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    Sleeptrain Amphitheatre

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    Coors Amphitheatre is an outdoor performing arts theatre located in Chula Vista and serves the Greater San Diego area.

    2050 Entertainment Circle
    Chula Vista, CA 91911

    Half of the seating capacity (for 10,000 people) is the hill of grass seen in the back portion of the second, third and fourth photos. It is the area in which you'll sit if you buy a "General" ticket. The other seating half (10,000) is categorized, "Reserved Seating" and includes back rows, front rows as well as cabaret type table seating. The variation of ticket price depends upon the section of seating as well as the popularity of the performer.

    Food and drinks are sold at the concert and you are allowed to "tailgate," (including BBQ'ing) in the parking lot before events. No open containers of alcohol are allowed.

    Also, cameras, audio/video recorders are not allowed.

    Check out their website for tickets and further Information.

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    Update:

    Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (formerly Coors Amphitheatre)

    This Venue is now called, "Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre" but it still has a great list of concerts on offer. Their do's and don't's seem to have changed a bit so make sure you check the website to be sure of what is allowed.

    Update:

    "Sleep Train Amphitheater" (Formerly, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre and formerly Coors Amphitheatre)

    Again this venue has changed hands and has another new name, Sleep Train Amphitheater. Sleep Train is better known for selling mattress' but seems now to be dipping into the music industry.

    This is the largest concert venue in San Diego County and about fifteen minutes south of downtown San Diego.

    Related to:
    • School Holidays
    • Music
    • Festivals

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    Imperial Beach

    by lmkluque Updated Jan 3, 2013

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    Located about 14 miles south of downtown. Next to Coronado, IB is one of the least congested beaches from the San Diego downtown area.

    By Car:
    Drive south on Interstate 5 to Palm Avenue exit (There are two Palm exits, take the second one.) west; continue to Seacoast Drive and turn left.

    Public transpotation:
    Take the Trolley to Palm Avenue Trolley Station and from there take the 933 bus, which leaves about every half hour, to Seacoast Drive.

    Known as "I B," this wide, sandy beach is popular with area residents, and it is great for swimming, surfing and land activities. The pier area is the site of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition, which occurs every year in July, on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In 2011 the dates were July 22, 23 & 24, in 2012 the dates have not been announced yet.. More details about this event can be found at:
    U.S. Open Sandcastle Contest.

    Update:

    Due to lack of funds in a struggling economy, the U.S. Sandcastle Contest has been suspended in Imperial Beach. Hopefully they will return in the coming years but I don't know. I did notice that last year there was a sort of Sandcastle Competition in I.B., but don't know that it will be an annual thing yet. I'll let you know when I find out.

    The city of Imperial Beach has always had a "poor cousin" reputation in the county of San Diego, as far as beaches go, but there are some aspects to this beach that I think are interesting and worth a visit. The community of IB is working hard to offer the tourist a place to come, and one of the best things is that it is not too crowded, nor too expensive compared to the other beach areas.

    There is a long history of surfing in IB, as some of the biggest waves on the California Coast can be found here and so can some of the best surfers be seen, if you come at the right times.

    For more information about this Califronia beach town community, take a look at my Imperial Beach, California page.

    I've given my impressions and hopefully an idea of why you might want to visit this part of San Diego.

    Related to:
    • Surfing
    • Beaches
    • Budget Travel

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    wildflowers and birds

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Head south almost to Mexico (take the 3rd to last exit and head west towards Imperial Beach.) The TisuanaRiver National Estuarine Research Center is a beautiful natural setting right on the coast. Great place to view birds, saw many hummingbirds. The visitor's center is nice. And in the springtime, the fields are brilliantly colored by wildflowers.

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism

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