Day One: A Perfect Day Biking on Coronado Island
Guests with three days in San Diego should start by taking the ferry to Coronado - a favorite way to experience San Diego! The ferry can be accessed by walking three short blocks west from the hotel to the San Diego Harbor Excursion Port. Rent a bike at Port and hop aboard the ferry (sit upstairs for the best views). The ferry ride lasts about 15 minutes-by SeaPort Village and the Embarcadero - with the city skyline in the background. Once you arrive on Coronado Island, enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the island and then head to the beach for some sun and fun. Spend a few hours there and you might even see some dolphins or enjoy the free air show as you watch the fighter jets take off and land at North Island. After enjoying the beach, head back to the pier. There are several restaurants and shops to explore. A favorite is Peohe's ‘Coronado's Tropical Island Paradise' - try the surf and turf roll or the crab, mango and avocado stack...delicious!
Day Two: It's all in the Neighborhood
Start with breakfast at "400 West" in the hotel. After breakfast, get a breath of fresh air on a leisurely walk bayside along the San Diego Harbor. Enjoy the morning aboard the USS Midway and shopping at Seaport Village.
Head North to Little Italy. There you will find "The Waterfront," a vibrant dive bar with outdoor seating, featuring an old-fashion popcorn machine and photo booth. From there, head down to the Gaslamp Quarter, home of San Diego's oldest bar ,‘Tivoli', rumored to be frequented by Wyatt Earp. Choose some songs on the juke-box and then order a drink at the massive mahogany bar (brought over from Boston for Tivoli's opening in 1885). Finally, walk over to "Bar Basic" located in the East Village for some much-deserved pizza before heading to the Padres game at the amazing Petco Park.
Day Three: A Day in the Park
If you want a full day of fun head to Balboa Park, home to many museums, gardens, theatres and the world famous San Diego Zoo. From The Westin San Diego, it is only a short drive to the attractions in Balboa Park. Be sure to quickly stop at the Japanese Friendship Garden, in the park, which is a small but pretty area, then head over to the Botanical Building, one of the largest structures of its kind in the world. Don't miss, the San Diego Natural History Museum or lunch in Balboa "Prado" a favorite restaurant in the park, ideal for lunch, dinner or happy hour. After lunch, spend the afternoon with the elephants and monkeys at San Diego Zoo.
Wind down after a busy day, by spending the evening at "Anthology" enjoying live jazz music by either their house band or guest performer. The food and service are both exceptionally good!