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Old 05-29-19, 12:21 PM
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on the nw edge of dtown sd is little italy. fun area to browse and stroll. it's essentially india and kettner streets bordered by laurel st to the north and beech st to the south.
if the weather's nice, hopping a few blocks to the west and walking the waterfront is worthwhile too. can always take the ferry over to coronado and back.

as mentioned, cabrillo national monument to the south of where you're staying (about a 12 min drive) or torrey pines state reserve and state beach (about a 20 min drive north).
torrey pines has more hiking trails and if you park in the lower beach lot, you can walk up the paved road (a good warmup) and do the beautiful fleming loop trail then
continue up to the visitor center and hook up with the beach trail. take the beach trail down to torrey pines state beach and make a right (head north) back to the parking lot
for an approx very scenic 4 mile walk. cabrillo national monument is all about the views as there is precious little hiking there and the tidepools can be difficult to access unless
it's a very low tide. arguably the best view of the san diego environs tho. on a clear day you can see mt. san gorgonio about 100 miles away.

there's the village of la jolla with ocean views with plenty of paved wakling streets and restos/shops.

just north of that is the la jolla shores area. you can grab a sandwich at the cheese shop deli and head over to the nearby beachside park. walk north along the beach to your heart's content
and-fair warning-you'll eventually hit black's beach which is the local "clothing optional" beach. ypu may be more distracted by the nearby gliders taking off/landing/soaring the beach cliffs.
the glider port (just north of the salk institute) makes a nice stop once back in the car heading north as does the salk institute if you're into modern architecture. from la jolla shores
to torrey pines state reserve/beach parking, it's about a 12 min drive.

a little farther north, there is fletcher cove which is a nice beach walk in solana beach. it's a block west of the solana beach train station and the coast highway. on the other side of
the coast highway south of the train station, there is the cedros street/cedros district area. it's a fun stroll thru the upscale home furnishing, art places and clothing boutiques.
farther north of that are encinitas and the village of carlsbad. encinitas has the self-realization fellowship gardens which are a nice, oceanside area to stroll and the adjacent
coast highway has some quirky places to browse plus plenty of places to grub and grog. a favorite in that area is 3rd Corner restaurant which has a great little wine store and
a killer scallops entree. the village of carlsbad is even larger and would take approx two hours to stroll everything. since both of these are on the way back to la and about a 30 min
drive north from where you're staying they're probably best explored on the way to/from san diego.

if you want to do the beach areas of solana beach, encinitas and/or carlsbad, you could park in old town and take the local coaster (not amtrak) train since it stops in convenient places in all three cities.
the walk to the beach from all three train stations is 6 blocks or less. upside, you won't have to deal with weekend beach parking and the coaster is relatively cheap transportation. downside
is that it'll take a little longer and that it doesn't stop in la jolla, la jolla shores or torrey pines areas.

i feel the old town mexican cafe is the best and most consistent of the food offerings in that old town area. if you're looking for just great food and tequila/mescal and don't mind an additional few mins from the hotel,
my recommendation is cantina mayahuel on the nw corner of 30th st and adams ave which is about a (again) 12 min uber/lyft ride from the hotel. across from cantina mayahuel is a dynamite cocktail place called
polite provisions. and across from the cocktail place is a cute date place called jayne's (english) gastropub with an intimate back patio that'll make you forget you're in the city. a block south
of that is fall brewing which makes some killer beers in an old-school punk/alt-rock vibed place.

have fun!

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