San Diego – A Day at the Beach

As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Isabel’s Cantina, as featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

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Great beach for walking, biking, or swimming

Great beach for walking, biking, or swimming

Today began with breakfast at Isabel’s Cantina, which had been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Their specialty is breakfast and they are known for their French Toast. Luckily we had the address and a GPS, because signage is not visible from the road. We lucked out with a free parking spot and obviously we weren’t the only ones who knew about this place. Apparently it is a well known locals hangout…so why would they need signage??   They had so many breakfast items it was hard to choose just one…like coconut, banana strawberry French Toast! George opted for the Raisin Cinnamon Swirl French Toast and I chose a Carnitas/Potato mixture without the eggs, and even got an ample size glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Yum!

While we were parking the car, we noticed a beach up ahead and decided to walk to it to see if it would be a good place to camp out for the day. We didn’t want to haul chairs, towels, a cooler, and our books, etc. And we certainly didn’t want to lose our free parking space. It was only about 6 blocks away. There it was, the “perfect” beach! It had a boardwalk, lots of sand, bike rentals, shops and restaurants and plenty of area to plant ourselves for the day. We had discovered Pacific Beach!! We love to walk on the beach, so we began walking, and walking, and walking. It was so fun and the crashing waves were so beautiful! We walked all the way to Mission Beach, which was about a mile down the coast and then a mile back.

Even though we had hats and sunscreen, we decided that maybe we had enough sun for one day. But we vowed to come back! So we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool and then to the lounge to listen to the band and take advantage of happy hour drinks and appetizers.

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