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A few last minute questions

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A few last minute questions

Coming to SD next week, first time. We decided to go with the Marriot Marquis, I hope this is a good choice!

We have three days there, and no car. What would be the best suggestion from our hotel if we wanted to lay on a beach somewhere for an afternoon?

I am still trying to narrow down our must do's. From my understanding, we may want to go to Coronado. Is this a hop on the ferry and spend an afternoon type place?

Debating between the zoo and Seaworld still, would like to do one but not both. It's two adults, wasn't sure which would be more interesting with no kids with us.

We are shooting for the Premium Outlet mall at some point. Is that the best option for good shopping?

Just don't want to go home and miss something that people go, 'oh no why didn't you do that!'

Next, on to restaurants...I'd hate to miss a great one. So much to figure out!

I guess I'm afraid of walking out of my hotel door on day one and going, ok, so now where....

Can you tell I don't branch out often?

Thanks for the help!

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1. Re: A few last minute questions

OK, your hotel is right next to the San Diego Trolley light rail Green Line.

To get to Pacific Beach, take the Green Line Trolley to the Old Town Station and transfer to MTS Route 30 bus.

For SeaWorld, Green Line to Old Town and then the MTS Route 9 bus (drops you off inside the parking lot).

For the San Diego Zoo, I would take the Green Line to the 12th and Imperial Station and head north to the City College station and transfer to MTS Route 9

To get to The Las Americas Outlet Mall (and surrounding other discounted stores), Green Line to 12th and Imperial, and then south to San Ysidro (end of the line). Then I like getting a Pedicab to take be across the freeway bridge to the Outlet Mall.

As for the SeaWorld vs Zoo, while I like the Zoo, it is pretty much looking at animlas all day, either walking or taking the Guided Bus Tour.

SeaWorld is more of an entertainment location, so while it does have aquariums, places to touch and feed marine animals, it also has shows that feature animals and humans, plus some rides and other attractions. I prefer SeaWorld, along with my wife. (We have Annual Passes to both).

As for other shopping, you could take the Green Line to the Fashion Valley and Mission Valley Mall station (located near each other, but past the Old Town Station). Fashion Valley is more upscale, and Mission Valley is typical mall with a few discounted stores.

http://www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp

As for restaurants, what are you looking for? Casual, upscale, Steak, Fish, Mexican, BBQ, etc...

Hope that helps.

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2. Re: A few last minute questions

That trolley info is a huge help! Thanks for that!

Restaurants....we like pub type places, and wouldn't mind having one nice dinner, more like a steak place I guess. But somewhere 'upbeat', not too 'quiet', if that makes sense. Hoping to do an afternoon drinks on the patio day somewhere maybe?

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3. Re: A few last minute questions

Everyone has different likes/dislikes. For the exact reasons that Darkbeer likes Sea World , we prefer the zoo! Funny about that isn't it? First of all the zoo is beautiful. The plantings are gorgeous and in addition you get to see the animals and watch them doing their normal activities. We enjoy seeing the animal behavior very much. You can also walk in Balboa Park(where the zoo is located) and see the gardens ,small museums, outdoor entertainment and artisan shops. You can eat at The Prado which is a beautiful restaurant too.

Roller coasters and animal shows where they do tricks are really of no interest to us but then others really like them so you'll have to choose for yourselves.

BTW you can visit San Diego without going to either of those animal parks and still have a great time!

You can take a harbor cruise. Some folks have recently enjoyed this one:

https://www.speedboatadventures.com/

You can visit ships along the bayfront like the USS Midway aircraft carrier or the old sailing ship and Russian sub at the Maritime Museum or just walk along and see them from the outside.

You can take the ferry to Coronado and rent bikes and/or go to the beach there.

You can take a tour to our La Jolla neighborhood :

http://tourguidetim.com/la-jolla-tours/

Don't worry about what others may say or do but pick out the things that you think will be fun!!

You can't see/do everything in a short time without a car so do what you can and enjoy!!

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4. Re: A few last minute questions

When you visit Pacific Beach, plenty of Pub Type places with great food within walking distance of the pier.

A casual place is the Kansas City Barbeque, within walking distance to your Hotel. You can also walk to Seaport Village and browse the locations, some are casual.

Maybe on the same day as SeaWorld, check out the Old Town State Park area (where the transit center is) for some options after the park.

www.oldtownsandiego.org/restaurants.html

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5. Re: A few last minute questions

OOPS, forgot to say, at the 12th and Imperial Station, you would transfer to the Orange Line of the SD Trolley.

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7. Re: A few last minute questions

I prefer the Zoo over SeaWorld. But it's really personal to each. Go to their websites and have a look around and see which appeals to you most.

From your hotel it's easy to get to Coronado and spend a great afternoon. Lots of restaurants to choose from. There's a pub called McP's owned by an ex Navy Seal

http://mcpspub.com/

You can just hop on the Ferry near your hotel either at the Convention Ctr or the nearby Broadway Pier. Once there you have some choices on getting to the beautiful beach. This website will explain them

coronadovisitorcenter.com/directions/…

Definitely walk out your hotel on the boardwalk along the marina and walk up to the USS Midway. It's a pleasant stroll. Also there are places where you can have a drink along the boardwalk. Also, in your hotel is Roy's Hawaiian Fusion and I enjoy sitting at their outdoor patio.

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8. Re: A few last minute questions

Does anyone know if we will be able to easily get a taxi from the Valley View Casino centre on Sports Arena Blvd? We are going to take in a concert there and I want to make sure we aren't stuck in the middle of nowhere after. Is there anywhere around there to hang out of eat before the show or is it more of a go to concert go home type area? I've read it is kind of a dumpy venue so I'm not sure if that goes for the area it's in too. Thx!

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9. Re: A few last minute questions

I imagine that the taxi companies are pretty aware of when these concerts end and there will be taxis. But, even if there aren't just take the phone # of a taxi company with you and call when the concert lets out. You won't be "stuck in the middle of nowhere."

Here's a taxi website that lists a couple of taxi phone #s. I recently stayed in Point Loma close to where you are going to be and I used Orange Cab Co to get from there to Downtown (where I live) I just called them and they were there in 5 minutes.

The phone #'s are on the left side of the page

www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=SD

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10. Re: A few last minute questions

As far as places to eat there are a lot of fast food places very close by. There's also Phil's BBQ if you like their style of BBQ. But if it's a weekend there can be a line so go early. There's also an Olive Garden and I hate to say it but there can be a line there too, especially early evening.

http://goo.gl/maps/mRZPg