I love the beach. Sometimes I wish we lived closer to one – but then I realize that I love Arizona (and that the cost of living is way to high in California!). Besides, San Diego is such a short drive that we can enjoy it pretty often. Naturally, I like to stay as close to the beach as possible, so this trip we ended up renting a condo along the beach. Best.Decision.Ever.
No really! It was great to wake up and be able to walk out the front door and be less than 30 feet from the boardwalk. Plus it was cheaper than a hotel room since we could split the cost by 4 :) Oh and having a kitchen is nice too – we made breakfast every day and had a few late night party pizzas..
After checking out our condo, the first stop was to get dinner. We landed at Pacific Beach Ale House – and walked straight up to the rooftop bar so we could enjoy the view.
I had a really yummy mango wheat ale (and Chelle had a not so yummy strawberry cocktail..) to accompany a tasty chicken sandwich. I could have sat there all night enjoying the view and drinking that local brew.
After PB Ale House we made a pit stop at Ralphs to get a few groceries and snacks for the weekend. Why hello there Tropical Passion Fruit beer :)
Next on the list – check out the ocean! We went for a walk along the shore – even though it was freezing with wicked wind, the water temp felt pretty nice!
We woke Friday morning with the intention to get a couple of free bike rentals from the condo. Unfortunately they were all gone by the time we arrived, but we were able to reserve some for Saturday morning (score!).
Chelle and I decided just to grab a couple of latte’s and go for a nice walk on the boardwalk. It was still pretty chilly and windy out, but that didn’t stop us!
We headed down to Crystal Pier and gaped at the view for a while (and stopped for lots of photos on the way!).
I don’t think I’ve ever actually been on a pier like that in San Diego so it was really neat to be out there in the ocean and to get to see the waves crashing up on the shore.
On the walk back we decided to go under the pier, which was also pretty cool!
Funny thing about this photo: when I jumped down off that post, my feet landed in a pile of seaweed, then slipped out from under me and I landed flat on my butt! I think I laughed about it all day.
Later in the afternoon we met up with Chelle’s friend Catherine (who just moved back home to San Diego) for happy hour at Johnny V’s. You guys. This was the best happy hour I have ever been to. They had drink specials – and for each drink you ordered, you got a free (yes, free) appetizer. As you can imagine, the place was a bit crowded.
We made a quick stop at the airport to pick up Justin – then headed back out to Pacific Beach to meet back up with Catherine and check out a couple bars. Throughout the night we saw two street fights while walking… and that was interesting. We ended the night at a place called the Tavern – which I immediately googled to find out if it was owned by the same folks who own the Tavern on Mill in Tempe – and I was right! The logos were too similar for them not to be linked ;)
Stay tuned for part 2 :)