best west coast road trip! (part two)

If you missed part 1, you can check it out here.   On to the next part of the journey:

From Jacumba to Tijuana.

After Jacumba, we continued along the border until we got to the crossing into Tijuana.  We decided we wanted to dedicate some time on our short trip to popping into Mexico because neither of us had been before.  While I know this is not necessarily the best or most authentic Mexico experience, I really enjoyed getting to explore and walk around for the day.

After we arrived, we went to Playas de Rosarito.  It’s a cute little beach town about 20 minutes driving from Tijuana.  It was recommended to us by our cab driver and we figured we might as well explore a bit.


We walked around the shops and then we ate at a cute little spot called El Nido.  I love their decor and the food was delish!

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(There was a whale mural on the way to Rosarito that I loved, but unfortunately couldn’t catch on my camera.  Does anyone have a photo of it by chance?!)


Of course, we also went down to the beach and walked along the ocean.

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After visiting Rosarito, we headed back to Tijuana and walked down Avenida Revolucion.  We also visited Mercado Hidalgo and there were so many wonderful fruits, herbs, and goods.  It was really neat to visit!


Back to the States & North-bound!

After spending the day walking around the city, we were pretty worn out.  Unfortunately, then it took about 3 hours for us to get through the line to get back into the U.S. By the time we got back to our car it was already dark.   We had plans to stay on a sailboat in a marina in the San Diego harbor, so we went straight there and got cozy in the small boat for the night.

We woke up bright and early and went to San Diego’s Donut Bar for a yummy breakfast.  We also visited Balboa Park and walked around.  The Spreckels Organ Pavilion was gorgeous, and the area had such a nice vibe.  There were a lot of people out and about, enjoying the park and museums.  I wish we had more time there!

Then we headed to La Jolla to see the sea lions and beauty of the ocean.  It was so lovely and definitely a recommended stop!


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I love wildlife and there was so much to see and explore at La Jolla.  Beautiful stretch of the coast.  The California coast always amazes me.

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From La Jolla and San Diego, we headed back to the east to continue our journey.  Check back later this week for part 3!

For more photos from the trip (and lots more wildlife photos!), visit our Through the Lens section of the site.

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