Other Malls, San Diego
Plaza de la Puerta de Las Americas, now known as Las Americas Preimium Outlet, is the newest thing in San Ysidro, and only 16 miles south of downtown San Diego. It is only a few blocks from the SD Trolley Station, San Ysidro and could be added to a trip to Tijuana.
A lovely shopping mall with about a hundred outlet stores. This is a shoppers haven as it is now, but there are more plans for this place. An extended section was added in May 2005, and later, there are hopes that a bridge connecting the USA with Mexico will be built and it will serve as a new entry port!
The extention has been built, but the bridge/port of entry has not come to fruition and may never be a reality. It's complicated.
Now even more than one hundred shops and stores, filled with reduced priced items, are open and there is something for everyone to be found here. It is the closest outlet mall to downtown SD and easiest to get to by public transprotation.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo del Norte, Suite 100
Carlsbad, CA 92008
This mall is located north of San Diego City. I haven't been there but know that lots of people love shopping at this outlet center. So, if you'll be staying in the northern part of SD County, you might take a look at this one.
Viejas Casino & Outlets
5000 Willows Road
Alpine, CA 91901
1- 800- 84- POKER (1-800-847-6537)
This might be the most fun of all. It is located on the Viejas Indian Reservation where gambling is not only legal, it is available along with other type games and entertainment and a great buffett Las Vegas style! Make a day of it here.
What to buy: Almost any type of item you like to shop for!!
What to pay: Prices are usually less than in regular mall stores.
UTC is another large outdoor shopping mall located in the Golden Triangle area. There is a nice movie theater here, over 170 shops and even an ice rink. There are also plenty of good restaurants including the La Jolla Brewery. The four large anchor department stores are Nordstrom, Sears, Robinson's-May and Macy's.
Terra Nova Center is a more stylish strip mall on East H Street on the righthand side as you head away from downtown San Diego. Among its more prominent tenants are Bed Bath and Beyond, Von's Supermarket, Long's Drug Store, Marshall's, and the Sports Authority.
What to buy: After lunch, I went to pick up a couple of apartment rental magazines for James who was thinking about moving here the following January. I also found out that James' Virginia driving licence is no good in California so he had to take a written test on the peculiar California traffic laws. I put that in a package with the rental information and mailed it out at Postal Annex. After that Deb and I had a coffee at Caffe Tazza.
Otay Lakes is a strip mall that contains Ralph's Supermarket, a Rite Aid, a Mexican restaurant, and many smaller shops and boutiques.
What to buy: When I was here, I frequented the Mexican restaurant, and also visited Ralph's to buy groceries and I bought dozens of postcards at Rite Aid. During the week I was there, I was such a fixture that the shopping centre's rent-a-cop recognised me and knew me by name.
Plaza Bonita Mall is a two-storey shopping mall technically located in National City, but right on the line with Chula Vista.
What to buy: Click here for a complete and current store directory I bought "California Home Cooking" for Mama and a San Diego Chargers keychain for a friend at a gift shop directly across the corridor.