Whirlwind Weekend – Beach Hopping in San Diego + Wiki Offline Reader Giveaway
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.
Leave a comment below about your favorite beach vacation for your chance to win a free Wiki Offline app code!
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