With warm temperatures and fewer crowds, spring is truly the best time to visit San Diego and this season, there are even more tempting reasons to visit the southern Californian city for a holiday.
Where to eat/drink
Juniper & Ivy
Juniper & Ivy - a once-abandoned warehouse - is one of the areas go-to destinations where the 'trendy set' meet for inventive culinary food and creative cocktails. The restaurant was founded by Michael Rosen who very cleverly appointed the James Beard Nominated Chef Anthony Wells to run the kitchens and devise an ever-evolving menu. With the theatre of an open-plan kitchen serving as the backdrop to your nights enjoyment - revel in culinary creations that are ideal for sharing.
Juniper & Ivy delivers a chef-driven menu that uses hand-selected, seasonal ingredients crafted with precision, passion, and creativity. Daily offerings rotate, based on the top ingredients brought in by local farmers and fishermen that morning. We highly-recommend the spicy tuna rolls wrapped in a sesame leaf, the smoked sturgeon dip with caviar and homemade potato chips and the lamb meatballs with heritage bean hummus, dill naan and marinated cucumbers.
Wolfie's Carousel Bar
What's more fun than having a drink amidst the joy of a fun fair! Originally built and immortalised in 1881 by German carousel master carver and builder, Charles I.D. Looff — nicknamed “Wolfie” by friends — the revolving centrepiece does a complete circle every fourteen minutes ensuring you see everything and everyone sees you - no more complaining about being stuck in a table by the corner. The restaurant and bar was designed by Gillian and Mauricio Couturier and co-owners Abe and Ricky Aguilar and is inspired by the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Must-try drinks include the Fleur De France and Wolfie's Connection.
Where to stay
The Monsaraz San Diego, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
The newly-built luxury four-star hotel which is part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton is ideal for those visiting on either business or pleasure. Steps from Fisherman’s Landing, The Monsaraz San Diego is less than five minutes from downtown and Sea World, and under two miles from Sunset Cliffs beach. Modern, spacious rooms are available in a range of categories and include all the amenities you would expect such as coffee machines, safety deposit boxes etc. There is also a beautiful restaurant, courtyard with locally inspired events, a coffee roaster, and cocktail bar which all complete the relaxed San Diego vibe. The hotel is the perfect base to visit all the attractions that San Diego has to offer.
What to do
Thrilling rides and experiences
World-renowned San Diego Zoo recently unveiled Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, a high tech experience giving guests new opportunities to get up close with nature. Each of the four rooms that make up Basecamp embody a different ecosystem and invite families to encounter different animals and enjoy interactive elements.
In May, the world’s first LEGO Ferrari interactive experience will open at LEGOLAND, where little ones and their parents can build, test and race their own LEGO Ferrari. Families will have the opportunity to sit inside a life-size LEGO Ferrari F40 model, learn fun Ferrari facts from a LEGO pit crew member, and race their creations on one of the three racetracks.
Exciting festivals and events
The blooming beautiful Flower Fields opened at Carlsbad Ranch in northern San Diego this March. Running until 8 May, visitors can see numerous coordinated, colourful gardens – including one made of red, white and blue petunias in the shape of an American flag – take a scenic tractor ride or pick fresh, sweet-tasting blueberries.
The weekend of 30 April – 1 May will see the 39th edition of Fiesta Old Town, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the heart of San Diego’s first neighbourhood. The free event features live music, traditional dance performances, street food vendors and crafts by local artists which celebrate Mexican culture and history.
British Airways flies direct from London Heathrow to San Diego International Airport from £552 return in April.