Hanging in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Pacific Beach

One of the biggest benefits of going back to school is having breaks again.

And I kicked off my spring break by driving two hours south to sunny San Diego with John this past weekend. (It was his birthday!) We’d stayed in the city before, and we each had spent some time on Coronado Island, but this time, we opted for Pacific Beach, which was beautiful, laid-back and very bike-able. I was so glad we brought our bikes along—we hardly drove anywhere all weekend.

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Pacific Beach pier cottageslifeguard standTurns out a lot of other people were traveling to San Diego for spring break, too. While there was some debauchery, nothing ever interfered with our visit. It helped that we were only half a block away from the beach.

Pacific Beach

My favorite part? Watching the sun set over the Pacific two days in a row. On Friday, we watched it from a rooftop bar. On Saturday, we watched it from the beach. Both times, the crowds that had gathered to watch applauded when the last sliver of sun disappeared.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach

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Other trip highlights include stargazing by the shore. People watching. Dog watching. Making rum-infused smoothies in the hotel room. (We brought our own blender.) Spending a weekend away from the computer. And simply relaxing. A shout-out to Woody’s, Beaumont’s and Dirty Birds, which were some of the food & drink highlights of the weekend. Not to mention all our servers and bartenders. Is it just me, or is everyone nicer on the West Coast?

Now, I plan on using the rest of my spring break wisely by getting some reading, writing and cleaning done.

Do you have any upcoming travel plans you’re looking forward to?

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  1. Oh how I’d love to venture to the west coast again very soon. I’ve only been once but it left such a huge impact on me. The relaxing atmosphere is just so wonderful. It sounds like you had a lovely getaway!! The photos are breathtaking. 🙂

    • Cassie Paton says:

      The atmosphere really is amazing. I was drawn to it from the first time I visited as a puny tween. 🙂 You should absolutely come out and visit—and if you come to L.A., give me a shout. 🙂

  2. What beautiful scenery 🙂 Great pics and glad you guys had a great time! I miss the beach and can’t wait for better weather – we were hit with another snow storm Sunday and I’m hoping Spring is around the corner! Sick of snow. Happy Hump Day Cassie! -Iva

  3. Beautiful photographs!! And I’m missing my breaks so much! Thankfully we did something fun last year so I can say that I did my last Spring Break right 🙂

    • Cassie Paton says:

      It’s definitely good to take advantage of those breaks when you have them! I’m happy mine was a combination of relaxation and productivity. 🙂

  4. I love the pictures you took in this post! I really wish I could go to Cali for Spring Break but my plans to do so fell through.

    I might go to Canada for a little bit just to have a change of scenery. I’ll be traveling to the Philippines this summer so that will definitely be a change of pace!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your break <3

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Ahh that’s so neat you’re going to the Phillippines! A change of scenery can do a lot of good. Can’t wait to hear about your travels!

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