Downtown Travel Guide

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San Diego dubbed "America's Finest City" is probably best known for its sandy beaches, ideal climate, and its laid back, Southern California attitude. According the 2008 US Census Report San Diego County boasts over 3 million residents making it the 9 largest city in the United States. Visitors flock to this coastal city all year round as the average temperature sits at the 72 degree mark. The downtown area of San Diego, unlike many modern cities, still remains the heart and central business district.

Downtown Hotels

When traveling to San Diego, the downtown area is a good homebase point for many of San Diego's countless tourist attractions. Many fantastic hotels litter the streets of downtown from the new 420 room Hark Rock Hotel to the newly renovated luxury US Grant Hotel. Offering a wide range of accommodation, tourists on any budget are likely to find a comfortable hotel room in the gorgeous downtown area.

Petco Park and The Convention Center

The sophisticated urban setting of downtown is home to Petco Park, built in 2004, home to the San Diego Padres. Petco Park offers amazing views of San Diego Bay and the San Diego Skyline. Adjacent to Petco Park in the Marina district, visitors will find the award winning 2.6 million square foot San Diego Convention Center offering 5 star service, access to San Diego Bay, and host to major conventions and trade shows such as the infamous Comic Con Convention.

Gaslamp Quarter

In the heart of downtown is area referred to as The Gaslamp Quarter,  a 16.5 block district formerly known as the Stingaree District. In the late 1800's Navy ships would dock in the port of San Diego and the Navy men would make their way to the Stingaree District to visit one of the many bordellos and prostitutes. The Stingaree District became known as a red light district with pornographic theaters and shops until the 1970's. The Gaslamp Quarter saw a major overhaul in 1974 when a huge preservation movement began to restore the historic buildings and clean up the streets. Today the Gaslamp Quarter is a thriving residential and business district, and caters to tourists by offering more than 100 restaurants, bars, nightclubs, boutiques, galleries, theaters, and beautifully restored historic buildings. The Gaslamp Quarter is beautifully landscaped with brick sidewalks, and turn of the century gaslamps. San Diego's seedy red light district of the late 1800's has been transformed into a beautiful quarter, where modern development meets its revived historic landmarks of days past.

Cafes and Boutique Shopping

Trendy cafes and boutique shopping are a popular pastime in the colorful downtown area of Little Italy, as well as Seaport Village and the Embarcadero, which are located on the downtown waterfront, and offer an array of great seafood restaurants, museums, shops, public art, nautical history, and the Cruise Ship port.