Visitor’s Guide to Downtown San Diego

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The downtown district is one of the most popular and frequented tourist destinations in San Diego. With countless activities to enjoy, a variety of world-class restaurants and one of a kind shops and boutiques, it is a hotspot for vacationing couples and families. If you are unfamiliar with the downtown area, the Marina Inn in downtown San Diego offers some tips for your trip.

Upon your arrival at the San Diego Airport, you have many options for how to get downtown. You can either take the bus which will be less than $3.00 and should take you no more than 20 minutes. There is also a taxi kiosk over the sky bridge just outside the airport. Taxis are lined up no matter what time of day, and fare will be $10-$15 depending on what part of downtown you are going to. If you are planning on renting a car, it is important that you know there are no rental facilities on site at the airport. For more information about rental cars at the San Diego Airport, click here.

In downtown San Diego, you have many options for hotels. The most expensive hotels will be located in the Gaslamp Quarter and in the few blocks just outside the Gaslamp Quarter. These hotels are often luxury hotels and also charge additional daily rates for parking in their private lots as downtown parking is often difficult to find. Other more affordable options include the East Village, Core-Columbia and the popular Little Italy district.

If you are looking for things to do, there is no shortage of activities and attractions in downtown San Diego. Some fun downtown places for families include the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, the USS Midway Museum and the Children’s museum. There are also many boat, ferry and whale watching tours that leave from the bay if your family enjoys the water. For nightlife, Little Italy has a wide selection of authentic Italian restaurants and bakeries, and the Gaslamp Quarter is overflowing with dining options, as well as bars and nightclubs. If you plan on going to the downtown district on a Friday or Saturday night, you may want to consider a hotel near the Gaslamp Quarter bars to avoid the need to drive and park.

For more information about the Gaslamp Quarter, contact the Marina Inn today. We offer some of the lowest rates for hotels in downtown San Diego and have a selection of spacious rooms and suites for our guests to choose from.

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10% OFF

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