We are enjoying beach time at Mission Beach, San Diego. Cathy has rented us a place right on the beach We look over the Pacific Ocean and are on the Boardwalk for walking, biking and people watching.
The Beach and the Boardwalk
Here are some pics in the vicinity of our place on Sunset Court. The Pacific waters are quite cold. I can attest to this after a very quick swim in the surf. However it’s sunny and warm. The winds have churned up a good surf for the kite boarders and surfers. The buskers are out on the boardwalk in the evening. One caught our attention. The short video shows him creating giant soap bubbles that the kids love to chase and break.
Places we visited
ZLAC’s was founded in 1892. All of the women in Cathy’s family, her grandmother, her mother, her aunt, her cousins, have all been members of rowing crews. Max let us wander around, thank you Max.
Our timing was perfect. We walked to the end of the pier just as a pod of dolphins came by fishing.
The hotel is iconic, and many locals say Coronado Beach is the best.
Places we ate
When we are in coastal California, it is almost as much about the food as the beach. So here is our rundown.
Easter Dinner with the Family
Cathy’s cousins invited us to their hilltop home in La Mesa for Easter Dinner. Thank you for letting us join the extended family for an Easter feast of prime rib, ham and all the trimmings.
We were treated by Cathy’s cousins to dinner at Island Prime. It’s 5 star dining, and we ate excellent mussels, calamari, ahi tuna, scallops, lamb chops and steak. The restaurant has views of San Diego Bay and we saw one of the three nuclear aircraft carriers that harbor here.
Our daughter has joined us for a few days in Mission Beach for her birthday and Easter. George’s is in La Jolla. Cathy reserved a table well in advance on the terrace overlooking the cove where the sea lions gather to check out the tourists. This place was voted a well deserved #1 restaurant in San Diego.
We met long time friends from Irvine at this historic Mexican restaurant in Capistrano. Pictures of celebrities line the walls, including President Nixon who lived in nearby San Clemente. The mains are cooked on a mesquite grill – very tasty.
This restaurant is on the north end of Mission Beach. Our daughter treated us to a number of shared seafood plates and some craft beers, while we watched the sunset. Excellent choice on the beach.
Coast to Coast USA
This blog is part of our Coast to Coast USA series. Cathy and I are now packing up and taking a five day drive across the southern USA to Hilton Head in the Carolina’s. Stay tuned for our back to back comparison of the California and Carolina beaches.