Cinderella Carriages can be seen on the streets of downtown, especially between Seaport Village and the San Diego Harbor area.
These carriages are normally used for special ocassions, but for some time now they have been stationed at the center of Seaport Village for anyone to hire for a short ride around the downtown Harbor area. The price for these rides is not as expensive as renting a carriage for something like delivering the bride to her wedding, but the romantic aspects are no less enchanting.
Also, the price of a ride changes so you'll have to ask the carriage people before boarding to determine if it is worth it to you.
Most of the larger/chain hotel/motels and some of the smaller ones, in San Diego, will offer some sort of shuttle to/from the airport and in some cases around town. Until recently, most offered the service free of charge. Some still do.
Be sure to check with your hotel for this option and ask if they charge or not. The Holiday Inn on the SD Bay makes such an offer and is a convenient place to stay if you want to be in the Downtown or Harbor area.
However, there are other Shuttle companies around town that will charge for the service but might be worth it if your's is a large party with lots of luggage.
Of course, the vehicle pictured here will not be the one sent to the airport for you! They have vans for that service.
The Gaslamp Quarter has become so popular a place that it is more difficult to get around these few blocks by car. Parking has become obscenly expensive in some sections, even Valet parking can take a chunck out of your evening's budget. These pedi-cabs are a fun way of getting around. They are easy to find. Located on the corners of most streets in the Gaslamp, except at peak hours when you'll see them all in service and either you wait patiently for one to unload customers or walk. Try it at least once!
They can also be found at the Harbor, around the USS Midway, basically in the tourist areas of down town SD. Also, you can call one of the Pedicab companies for a ride in other areas of down town.
The last time I talked to one of these driver's the average cost for a ride was about five dollars per person, to get in, then the price would depend upon how far you wanted to go.
They also offer tours of this section of San Diego that might be interesting to you.
The pedi cab drivers are very friendly and make the experience memorable. I got to know a husband and wife pedi-cab driving team and have some photos of them I will share as soon as I can upload them.
San Diego is a huge county geographically, so if you are planning a visit, rent a car. The public transportation leaves something to be desired.
If you want to get around the Downtown/ Gaslamp area you can easily walk. But if you want a more leisurely tour, take a pedi-cab. It's a little more expensive than a regular cab, but much more enjoyable. Trust your instincts when picking which cab you will take. Many of the drivers are college students. But some are a bit unsavory. So, if the driver looks like and ex-felon newly paroled, just pass and take the next one. I take Pedi-Cabs all the time and have never had a problem.
You can take a horse-cab in San Diego's downtown (Gaslamp Quarter) - if you like and have a little more $$$ to spend :-).
Could I go by a horse-cab to Tijuana, Mexico (for a drink or two) - hmm... I don't think so.