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Long Island, NY
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Am I missing anything?

Hubby and I will be going to San Diego for the first time in August. Staying 5 nights at Hotel Indigo in the Gas Lamp district. We are 40 and dont have kids. This is what I've planned to see/do:

1) SD Zoo

2) Sea World

3) Ferry to Coronado Island

4) Check out the Whaley house (suppposedly haunted)

5) Go to the rooftop bars in gas lamp district.

I've been reading these boards for suggestions and the above seems like the most popular. Is there anything Im missing? Should we skip the zoo and/or Sea World? Also, as far as restaurants, Im a vegetarian but my hubs is not. I assume there are more than enough restaurants to chose from to satisfy us both?

Im open to any suggestions anybody would like to make!



La Jolla, California
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1. Re: Am I missing anything?

I will address your question about vegetarian foods. DH and I are vegetarian (and dairy free), and have found that there is a growing understanding of what vegetarian means. At least now in most restaurants wait people understand that vegetarians don't eat chicken or fish in addition to red meat or pork.

Many restaurants will have at least one vegetarian meal, but I have found that we can cobble a good meal together with different appetizers, salads and side dishes if there is no regular vegetarian entree option. We also have found that many restaurants try to oblige if we ask to leave the meat off an entree, and are usually quite willing to substitute an extra portion of vegetables.

San Diego...
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2. Re: Am I missing anything?

A lot of restaurants nowadays have vegetarian options. I was looking at this restaurant for a different reason a few days ago and saw down at the bottom they say "ask for our vegetarian menu". It's in the heart of the Gaslamp right on 5th. Many have veg options. And As Elle points out even if they don't you can usually find adequate options.


Another place that pops to mind also within walking distance is Pokez


As far as places to go you can do a harbor cruise. I prefer the 1 hr North cruise because it's more scenic and I always see the sea lions and seals. The South cruise is mostly shipyards. There are also Brunch and Dinner cruises. Both Flagship and Hornblower do these.

I assume you won't have a car. Have you heard about the Old Town Trolley Tour?


The lightrail Trolley will take you to Little Italy and Old Town. Lot's of good restaurants in Little Italy.


As far as whether or not to visit SeaWorld or the Zoo that's really personal decision. I mean if you have no interest then don't go. Going to SeaWorld isn't high on my list ever. But, other people love it. I enjoy walking around the Zoo and the animals but not on a hot day.

We've had several people lately say that they really enjoyed doing this


Edited: 1:20 pm, June 20, 2013
Chula Vista...
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3. Re: Am I missing anything?

Hi and welcome to San Diego.

The short answer to your question: Yes. :-) You're missing quite a bit.

When at the Zoo, make sure you check out the rest of Balboa Park, too. Even if you don't go into any of the 14 museums (Timken is free, however), the park is a beautiful place to just wander around--the Botany building, Desert Garden, Spreckels Organ Pavilion (free concerts at 2 PM Sundays and beginning next week through August 26th, free concerts Monday nights at 7:30 PM).



Also in Balboa Park is The Prado restaurant which can meet your vegetarian needs.


Along the harbor front, you have Seaport Village (contrived shopping area); the USS Midway; and the San Diego Maritime Museum.

On Saturday mornings, there's a fabulous farmers market in Little Italy (8 AM - 2 PM).

On Point Loma, there's Cabrillo National Monument with its amazing views of San Diego harbor and the Pacific Ocean from 422 feet above the water.


West of SeaWorld are Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, and north of them is La Jolla with La Jolla Cove, the Children's Pool (where harbor seals tend to hang out), and La Jolla Shores.

You may also want to check out Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, the first Spanish mission in California.


You don't mention if you'll have a car. If you do, then great. All of those are easily accessed. But, if you're relying on public transportation, some farther out (La Jolla, the mission) will take considerable time and effort to get to using a bus.

San Diego has the San Diego Trolley light rail system (not to be confused with the Old Town Trolley hop-on, hop-off tour bus) that you can access from downtown. Here's the system map:


And if you get tired of being in the city, you can drive a little over an hour and get to the wine country of Temecula, or an hour and a half and you're at 6,000 feet at Mt. Laguna and the nearby 1850's gold mining town of Julian.

Enjoy your visit.


New York
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4. Re: Am I missing anything?

Hi I'm from Long Island also...don't miss the beach with the great vibe...Pacific beach, Coronado, and for sure la jolla!

San Diego...
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5. Re: Am I missing anything?

It really helps to know if you'll have a car or not. A lot of suggestions will be difficult and / or time consuming without a car.

Long Island, NY
posts: 19
reviews: 6
6. Re: Am I missing anything?

No, we wont have a car. And GLM, I'm sure this happens, but it seems like people dont lay out on California beaches like they do here on Long Island. Thanks elizzie for that trolley recommendation and also Little Italy!

San Diego...
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7. Re: Am I missing anything?

I kinda thought you wouldn't have a car. The Old Town Trolley Tour is a good way to see several different neighborhoods w/o a car.

San Diego...
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8. Re: Am I missing anything?

The yellow curry at Plumeria Thai restaurant on Park Boulevard is the best curry I've ever had, but it's a totally vegetarian restaurant. The Neat Loaf at Jyoti Bihanga on Adams Avenue is very good.

So Cal
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9. Re: Am I missing anything?

"it seems like people dont lay out on California beaches"

Huh? Scratches head.

San Diego...
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10. Re: Am I missing anything?

:) I completely missed that Jemazz!

suebart - YES, YES, YES - people DO lay out on the beaches here! I'm not sure where you got that impression LOL I've lived in Southern California my whole life and when I was young and later as a teenager you couldn't pull me away from laying out on the beach. Now, older and wiser ... pretty much all I do is walk on it and dip my toes in the ocean. While dodging all the people laying on the beach !! August will have wall to wall people laying on the beach.