Adjacent to downtown, San Diego’s beautiful bayfront is anchored by Seaport Village with its many shops and restaurants, including the Embarcadero and Convention Center, as well as the busy port and Maritime Museum on the north side of Harbor Drive. The bayfront area is considered by most as the “heart” of San Diego, where you can experience many wonderful leisure activities and enjoy sightseeing and top restaurants.
San Diego Bay Front & Harbor Guide
Read on below to learn more about Seaport Village, Maritime Museum, and Convention Center district, as well as Harbor Island, Shelter Island, and recreational boating in San Diego Bay.
San Diego Harbor Cruise Port
San Diego is the oldest port on the West Coast of the United Stated, and today this historic port is thriving and is more busy than ever. Located next to down town San Diego, the port serves as a major cruise ship terminal, as well as where you’ll find many San Diego boat tours operators and can take a scenic harbor cruise, sunset dinner cruise, or whale watching excursions, to name a few. If you come to San Diego, you owe it to yourself to have a memorable maritime experience, which is unique to San Diego.
Across from the San Diego airport is Harbor Island, which isn’t technically an island but still. Harbor Island offers breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, and is a fantastic place to stay at one of several hotels located there. It is close to downtown and right next to the airport. There are several marinas and boating services as well as a fuel dock for boats.
In the Point Loma area of San Diego on the western side of the bay is Shelter Island, which also is not an island, and like Harbor Island also offers several hotels, restaurants, marinas, boating services and a fuel dock for boats. There is also a public boat ramp.
Water Taxi to Coronado
Just south of Seaport Village you can jump on a water taxi service to take you across the bay to Coronado. It is offered daily from San Diego’s bay front to the Coronado landing, where you can then explore Coronado Island. You will find the taxi terminal in the Embarcadero area, conveniently located adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and bay front hotels.
Maritime Museum San Diego
Since 1948, the Maritime Museum located in San Diego has served the city in many big ways. The museum here is dedicated to collecting and preserving the rich maritime heritage and historic values of the city – then presenting it to the public.
The biggest attraction to the museum is the historic ships. Here, you’ll find five great examples of maritime vessels – Berkeley, Californian, Medea, Pilot, and the Star of India.
All across the museum you can find many examples of Naval technology and ships of the past. The guides at the Maritime Museum are very friendly and helpful, willing to answer any question that you may have.
Nearby to the museum, you have several attractions and things to see. With the museum being in the downtown area of San Diego, it’s very close to some of the other things that San Diego is so very well known for.
If you happen to be on vacation in San Diego, make sure you visit the Maritime Museum. Kids love to see the ships on display, as well as the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, which is a short walk from the Maritime Museum.
The Seaport Village of San Diego combines the best of waterfront shopping, dining, and overall family entertainment. While the Marina Park is here as well, nearby is the small but popular San Diego public park.
In Seaport Village you’ll find 14 acres of pleasure with more than 75 shops and galleries, restaurants, and eateries on the sidewalk. Even though the area is primarily targeted towards visitors, locals get the best of the best with the restaurants and their out of town company.
The San Diego Pier Cafe is also here, which is one of the best known restaurants in the area. Located on the bay, the cafe provides seafood with breathtaking views.
The Seaport village provides a great place to view Coronado and the Coronado Bridge, as it overlooks the harbor. Just a short stroll from the village, you have the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter.
Providing plenty to do and plenty of things to see nearby, Seaport Village has it all going on. A visit here is unlike any other, as the city of San Diego will always have something unique to offer you and your entire family.
San Diego Convention Center
On the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego, the Convention Center provides the best of facilities for trade shows, conventions, and even corporate meetings or all sizes. For breaks and outdoor events, there are landscaped terraces available that overlook the bay.
The civic theatre in the Convention Center, offers 2,975 seats for meetings and formal assemblies. This helps to make the Convention Center the biggest and best equipped of all performing arts theaters in San Diego.
With its great views of the water and city, the Convention Center is also convenient to hotels, shopping stores, and plenty of entertainment. Within walking distance you also have the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Petco Park, and Seaport Village.
Held here, are events such as the International Auto Show, Boat Show, and many others. The San Diego Convention Center is located at 202 C. Street, in downtown San Diego.
Undergoing expansion in 2001, the center doubled it’s space. It now offers 500,000 square foot of exhibit space, 90,000 square feet of multi-function space, 72 meeting rooms, and now 90,000 square foot of glass enclosed pavilion.
Those visiting the San Diego area or those who reside here should check with the Convention Center to see if there is anything going on. The Convention Center is a great place to visit – especially if there is something interesting going on.