San Diego #TravelFirsts Bucket List

Whether you are headed to San Diego for your first time, or are a seasoned SD veteran, there are some #TravelFirsts that must be done in order to cross them off of your Southern California bucket list. Here are the most important items on our San Diego #TravelFirsts Bucket List.

Go Surfing

Grab a board and test your balance on a surfboard along the coastline of San Diego. Surfing is one of San Diego’s favorite things to do, which only makes sense for us to include it as one of our San Diego Bucket List items. Head over to Ocean Beach Surf School for hands-on lessons, only 2.8 miles from Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside.

Eat Fish Tacos

A San Diego delicacy, Fish Tacos are a must-eat stop on any Southern California beach vacation. Grab some Mahi Mahi tacos from the Point Loma Café, located right next to the hotel.

Have a Night Out in Gaslamp Quarter

Head downtown and dance the night away. Dine at one of the award-winning restaurants in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and then head to a nightclub. We recommend stopping at Barley Mash for a casual bite of progressive American fare before grooving at Bang Bang San Diego, or Omnia Night Club until dawn. Pro-tip, make sure to check out the famous “Ryan Gosling” bathroom at Bang-Bang for a unique…maybe over the top experience!

Kayak in La Jolla

Explore the sea caves of La Jolla and say hi to the sea creatures down below. Rent your own kayak or opt for a guided tour when you book with La Jolla Kayak. Bring the camera and book a sunset guided tour for a picturesque experience along the caves.

Attend Del Mar Racetracks Opening Day

Experience the excitement of Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetracks. Test your hand at betting on a horse, or enter the Opening Day Hats Contest. Be sure to stick around after the races to see a live concert featuring your favorite artists.

Visit the San Diego Zoo

Say hello to all of your favorite animals at the San Diego Zoo. Learn about different species, watch live shows, and explore the entire park on a guided tour. Founded over 100 years ago, the San Diego Zoo has grown to be a must-see destination for every San Diego vacation.