The first thing we need to get straight is that when visiting San Diego, you’re going to need a car. It’s a spread out city full of distinct neighborhoods waiting to be explored but it’s seriously lacking in public transportation.
Get an early start and head to the beach before it gets too hot. If you get down there early enough you can leave your car at Belmont Park before spots become scarce. Come with your own wheels or rent some in Mission Beach to bike, skate or blade along the boardwalk. Head north for a mile and a half and stop for breakfast at Woody’s. Cool off with an açai bowl or opt for the Hangover Sando if you’re looking for something heartier. The banana pancakes are also delish.