The historic neighborhood of Old Town is a sight not to be missed! The first European settlement in what is now California, Old Town San Diego is filled to the brim with unique artisan shops, and art galleries. In the Mexican restaurants you should not be surprised, if your diner is escorted by a flamenco serenade played by a whole mariachi band.
Fondest memory: In the Old Town Historic State Park beside a lot of entertainments I have learned something about the history of California.
I am sorry for one thing only, I did not take part in the ghost tour, so I have to go back to get acquainted with the spookiest places in town.
Old Town San Diego is located just east of where the 8 and the 5 freeways cross. This is a part of San Diego where the old meets the new and is a favorite place for a little partying in the evenings. The area is filled with restraints and bars as well as a few dance clubs.
Fondest memory: Good food, music and a good time can be had in this historic area of San Diego.
I took this picture because first time I saw this kind of antique weight machine. But then afterwards I found out there are everywhere in the States... in California and Louisiana! lol
Here we finish our days in San Diego. Went back to hotel, rest, and next morning heading up to Los Angeles.
Fondest memory: After dinner, very full, we walked around the old town a bit to help digestion. There are many nice old houses and handicraft shops. Unfortunately, I found out that those old houses are actually not original, they are re-build, fake. Anyway, nice walking around though.
Fondest memory: Dying hungry!!! This is our last night in San Diego and we decided to check out Old Town area. I didn't expect there are so many nice restaurants in this little district. We choose to have our dinner at this traditional Mexican place, with live music and freshly made tortilla.
Old Town is the historical site of the beginnings of San Diego. Father Junipero Serra established the first California Mission in 1769 at Presidio Hill. San Diego was the first west coast Spanish settlement. The original Mexican village is still evident near Presidio Hill, with reconstructed adobe houses, stone wells and stables. Old Town is a state historical park and has ranger-led docent tours at the visitors' center. You will find an old blacksmith shop, and tourist shops selling Mexican pottery and Chinese boxes as well as salt water taffy, candles, and soap. A replica of a Wells Fargo stage coach station has an ATM matchine that looks like it's been there since the 1800s. There is mariachi and Peruvian music and Mexican folk dancing on weekends. You can take a hop-on-hop-off Trolley Tour that goes around the city from here. The restaurants are all very good; you can even get Italian, Japanese, and Chinese food. You can buy the usual souvenir T-shirts, hats, cowboy boots, etc., along with other not so usual items liike orignal Native American crafts, imports from around the world, and hundreds of hot sauces with names like "Jump Up & Kiss Me"
Fondest memory: Mexican food, music, and margaritas
A christian church, with a gorgeous car parked. Maybe a marriage...
The old town is not an active part of San Diego, actually. Along the beautiful road that brings you inside San Diego coming from north, seaside, you'll pass through a "regular" downtown, american style, with skyscrapers and offices.
Visit Old Town San Diego. 1850´s style still alive. A western town with Spanish flair.
Fondest memory: I´ve been to San Diego for a day trip during a stay in Los Angeles. I really enjoyed the drive from L.A. to San Diego along the shoreline with its beautiful beaches.
We really liked Old Town a lot. Lots of restaurants and shops. It had been recommend to me to go to the Gaslight district, which I found to very busy and crowded. At Old Town, we parked in a huge parking lot down by where the train stops and walked the 2 blocks back to the area. We had 2 wonderful Mexican meals there - one had 2 guys strumming their guitars and singing mexican serenades. I was happiest when they were on the opposite side of the restaurant !! Also Old town is the starting point of the 'hop on - hop off' San Diego tour which we did our first day to get an idea of the lay of the land.
Fondest memory: I liked the habor cruise and watching the many sailboats in the bay. We also saw a few sea lions on the buoys sunning themselves!!!
Favorite thing: Visit the Old Town and the historic square, also Balboa Park with its museums, art galleries and the world best zoo. The city was founded back in 1769 and was the first permanent settlement in California.
Favorite thing: Heritage Park home to some of San Diego's old Victorian houses. The houses were moved here from their original locations.
Historic Photo from the late 19th century.
View is from Mission Hills. In the background you can see where Sea World now exists.