Last week I decided to take a bus and trolley to the Harbor area of San Diego. I explored Sea Port Village, the Embarcadero, Gaslamp Quarter, the Marina and other landmarks along the way. It was quite a gray and somewhat windy day but I was determined to go explore. Here are some photos! Click on a photo to get more detail. Come walk with me!
I took the Green line trolley and got off at Seaport Village station and walked down to Sea Port Village. I passed by the Manchester Grand Hyatt. I remember reading that there is a great view out some floor in the Hyatt, I think, but didn’t check it out.
I walked toward the water and Seaport Village. Seaport Village is a shopping/dining complex adjacent to the San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego. The address is 849 Harbor Drive. There are 50+ shops, 17 eateries, and outdoor entertainment. There is regular live music in some of the cafes, and a free concert series on Sundays. http://www.seaportvillage.com/ I checked out a great bookstore and a magical kite shop. I loved this Carousal and took two photos of it.
I took a photo of this old boat on the water. I don’t know what kind of boat it is or what it is used for but if someone knows, please post a comment. You can see a Naval Ship behind it as the North Island US Naval Air Station is SW of Sea Port Village, on the Northwest side of Coronado Island.
After walking around Seaport Village, I headed east to the Embarcadero Marina park area. There are several festivals at the Embarcadero including the yearly Buskr festival. I passed these beautiful trees and a pirate skeleton kite staked to the grass. You’ll have to click on the sky photo to see the kite. The area you see in the background through the trees is part of Coronado.
Here’s a photo of Seaport Village, looking west to it from the Embarcadero.
I continued to walk along the Embarcadero . I took a picture of someone on a small motor boat and looking across at the eastern part of Coronado. Then, I saw a big aircraft carrier heading toward the Coronado bridge. I am assuming it is a Navy ship. I walked to the end of the West part of the Embarcadero, to watch the ship pass under the Coronado bridge. In the second picture, you can see the east part of the Embarcadero, and the Coronado Bridge.
I then finished walking around the Western part of the Embarcadero and took a photo of the Convention center, the Marina and you can see the Hilton Hotel to one side. Then I headed north and turned and took another photo of the Marina and the Marriott Marque hotel towers.
As I headed east, on the Seaport Village boardwalk, I saw this sweet Gazebo surrounded by stores and eateries.
I headed to Harbor Drive, to walk along the street. I passed this colorful sculpture in front of the Marriott Marina building, then found these great trees planted in front of the Marriott Marque hotel.
I walked along in front of the convention center and looked back at Harbor drive and my attention was caught by the colorful mural that lines part of that street. I don’t know about the tall buildings.
Lastly, I headed east and then north to the Gaslamp Quarter. It is an area known for over 200 restaurants, bars, night clubs, lounges, boutiques, art galleries, shops, hotels, entertainment and events. This area has quite the history.
It was started as William Heath Davis’s New Town, in 1859, when he purchased land to build up San Diego. Before that, the buildings were in Old Town, north of there. Davis believed that the town should be near the water and host a wharf and buildings to support the water traffic. It didn’t do well and he left and rabbits took over. Then, in 1867 to 1869, Alonzo Horton bought land and started to build more. He was a little more successful. He eventually sold land to the city that became a park. The deal was they could pay him a nominal amount each year and if he died, they’d have it to themselves with no payment. He lived a long life though and was paid off. Unfortunately, both Horton and Davis died in poverty, even though they were the ones to “start” the city of San Diego. The Victorian architecture still exists. It turned into a red light district for quite awhile. In 1974 revitalization began for the Gaslamp Quarter archway. It has been revitalized a few times now. Here is a photo of the archway and another of a what looks to me to be Wiley Coyote sculpture I saw at the entrance to a 5th Ave. Art Gallery.
Hope you have enjoyed the walk today. Come check it out for yourself!
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