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San Diego Port of Call
Golden Gate Bridge © RyanJWilmot
Southern California's beach city and cruise gateway to Mexico,
San Diego is a sunny multicultural community with all the trappings
of a first-rate international city while still retaining the small
town feel of its many neighbourhoods.
The best attractions in San Diego and cultural heart of the city are its crowded and fun beaches. Sea World is also an excellent San Diego landmark and tourist destination.
Cruise ships berth at San Diego's port at B Street Pier, located at the end of Ash St. and Broadway directly in downtown San Diego. There are three cruise berths at the port. A large cruise passenger terminal is nearby with many dining, shopping and transportation options and has customer service representatives for assistance.
Much of the city centre and seafront area is easily walkable from the San Diego port cruise terminal. Taxis are also readily available from just outside the terminal as are a bus and trolley service. Both the airport and train station are within ten minutes of San Diego's cruise port.
San Diego is a bit of a theme park in itself including tourist hotspots along the waterfront such as Mission Beach, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach. Sea World combines an aquarium and live shows and the San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the world. Balboa park combines museums, galleries and theatre in historic style Spanish-Mexican design. Boardwalks passing much of the San Diego waterfront are a great way to peruse the sights.
Fish Market - Fresh Seafood in downtown, above a fish market.
Fred's Mexican Cafe - Gaslamp's Mexican done well with great Margaritas.
Boat House - Seafront location for quiet elegant fine dining.
Spicy Mexican-style fish.
There are many small shops along San Diego's waterfront near the cruise terminal. Downtown and Gaslamp Quarter both offer major shopping centres and fashion retailers such as Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza and Seaport Village. Small antique shops also line the waterfront area.
Live it up on exclusive La Jolla beach.
Take a ferry to Coronado Island.
Play golf at some of the country's best courses.
Party down in Mexico's Tijuana.
Enjoy the sunset on a harbour boat trip.
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