How to Plan the Most Epic Girls’ Weekend in San Diego

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Women work hard, and when you do get some R&R, you want to make the most of it. That’s why San Diego should be your next stop for a girls’ getaway. Seventy miles of pristine beaches, sunny weather, and a short drive to wine country. Here’s everything the city has to offer you and your besties.

Wine taste in Temecula

An hour drive from San Diego, Temecula offers over 40 wineries, and tends to be more affordable than other California regions, such as Napa. Start with brunch and a glass of chardonnay on Ponte Winery’s patio, follow that up with a tasting in family-owned Doffo Winery, known for its small batch red wines, and finish with Rose Briar Winery. Rose Briar is owned by a former Disney employee who modeled the winery after Snow White’s cottage. It’s like tasting in Disney World. Just make sure you book tickets in advance for Rose Briar. It books up fast.

And if you’re worried about driving, there are a number of tour operators that offer day trips from the city, handling transportation. 

Rent a duffy boat

Putter around San Diego’s Mission Bay in a private boat. Small and electric, the best way to describe a duffy boat is a golf cart on water—but it floats, we swear. The boat fits around 10 adults and can be rented from Mission Bay Marina. Bring whatever drinks and food you want, plus a bluetooth speaker for music. Rent the boat for an hour and spend the time relaxing on the water. 

Visit the Japanese Friendship Garden

What better way to spend a trip with your besties than visiting Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden. For $12, stroll through a 12-acre expanse that winds around black Japanese pine trees, past coy ponds, over wooden bridges, ending with a stunning bonsai collection. It’s the perfect spot to take a second and unwind during an activity-packed weekend.

Giant margaritas at Baja Beach Cafe

Located directly on Pacific Beach, the Baja Beach Cafe offers massive margaritas you can share with friends. The biggest size, supposedly, contains four shots, so you may feel a little buzzed if you down it too quickly. The cafe offers an extensive variety of flavors, including pomegranate, jalapeno, and key lime pie. But strawberry is a local favorite.

Show up Monday to Friday between 4 to 8 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to take advantage of the cafe’s 2-for-1 happy hour special. 

Seal spot at La Jolla Cove

Northeast of downtown San Diego, La Jolla, a cliff-side community overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a great spot for some outdoor exploration. Protected as part of a marine reserve, you can hike to secret beaches, go snorkeling, or rent kayaks from La Jolla Kayaks and explore the nearby sea coves. There’s also a good chance you may catch a glimpse of a seal swimming by.

Back on land, have lunch at Hawaiian-inspired Duke’s La Jolla or oceanview dining at George’s at the Cove, before shopping in nearby boutiques, like clothing store Robina or the Norma Kay gift shop.

Bar hop in the Gaslamp Quarter

Finish your night with a trip to the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. Known for its bars, clubs, comedy shows, and live music, it’s a great place to celebrate birthdays, bachelorette parties, or even just bar hop. If you’re looking for recommendations, we suggest starting at Vin De Syrah, a chic underground wine bar or Irish-themed sports bar Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub, before moving to Onyx Nightclub for pop music and club beats or Moonshine Flats for some live country music.

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