The Del Mar Experience

I had the whole trip planned, my annual Fourth of July trip to Palm Springs was set and I was really excited to go. Due to the shutdown and COVID-19, I needed a few nights away. Of course, it wouldn’t be the same as years prior, but it was still the family vacation tradition we like to uphold. Unexpectedly, three days before our family outing, the dreadful phone call came in: “Sorry Crysta, the Governor shut down a large portion of Riverside County, so we should rethink the trip.” I suddenly thought to myself, “DAMN.”

If you don’t live in California, you wouldn’t understand our counties. Our Governor decided to declare a Fourth of July shutdown of bars, restaurants, and beaches. Look, I’ve stayed inside, social distanced, followed all of the rules, and I’m grossly under-employed. I needed these two nights away. All we were going to do was order in at the hotel, hang out by the pool, and maybe stroll down the lifeless downtown area since, let’s face it, nothing was going on. Therefore, I decided to call the hotel in Palm Springs and ask them what changes were going to be made as a result of the new lockdown orders. The manager made it clear that they were unsure if the pool would be open to those who stayed at the hotel, and they were told that many restaurants were going to close for the weekend. Honestly, I’m not going to pay good money just to sit down in a hotel room in Palm Springs and do nothing. I needed to change the course of action, so I decided to do some research and find a two-night getaway that had fewer restrictions.

From my research, I learned that San Diego County was the place to be since the beaches would remain open as long as the social distancing orders were followed, and outdoor dining was available. YAY! Now onto the fun part, which was finding where to stay. I wanted to look for a hotel that was close to the beach and a reasonable price. I enjoy finding those hidden deals because it feels like you have struck gold. Luckily, I scored the winning touchdown! Let me begin by saying that I prefer to get the best lodging possible, at the cheapest rate possible. You can actually find this as long as you take the time to do your research. I found a cute town called Del Mar, which is 30 minutes away from San Diego. Del Mar is a beach city in San Diego County, California, and is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, Del Mar is Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea.”

The hotel I found, known as the Best Western Premier Hotel, was at a price that was incredible! I never stayed at a Best Western before, but because the price for two nights was amazing and budget-friendly, it was definitely worth a shot. Before arriving, I looked at several photos of the hotel and the surrounding area, and I briefly skimmed through the reviews because frankly, not all reviews are fair. I prefer to judge for myself.

All in all, let me share with you my experience. The Best Western Premier Hotel in Del Mar is a 3-star hotel with a 5-star staff and location. The staff was awesome, the managers were helpful, the amenities were clean, and the location was truly the selling point. The hotel is located blocks away from the beach and downtown area, and the town is not pretentious. Not to mention, the locals are extremely friendly considering that they say “Hello!” as they walk past you. Do you find that in your area? Because unfortunately where I live, I don’t. The downtown area was filled with a great variety of stores, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and convenience stores that were all within a 5 to 10-minute walk from the hotel. The most accurate description of the vibe in Del Mar is calm and peaceful. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing beach vacation or weekend getaway, it’s worth it to check out Del Mar, California. You will experience a 5-star vacation at a 2 to 3-star price. I was reluctant to go back home, but I was so glad I took the time to discover a new place that rejuvenated my spirits, especially in this year of COVID-19.

Crysta Garner

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