I'm in San Diego, well, northern San Diego county. Look at places on VRBO (vacation rental by owner) if you've never checked them out. When we would vacation here, before moving, we found some really good deals. I have a love-hate relationship with it here. I love the weather, hate the traffic, love the convenience and availability of good quality food, hate the traffic. Housing is quite expensive too. My husband always says sunshine is expensive! Sadly, I think we are moving back to PA later in the year. Family issues and responsibilities are hard to handle from the other side of the country. I will miss it.
Anyway, sorry to hijack your journal. I still follow your progress and enjoy reading about your life. If you do make it down this way, let me know! Maybe we could meet up, if you'd want to take a little detour from your anniversary trip. Our anniversary is in October too!