In October 2017, the first Pedego® Electric Bikes store opened in downtown San Diego in the new BRIC center on San Diego Bay. The rental store offers Pedego’s 12 models of electric bikes that enable riders to cruise all over town with ease, and the website offers self-guided bike tours of Coronado Island, Balboa Park & Petco Park, and Point Loma/Cabrillo National Monument. The Pedego shop offers free test rides, sales and rentals of the popular electric bikes and is located along with the Marriott Residence Inn, Spring Hill Inn and Suites Bayfront Hotels at Lane Field, one block from the Santa Fe Depot train station.
Beginning Nov. 6, 2017, Alaska Airlines offers a new daily nonstop between Mexico City and San Diego, with prices ranging from $159 one way in the main cabin and $289 one way in first class.
In October 2017, San Diego based commercial carrier Cal Jet by Elite Airways began nonstop, twice daily service between McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. One-way flights start at $69.
Beginning March 22, 2018, Lufthansa Airlines will offer direct flights between its largest hub, Frankfurt, Germany, and San Diego on a year-round basis. The flight will operate out of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) five-times weekly. It will take off from Frankfurt at 10 a.m. (Frankfurt time) and arrive at SAN at 1:20 p.m. local time. The return flight leaves SAN at 3:20 p.m. and arrives in Frankfurt at 11:40 a.m. (Frankfurt time, the following day). Flights will operate every day except Wednesdays and Fridays. Lufthansa will use the 279-seat Airbus 340-300 aircraft on the route configured with Business, Premium Economy and Economy class cabins. The flight will be co-marketed and sold in conjunction with United Airlines.
The gray whale watching season begins early this year with cruises from Flagship Cruises & Events on weekends only from Oct. 14–Nov. 26, 2017, and then twice-daily from Dec. 2–April 15, 2018. Gray whales are being spotted off the coast of San Diego ahead of schedule, so for this 18th season, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Flagship Cruises & Events are teaming up to offer whale watching cruises earlier than previous years. Led by expert naturalists from Birch Aquarium, guests will witness part of the longest marine mammal migrations in the world, when 20,000 semi-truck-sized gray whales pass San Diego on their 10,000-mile round-trip journey from the Bering Sea to Baja California’s tranquil lagoons. Beyond gray whale spotting, the 3.5-hour cruises include a San Diego Bay harbor tour featuring highlights of San Diego’s military history and glimpses of dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea birds, and more.
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