Located along Broadway and stretching towards the Broadway Pier on San Diego Bay, the Embarcadero is comprised mostly of commercial development with residential condos, hotels and restaurants dotted throughout the neighborhood. San Diego's embarcadero is also a great place for stroll along the water.
The elegant and edgy 259-room W Hotel incorporates a sunny coastal theme, especially apparent at its popular rooftop Beach Bar featuring heated sand and cabanas.
The Holiday Inn on the Bay, located directly across from San Diego Bay, features 600 rooms with panoramic views of the downtown skyline or of the bay.
Built in 1924, the historic Armed Services YMCA Building is now 500 West, an affordable, European-style hotel with 260 small and impeccably furnished rooms.
Established more than 60 years ago by the Ghio family, Anthony’s Fish Grotto on the Bay serves fresh seafood cooked with secret family recipes; the full-service restaurant is complemented by its quick-service Fishette, which offers patio dining.
In January 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) opened a downtown expansion. The ‘baggage building’ of the active Santa Fe Depot, a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark located across the street from the existing MCASD downtown galleries, was fully renovated as gallery space while preserving its Spanish Mission-Colonial Revival-style exterior. Built for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, the building provides more than 10,500 sq. ft. of new exhibition space for contemporary art.
The USS Midway Museum invites the public to learn about America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier with 35 exhibits and tours exploring its rich 47-year history. Many of the story-telling docents are veterans who served aboard the carrier.
The floating Maritime Museum of San Diego features one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world, including the Star of India, the oldest active sailing ship.
Located in a beautiful waterfront park on Harbor Drive at the G Street Mole in downtown San Diego is an inspiring collection of military heritage artworks dubbed the Greatest Generation Collection. Works include the “USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial” commemorating the distinguished World War II service of San Diego’s namesake cruiser; the black obelisk and bronze sculptures of the “Aircraft Carrier Memorial” honoring all who’ve served on the Navy’s aircraft carriers; the Admiral Sprague bust that presides over the “Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial,” a fitting remembrance of one of the most desperate and heroic naval actions in U.S. history; and the “Military Tribute to Bob Hope,” which honors the famed entertainer’s efforts.
San Diego is the fastest growing cruise port on the U.S. West Coast and is homeport for Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America, as well as an embarkation and debarkation port for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ships. Ships docking in San Diego offer itineraries that include the Mexican Riviera, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Coast, Central America, and the Panama Canal.
Hornblower Cruises & Events offers three-hour nightly dinner-dance cruises, Sunday champagne brunch cruises, daily one- and two-hour narrated harbor tours, and seasonal whale watching adventures.
Flagship Cruises & Events features daily one- and two-hour narrated harbor tours, seasonal whale watching adventures, dinner-dance and Sunday brunch cruises with live entertainment, and excursions to Los Coronados Islands in Mexican waters.
Held annually in November, the three-day San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, the region’s largest wine and culinary extravaganza, includes events held in various downtown venues and culminates with the Grand Tasting Event, held at the waterfront Embarcadero Park North.