Wayfarer Bread & Pastry
European level quality. Scrumptious. Everything is a winner, but the English Muffins are legendary. I know. We were just as surprised. Order online if you can. There is always a line and things sell out.
San Diego, CA
Downtown San Diego
The standbys of Old Town, the zoo, and Balboa Park are all excellent and worth exploring, but here are some of the things we recommend after you’ve been there and done that.
A stunning location, and a quieter experience than the other ocean theme-park attraction San Diego has to offer, the Birch Aquarium has the most incredible view from their outdoor tide pool exhibit. And they have a rescued sea turtle that they have rehabilitated and given a second chance. A big deal to someone I know. The new penguin exhibit is delightful. The science, mission, and education outreach they do is inspiring. It’s a winner.
Best experienced by kayak, but one of the caves (Sunny Jim’s Cavern) can also be enjoyed via the Cave Store (1325 Coast Blvd, La Jolla). You pay a little fee and then get to walk down a long flight of stairs to the cave, learn about the pirates and smugglers who used the cave, and you can often see garibaldi or sea lines down there without getting wet.
A great collection of modern and contemporary art, but also a stunning building with beautiful views. The collection boasts Rothko, Lichtenstein, Goldsworthy, and I can’t remember who else. They just finished their renovation this last spring, and it’s worth checking out if you’re an art lover.
Fun place for hiking and enjoying some beautiful views. Low tide is best if you want the full bluff experience, but any time is good for the majority of the hikes.
This is more of a seasonal activity, but La Jolla shores is frequented by colonies of leopard sharks every summer (June to end of September, sometimes October). Leopard sharks are gentle, harmless creatures (our guide this last summer said their mouths are only the size of a quarter) and people can and do snorkel among them. You can swim out with a buddy at La Jolla shores or you can go on a guided tour. We’ve had a good time with Everyday California but there are lots and lots of tour groups to choose from, most are on Avenida de la Playa, in La Jolla.
La Jolla has some really good tide pools. Sea cucumbers, anemones, crabs, guppies are all regulars, but some more exotic creatures can be found if you look hard enough.