Boating in San Diego, California
City By The Sea
San Diego has earned its title as the "face of California" offering a little culture for everyone's taste. It boasts energetic neighborhoods and exciting activities for all, especially boaters. Whether you're a local craving a good dock and dine nook or an overnight visitor read on to learn about the best bites, activities and places to stay.
Several neighborhoods such as Harbor Island, Shelter Island, Mission Bay and Coronado are excellent choices for boaters wanting a good place to dock and convenient entertainment and food choices. Other hot spots including Del Mar, La Jolla, and Balboa Park/Hillcrest require land transportation. The city offers a great trolley, bus system and water taxi. Go to http://www.sandiego.org/ to find out more.
Harbor Island and Shelter Island combine to make up Point Loma. Harbor Island was created by the dredging of San Diego Bay in order to deepen the berths for military ships; the U.S. Navy built this recreational island in 1961. Now home to upscale hotels, restaurants and marinas; from the bay side, you can see the view from the tip of Point Loma, across to the island of Coronado and southward to the U.S & Mexican border. Take advantage of the breathtaking sunsets and stunning views of the skyline at night.
From the calm waters of Mission bay you can access Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla and hot spots like Belmont Park, San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld Adventure Park. Mission Beach runs along Mission Boulevard and boasts a fabulous boardwalk. Known for being one of the best places in San Diego to soak up the city's casual lifestyle, this beach is an unsurpassed area for people watching or building sandcastles. For a faster pace, rent a bike or in-line roller skates or better yet, take a ride on Belmont Park's world-famous wooden roller coaster. If you are traveling with dogs, Fiesta Island located in Mission Bay allows dogs to be off leash.
Things to See and Do
Hotel Del Coronado, is "the" resort of San Diego., In addition to being one of the three World Class Resorts on Coronado Island it was also pronounced a National Landmark in 1977. Orange Avenue is the main street in Coronado and lined with 71 upscale shops and 15 resorts. Peohe's (also a Dock and Dine option) is recommended often by locals and unofficially named the best restaurant in San Diego. Coronado encompasses history, class, extravagance and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego. You can get there by boat, San Diego Water Taxi, The Coronado/San Diego Ferry, or land transportation via the Coronado Bridge.
Vibrant, eclectic, and endlessly entertaining, the Gaslamp Quarter covers more than 16 city blocks of downtown San Diego, with hundreds of specialty shops and dozens of trendy restaurants, bars and avant-garde playhouses. Most of the shops keep late hours, so delightful shopping, drinking, and dining can occur virtually simultaneously.
Walk, Run, Drive, Ride or Bike
The main attraction here is the Del Mar Race Track which opens up to the Pacific Ocean. Since Bing Crosby greeted the first fan in 1937 the race track has been called the "playground for the stars". Del Mar Race Track has a history of hosting many high stakes races. The track provides a shuttle from the train station and is about 20 miles from downtown San Diego.
Below Del Mar is La Jolla, "The Jewel" in Spanish, about 15 minutes from downtown and usually referred to as the "Rodeo Drive" of San Diego. The fine restaurants, art galleries and upscale hotels give it a European resort atmosphere as the beaches, activities and locals remind visitors of the Southern California fun. Three beaches in La Jolla will suit joggers, kayakers, suffers, and sun bathers alike. A visit to La Jolla would not be complete without watching the many "Cliff Jumpers" or seals at "seal beach". La Jolla is easily accessed from Mission or Pacific Beach- about 7 miles away. Go to George's at the Cove for a variety of dining choices. Choose from three different experiences, Georges California Modern for indoor sophisticated, Ocean Terrace for great rooftop dining, or George's bar which offers casual dining inside or out.
A visit to the city would not be complete without a trip to Balboa Park. Just north of downtown San Diego is Balboa Park, the world-renowned San Diego Zoo is part of the magnificent 1,200-acre city owned Balboa Park. Balboa Park is home to the zoo, 14 museums, a pipe organ pavilion, botanical gardens, and a Tony award winning theater, an antique carousel and a miniature-scale train. Of particular interest is Balboa Park's Christmas on the Prado that is held the first weekend of December each year. Start the day right with a trip to Hash House a Go-Go in Hillcrest. The unique atmosphere, large portions and good food make this the perfect breakfast nook.