The Nueva Latina

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Happy Thursday! I am SUPER excited to do my post on San Diego! It’s almost been two weeks since I was there and I am already missing the COOL summer air. Texas summers can get old reeeeal quick! Haha

When the bride invited me to San Diego for her bachelorette, I was a little nervous. Girls’ Trips, in general, make me nervous after a bad experience I had. I was excited to go back to San Diego, though, since the last time I was there it was for a family trip.

Although I won’t be hitting up San Diego for my bachelorette, it’s the PERFECT place for a bachelorette. There is SO MUCH to do! The weather is PERFECT! And the food is AMAZING!


To Stay

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

207 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

Right in the middle of the action! I loved this hotel because it’s right in the Gaslamp Quarter. You have access to a bunch of food, drinks, and entertainment. My favorite part of the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego was the pool party. We didn’t spend the whole day there, but it was a fun time a couple of minutes we were there.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor Island Dr

San Diego, CA 92101

The second hotel we stayed at was on the final day of the trip. We chose a different, calmer area of San Diego. But, I absolutely LOVED this hotel. It is literally 5 minutes from the airport. They have two resort style pools. They also have paddle boarding, kayaking, and bicycles for rent. My favorite part of this hotel was how close it was to the airport. I was in no rush, which really made me feel like I was on vacay.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


To Do

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a district of San Diego, California. It is a 16½ block historical neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, and is the site of several entertainment and night life venues, as well as scheduled events and festivals, including Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, Street Scene Music Festival, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK, a St. Patrick’s Day event. Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres is located one block away in downtown San Diego’s East Village.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. This was the perfect getaway from the Gaslamp Quarter.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


To Eat

UNION Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

333 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

With an extensive brunch menu and bottomless mimosas, this is the perfect brunch place for you and your girls if you are staying at or near the Gaslamp Quarter.

Pictured below: Breakfast Flatbread

Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon, Sausage, Soft Egg & Mozzarella Curd

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Quinn’s Ale House

1380 Harbor Island Dr

San Diego, CA 92101

Best hotel food I have had in my whole life! Yes, this restaurant is inside a hotel, but once the food arrives you completely disregard that. As America’s Capital of Craft Beer, Quinn’s Ale House now showcases locally crafted world-class beer and award winning breweries. Their beer taps change constantly, but their philosophy has remained the same – serve well-crafted beers and spirits paired with an unmatched warming experience.

Pictured below: Parmesan Chicken Bites

Garlic/Parsley/Marinara/Sweet Potatoe Fries

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Nightlife

El Chingon

560 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

This was my favorite place in Gaslamp. It was super Mexican themed and super fun! The staff was super nice and they had a pretty extensive drink menu. Bottle service here was easy and they were straight to the point. Lively, two-story destination for Mexican eats & cocktails with tequila & mezcal.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Avoid

Oxford Social Club

435 Fifth Ave,San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego, CA 92101

I don’t even want to touch this subject, but STAY AWAY from this place. We were offered “comped” bottle service one night and had a reservation the second night. Both nights, we were kicked out of the table that was reserved for us. The first night, another group of girls claimed that the table they sat us at was theirs. The second night, they said something about having to be at a $2,000 minimum per table right before they shooed us away and gave our table to someone else. I don’t care where we are or what the rules are…be up front with a group from the beginning and have some manners instead of kicking people out. And how did they know we couldn’t pay the $2,000 minimum? Ugh. Some might call this place “exclusive” and I just call it TRASH.

And no pictures because I am salty like that.


I had a great time in San Diego and I can’t wait to be back!

Have you ever visited San Diego?

What is your favorite thing about San Diego?

What other bachelorette destinations are fun?

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

When I found out I was staying at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston during my stay while visiting the Bud Light Brewery, I started Googling right away. I read that it was a boutique hotel and I thought, “Oh, that’s cool.” I had never stayed in a boutique hotel, but I had heard of them before. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but upon arrival that all changed.

When I arrived at the Magnolia Hotel Houston, the first thing I noticed is the historic building in which it is housed. Built in 1926, the structure has remained a significant part of the city’s history, previously serving as a corporate office for the Houston Post Dispatch Newspaper and Shell Oil Company. In 2003, after extensive renovations, it reopened as the Magnolia Hotel.The integrity of the building’s unique exterior was kept intact, while modern, luxurious touches were added inside. Continue reading

I’M BACK!!

Well for a taaaaaad bit at least. Studying has taken over my life so after my next blog post I will be taking a hiatus until after October 28. Wish me luck on my PE licensing exam y’all!

So last week we had the most AMAZING opportunity to visit the great Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. My cousin got married there so we decided to make a mini-vacay out of it.

I fell in love with the food, the colors, and the people of Guadalajara and I can’t wait to go back.

The wedding was BEAUTIFUL and was at this super cute hacienda on the outskirts of Guadalajara.

As you might have guessed, I am very proud of my Mexican heritage and background.

I love Mexico with all my heart and, despite all the troubles the country is going through right now, I will always see it as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Continue reading

I was around 8 when I was first introduced to Las Vegas. My parents had been visiting for years, but it wasn’t until I watched a special about Las Vegas on The Travel Channel that I began to notice.

I was also really into the Rugrats and in 1997 Nickelodeon came out with “A Rugrats Vacation” where Tommy, Chucky, Phil, Lil, and Angelica go on a Vegas adventure. Their adventure along with their rendition of “Vacation” was enough to hook me to the idea of Vegas at the age of 8.

Las Vegas always seemed magical to me even before I truly knew the magic of it. Las Vegas is a place that suggests that the rest of the world is the desert and IT is the oasis. There is no other place that captures the full spirit of America than Las Vegas for me. Continue reading