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All the sand, sun, and fun in San Diego make the city a perfect getaway for a girl’s weekend. Whether you are planning a bachelorette party or just looking forward to spending a few days away from home, there are all sorts of things you can do to have an amazing time while you are in town. There are far too many awesome attractions to experience them all in a single weekend, so we’ve put together this list of five places in San Diego you need to include in your itinerary for your girl’s weekend. Keep scrolling to check them out!
Hotel Del Coronado
The perfect girl’s weekend requires having the perfect place to stay, right? When it comes to incredible accommodations in San Diego, you can’t go wrong with the Hotel Del Coronado. This historic landmark is located just across the San Diego Bay from downtown and is home to mouthwatering five-star restaurants, a world-class spa, and trendy bars and lounges. When you stay here, you’ll also be just steps away from the Pacific Ocean where you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset or spend some time strolling along the beach.
Retreat Pool & Cabanas
Spending time at the beach is great, but for many people, the sand and surf aren’t all they are cracked up to be. If you are looking for a place where you and your girls can soak up some Vitamin D and take a dip in a tranquil, relaxing environment, you’re going to want to visit Retreat Pool & Cabanas.
Retreat pool and cabana is more than just another El Cajon pool. It’s an aquatic oasis where you can relax in one of two swimming pools, take a trip down a lazy river, sip on handcrafted cocktails, or dine on light, local fare. The expansive poolside deck features comfortable deck chairs as well as oversized daybeds and luxurious cabanas that you can reserve to take your experience to the next level.
Whether you are working on your tan or enjoying some time in the cool, pristine water, Retreat is a perfect place to enjoy the Southern California sun with your girlfriends.
If you want your girl’s weekend to include drinks, dancing, and lots of sun and sand, head to Pacific Beach. Located along the Pacific shoreline, this seaside community knows how to party! Spend some time exploring Garnet Street, and you will surely find the perfect spot to get your drink on. There are several bars to choose from, most of which offer outdoor seating. If you’re looking for a spot with ocean views, check out Lahaina Beach Club or PB Shore Club. Other popular spots include Firehouse, PB Cantina, and Bub’s Dive Park.
When evening rolls around, there are plenty of trendy spots to grab a bite to eat. More and more gourmet restaurants are popping up in Pacific Beach, and unlike the establishments in many other parts of San Diego, they have a laidback vibe. Translation: You can enjoy a five-star meal in your flip flops.
As the night progresses, make your way to one of the areas dance clubs. Thrusters Lounge and Johnny V are both popular options where you can let go of your cares and dance the night away.
Pacific Beach is known for its laid-back atmosphere and beach bars, so it’s a popular destination among the early 20s crowd. And if you need a place to stay, it’s right next to Mission Beach, which is home to some pretty incredible beach house rentals.
When you want to experience all the best that San Diego has to offer, a trip to the Gaslamp Quarter is a must. This trendy neighborhood is home to fine dining establishments, bars & lounges that serve up delicious handcrafted cocktails, nightclubs, and much, much more.
If you visit during the day, spend some time browsing the unique shops that line the streets. There are all sorts of interesting wares to be had, and shopping in this area is an adventure all its own. A few museums call the Gaslamp Quarter home, too, and they’re worth checking out if you are enjoying a more laid-back girl’s weekend.
After dark, this historic neighborhood comes to life. There are several high-end dining establishments where you can enjoy the best coastal cuisine has to offer, sip of drinks prepared by master mixologists, and chow down on some of the best desserts you’ve ever had. There are also plenty of trendy bars where you can kick back with a cocktail, a craft beer, or any other type of adult beverage you can imagine. And, of course, there are some amazing nightclubs where you can your girls can dance until the sun comes up!
Balboa Park is a massive park located in the heart of downtown San Diego. It’s bigger than New York City’s Central Park and is home to all sorts of things to see and do. If you and your girls love animals, a stop at the San Diego Zoo is definitely in order. See the exhibits from the comfort of a tour bus, or soar over them on the Skyfari tram. There’s also the Kangaroo Bus, which allows riders to hop on and hop off at various stops throughout the zoo. Take in a show or make a new friend at one of the zoo’s animal encounters. Who says zoos are just for kids?
The park is also home to a wide range of museums, gardens, attractions, and more. There are places to shop, places to eat, and even places to enjoy live performances. If you can’t find something for your group to do in Balboa Park, you aren’t looking hard enough!
San Diego is the perfect weekend escape. Whether you are planning a laid-back girl’s weekend or you want to experience the city’s thriving nightlife, there is always something to do in “America’s Finest City.”