far to see it. Now that I'm older and work indoors most of the time, it's really grown on me and I appreciate the peace it brings me. We mainly spent time in Del Mar, but here are a few other spots we visited....
Laguna Beach, Carlsbad & Encinitas
We drove through many beach towns, staying in Carlsbad one night and spending lots of time in the sun (a novel concept for me). My skin literally cannot absorb the sun so I guess I'll be pale forever! Also, Donald insisted that I stand in front of these crazy barrels so I humored him.
A true gem! We stayed at L'Auberge Del Mar for several days and it was so lovely. It was my first time really exploring this region of California so it was all new to me. My favorite part was walking to the park nearby that overlooked the ocean, which we visited several times each day. We even made a picnic one afternoon...eating greasy burgers before opening our Gia Frizzante. Keeping it classy.
On our last day, we made a quick stop in San Diego to visit Balboa Park. We were mainly there to see the beautiful foliage and walk through free museums. I also ate at Puesto, a ridiculously delicious taco spot, whilst in town. Frozen horchatas should totally be a "thing"...just sayin.
We hope to return sometime soon, if only to stockpile frozen horchatas! I'm sharing links below of some favorite spots for those who are interested x
Del Mar: Seagrove Park | L'Auberge Del Mar | Pacifica Breeze Cafe
San Diego: Balboa Park | Timken Museum of Art | Puesto