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Explore San Diego

Location and Travel Information

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San Diego, California's second largest city, is known for its warm climate, natural deep-water harbor, and beautiful beaches. The city hugs the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert, and the Laguna Mountains. Each of the diverse, unique regions filll the city with endless entertainment for everyone who visits.

We’ve put together a few suggestions to acquaint you with San Diego, and encourage you to explore this vibrant city during your stay.

San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Getting Around San Diego

Airport Transportation

The San Diego International Airport is approximately 3.5 miles away from the San Diego Convention Center. Transportation to your hotel is available by shuttle and taxicab.

The San Diego International Airport website provides a list of common shuttles used by travelers. You may also choose one of the many taxi companies to transport you. See more information on taxi rates below.

Other airport transportation options

Transportation While Visiting

There are a variety of transportation methods to take you around San Diego. You can travel by rail via the Trolley ($1.50 - $3 one-way) and Coaster trains ($11 round-trip). There is also bus and shuttle public transportation available. If you are out on the water, check out the water taxi for ($8 one-way). 

More transportation information

Taxis are another way to get around. Fare pricing is as follows: 

Getting In: $2.80
Each Mile: $3
Waiting: $24/hr.
From Airport Add: $2.00

The San Diego Travel Bureau has a list of taxi companies with contact information.

 

Regions

All of San Diego's regions have something to enjoy. The San Diego Travel Bureau has compiled information on each region, including dining options, activities, and events. Below are highlights from the areas that are closest to the Convention Center.

Downtown San Diego

San Diego's downtown offers plenty of options for entertainment. Tour a plethora of museums, cultural centers, and gardens at Balboa Park—also home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. Climb aboard the USS Midway Museum or shop at over 50 different stores at Seaport Village. Savor the nightlife in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, and enjoy a local cafe or hand made pasta in Little Italy just north of downtown.

Coronado

Coronado is consistently voted one of the top beaches in the United States. Just over the bridge from downtown San Diego, can bask in the sun on the white sand beach. Coronado's Ferry Landing has a collection of shops, art galleries, and restaurants to dine at. Golf at Coronado's Municipal Golf Course. The trip won't be complete until you visit the historic national landmark, Hotel Del Coronado.

Mission Bay and Beaches

Get out on the calm bay waters and sail, paddle board, or kayak at Mission Bay Park. Enjoy the laid back nightlife and take a walk on the boardwalk at Pacific Beach. Mission Bay is also home to the iconic SeaWorld, which offers fun for all ages. Make sure to check out the gorgeous Pacific views at Sunset Cliffs.

 

Dining

Everyone's appetite will be satisfied when visiting San Diego. The city provides a wide variety of unique flavors and experiences for all visitors.

Famous for its Cali-Baja cuisine, California's fresh local ingredients and farm-to-table roots are fused with Mexico's Baja Med cuisine which combines Mexican and Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy some of the best fish and seafood restauruants, or dine at any of the restaurants specific to each of San Diego's regions. 

There are also over 100 wineries and 75 craft breweries to explore after your dining experience is over. 

Other Important Information

Time Zone

Pacific Time  

Electricity and Adapters

If your small electrical appliances use 220-240 volts, you will need a 110-volt transformer and a plug adapter with two flat parallel pins to operate them in the United States. Please note, downward converters that change 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts are difficult to find in the U.S.

Currency Exchange

There is a currency exchange located approximately one mile from the San Diego Convention Center and there are ATMs located throughout San Diego. Traveler’s checks are also a safe option for taking money abroad. For current currency exchange rates, please visit a currency exchange website such as http://www.xe.com/.