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Stay Downtown and Go Car-Free!

Enjoy the convenient, walkable layout of San Diego

Flying into the San Diego region, travelers who stay in Downtown San Diego can enjoy the convenient, walkable layout of downtown area to craft a perfect car-free vacation and fun urban escape.

Leave Your Car at Home

If you want to leave your car at home this summer and stay in downtown San Diego, it’s easy to enjoy a weekend free from the hassles of parking and driving. Take advantage of the convenient public transportation and walking and biking paths to see the sights without having to drive.

Fly directly into downtown San Diego

San Diego International Airport is located right in downtown, just a 10-minute cab ride from most downtown area hotels. A 10-minute ride on the San Diego Municipal Transit System's "Airport Flyer" Route 992 goes right to downtown San Diego.

Take a walk

Downtown San Diego is a walkable city laid out on an easy-to-navigate grid of lettered and numbered streets. With more than 44 diverse hotel properties clustered downtown, there's a wide range of hotels for every taste and style. Downtown neighborhoods like Little Italy, the East Village and the waterfront Embarcadero offer ample opportunities for strolling, shopping and dining. The historic Gaslamp Quarter alone offers over 100 restaurants, 35 bars and nightclubs and dozens of charming boutiques to explore. Downtown San Diego's art and cultural options include the USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The New Children's Museum, Balboa Theater, San Diego Repertory Theater, San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony. At the end of a long day, you can easily catch one of downtown's people-powered pedi-cabs if they don't feel like walking.

Cruise the Big Bay

Car-free travelers can hop aboard Flagship Cruise's San Diego Bay-Coronado Ferry at Broadway Pier for a quick 15-minute cruise across scenic San Diego Bay. Ferries leave on the half-hour and run between 9:00 AM and 9:30 PM (10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday).

Upon docking at the Coronado Ferry Landing, the enchanted isle of Coronado awaits with small town charm along manicured Ocean Avenue, the historic Hotel del Coronado and the golden sands of expansive Coronado Beach—consistently voted the Top Family Beach in North America by the Travel Channel.

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