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Explore San Diego

While you are in San Diego, be sure to discover all it has to offer! Start here with our top 10 things you must do and see while in San Diego! Stay hydrated and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Balboa Park 

Adore the outdoors in beautiful historic Balboa Park. The park offers 17 museums, botanical gardens, iconic San Diego Landmarks, stunning green space with massive trees to enjoy picnics, local artist and vendors at the Spanish Village Art Center, restaurants and much more.

Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma

Nestled in beautiful Point Loma, the Cabrillo National Monument offers the most spectacular views of the harbor and the city’s skyline. Come tour the park and visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse while you’re there. When you’re done and headed back down the hill, be sure to make a quick stop at Sunset Cliffs and take in the beautiful bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. It’s a picture opportunity you won’t want to miss. To round out your day in Point Loma, stop in and grab a bite to eat at the popular Liberty Market. An open air market that brings together the cuisines and cultures of San Diego.

Gaslamp District and Seaport Village

Seaport by day and Gaslamp by night! Take a stroll through either of these areas and experience diverse shops, unique eateries and tons of live entertainment. These areas are close to the ballpark and offer great pre-game activities to do before or after the Padres game. Great news….its walking distance to the ballpark too!

Hotel Del Coronado

Come visit San Diego’s iconic beach resort that has grace the presence of celebrities, dignitaries and US presidents. While at the legendary hotel you can walk and explore the historic charm of the Victorian buildings, have lunch with breathtaking views or just enjoy shopping for nostalgic souvenirs at one of the many shops!Want to explore more of the island? Take the Flagship ferry and enjoy a 15 min sail across the bay and explore more of Coronado. (Note: Ferry drops off at the Coronado Ferry Landing. You will need to take an Uber or Taxi to the Hotel Del)

La Jolla Cove

The La Jolla Cove is a beautiful secluded area where the cove and beach are surrounded by beautiful natural cliffs. The cove is ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and swimming. So if you want to get wet and spend the day with marine life…this is your destination. Don’t want to get wet? That’s ok; La Jolla offers row and row of streets to shop and eat. You can enjoy beautiful walks along the bluff. Don’t forget your camera; you will want to snap some shots of the sunbathing seals!

Little Italy

Looking for a dynamic food and drink scene? Little Italy offers authentic Italian restaurants featuring cuisines from Northern and Southern Italy.The area has become so popular; celebrity chefs have integrated themselves into Little Italy with trendier eateries. It’s a perfect mixture of restaurants. If you are free on a Saturday, Little Italy offers an incredible farmers market with local vendors and street side entertainment.     

San Diego Safari Park

Located in a separate location from the San Diego Zoo, the Safari park offers a different viewing experience of the animals than the traditional Zoo. This Park offers 1800 acres of free-range enclosures which house an array of wild and endangered species from different continents. Come and participate in one or all of the safari tours and don’t leave without taking the African Tram around the park to connect with the animals on a closer level. 

San Diego Zoo

Be sure to visit one of the most famous zoos in the world! The zoo houses an astounding number of animals. 4500 animals from over 900 different species to be exact! Don’t leave without visiting one of the coolest exhibits…..the Pandas! The zoo is one of only four facilities that carry the endangered species.

Sea World in Mission Bay

Come visit the amusement park that is known for its amazing sea animals, interactive attractions, aquariums and live shows. Sea World is conveniently located near the city in Mission Bay. Mission Bay not only offers Sea World but it’s also known for miles of shore lines that offer outdoor activities such as bike riding, sailing, motor rentals, paddle boarding and much more. If you’re looking for outdoor water activities that are close by…this is your destination!

Torrey Pines Golf Course

Calling all golf lovers! Don’t miss out on the chance to play at one of the world re-nown courses. One of the most beautiful courses, situated on cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pine is most know for hosting the PGA Farmers Insurance Open. Come play where the professionals have battled it out over the years.

USS Midway  

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit this historic aircraft carrier. Imagine experiencing life at sea on the ship that served in wars and housed over 225,000 sailors. The ship acts as a floating city at sea that includes self-guided audio tours, flight simulators, the chance to climb in aircrafts, and so much more. Come experience it just as the Navy did when the ship was at sea!

Not done yet? Want to explore some more? No problem! Visit the official San Diego website to search for endless activities and destinations in America’s Finest City!


Getting Around San Diego

Getting from the Airport to the Sheraton Hotel and Marina
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive

1. Sheraton Hotel Shuttle Information

Airport shuttle runs between both towers (Marina Tower & Bay Tower) and the airport approximately every 20-25 minutes from 4:45AM to 12:45AM. Shuttles are marked with a Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina logo. Upon arrival to the San Diego airport, please feel free to contact them at 619-291-2900 for an estimated time of arrival.

Where to meet the shuttle:
Terminal 1: Cross the Sky Bridge, then walk towards the airport and the shuttle stop will be located at the third island on the left, marked "Hotel Courtesy Shuttles"

Terminal 2: From baggage claim, cross the street, then go to the second island and walk left to signage marked "Hotel Courtesy Shuttles"

Click Here to download a map and hotel shuttle information.

2. Ride Share (Uber, Lyft, etc)
Using your phone, request your car when you are walking outside. Meet your driver in the appropriate location.

Terminal 1: Exit from baggage claim and cross the sky bridge. Meet your driver at the short-term parking lot.

Terminal 2: Meet at the elevated departure roadway between American and United/Delta check-in counters. Look for signs that say Ride Share.

3. Taxi Service
Simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Customer Service Representative will place you with the first available taxi.

Getting around the Harbor and Waterfront
Port of San Diego Waterfront Shuttle - $3 All Day - Click Here for more information.

Sheraton Hotel Parking
Overnight Parking - Hotel guest and conference attendees will receive a discounted overnight rate of $18. Parking fees can be applied to guestrooms and paid upon check-out.

Daily Parking - Conference attendees will have a flat day rate of $18 for parking. Discounted daily parking tickets can be picked up at the registration booth.

Restaurants on Harbor Island

Coasterra (Reservations recommended, call 619-814-1300) - Enjoy Modern Mexican Cuisine with panoramic bay views.

Island Prime (Reservations recommended, call 619-298-6802) - California Cuisine on the waterfront with city skyline views.

C-Level (Walk-ups only) - A perfect spot for Happy Hour and small plates.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse (Reservations recommended, call 619-291-9110) - Seafood driven menu with epic views.

Restaurants near the Sheraton

Jimmy's Famous (No reservations required) - Casual tavern featuring a variety of sandwiches, burgers & a wide local beer selection. A great hangout spot with views of marina and boats.

The Pearl Restaurant (Reservation recommended for dinner, walk up happy hour spot, call 619-226-6100) - California Coastal Cuisine at a trendy mid-century modern boutique hotel.

Liberty Station Public Market (No reservations required) - Enjoy cruising through the open market and choosing from a variety of cuisines.

Officine BuonaForchetta - A local Italian favorite. They offer Northern Italian specialties, including antipasti, pasta and Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Fish Market Restaurant - Bayfront chain branch serving grilled seafood, sushi & oysters, with patio tables.