With near perfect weather year round and a thriving urban core, San Diego is the perfect weekend getaway for the LGBTQ community. With easy access to sprawling beaches, world class dining, shopping experiences, and a robust nightlife, there are countless reasons to make this SoCal destination the next stop on your list. San Diego is sure to become a much sought after vacation spot for people of all ages as the city continues to expand. Here's our itinerary for the perfect weekend.
Friday, 4:00 PM - Check into the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: Blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and only steps from the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy the beautiful views of this waterfront oasis. From dynamic meeting spaces to resort-style relaxation, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina provides guests with luxury suites in the epicenter of all the San Diego action. Make sure to visit The Hideaway Spa for a couple's massage or a refreshing facial before hitting the town. It'll be hard to leave this peaceful oasis, but this is just the beginning of all that San Diego has to offer!
Friday, 8:00 PM - Hit Up Happy Hour at Urban Mo's Bar & Grill: A gem in San Diego's immense nightlife scene, Urban Mo's offers tasty bar food and signature cocktails in the heart of San Diego's LGBTQ neighborhood. Known for its colorful lawn ornaments and pink flamingos dotting the outdoor patio, Urban Mo's has become a local favorite with electric dance parties and the most exciting drag brunches in San Diego. After you've tried the savory burgers and seen the plastic farm animal cocktail adornments on the upper deck, you're sure to understand why the locals love Mo's!
Saturday, 12:00 PM - Stroll Through Balboa Park: Jam packed with iconic San Diego landmarks, world-renowned museums and entertainment venues, as well as the beauties of Southern California nature, Balboa Park is a must-see for every guest of the city. Whether bringing the kids to one of the hundreds of 12 and under attractions, taking the dogs for a walk on any of the miles of hiking trails, or attending a show, there is never a lack of things to experience at Balboa Park. Guests enjoy nightly events at the 10 dedicated performance spaces with side-splitting comedy, lively musicals, Shakespeare under the stars and weekly concerts, as well as the 17 different museums and world famous San Diego Zoo, while strolling among beautiful, staggering palm trees and sweeping architecture from the Spanish Colonial Revival era. Daily event and concert schedules are available online at https://www.balboapark.org
Saturday, 7:00 PM - Dinner at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine: With over 16 years of service in the Gaslamp Quarter, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine has become a staple of downtown San Diego. This old fashioned supper club demonstrates a relaxed elegance spiced with a nautical flair, complete with a well-stocked antique bar. Blue Point strives to reinterpret and reinvent seafood classics in fresh, new ways as guests enjoy specialty cocktails perfect for every dish. With the freshest ingredients and an attention to detail, Blue Point proves why it has remained an authority in downtown San Diego cuisine.
Sunday, 11:00 AM - Breakfast Burritos at Lucha Libre Taco Shop: Established in 2008, Lucha Libre has become a San Diego staple in the Mission Hills District. Started by three brothers from Mexico, Lucha Libre carries a diverse menu of Mexican classics with a vibrant atmosphere and retro wrestling decor at both its original location in Mission Hills and the brand new location in North Park. After enjoying all that San Diego nightlife has to offer, start your day off right with a breakfast burrito made for champions at this swanky taco shop.
Sunday, 3:00 PM - Relax at the Museum of Photographic Arts: Spend your afternoon browsing the walls and exhibits of the Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown San Diego. With the ever-evolving landscape of camera-capable cell phones and technological advancements, visit the MoPA to experience photography in all of its glory: from masterworks of the past to emerging talents of the twenty-first century. Dedicated to exploring the universal language of photography, let the Museum of Photographic Arts transport you across the globe and throughout history, all from behind the lens.