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Whirlwind Weekend – Beach Hopping in San Diego + Wiki Offline Reader Giveaway

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 by in Domestic, Travel | 26 comments

A Tale of Two Beach Vacations

There once was a time when Mr. Travelbypoints and I would spend a week or two of our vacation days sprawled poolside at a fancy beach resort doing nothing more than lose track of time and contemplate what to order at our next meal. Those days are nevermore.

This past weekend Mr. Travelbypoints and I revisited the traditional beach holidays of years past during a whirlwind weekend trip to lovely San Diego. After weeks of traipsing through five national parks in four weekends and spending a few days on the Connecticut coast right before Sandy hit, we were ready to dial down the activity meter a bit and indulge in a little R&R by the beach.

Make that “beaches” plural.

It seems that we have become those people. The ones incapable of just spending a lazy afternoon by the pool and sipping a margarita. No, this past weekend we indulged in not bar hopping but beach hopping. Did I mention that we’ve also traded in our flip flops for sensible hiking shoes and Vibrams?

Our 36 hours in San Diego were spent strolling the boardwalk at Seaport Village (San Diego Harbor), sea-lion and people watching at La Jolla Cove, hiking the miles of scenic trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve, and walking the sandy beaches of Coronado. The closest we got to a hotel pool was the view from our hotel balcony.

Would we trade this weekend for a week at our fancy beach resort? Not a chance!

Travel Tools Tip and Reader Giveaway

Before I leave you with a few of our favorite pictures from our beach getaway weekend, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce one of my new favorite travel tools – the Wiki Offline App. It’s perfect for both the adventure traveler and the hapless road warrior who finds himself suddenly without access to wireless data. We fell into both buckets this weekend when we discovered that my smartphone battery had mysteriously drained itself despite our best efforts to conserve juice by placing it in airplane mode. Never fear, I whipped out my ipod touch (why can’t Android smartphones figure out how to extend battery life like Apple products?? But I digress….) and was able to look up info on the next beach on our itinerary. The Hotel del Coronado is haunted by the ghost of a star-crossed lover? Who knew?!

Three lucky Travelwhimsy readers will have a chance to try out this super useful app for free. Just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite beach destination is and we’ll pick three winners by next Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Happy travels!

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Seaport Village, San Diego, CA

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Lifeguard Box at La Jolla Cove

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Sun-bathing sea lions at La Jolla Cove

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Entrance leading to Torrey Pines State Reserve

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View from Razor Point Outlook at Torrey Pines State Reserve

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Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve

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Towering Sandstone Cliffs at Torrey Pines Beach

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Hotel Del Coronado or The Del

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  • Embla

    My favorite beach destination has to be Sardinia. I’d love to go beach-hopping there!

    P.S. Razor Point looks amazing…!!

    • I heard Sardinia is amazing. Can’t wait to visit one day!

  • FEV7

    My favorite beach destination is in sunny Southern California – Manhattan Beach … or any beach in Southern California.  

    • I never truly appreciated the beauty of California beaches until I moved out of state.  Now I can’t get enough of them.

  • Cabetca

    Best beach on earth has to be on Orpheus Island in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.  Wishing I were there right now!

    • Just googled it – truly stunning!

  • worldtraveler

    Favorite beach destination…Bora Bora, hands down

    • Ooh, great place to use my free priority club night!

  • Jen T

    The bahamas because the water is usually so warm!

    • Warm beach water hits the spot.  The waters this weekend were too cold to swim in.

  • americantaitai

    Glad to hear you enjoyed a weekend of R&R… well relatively speaking!  Gorgeous photos as always.  Favorite beach destinations: the Hawaiian Islands: Maui and Lanai!!!  Specifically Kapalua Beach and Flemming Beach in Maui, and Manele Bay on Lanai, where you can literally swim with the spinner dolphins!!  

    • I want to swim with dolphins!  Next trip to Hawaii, we’re going to check out Maui. 🙂

  • Will have to check out Hermosa Beach next time our travels take us to California!

  • HF

    Clearwater, FL! Beautiful white sand. The only downside is sometimes (or most time) tooooo many people.

    • I guess that’s why hidden gems don’t stay hidden for long!

  • Mike H

    My fav is Bahia Honda in the keys.  Incredible palm dotted crescent beach facing the old railroad.

    • We visited the keys for the first time last year and enjoyed our coastal drive along the Overseas Highway.  Beautiful place!

  • Chris K.

    Hanauma Bay Hawaii, more for the bay than the beach.

    • Love Hanauma Bay!  Went snorkeling for the first time there.

  • MaryE

    Presently living in South Korea, and I would love to go back to the beautiful beaches of Okinawa.

    • Okinawa is on our must-visit list!  BTW, I adore kdramas! 🙂

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  • San Diego Resident

    FYI, it’s “Seaport” Village, not “Seaside”

    • Good catch, SD Resident.  Thanks!

      • Wendy Mcclean

        I am so impressed with your beautiful writing and pictures,  Can you give some info about the plannings of these WWW trip? Thanks, Wendy

        • Wendy, take a look at this post for the planning of those WWW trips –

          You could also take a look at my trip planning posts on this page –

          Happy planning and safe travels!

        • Thanks for your kind words, Wendy.  Truth be told, it’s a team effort. My husband (Jimmy @ handles most of the logistics while I get dibs on the activity planning (the fun part!).  For most weekend trips, there is not much work to be done apart from some online research (best hiking trails, tripadvisor city guides, yelp, national/state parks, best of-type goole searches). Thanks for stopping by!