Arriving after sunset our short journey from the airport to our shorefront hotel gave us an introduction to the sparkling lights of the city. As we entered, the view from our 27th floor room over the harbour and city was magical. Not much time to really enjoy it as the 18 hours of travelling took its toll and we hit the soft pillows and comfy mattress!
Waking up before sunrise we sat and watched as the light behind the mountains became brighter until the sun rose in all its glory, exposing the beautiful harbour and city of San Diego. Eager to explore we contained ourselves until the restaurant we had identified for breakfast opened at 7am!! A short walk from the hotel and we found Cafe 222, marketed as a ‘retro diner’ we were welcomed into the small cafe, swiftly served with gallons of coffee and enormous servings of breakfast.
Well fed and watered we set off to explore the waterside as the sun started warming us up. One thing we noticed is the large number of homeless people (bit upmarket as they have their possessions in shopping trolleys as opposed to the usual bags) around the town.
Walking along the boardwalk we found the pier we will sail from on Saturday, and just generally enjoyed the sights along the way.
Beautiful brown pelicans were either serenely floating on the water, or majestically taking flight. A large sea lion was ducking and diving in the water. A beautiful hummingbird tantalised us by flying right above us until I grabbed the camera and it then played a game of ‘catch me if you can’, needless to say the bird won!!
After a short rest we headed out again, this time in the opposite direction and then into the ancient Gaslight District of town with its old buildings, multitudinous restaurants and buoyant atmosphere.
After purchasing a few supplies we headed back to the harbour side for an early seafood dinner watching as the sun set and the last post sounded over the water from the navy ships.