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My husband is doing some work out in California this week, so we decided to take advantage of the time his parents will be with us in Texas by having me head west to join him for a couple days. We plan to meet up in San Diego for a short, fun, no-kids, relaxing break on the California coast.
So far our only experience in San Diego was walking from one airport terminal to the other on our way to Hawaii, so the good news is everything in San Diego will be totally new to us. The bad news is everything will be totally new to us, and with summer ending, school starting, and all the ensuing madness I have done a very, very, very limited amount of research on how to best maximize our time there.
Our visit is short, and we just want to relax and chill for much of the time. This isn’t a case where I need pages of planned activities, but I can’t go somewhere new and not at least check out a few spots. So, I’m turning to the best travel resource I know for some last minute San Diego recommendations…you!
We are for sure staying at the Hotel Del Coronado on Hilton points for part of the trip, but for the first night we arrive we are just looking to crash somewhere a little less extravagant.
We are getting into the city in the evening and will have a car. The two main hotel options I am considering are either the US Grant which is part of the SPG Luxury Collection or a Hyatt. I can book the US Grand hotel for about $230 via the Amex Fine Hotel and Resorts Collection thanks to The Platinum Card® from American Express. Booking it that way that will provide not only the room, but also full breakfast for two, a $100 food and beverage credit we could use for dinner, 4PM late check-out, and a shot at an upgrade. For what it is worth the hotel looks pretty great.
For roughly the same price I could stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and put my Hyatt perks to use. My Globalist status would get us lounge access, late check-out, and a shot at an upgrade. While the return per point isn’t great, I could save cash and use 20,000 points and then also avoid the $35 per night parking fee thanks to the new Globalist perks. I’m also open to other Hyatt properties, as well or any other points-friendly option.
While in the area I would love to see La Jolla, the coves, and really the coastline in general. I have seen some morning jet ski tours that head from Mission Bay to La Jolla that seem interesting, though I’m not sure how I would do for two straight hours on the back of a jet ski. If I had to pick just one activity (other than resting and eating), it would be to see some of the coastline and maybe get out on the water.
If you have any opinions or suggestions about where to stay when we are not at the Del, affordable and good places to eat in the area, and the best route to see some of the coastline in a morning, then I would love to hear it! Thank you in advance and I can’t wait to return the favor and share some tips we learn from our time in San Diego!
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