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I find that local maps are useful while trying to get an idea of the scope of a place and where specific areas are in relation to other places.
The second photo is a map from a free magazine that tells about the things to see and do in SD and it is showing the downtown area, Coronado Island, the SD Zoo, Hillcrest and Old Town.
Just to give an idea of the distance, from the Gaslamp (Streets colored in orange) Quarter to Old Town, it is about 3 1/2 miles. From the Harbor to the SD Zoo it is also about 3 1/2 miles.
North of Interstate 8 is Fashion Valley Mall, Mission Valley Shopping Center and Hotel Circle. West of Interstate 5 is the airport. North of downtown and West of Old Town is Hillcrest.
Ask at your hotel if they carry "The Weekly," to get one of these maps.
Favorite thing: I was on a business trip to San Diego mainly to visit Rancho Park Publishing. There have been many great reviews as the expertise of Rancho Park Publishing in publishing in Spanish. When I arrived at the office of Rancho Park Publishing, the people where very warm and friendly and I immediately felt at home. The staff that entertained my business transaction was very kind and she easily understood my instructions. Now, I just got my first book with the translation done by Rancho Park Publishing and it is just great! Great job in translation done by Rancho Park Publishing.
A lady from Indonesia asked about her trip with her kids in California with "NO CAR", and I responded:
You and your children will have fun! But even without a car, there's so much to do around the Hyatt in San Diego where I have stayed myself, and check out some hotels that do have complimentary shuttle transpo to the amusement parks. Ask Hyatt for any recommendations before you go (email). But you are right in that staying near the amusement parks would be better, specially in such a sprawled out place like California where driving cars is the main transportation (although buses do exist but I never needed to use them because I drive instead).
Also, you might be needing some required safety roadway protection in California like "booster seats" for your kids (minimum 40 pounds) if you are in a moving vehicle...it might be hard and expenisve to find a chauffeur-driven rental cars you were planning - usually it's just a limo that would have such a driver and it is expensive (per hour) not mentioning the tip. Being Asian myself, I know this is so unlike in other Asian countries where drivers are easier to hire.
Enjoy your time in California - it's a great state and people will be nice and love kids...
Favorite thing: If you have noticed that along the walking path from the Point Loma Lighthouse to the Whale watching overlook, you’ll see many wonderful species of local plants. The park took the time to mark many of the significant plants with plaques. Take the time to read the placards and learn about them. San Diego has so many wonderful plants that only grow in this area.
There are quite a few sites that list business events in San Diego. The better events are put on by organizations like bizSanDiego, Connect, SDVG, bioCom and others. I would recommend visiting http://www.bizsandiego.com/calendar. They have a very good listing of business events and fun events. They also send out a daily newsletter that list events for the next day. You can sign up for that on their homepafe: http://www.bizsandiego.com
Hope this helps!
I like Jazz, and KIFM 98.1 FM is a nice "Smooth Jazz" station, I even listen to it here at home over the Internet.
They have links to many Jazz events in the area, clubs, etc. Nice resource for those who like Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Hiroshima, Chris Botti, Praful, etc.
Fondest memory: For Talk radio, I like KOGO 600 & KCBQ 1170. KOGO has Rush, and in the afternoon, Roger Hedgecock. KCBQ has Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, and others. I listen to them over the internet (can't get Seattle stations here very well.
Fondest memory: After a whole day travelling, we got to check-in our hotel in Sunset Cliff before sunset. This place is much more quiet and local than Mission Bay area, I like it. And the "Inn at Sunset Cliff" I stayed in was absolutely fantastic (check out my hotel tips). The boss is actually an old Chinese guy who is living in Arizona. They had some Japanese and many European customers here, while we were the first Chinese tourists staying in this place.
Fondest memory: We drive back down along highway 5 towards San Diego downtown, passing by Oceanside and decided to have a look, I read something about this place on VT before. Well... nothing much here actually, just some boat parking, restaurants and resorts. Just a quick drive through and took a few pictures.
As in every major city there are lots of big business conferences.
In San Diego one of the biggest one is the IT Convention happening in late March.
Hotels, flights and rental cars will be heavily booked.
Just thought I let you know !
Also try to avoid the Convention centre area as security and traffic will be on an increase during the event.
For the business heads it's an opportunity however to network... so not all bad ehy :)
Fondest memory: Shamu and the San Diego Rescue Centre for Dolphins and Seals and other sea animals... you could check if you can help out for a day... LOTS OF fun but very fishy (the smell I mean)
To make a call, it will cost $.35 cents.
Insert a dime and a quarter.
Wait for the dial tone and dial your number.
Note: "lmkluque" Linda Luque brought to may attention that around the Trolley Stops the cost is $.50 cents. That would take two Quarters.
Fondest memory: When I tried to make a phone call in Frankfurt Germany - Let's just say it wasn't fun. Plus I like the picture and wanted to share it.
Favorite thing: Travel to all parts of the county...In a matter of hours (depending on traffic) you can visit the beach, desert, and mountains (the views are outstanding and the weather is great).
Fondest memory: The US Navy is very strong in this city. It has here one of the nations outstanding fleets and facilities.