Weekend Trip to San Diego

I’ve been to San Diego before, but never done a full post about it! The good thing is that you can either drive or fly. This time we found cheap flights on Frontier for only $39 on way so less than $80 round trip which made it worth my time to fly. We went for my friend’s 30th birthday and we had soooo much fun!

Where We Stayed

We stayed in Mission Beach here, There were 10 girls total so we each paid $153 for 2 nights. It was a great location we could walk to the beach, restaurants and coffee shops.

We walked to Hot Tub Cursin, Boat Rental and rented a pontoon with a boat on it. You have to nominate a friend to be the driver, but it was so cheap! They dump the water and refill it after each use so it wasn’t gross. It was great for our big group and only $42 each for 2 hours. We brought our own towels, but they can provide towels and even ice in a cooler.

Where to Eat

Where To Go Out

There are a few different areas to go out in San Diego. Pacific Beach you could walk or take a scooter from our Airbnb. Downtown was about a 20 minute uber ride, but recommend for a Saturday night.

Pacific Beach:

Downtown:

 

Barcelona

How We Got There

We booked pretty late about 1.5 out from our trip, but I believe we could have found a cheaper flight. We paid $590 per person roundtrip from Chicago directly to Barcelona on Norwegian airlines. This is a low cost airline so don’t expect anything free. The nice thing is you can order food, drinks and snacks directly from your seat. You just swipe your card and the attendant will bring you your food a few minutes later.

Where We Stayed

Because we were in a group of 5 we wanted to all stay together. In Europe, many hotels only allow for two people rooms either a king bed or two twin beds so we chose to stay at Airbnbs.

We stayed here for two nights and then we stayed here for two additional nights.

Sights to See

  • Park Guell

Buy tickets here ahead of time because they sell out! It was under construction a bit when we arrived via taxi. Beautiful views of the city.

  • La Sagrada Familia

The famous church you should also buy tickets ahead of time here, because they sell out too.

  • Arch de Triomf

Places to Eat

  • Catalana

Churros and THE best sangria!!

Last, you can get Tapas anywhere. They were pretty affordable you just pick out the ones you want and they heat them up for you!

 

 

Cartagena Colombia

We flew from Cusco with two stops in Lima and Bogota before getting to the coastal city of Cartagena. We were lucky and were able to get on earlier flights for no extra cost. Originally we were going to waste almost a whole day of traveling. Cartagena reminded be in a way of Miami. My favorite parts were the amazing food and colored buildings.

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Cartagena which was an amazing location right across from the beach, mall and tons of restaurants. We stayed a total of 3 nights which was a perfect amount of time to explore the city. It only cost 8,000 points a night (24,000 total) which I was able to transfer directly from my Chase credit card points directly to Hyatt points. We loved the amenities here including the gym, pool and restaurant. The breakfast buffet was amazing with fresh juices, omelet bar, and so much more.

Where We Ate

  1. Mangata for dinner!!
  2. Kai Sushi Wok one of the best poke bowls of my life!!
  3. Crepe & Waffles which we found out is a chain in Colombia
  4. Desayunos for breakfast
  5. Cafe Del Mar for drinks. Warning: self seating and hard to get a table during sunset. The service was pretty bad, but it has a great view of the ocean.
  6. Cookie Jaar- $2 ice cream sandwich combos

Old Town

Newport Beach

 

Where We Stayed

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa– $273 total for two nights. I found that the prepay option is cheaper although, it was non-refundable.


Where to Eat

Bearflag-loved this chill atmosphere. I got the Bearflag sushi roll!

Wahoo’s Tacos- cheap, but so worth it! We were able to walk here from our hotel.

Agora Churrascaria– a Brazilian steakhouse a lot like Texas de Brazil if you’ve ever been.

Things To Do

 Rent bikes and bike around the pier.

Take the ferry from newport to Balboa Island only $1

Where to Drink

The Bungalow– great atmosphere and view of Huntington Beach!

Laguna beach- we did the 1000 steps beach located here. Be prepared to feel the burn on the way back up!