You can take a round-trip to Coronado or choose between traveling north or south on a boat that has it all. Tickets costs 22$/adult and the tour lasts 1 hour. I did it over and over again because of the incredible sights you can see, really postcard-worthy pictures. Here's a sample so you can see what I mean. Thanks!
More information at http://www.Oldtownsandiegoguide.com/ Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. It's the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. Father Junipero Serra established the first mission in a chain of 21 missions here in 1769. This was the cornerstone of California's colonization (Old Pueblo de Los Angeles or San Francisco Mission Dolores). It was built on a hill overlooking Old Town San Diego. At the base of the hill, in 1820, a small Mexican community of adobe buildings was established, and in 1835, it became known as El Pueblo de San Diego. In 1846, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant hoisted an American flag in the main plaza. In 1968, the Department of California State Parks and Recreation established the Old Town Historic State Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego between 1821-1872. It has a main plaza, exhibits, museums, historic buildings like La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Bandini, La Casa de Pedrorena Altamirno and Mason Street School.
What better place to do some shopping in San Diego Bay? That is the Seaport Village, a unique place with tons of tiny shops of all kinds and for all tastes. Or eat with a view of the ocean on a clear day. Here, just behind the Hyatt hotel, a bit northwest of the Palace of Congresses, is a "mini-city" that has about 70 shops and restaurants of all types. No cars are allowed and it is an ideal place to take a walk while entering the small shops selling everything from hammocks to traditional toys or cookies. There's something for everybody. The stores do not exceed 2 stories in height, most are from outside and wood and traditional smell and invite to come and see what is hidden inside. There are countless flea market stalls around the nearly 8,000 square feet in extension. Really, you must enjoy a totally different zone of the large city. It is a haven amid the chaos of the city, and why San Diego is not New York, is quieter. But this is like an oasis of tranquility. From time to time, and when time permits, make outdoor concerts and many of the shops, exhibits of all kinds. Above the shops, you can go crazy with the amount of things there, most traditional or decorative objects but to delight more than one. One that caught my attention was a store like toys and antiques in which, as well as posters and plaques of all kinds, you can find old games and even Monopolys from your favorite bands. There are also local restaurants and curious, as the "Pier Cafe", by the sea and with stunning views of the bay and Coronado Bridge linking the city with the island of the same name. To get there, plus a walk, the best way is to get off at the tram stop and walk a Gaslamp Quarter just north and behind the Manchester Grand Hyatt, is here. It does not disappointed.
In January I went on a trip to San Diego with my sisters, the first day we went to La Jolla to a pretty place although it was very cold and I remember that we were anxious. We went walking and we found a place full of sealions of all sizes. It was a spectacular sight.
The goal of the zoo is to generate, share and apply vital scientific knowledge toward the conservation of animals, plants and the rest of the world's inhabitants. It gives visitors the opportunity to meet researchers and top officials of San Diego Zoo Conservation Research, Beckman Center located next to the Wild Animal Park.
Apparently this is a museum for men, but I must confess that I found it really cool. The Midway is a former American aircraft carrier which participated in two wars. Today, it is a museum with several planes to be seen. It is huge, with lots to see and do. You can even get inside some of the planes, which is a thrilling experience. The entire tour is accompanied by headphones with explanations at various points. Besides aircraft, there is a guided tour of the control tower, and a trip down to the bottom of the ship, where the crew lived. A very interesting tour. I was impressed!
This is a quiet beach by the Pacific where you can take refuge from the hot climate of San Diego. This city has many beaches to enjoy and all of them are a good option to relax because they are never filled with people. It´s worth walking and seeing how close the houses are to the beach and how secure they are. In this city you don´t need protection!
This is another beach in the "tropical city" of California, and is one of the best for surfing. It is a bit hippy and alternative and has a lot of young vendors, music, etc. There is also a fishing area that also serves as a viewpoint to see the beach from a different angle.
Cabrillo National Monument has a lighthouse and a variety of activities to enjoy. From here, you can enjoy the plant and animal life, whale watching, and learning a little about military history. Tours are offered along designated trails, but you can also bike along paved roads. Fishing is also allowed.
We are at the home of the Padres baseball team, practically next door to the bay and pier, and close to the convention center. The stadium was renovated in 2004, and bears the name of Petco, a company dedicated to pets. It seats about 43,000 people, and when you're sitting there you can enjoy not only the game, but also stunning views of the city and the bay. Guided tours cost no more than $11 for adults and include the usual visits to changing rooms, boxes, lawn, press room ... But also, if you do not have time to visit or don't want to pay $11, from the bottom of the stadium in the "Park at the Park", you can see everything.
Fans can enjoy games here for around $5. Not the best place to enjoy baseball but better than nothing ... Also, this is a very well maintained area with gardens to stroll through during the day. Here is, for example, the statue of Tony Gwynn, aka "Mr. Padre", the batter who won eight league batting championships with the team. The statue was built in 2007. It's also worth pointing out the giant screen (9mx16 meters) that sits on the even bigger (11x25m) scoreboard. And right next door is a part of the stadium that is the most striking: the "Western Metal Supply", a part of the century-old red brick stands that were going to be demolished, but have been restored and attached to the new stadium. It is really worth going for a visit, even if you can't afford the time or money to see anything more than the Park at the Park.
This area, one of the most important in San Diego, dates back to the mid-seventeenth century. Once a small city project attached to the Bay City, it has become one of the most picturesque and lively of all the districts. Covering the area between Harbor Drive and Broadway, and Fourth to Eighth avenues, it starts right in front of the Palace of Congresses where an arch welcomes us to the "historic heart of San Diego". It's really the perfect place to go for a stroll, with great bars and shops and picturesque streets and buildings. Everything is very well-preserved. By day, it's a quiet neighborhood, but at night it really comes alive. You'll find San Diego's Hard Rock Cafe here as well as hotels like the Hilton and Marriott and famous restaurants like the Old Spaghetti Factory, the Red Circle, McCormick, Seville Spanish Bar, and the popular American chain Hooters. And there are plenty of stores, like Billabong, G-Star, Oakley and Lucky Star. A couple of days a week, a small flea market is set up, making it a great place to browse for souvenirs.
The A5 is the most important highway in California. It crosses the state from northern Oregon all the way to Tijuana, Mexico, passing through Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. The distance between the latter two cities is 120km and it only takes an hour and a half to drive, and you can enjoy different stops in beautiful coastal towns such as Delmar, Encinitas, Solana beach, La Jolla, and others. The landscape coming out of LA is very Mediterranean due to weather. Suddenly, the landscape changes and the road is fenced off on the sides for a few miles. This is the Camp Pendleton military base, a strategic military installation. Once you pass the base, you begin to see the coastal villages I listed above. We stopped to check out Delmar, where a friend of ours from Barcelona had gone to go surfing for 4 months.
Just a few steps from Downtown San Diego and its famous historic Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Marina is one of the city's main attractions, and for us, one of the nicest spots. We like to walk along the water and admire the boats, of all different heights, sizes and levels of luxury. And there's a great view of the city, too!
The San Diego Museum is situated in the heart of San Diego, and has history, anthrapology art and cultural artifacts of the old and contemporary cultures. It shows strange egyptian artifacts that are over 3000 years old and also you can see an Egyptian mummy with royal jewels. The hours of service daily are from 10-4:40pm.
Tourmaline Surf Park is the perfect place to surf and it's located in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California.
That's where I learned to surf, surrounded by Californians, and people from other countries of all ages. What great feelings this place gives you. Good vibes, everyone smiling, to each his own. It's paradise.
As the name implies, this is the historic neighborhood of San Diego. It is so old that it still feels like something from a western! Actually it's a neighborhood between downtown and Mission Bay. The historic park has a few restaurants and old buildings that will make you feel like you're on the set of a western. It's a great place to buy souvenirs, mainly Mexican. There are all sorts of Mexican crafts there, like skulls and lucha libre masks. The entrance to the archaeologicl park is free, and it's a great place to spend the day.
While the list of stuff to do in San Diego is long indeed, the beaches deserve special attention. In San Diego, you'll find some of the best beaches in the United States, such as Coronado Beach, Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. One of the most glamorous places to visit in San Diego is La Jolla Beach, which is famous for its grand mansions, restaurants, art galleries and luxury hotels.
The downtown area also offers some of the best things to see in San Diego. Don't miss famous San Diego attractions in the Gaslamp Quarter, a Victorian area which still uses gas lamps to light its streets, and which has become the main artery of entertainment in town. Strolling along Old Town is a trip through the city's historical roots, from the Spanish occupation, through to the independence from Mexico all the way to the Revolution and formation of the state of California.
Considered the heart of the city, Balboa Park is one of the essential attractions in San Diego. The park houses numerous gardens and you can combine a visit with other top San Diego activities like a visit to the Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Aerospace Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. The San Diego Zoo, one of the largest in the US with 4,000 examples of 800 different species, is also located inside the park.
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