A friendly California port with year-round summer spirit
Amazing San Diego Attractions
When your cruise ship docks in San Diego, the fun begins! We would be remiss not to mention the famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld – but there’s far more to explore here. Take advantage of some of Southern California’s best beaches – particularly fine areas include La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach Ocean Beach, Silver Strand Beach, and Coronado Beach (named one of the nation’s top 10 shorelines). Check out the iconic and beautiful Hotel del Coronado, which has a long history of attracting famous names, and served as the location for the film “Some Like it Hot.”
Spend some at Balboa Park, sometimes called the “Smithsonian of the West” thanks to its vast collection of museums – the largest west of the Mississippi. The Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum are especially worthwhile. The USS Midway Museum is another must, allowing you to climb aboard one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers.
More to Explore
Cabrillo National Monument is another of the city’s best offerings, a rocky peninsula that was the site of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s landing in California in 1542. Visit a historic lighthouse, explore tide pools, and wander scenic paths at this beautiful site. For more exploration, wander through the historical buildings of Old Town to discover the city’s Spanish influence. The trendy downtown Gaslamp Quarter is also worth discovering, with 16 blocks of restored Victorian buildings, fun shops, bars, and eateries, plus a swinging nightlife scene.
Excellent Mexican food can be found throughout San Diego, and you can’t go wrong enjoying it this close to the border. In La Jolla, Fins Mexican Eatery is a local favorite for fish tacos and shrimp burritos, while Old Town Mexican Café is an ever-popular choice in Old Town. Seafood is, of course, also a staple, and some noteworthy options include Jake’s Del Mar – located on the water’s edge – as well as Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, one of the Gaslamp’s most elegant establishments.