Just across the bay from Coronado, the vibrant urban paradise of San Diego offers an array of accommodations, activities and dining, all accessible by foot or trolley.
Pictured Left: The San Diego skyline
On the west edge of downtown San Diego, the Embarcadero District is home to the San Diego cruise terminal, the Navy Pier, and Seaport Village. Visitors can explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, or hop aboard a harbor cruise and take in views of the San Diego Bay from the water.
Pictured Left: San Diego Zoo's Skyfari gondola
Little Italy is a thriving restaurant area in the northwest corner of downtown, offering various styles of Italian food, where you can often hear Italian spoken on the streets. Just outside of downtown in Hillcrest, adventurous diners can find everything from French, Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghani, Mexican, Thai, Jewish delis, wine bars, barbeque, gourmet burgers, and fine dining. A bit further north, dedicated foodies will find French restaurant Mille Fleurs, in quaint downtown Rancho Santa Fe, which was recently named by OpenTable as one of the top 100 restaurants in America.
Pictured Left: the San Diego Pier Cafe is a Seaport Village staple.
For 14 weeks starting in May, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, the Big Bay Shuttle connects Harbor Island and South Embarcadero with stops at selected hotels and attractions. This is a great way to get around, but also an easy way to tour the bay and see the sights along the way.
Pictured Left: the San Diego Trolley
For those who’d rather be on the water, fishing, sailing, jet-skiing, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kite boarding are all popular year-round activities thanks to San Diego’s average temperature of 70 degrees. On land, explorers can enjoy exhilarating hikes in the desert, a trek up through the mountains or a day of golf at over 90 area courses.
Pictured Left: kayaks on the bay