Seaport Village, San Diego

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849 W. Harbor Drive (619) 235-4014

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    Seaport Village

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 27, 2012

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    Seaport Village was developed many years ago, one of the first efforts to revitalize the San Diego downtown area. Some San Diegians think /thought of this as a tourist trap, but there is so much to see and do. I disagree. Many of the shops offer very unique items, not usually found in shops around town, that I can't see this as a tourist trap at all.

    There are three sections and each are designed in historical California styles, Old Monterey, Victorian San Francisco and traditional Mexico. Housed in these lovely little buildings are more than 50 shops, many of them offfer one-of-a-kind items that aren't found in regular stores. There are almost twenty places to choose to have a meal ranging from inexpensive to expensive, even a place to buy the makings for a picnic lunch at the Embarcadero

    A couple of really nice hotels have grown up next to Seaport Village. The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, which has a fantastic lounge on the 40th floor offering a view of the city and bay that is awesome and well worth the price of a drink!

    The Marriot Hotel is just next to the San Diego Convention Center and has it's own marina. These hotels can be pretty expensive if you're not coming here on business with all hotel expenses paid, but their restaurants and lounges are open to the public and worth a visit.

    Just behind Seaport Village is the Embarcadero Marina Park North. It is a great park for flying kites, having a picnic along the bay or just taking a stroll. Also, from this park, on summer evenings you can hear the San Diego Summer Pops playing wonderful music on the south side of the Embarcadero marina.

    So, no matter your budget, Seaport Village has something to offer, and I haven't even mentioned free entertainment! I suggest, if you are planning a trip here to look at Seaport's Web page. If you give your e-mail address they will let you know of any events that might be planned during your stay and also offer coupons sometimes.

    More photos can be seen on my Seaport Village travelogue.

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    A natural for San Diego, Seaport Village.

    by travelgourmet Updated Nov 30, 2012

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    Staying in downtown San Diego? Looking for a place to relax, stroll by shops, walk the boardwalk along the San Diego Bay, have a bite to eat, listen to some music, or ride a 1895 Loof hand carved carousel? Many questions with one answer. Seaport Village should be your destination.

    Seaport Village is a facsimile of an early harbor side setting that has the tourists coming in droves to walk the boardwalk to view the bay or have a power lunch in one of the 4 fine dining restaurants after a morning at the Convention Center. Many locals and tourists alike take a ride on the beautiful original carousel. Some come for the unique shops to find that gift for the folks back home. Even if you do any or all of this or none at all, you have a place to relax on a bench watching a fountain or the bay or maybe even just be a people watcher. Seaport Village has it all and it is easy to get to and easy to park.

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    Visit Seaport Village

    by spartan Updated Mar 3, 2003

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    Located right on San Diego Bay, this downtown entertainment and shopping complex features cobblestone paths and fine dining establishments (500 parking spaces in the outdoor pay lot where you can park free for two hours with any purchase, then it's $3 per hour thereafter).

    This is a nice place to stroll, eat, shop and just enjoy life while in San Diego, but the stores are only open from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00p.m. (restaurants are open a bit later). Be careful on days when the cruise ship is in as prices may jump up a bit. l pay for the view.

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    Seaport Village

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    I have not been here for probably over ten years. It was wonderful to roam among a huge selections of shops and restaurants. What is so unique about this area is it was once Punta de los Muertos of 1782 (Point of the Dead) where the Spanish buried those who had died of scurvy, it was a rail yard and then a landfill. Now a beautiful village for many to enjoy.

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    Seaport Village

    by basstbn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Typical shops at Seaport Village

    We planned on a couple of hours for Seaport Village and the Marina. If you came to San Diego to shop, this area is a "don't-miss." If not, it is still a pleasant place to stroll along the marina, dine, enjoy an open-air cappuccino or bagel.

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    Seaport Village at the Embarcadero

    by Jefie Updated Oct 29, 2013

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    San Diego's Embarcadero streches roughly from the Maritime Museum to the Convention Center, with Seaport Village at its center. The Embarcadero boardwalk that goes along the bay is home to several sculptures and statues and it's a really nice place to walk, especially in the afternoon and early evening when it's at its most lively. Seaport Village is a good place to go if you want to shop for unique souvenirs; it also features several restaurants so it's one of your best bets if you're looking for waterfront dining. Both the village and the park are nicely designed and are very popular with cruise ship groups. We didn't spend all that much time looking around, but it did make for a fun and free activity in San Diego.

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    by AVG2319 Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Seaport Village is beautiful during the day as well as at night. It is adjacent to Embarcadero Park North and a easy walking distance from many of the hotels downtown. Seaport Village has cobblestone pathways that lead you around the village of shops, restaurants and San Diego bay. For the kids there is a 1895 Antique carousel within the village and horse drawn carriage rides.

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    by cjg1 Updated May 16, 2013

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    The Seaport Village is a great place for shopping, dining entertainment and people watching right at the waterfront of San Diego Harbor.

    There is just so many options for shopping from local stores to bigger chain stores such a Crazy Shirt and Del Sol. We enjoyed wandering through the shops and checking out the wares. There were so many interesting shops selling local items and nautical themed products; perfect for a waterfront shop.

    Hungry? No problem here. There are plenty of waterfron restaurants for sit down meals as well as casual take away food. My wife and I enjoyed a tasty seafood lunch at the Edgewater Grill. The restaurant also boasts some incredible water views and large Margaritas. I have also dined at Buster's which has some tasty breakfast and lunch items, also with a water view.

    There are also various artist selling their wares along the waters edge and a few musicians playing some tunes. This is a fun spot to visit in San Diego for fun, food, shopping and a casual vibe.

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    Carousel 1895

    by Yaqui Written Apr 25, 2010

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    This lovley carousel was built by famed Charles I.D.Loof in 1895 which was hand-carved and features 54 animals such as dragon, giraffe, teddy bear, lion and two horse-drawn chariots. Cost: $2 a ride. My grand nephew Shamus enjoyed it along with his Granny.

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  • Seaport Village fun in the sun/bay front view

    by RAL2010 Updated Jun 14, 2010

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    A fun outing with a great view of the San Diego Bay is to visit San Diego's Seaport Village. We found it was clean and very inviting when we went there on Easter Weekend this year, it is a central point near Harbor Drive by our hotel downtown and is outdoors. There are shops that sell retail items that are quite unique and the area has something for every age group. The food courts are of a wide variety of tastes,from full course meals in restaurant dining serving Italian, Greek and other varieties of ethnic food and then there's cafe/deli sandwich shops having there many different sandwich on the menus, and then other desert/candy shops to top it all off. It was 5 star food there we fully enjoyed. The view across the bay is spectacular and picture perfect for the first time and returning tourists. Seeing boaters under full sails and catching the coastal breezes on a sunny afternoon is worth the trip by itself. A small park to stretch out your toes in the grass, It's doesn't really look like a tourist attraction, like going to the San Diego Zoo or Sea World. It's a relaxing place for everybody. Anyone can get there easy enough by car with public parking available or by public transportation from any hotel in town.
    On the east side of the village is an old fashioned type gazebo where they have live music. There groups of friends, families and tourists gather and have small parties around the bandstand and patron the surrounding eateries. On this weekend The Tommy Budd Band was playing, and the the cobble stone design around this bandstand was filled with people of all ages dancing and singing with the band. So many families had taken up space either at the tables around the gazebo or were standing and dancing around the structure when suddenly the ground started to shake, and many people in that area being startled from this looked at first pretty confused and worried.(we're from California ourselves so we figured that it might be a quake.) Little kids kept on dancing and falling and having fun not knowing what the shaking was about and it looked like they thought it was a part of all the festivity as parents ran to gather the toddlers and kiddies up. But as the shaking came stronger the band leader Tommy Budd hollered out from his drums that it was OK and that the earthquake would pass- he said,"don't panic.. and stay here in the food court ...you're in a safe place", while reassuring us that we were in the best place to ride out the tremor. When the shaking stopped he hollered on the microphone to us if we were alright and the bunches of people still there(almost everybody stayed) yelled out "yeah". We all laughed and when the band started playing again they played I Feel the Earth Move which got everyone to laugh and dance again. It was a lot of fun with fun people and great musicians in that band!
    Not to worry, earthquakes in San Diego least of all in the downtown area and by the bay are light weight ones, and very seldom even felt. "Tremors" are very infrequent statistically in San Diego and when they come, the worst are far to the east and northeast. So a little shaking there won't scare me and my family away from this great tourist spot. As somewhat weird as that was on that day, that band leader really took command of that situation. Thanks goes out to that quick thinking local entertainer Tommy Budd. Check out Seaport Village when you get a chance.
    It's a great place to go in San Diego!

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    Eat/drink/buy stuff

    by goodfish Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    I was torn about writing this review at all but being in the minority - judging from the sweaty masses at these sorts of places - I’ll dutifully bang the thing out and let you decide for yourself if it goes on the gotta-do list.

    Seaport is another one of those collections of faux-architecture shops, restaurants and public squares described by Ladies Who Shop as “cute” or worse, “adorable.” They are cleverly designed to keep you there for hours and separate you from as much of your cash as possible. Yep, spend hours bumping your way through the tee shirts, candles, clothes, sun glasses and mass-produced tchotchkes of all types - almost none of it made locally - and then collapse at any one of the restaurants regularly decried by the locals on Chowhound.

    A couple of redeeming factors:

    The promenade that runs along Seaport and the downtown waterfront is a nice walk on a sunny day.

    Kite Flite: a shop selling fabulous kites for all ages and skill levels, its Seaport location - just steps away from breezy Embarcadero Marina Park - provides perfect launch opportunities within minutes of getting the things out of the bag. Bring a picnic!

    Free music daily in the Food Court as well as many special seasonal events: see the calendar on the website.

    Good to know:

    Get here on your own two feet or on public transit: parking is expensive - especially if you don’t buy anything.

    General information: http://www.seaportvillage.com

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    Seaport Village

    by CJD68 Written Jul 17, 2003

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    The Seaport Village is a mixture of shops, restaurants and green space along the shore right in the city. Besides the beauty of the water and the architecture of the buildings, people watching is quite fun and there are occasionally free concerts on the green.

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    Seaport Village

    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Apr 7, 2006

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    A delightful little fishing village just 15 mins from central San Diego is well worth a visit. Lots of little unusual shops, like kite or hammock makers, beautiful stained glass trinkets and candles of all different perfumes line the lanes around the village. Several good eating places make this an ideal day trip, and you can see the huge span bridge that goes over to Coronado Bay from the coastal path.

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    Mall Next to the Marina

    by neurochic Written Nov 14, 2005

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    Seaport Village consists of a series of stores set up almost like a little village. Its right next to the San Diego Marina and there is a nice walkway around the marina that you can take a nice sunset stroll with your significant other. One of the many places where I wished my husband was seeing this. Also even more bonus is that if you buy something out of one of the shops your parking is free.

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    A Local's Favorite :)

    by alyssak Written Aug 23, 2010

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    Seaport Village is amazing, whether you live in San Diego or are visiting! I've lived in San Diego basically all my life and Seaport Village is one place I've never gotten tired of. There's an amazing fudge factory and a great hot dog place, beautiful boats, bike rentals, animals, people, and plenty of fun activities. Go waterskiing or watch boats lit up with lights during the Holiday Of Lights boat parade! And who doesn't love eating? What about perfect moments for photography? And there's always some kind of wedding or Quinceañera to be a witness of. I'd say Seaport Village is my favorite tourist attraction here! :D

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