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||In the past few years particularly, Antiquing has developed into
increasingly prevalent. People rummage high and low for collectible bits
and pieces and antique furnitures alike. Perhaps the younger age bracket
has learned to be conscious of what their ancestors had. On Adams Avenue
in the Kensington area, Ocean Beach, Carlsbad, Leucadia, and Ramona one
can uncover tons of small, privately-owned boutiques. But, aside from
the individual antique shops, San Diego is home to many antique malls
each hosting at least 85 vendors! From small treasures to furniture,
estate to vintage jewelry, anything and everything can be found in these
malls. Some of the more popular malls include ones in Old Town, Ocean
Beach, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, San Marcos and Oceanside.
||(800) 522-1516 www.bajatravel.com
||Baja California is just south of San Diego and consists of many
popular tourist areas surrounding the border. Tijuana, Ensenada, Pureto
Nuevo and Rosarito Beach have multiple attractions including the Jai
alai games, sightseeing, shopping, gulf and ocean fishing as well as a
numerous selection of restaurants and nightclubs. If you’d rather not
drive and have to get Mexican insurance, San Diego’s Trolley stops just
north of the border which is helpful for easy walking access to Tijuana.
|Cabrillo National Monument
||1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego (619)
||The Cabrillo National Monument is sited at the end of Point Loma and
it overlooks the entrance to San Diego Bay. Portuguese explorer Juan
Rodriques Cabrillo landed in California in 1542, marking the first time
Europeans discovered the state. The visitor’s center and monument are
right near the harbor and coastline from the Mexican border to La Jolla.
The region consists of a historic lighthouse open to visitors, hiking
trails, Coastal Defense (a former army radio station), tide-pools and
standard programs displaying the marine life such as the California gray
whale as well as the history of the area.
||Quail Botanical Gardens: (760) 436-3036
San Diego Master Gardener Association: (858)
|For the green thumb that is dying to display the wide variety of
flowers, shrubs, trees, fruits and vegetables that San Diego’s weather
can support all year long, there are multiple spring and summer shows
for their productions of flora and fauna. One popular show is the Del
Mar Fair Show at which gardeners show their larger flowers.
||Fifth Ave. between Market St. and Harbor Dr.
San Diego (619) 223-4692
||16 blocks of antique gas lamps and Victorian style buildings make up
the Gaslamp Quarter. The area hosts over 40 unique restaurants often
including live music and entertainments as well as many various shopping
districts open late into the night providing a very exciting nightspot.
In September, the quarter’s centerpiece, the Horton Grand Hotel, is home
to the three-day San Diego Street Scene festival. Bystanders can watch
over 100 performing acts on outdoor stages as well as food and live
||California Cruisin’: (619) 296-8000; (800)
Hornblower Cruises &
Events: (619) 686-8700; (619) 686-8715 - Reservations
|If you’re looking for a unique way to watch the city, bay, and
harbor commotion, Harbor Tours can do exactly that. Along with your
tour, you can chose from a variety of occasions such as dinner dance
cruises, special event cruises, and even winter whale watching!
|Hotel del Coronado
||1500 Orange Ave., Coronado (619) 435-6611
||This hotel is one of the area’s oldest and most photographed
attractions and has been historically named the “castle by the sea.” The
Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888, has been shown in famous Hollywood
films such as, “Some Like it Hot.” The “Hotel Del” as it is commonly
referred to, has attracted guests including presidents, royalty and many
other rich and famous to it’s five star resort, 10 elegant restaurants
and numerous shops.
||From I-5 Ardath Ave. to Torrey Pines Rd.
||In previous years, La Jolla was a calm beach area. Today the area is
booming with and even seaside including, classy cuisine restaurants, and
even art galleries, as well as hotels and quaint shops. It is a great
area for tourists and sightseers alike.
||What was once home to San Diego’s thriving tuna fishing business and
the Italian immigrants who manned its boats, is now downtown’s Little
Italy, full of inviting European charm. Along India Street and Kettner
Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main roads, tourists and locals alike
encounter a wide variety of restaurants, cafes deli markets, bakeries,
shops and art galleries that make a visit here an Old-World encounter.
Little Italy is full of some of the city’s finest traditional Italian
restaurants, delis and bakeries. Other culinary delights include the
artful “American Native” cuisine of Indigo Grill; the quirky classic
fisherman’s dive, The Waterfront; and the British Princess pub, perfect
for a pint of ale and an order of traditional fish and chips.
Little Italy also is a haven for local artists and their work.
Throughout this exciting neighborhood visitors can browse through
gallery showrooms, art supply stores, photography shops and unique home
furnishing establishments. Common annual culture events include the Art
Wak in April, where guests can take self-guided tours into the work
environments of local artists, the Sicilian Street Festival in May and
the 13th annual Little Italy Precious Fiesta in October, with its
exciting street painting festival, Italian food and craft booths and
three stages of live entertainment among other activities. For more
information on Little Italy, visit www.littleitalysd.com
-- San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau
||U.S. Naval Surface Shop, Public Information
Office: (619) 437-2735
||Whether you come from a naval family or not, the U.S. Navy officers
offer naval surface ship tours of guided missile cruisers, guided
missile destroyers, destroyers, guided missile frigates, amphibious
assault ships and amphibious landing ships. Visiting the U.S. Naval
ships can be a wonderful activity for anyone and everyone. Bring the
entire family or come by yourself! It's sure to be an informative time.
|San Diego Area Missions
||Junipero Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Dr., San Diego (619) 297-3258
Mission San Antonio de Pala
Pala Mission Rd., Pala (760) 742-1600
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego (619) 281-8449
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Two blocks west of Hwy. 74 and I-5, San Juan Capistrano (714) 248-2048
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside (760) 757-3651
Mission Santa Ysabel 23013
Highway 79, Santa Ysabel (760) 765-0810
|The Spanish heritage of San Diego is thriving, alive, and well; this
area’s beautiful missions serve as a preservation of the hispanic
culture. Mission San Diego de Alcala hosts daily services in the
originally built chapel of Father Junipero Serra. The largest of 21
California locations, Mission San luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside often
holds weekend affairs. Near Palomar Mountain is Mission San Antonia de
Pala which, along with Mission Santa Ysabel near Julian, even serves as
a place of worship for local Native Americans.
|S.D. Military Towns
||As one of the largest military mulitplexes in the free world, San
Diego has 11 navy, Marine and Coast Guard installations, including Camp
Pendleton Marine Base, Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, Marine
Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, and Naval Station San Diego, which won
Navy Times’ top honor as the 2004 Best Base in the United States.
Two aircraft carriers-- the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, 50 surface
warfare ships and six submarines are additionally home ported in San
Diego’s beautiful, native anchorage. Also, the USS Midway, a
custom-built aircraft carrier, now calls San Diego home and is the
location of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum.
San Diego’s notable military presence and accomplishments have amazed
visitors and residents alike for decades, from the U.S. Navy’s notable
aviation achievements in Coronado in the early 1900’s, as well as the
very first successful sea-plane flight in 1911, to the founding of Top
Gun, the infamous elite Navy Fighter training school previously located
at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar.
||849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego (619) 235-4013,
||Seaport Village is a Picturesque area of San Diego that offers
waterfront dining and shopping centers which depict the century-old
harborside. The area is home to over 75 wonderful and unique shops and
boutiques, numerous galleries, 12 eateries and four major restaurants.
If you'd rather simply view the scenery, another interesting side
attraction is the horse-drawn carriage rides that can be found around
the area. Conveniently located right downtown and near many major
hotels, Seaport Village is a great attraction for many tourists and