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JClemy
03-21-2007, 12:32 PM
Hey everyone. Just wondering if people who have been to San Diego could give me some ideas of what is worthwhile checking out. Thanks!

kimery08
03-21-2007, 12:35 PM
mission beach. fo sho.

hawkingvsreeve
03-21-2007, 01:00 PM
Mission Beach. Pssh.

La Jolla Shores
Coronado
San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park
Balboa Park
Gaslamp (Downtown)

PassiveTheory
03-21-2007, 01:02 PM
What he said

NOTE: Brandon check your IM box. ^^;

Sexecutioner
03-21-2007, 01:06 PM
mission beach. fo sho.

what? what the hell is in mission beach besides belmont park which is a total fuckin shithole.

if you want to go to the beach go to Pacific Beach or La Jolla. If you are kind of a hippy you might want to check out Ocean Beach.

Also:
Balboa park (lots of museums and stuff)
Zoo, Wild animal park, Sea world (typical tourist crap)
Gaslamp District (downtown area with tons of awesome bars and restaurants. basically great nightlife on the weekends)

Californicator
03-21-2007, 01:12 PM
The best website for touring San Diego (German for "Whale's Vagina") is this one: www.localwally.com

Also, try the search function. There's been a few threads about his already.

xbnmx
03-21-2007, 01:18 PM
Is that KROQ Ken in your avatar?

miscorrections
03-21-2007, 01:24 PM
balboa park fo sho.
and la jolla in general is very beautiful. go to black's beach, you might see some boobs.
annnnnnnnnd there are lots of really good little record stores in hillcrest (just up from downtown).

xbnmx
03-21-2007, 01:25 PM
I recomend North Park, Lestats is nifty.

kimery08
03-21-2007, 01:49 PM
dont hate on mission beach. i have a personal love for it.
far too many memories there. but i guess if youre not in my head then dont go.
eh. whatever.

Dickinabox
03-21-2007, 03:59 PM
La Jolla is full of rich pompous pricks that usually fill the streets. But some cool cafe's around there. balboa Park has an IMAX nearby thats worth going to after a visit in the park. The Wild Animal Park is pretty cool, and Gaslamp does have good nightlife and great food all around it. Usually there is a concert at Bayside worth seeing. If your down at the right time the convention center hold its annual Comic-Con which is really fun to visit and check out new stuff.

amyzzz
03-21-2007, 04:02 PM
Whenever I see your username, Dickinabox, that song starts running through my head. Crazy.

jimmycrackcorn
03-21-2007, 04:31 PM
Hey everyone. Just wondering if people who have been to San Diego could give me some ideas of what is worthwhile checking out. Thanks!

you will DEFINATELY have better weather in san diego relative to coachella...
i like la jolla

hangthedj112
03-21-2007, 04:58 PM
Gaslamp is over-rated, so lame and touristy. Hillcrest is way better. As far as beaches, avoid mission, he's right. Mission beach = shit hole, vaguely dangerous place too. Oh and Museum of Contemporary arts, pretty cool place imo.

miscorrections
03-21-2007, 05:56 PM
La Jolla is full of rich pompous pricks that usually fill the streets.

hey, there's plenty of us students here too. and i won't speak for everyone but i'm awesome, at least.

SumrSplndr
03-21-2007, 06:24 PM
Coronado is an absolute must. I spent my summers there, growing up. The Hotel del Coronado is something you should see, and the shops are fun to browse in. You can take the passenger ferry to Coronado, from Seaport Village, (also nice), lunch at one of the bayside restaurants, walk downtown, etc.

You can also take the blue bridge that crosses over the San Diego Bay. If you haven't done so before, it can be a little intimidating, as it is quite high.

If you take the strand, it continues to Imperial Beach, which is the last town before Tijuana.

Aside from Coronado, if you like Mexican food, there's a great restaurant that sits across from the ocean, between Cardiff and Solana Beach. The view is wonderful, and I really like the atmosphere. It's colorful and casual.

I used to love the merry-go-round in Balboa Park. I'm not sure if it is still there, but I believe so. I used to try to get the gold ring and a free ride. I won't say how many years ago that was. HeeHee!!!

If you want a taste of Mexico, w/out all of the hassle, go to Tecate. It is so much easier getting across the border there, and the small town is kind of fun.

Dickinabox
03-21-2007, 06:54 PM
hey, there's plenty of us students here too. and i won't speak for everyone but i'm awesome, at least.
I'm sure you are... but the people that don't go to UCSD are snobbish assholes. I once asked a guy where a good place for a sandwich was around the area and he replied in the most serious tone. "Sandwitch? are you serious? We don't eat that garbage around here!"

Ive never felt soo impoverished.

Oh and also there is the Del Mar Fair and Racetracks. Thats fun when the racing is in season.


Aside from Coronado, if you like Mexican food, there's a great restaurant that sits across from the ocean, between Cardiff and Solana Beach. The view is wonderful, and I really like the atmosphere. It's colorful and casual.

I used to love the merry-go-round in Balboa Park. I'm not sure if it is still there, but I believe so. I used to try to get the gold ring and a free ride. I won't say how many years ago that was. HeeHee!!!

The ferry isn't there anymore... : ( I wonder if the fish are back in the pond at balboa...

And Las Olas isn't that good man, ever been to Jaunitas? it's in Leucadia. Also theres an awesome record store there.

woogie846
03-21-2007, 06:55 PM
The Wild Animal Park is my favorite.

JustSteve
03-21-2007, 07:08 PM
i believe there is a gay nude beach down there...bring binoculars!

miscorrections
03-21-2007, 07:12 PM
yeah, you're thinking black's beach - it's not necessarily a gay beach though. and lots of people surf there.

SubBass49
03-21-2007, 07:14 PM
Yo...I've lived in San Diego all my life...tell me what sorta stuf you wanna see or do...what you're into...etc...I'll tell ya where to hit up.

-- J

SumrSplndr
03-21-2007, 07:45 PM
The passenger ferry is gone???? WhereTF have I been????

Las Olas!!!! Yes!!! That's the name. Thanks so much. I couldn't remember it. Yum!!! Now I'm hungry.

How could I forget Old Town? And the Whaley house (supposedly haunted)? Is the Hamburguesa still there? They used to have delicious, huge burgers.

Fashion Valley is great for shopping. I always park on the top story of the parking structure. You can usually get parking right at the mall entry and walk right in to the upper level.

captncrzy
03-21-2007, 07:57 PM
Go see Tony Cummins at the Blarney Stone if you're in town on a Thu, Fri, or Sat. Funniest drunken Irish folk singer around.

John Peel is My Co-pilot
03-21-2007, 08:47 PM
Stay Classy...

hangthedj112
03-21-2007, 08:52 PM
Note:Making Anchorman jokes will make you seem liek a huge douche to most San diego natives.

John Peel is My Co-pilot
03-21-2007, 08:57 PM
I'm in Milwaukee. I'm waaaaaay used to stereotypes about the city I live in (beer/cheese/Jeffrey Dahmer etc.)
I'm also Scottish. Factor in the kilt/bagpipe/accent shit I hear every day and jokes about one movie set in San Diego suddenly seems like very small fuckin' bananas...

;)

cbrl23
03-21-2007, 09:08 PM
If you want a taste of Mexico, w/out all of the hassle, go to Tecate. It is so much easier getting across the border there, and the small town is kind of fun.

Tecate sucks, the only good thing they have done is beer...want a taste of Mexico go to Puerto Nuevo and eat some lobster. Also go to TJ and look for the Donkey painted like a Zebra and take a PIC, that's a classic...And Don't confuse the Zebra Donkey with the Donkey show...

SumrSplndr
03-21-2007, 10:01 PM
Yes...Puerto Nuevo has great lobster, but it is shipped in. They quit use the local stuff years ago. It was too polluted, and by now I'm not sure what kind of sea life is left around that neck of the woods, as far as lobster goes.

Watch out for the mariachi guys. They aren't cheap, and they don't barter like they used to. I was there one time and almost didn't have enough money on me to pay for my "Tequila" request. I'd had a couple of cervezas, and figured it would only be a few dollares. Ha!!! We had to take up a collection. We still laugh about it.

HowToDisappear
03-21-2007, 10:27 PM
The ferry isn't there anymore... : (

Yes, it is. The passenger ferry runs every hour from Broadway Pier. You can also bring bikes aboard. It's fun to ride around Coronado and along the Strand.

The old car ferry was discontinued about 40 years ago, when the bridge was completed.

matsuolost
03-21-2007, 11:13 PM
best of san diego:
downtown
in-n-out
coronado beach
tijuana

Dickinabox
03-22-2007, 12:27 AM
I'm in Milwaukee. I'm waaaaaay used to stereotypes about the city I live in (beer/cheese/Jeffrey Dahmer etc.)
I'm also Scottish. Factor in the kilt/bagpipe/accent shit I hear every day and jokes about one movie set in San Diego suddenly seems like very small fuckin' bananas...

;)

Dude, you don't even know the kinda stuff were put up against. I'm Scottish too, and i get the same shit you do, so i bleed with you there. But nothing touches the stereotypical surfer guy that most southern California guys with blonde hair and blue eyes are labeled with. I personally get 4 times every week people who drop into my store and ask if i surfer or skater or if i know Shaun White. If anything we get it the worst.

vogina
03-22-2007, 12:31 AM
go to mexico and get yourself some morphine and hookers

JClemy
03-22-2007, 06:35 AM
Thanks everyone that sounds awesome.

We only have 2 days so the first day we're getting to Qualcomm early to tour the stadium(hopefully) and then hitting up sea world for a couple hours. We have the afternoon open and we're thinking of hitting beaches on our way to our campground on san elijo beach. The next day we're doing the zoo and animal park.

How long does it usually take to do sea world and the zoo. Gaslamp seemed kinda lame to me but now everyone is saying it's good. I'm so confused.

MsTekno
03-22-2007, 06:57 AM
Thanks everyone that sounds awesome.


How long does it usually take to do sea world and the zoo. Gaslamp seemed kinda lame to me but now everyone is saying it's good. I'm so confused.

You could spend the whole day at each (zoo and sea world) if you wanted - or just see a few things at each if just wanted to get a taste of what they are like. Gaslamp is OK at night though crowded and touristy, but lots of bars and restaurants (not so many locals - my impression) Depends on what kind of atmosphere you're looking for....

If the 2 days you are in SD are after Coachella, the Padres are in town - Petco park is a great baseball park - not a bad seat in the place, or you can pay $5 for admission (but no seat) and have access to the whole park during the game. Just another option.

captncrzy
03-22-2007, 07:23 AM
those are both all dayers....if you only go for a couple of hours you'll be wasting a lot of dough to get in.

SumrSplndr
03-22-2007, 09:20 AM
Thanks for clarifying the ferry (not "fairy") thang. I was confused when someone said it was gone.

The original ferries ARE gone. The car ferries. They have been gone since the bridge was built...way back when. The passenger ferry takes about 20 minutes, if that, and it is a wonderful ride. You can go upstairs and observe the fantastic skyline, Point Loma, and the bay. As someone mentioned, bikes are allowed, and peddling your ass in Coronado is a breeze. HeeHee!

Is there horse racing in Del Mar this time of year? I can't remember. When is the county fair at the track? It's been years. I used to cocktail waitress in Solana Beach, many moons ago. Eek!

Can anyone tell me the name of the fun bar south of Rosarito, on the side of the highway? It starts w/ an "F". That place has quite a history.

Yes...Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park are ALL full day events. You cover a lot of ground, and there is much to see.

Horton Plaza is a good place to shop. It is downtown San Diego, near the Gaslamp area. They have a huge parking garage, and there is a nice Nordstroms there.

The Secuan (sp.?) Casino is off of Interstate 8, but they serve no liquor, as there are no rooms, and the windy road is too dangerous for tipsy drivers.

Also, the Amtrak ride up the coast provides some fantastic scenery. I think it is fairly reasonable.

ThomThom
03-22-2007, 09:33 AM
If you want to kill a couple birds with one stone, a great place to stay and hang out at is the W Hotel in downtown San Diego, great rooftop bar, atmosphere, and the rooms are lovely...other than that I can recommend Coronado and Mission Beach.

SubBass49
03-22-2007, 08:33 PM
The W Hotel is a rip-off dog...unless you've got major bills to drop. Make the Zoo & the Animal park your daytime trips...each one takes a lot of time to do right. after that, hit some of the night spots like Pacific Beach (meatmarket bars), Downtown/Gaslamp (high-end bars), Ocean Beach (hippie crowd & surfers). Dog Beach is cool at Sunset or just south of there is a good bonfire spot on the sand. Hit me up for more ideas with a PM though...I'm goin' to bed....

ThomThom
03-22-2007, 08:54 PM
The W Hotel is a rip-off dog...unless you've got major bills to drop. Make the Zoo & the Animal park your daytime trips...each one takes a lot of time to do right. after that, hit some of the night spots like Pacific Beach (meatmarket bars), Downtown/Gaslamp (high-end bars), Ocean Beach (hippie crowd & surfers). Dog Beach is cool at Sunset or just south of there is a good bonfire spot on the sand. Hit me up for more ideas with a PM though...I'm goin' to bed....

It's not necessarily a rip off if your getting what you pay for, and at the W, you get what you pay for.

SubBass49
03-22-2007, 09:00 PM
Gimme a Motel 6 any day...I dont need people at my beck & call every minute of every day. Rather spend my money on shit that matters...

Reefeez
04-15-2009, 10:45 PM
what? what the hell is in mission beach besides belmont park which is a total fuckin shithole.

if you want to go to the beach go to Pacific Beach or La Jolla. If you are kind of a hippy you might want to check out Ocean Beach.

Also:
Balboa park (lots of museums and stuff)
Zoo, Wild animal park, Sea world (typical tourist crap)
Gaslamp District (downtown area with tons of awesome bars and restaurants. basically great nightlife on the weekends)

brah, belmont park is legit. wavehouse is there.... c'mon dude, myself, along with mad surf and skate pros, bust huge airs all day long on the wave machine which is in belmont park.

TallGuyCM
04-15-2009, 11:31 PM
mission beach. fo sho.

If you go to Mission Beach, see if you can check out a show at Canes. I used to be a bouncer there, it's a super small little club right on the boardwalk. They get decently big acts from time to time, Franz Ferdinand played there this past January.

Neighborhood Creep
11-18-2015, 06:05 PM
6 year later bump.
I've never been here so we are choosing to fly in/out of San Diego and have a full 24-30 hours between landing and when we drive to Indio. Any updated suggestions?
We also want to find a hotel (Wednesday, April 13) in a good area. I've been browsing around but still don't know the areas well enough to lock up a spot yet.
We'll have a rental car to be mobile. Hotel in the 100-200 range.

getbetter
11-18-2015, 06:57 PM
Someone will come in and give you a better advice espeically since I haven't been to San Diego in a couple years. I would say either stay near Gaslamp which is that street that every major city might have where there's a bunch of restaurants and bars all next to each other + tons of people in their 20s getting drunk. Ocean beach/Mission Bay has some cool spots. Carlsbad might be good there's a ton of breweries close by plus it's a coastal town.

gazercmh
11-18-2015, 06:58 PM
If you want to sample our craft beer scene, a good option is North Park, specifically the 30th Street corridor, where Toronado, Rip Current North Park, Modern Times North Park and several other places are. The Lafayette Hotel is a decent place and is convenient to all of that.

Since you're driving to Indio the next day, another option would be to stay in North County, giving you a little head start on the drive. If you stay at, say the Residence Inn San Diego North/San Marcos, you're within walking distance of the main Rip Current Brewing location and a short drive from Lost Abbey, Stone and many other places. I'm sure there are plenty of other hotels up there, but I can vouch for the Residence Inn as reasonably priced and reasonably nice.

If you want to be close to the beach, there are lots of good beer spots in Ocean Beach, and it's a cool area, too. Really, there are lots of options these days...

getbetter
11-18-2015, 07:02 PM
If you want to sample our craft beer scene, a good option is North Park, specifically the 30th Street corridor, where Toronado, Rip Current North Park, Modern Times North Park and several other places are. The Lafayette Hotel is a decent place and is convenient to all of that.

I would second North Park being cool.

gazercmh
11-18-2015, 07:11 PM
And I'll second the Gaslamp as the kinda generic drunk tourist area.

enginedown
11-19-2015, 09:33 AM
Sounds like you'd be flying into SD on 4/13, staying the night, then leaving for Indio Thursday morning? So just one day/night in SD? Depends on what kind of scene you want to be around, but as others have mentioned:

- Gaslamp: mostly generic tourist bars/clubs/restaurants but there's a lot more daytime activities in the area like Balboa Park, Coronado, Seaport Village, Star of India.
- North Park: hipster bars/clubs... about a 10 minute drive from downtown/Gaslamp. Honestly, avoid this area if you only have one day in SD.
- La Jolla: upscale bars/restaurants/shopping.. very nice area with breathtaking coastline. About 15-20 minute drive from downtown/Gaslamp.
- Ocean Beach: opposite of La Jolla, this is the beach bum community. I wouldn't call it beautiful like La Jolla but it definitely has its charm. Again, if you only have one day in SD, avoid this area.

Someone above (6 years ago - Canes is now closed) mentioned Mission Beach, which is closer to the Ocean Beach vibe but not quite as grungy and more touristy. The surrounding Mission Bay area is very pretty and a mile north is Pacific Beach, the college bro party town.

All in all, with just one day to work with, I'd recommend either La Jolla or Gaslamp for your brief stop in San Diego. If you choose Gaslamp, be sure to check out 1-2 of the things I mentioned above during the day.

dj12inches
11-19-2015, 10:51 AM
Thanks everyone that sounds awesome.

We only have 2 days so the first day we're getting to Qualcomm early to tour the stadium(hopefully) and then hitting up sea world for a couple hours. We have the afternoon open and we're thinking of hitting beaches on our way to our campground on san elijo beach. The next day we're doing the zoo and animal park.

How long does it usually take to do sea world and the zoo. Gaslamp seemed kinda lame to me but now everyone is saying it's good. I'm so confused.

Don't go to the gaslamp. That's an overpriced shitshow. That is, don't go unless you like that sort of "tourist trap" thing. Eurotrash in silky shirts, gangs of bros and hos in party busses, Wooo girls in high heels that can barely walk. Up to you....but I would venture elsewhere. North Park has a better food and bar scene - or even better IMO is a small neighborhood on Adam's Avenue called Normal Heights. What kind of a person are you? San Diego has a neighborhood for you. Scenester, hipster, hippie, gay, boomer, collegiate, family friendly.....you name it, I'll tell you where to go.

If you are camping at San Elijo and coming from Sea World, it would be a great idea to stop at Torrey Pines State Park if you want some awesome scenery and beach. Or, spend the afternoon in Encinitas. That is a really cool little beach town that has an old school surfer vibe to it and it is close to the campground.

Sea World can take you all day. The Zoo you can do in about 5 hours or less.

I grew up here....you tell me what kind of experience you want, I'll tell you where to go.

Neighborhood Creep
11-19-2015, 11:13 AM
I'm thinking North Park and La Jolla, then maybe Ocean Beach Thursday morning before departing. I don't mind tourist traps to be honest. Torrey Pines looks amazing. The gf hates zoos or else I'd be all for it.
We are going to be keeping an eye out for upcoming shows, hoping we can see something decent that Wednesday night.

Thanks for your input and help.

dj12inches
11-19-2015, 12:42 PM
Ahh....I didn't really look at dates. I get it now. I would recommend that you check out this hotel:

http://www.lafayettehotelsd.com/

The rooms for that date are about $119 bucks, not too bad. It is a charming hotel with a great pool area. You will be EASILY within walking distance of some good bars and restaurants (try this ole timey place, http://www.redfoxsd.com/), and only a very short ride away from North Park. If you are planning on trying to see a show, this would put you near the North Park Observatory (http://observatorysd.com/), IMO the best venue in San Diego. This is where I recently saw Ratatat, Hot Chip, Tame Impala, and Spoon recently. If there isn't anything going on, there is another great venue nearby, The Irenic (http://theirenic.com/). Keep an eye on The Casbah Presents for a good list of local shows (http://www.casbahmusic.com/)

The Also, the North Park neighborhood has tons of craft beer and cocktail bars, good food, and a really fun arcade bar for after a show (http://coinopsd.com/).

Torrey Pines is really cool, worth a day trip. La Jolla isn't really that great unless you like seal shit and art galleries. Take a water taxi to Coronado or drive there, that is a neat place. Or just visit Seaport Village downtown, and hop aboard the USS Midway - a great living museum. Lots of good things to do.

Hope that helps!

Neighborhood Creep
11-19-2015, 01:13 PM
That actually helps a lot. Luckily I have 6 months to figure it out. I owe you a beer if you're at wk 1.

tycobb667
11-19-2015, 03:02 PM
Can't disagree with anything DJ has laid out for ya...I've never lived in the actual City of SD, but it's practically a second home for me...Staying at the Lafayette is a good bet if you want to check out the North Park scene...Plenty of great breweries there...In addition to the ones already listed, Belching Beaver, Fall Brewing, and Mike Hess are some of my favorites...My gf and I were just there last weekend for SDMT and had a great time staying at the hotel (Red Fox is a must, whether for dinner or late-night snacks and drinks).

If you go with Gaslamp, I can recommend several hotels there to stay at...Hotel Solamar is my go-to one, they are always very warm and welcoming to guests...The rooms are nice, the rooftop pool and bar is way chill, and they have a hosted cocktail hour for guests that features local brews and wine...Other nice hotels where you should find a room less than $200 are Hotel Indigo and The W Hotel...Gaslamp can be very hit and miss, but on a Wednesday it won't be as busy and filled with obnoxious drunks clogging the streets...Some cool spots to drink/eat include The Neighborhood (one of the top gastropubs), Dublin Square, La Puerta (great margaritas), Basic (great thin crust pizza and drinks), and Knotty Barrel...If you're into craft cocktails, I recommend making a reservation at Noble Experiment...It's a "hidden" kind of speakeasy bar, whose entrance is behind a false wall of keg shells...They make wonderful drinks there and the atmosphere is very unique with its wall of golden skulls and framed pictures with digitally rotating pics...If you decide to go, follow everyone's advice online and text their number to make a reservation no later than 1 week before...

looseccp
11-19-2015, 03:24 PM
recommend buying a bong or pipe at The Black in OB, then heading up the cemetery laden road to Point Loma Lighthouse where at the end you'll find seemingly neverending ocean views. Or just rent a sailboat and bypass inland altogether. Except for a certain shallow sentimentality of youth, along with the lure of surf spots on prime swells, it's really a pretty boring place. Hence the move out of there at eighteen rarely returning.

But have fun.