Top 3 Must Visit Neighborhoods in Downtown San Diego

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Downtown San Diego is an exciting, vibrant area which encompasses a variety of interesting and distinct neighborhoods. If you’re unfamiliar with San Diego’s downtown district and want to know which communities are worth exploring, the Marina Inn in downtown San Diego offers a list of the top three neighborhoods in the area.

  1. The Gaslamp Quarter. The most energizing, busiest neighborhood in downtown San Diego is the Gaslamp Quarter. It is this community that is at the heart of San Diego’s nightlife scene, being home to hundreds of bars and a variety of nightclubs. The Gaslamp neighborhood, which is two blocks wide and eight blocks long, is also packed with some of San Diego’s finest restaurants.
  2. Little Italy. As the Gaslamp is home to San Diego’s nightlife, the Little Italy neighborhood is home to San Diego’s most authentic Italian restaurants. Little Italy is not only a place to savor great food, but it is a peek into genuine Italian traditions. In Little Italy, you can explore museums and beautiful church grounds as well as peruse the neighborhood’s many fine art galleries. Many cultural and community celebrations take place in the Little Italy neighborhood, including the popular Little Italy Mercado farmer’s market that occurs every Saturday.
  3. Seaport Village. Why visit Seaport Village? This quiet, waterfront community features a collection of quaint shops and dessert vendors, something for individuals of all ages to enjoy. Located on the San Diego Bay, Seaport Village gives visitors scenic views of the bay and Coronado Bridge while they relax and enjoy a light meal or their favorite sweets. The shops and restaurants of Seaport Village are connected by narrow, cobblestone paths and feature a central, open dining area where visitors can catch live musical performances.

Whether you’re looking for a night on the town or a lazy afternoon lunch by the water, there’s a community in downtown San Diego for you. Click here for more information about neighborhoods near San Diego’s Little Italy, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Celebrate the Traditions of San Diego

A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the traditions of America with the Fourth of July. On Independence Day, we remembered our nation’s founding and the sacrifice paid for our freedoms. While the Fourth of July is a single day where we observe the nation’s past, the city of San Diego is also home to many traditions that can be celebrated any day of the year.

There is no greater place to observe San Diego’s Spanish and Old Western heritage than in Old Town. The area which was first discovered by Spanish explorers later become a home to settlers and now is a historic piece of San Diego. From museums chronicling San Diego’s early beginnings to Mexican restaurants offering the best tortillas, visitors can get a firsthand look into this city’s colorful past.

San Diego is also a military town and is proud to be home to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The history of MCRD is a large part of what the military installation stands for today. Most families visit for Marine graduation as the MCRD is responsible for the recruitment and training of thousands of new Marines each year. In addition to the MCRD, other San Diego military sights to see include the USS Midway Museum, the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and the Cabrillo National Monument.

Another great way to explore a bit of San Diego’s history is by staying at the Marina Inn hotel in downtown San Diego. Guests of the Marina Inn are in close proximity to the historic Gaslamp Quarter. While the Gaslamp has undergone revitalization efforts and is home to newly constructed high rises and condos, much of the downtown district has been preserved to pay tribute to its past. The streets are lined with buildings from the Victorian era and the infamous archway still marks the entrance of downtown, signifying the continued efforts toward redeveloping the area.

Do you know of any other historic sites in San Diego? Share them with us!

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