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Eclectic Urban Destination

For beauty, excitement and convenience, no urban environment can beat sunny Downtown San Diego, where more than 15,000 homes in eight great neighborhoods await you. The heart of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving downtown districts offer a plethora of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all accessible by foot or by trolley. While San Diego’s downtown isn’t overwhelmingly large, it more than compensates in character, class, and dazzling quantities of exuberance.


Its crux, of course, is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, an entertainment Mecca comprised of sixteen square blocks. Here, modern and historic buildings stand side-by-side along with shops and boutiques, art galleries, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars and fine dining restaurants.


Located in Central San Diego, Downtown San Diego is delimited by San Diego Bay to the west and southwest, Bankers Hill, Middletown, and Balboa Park to the north, Sherman Heights and Golden Hill to the east, and Barrio Logan and Logan Heights to the southeast. San Diego International Airport is just northwest of downtown. During the day, families can enjoy various cultural attractions, like The New Children's Museum, or take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, or catch a ride on the trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. With plenty choices to eat, shop and explore, families can enjoy a true California urban safari in San Diego's downtown district.


Directly west is the harbor, and its own maritime brand of shops and seafood restaurants. Known as the Embarcadero district (Spanish for “the landing place”) the Embarcadero boardwalk hugs the east side of San Diego Bay, and is home to the San Diego cruise terminal, the Navy Pier and Seaport Village.


Visit the City of San Diego for more information.

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