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Del Mar Beaches

There are three main beaches in Del Mar, all large and with lots of sand. Here, you will find some of the finest beaches in San Diego, great for families, dogs, surfers, swimmers and sun bathers. With the quaint and luxurious seaside village of Del Mar within walking distance, and the legendary Del Mar Race Track nearby, Del Mar beaches liven up with visitors and locals throughout the summer months.

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Coronado Municipal Beach

By any standards this wide, clean, family-friendly beach would be a winner, but it's the setting, the postcard-perfect community of Coronado, that makes it so special. It's essentially one big beach from here south to the Mexican border, arbitrarily divided into individual spots.

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Mission Beach

Belmont Park is home to the Giant Dipper, originally built in 1925, a classic carousel and some modern thrill rides. The Plunge here is Southern California's largest indoor heated swimming pool.

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Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is the iconic Southern California beach town. With three miles of boardwalk and a lively atmosphere, P.B. (as the locals call it) is a great place to find fun in the sun, and pleasures after dark. From funky beach bars and taco stands that welcome sandy toes, to sleek modern hotels, sultry night clubs and fine dining establishments, Pacific Beach offers a variety of things to do beyond the miles of sandy beaches.

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Directions and parking information

"B" Street Cruise Ship Terminal
1140 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Travel Time: 3 miles from the San Diego International Airport; travel time is approximately 15 minutes.

Traveling from the North
•    I-5 south
•    Take the exit for the San Diego International Airport.
•    Continue straight on Kettner Boulevard.
•    Turn right on Laurel Street.
•    After crossing over Pacific Highway, stay in the left lane; the right lane will take you to the airport.
•    Turn left on Harbor Drive and proceed to the terminal.

Traveling from the North and South (alternate route)
•    I-5 North or South.
•    Take the Front Street exit and head south on Front Street.
•    Turn right on Broadway.
•    Turn right on Harbor Drive and proceed to the terminal.

If you will be driving to the pier and need to park your car, we have compiled a list of suggested places to park. You will NOT be permitted to park at the pier during your cruise. For long-term parking, you may park at the parking facilities listed below. Rates are subject to change without notice. Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit. Call parking facilities for additional information.

Lane Field
•    $15 per day (uncovered)
•    800 West Broadway
•    The parking lot is across from the pier; there is no shuttle service.
•    619 230-1435

Five Star Parking
•    $15 per day (uncovered)
•    900 West Broadway
•    The parking lot is across from the pier; there is no shuttle service
•    619 235-4500

Park and Ride Parking Lots
The below facilities are located approximately 1-3 miles away from the pier. All offer complimentary shuttles to the cruise ship terminal. Upon your return from your cruise, please call the lot that you parked in for your complimentary ride to your car. Reservations are accepted and rates are subject to change without notice. Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit. Call parking facilities for additional information.

Parking Lot    Address    Telephone    Uncovered    Covered
Aladdin/AMPCO    2548 Kettner Boulevard    619 696 7434    $12    $14
Laurel Travel Center    1025 West Laurel    619 233 0412    $12    $14
Park & Ride    3298 Kettner Boulevard    619 295 2832          $11    $12
Park & Ride    3550 Kettner Boulevard    619 295 6659          $11    
Park & Ride    3275 Pacific Highway    619 295 4639              $11    
Park & Ride    3405 Pacific Highway    619 295 2807              $10    
Park & Ride    4350 Pacific Highway    619 295 2832              $11    $14
Park & Ride    1650 Sassafras    619 295 0511    $11    
Park Shuttle and Fly    2220 Lee Court    619 758 7600          $11    
SAN Park Harbor Drive    3015 North Harbor Drive    619 400 2333    $16    
SAN Park NTC    4157 North Harbor Drive    619 400 2323    $16    
SAN Park Pacific Highway    3302 Pacific Highway    888 2-FLY-SAN    $10    
Park & Go    2535 Pacific Highway    619 525 9885    $10    

Overview of San Diego


Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, San Diego is widely known as “America’s Finest City.” Famous for its miles and miles of white-sand beaches and amazing weather, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions for visitors of all ages.

With citywide population of more than 1.3 million and more than 3 million residents countywide, San Diego is California’s second largest city and the United States’ eighth largest.  San Diego County is made up of 18 incorporate cities and towns along with other charismatic neighborhoods and communities, such as Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Point Loma, Chula Vista, Old Town, La Jolla, and North Park.

Discovered in 1542 by European explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, San Diego was originally named San Miguel. The bay and area of present-day San Diego was given its current name 60 years later, in 1602. European settlement in present-San Diego County first began with the founding of the first Catholic mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala, in 1769. From 1821 through 1848, this area belonged to Mexico.

As a result of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, San Diego County became part of the United States, thus ending the U.S.-Mexican War. It was named the birthplace of California during the time of the creation of California statehood in 1850. Original San Diego was located at the foot of Presidio Hill, in the area now known as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

San Diego is renowned for its incredible climate, which is characterized as warm, dry summers and mild winters with most of the annual precipitation falling between December and March. The average yearly temperature measures above 70 degrees, with an average of just 42 rainy days per year. Learn more about San Diego weather.

America’s Finest City also showcases many popular attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Some of these include Sea World San Diego, Legoland California, the world famous San Diego Zoo, the Cabrillo National Monument, Balboa Park, several casinos, and many historic parks and museums.  

Another attraction of San Diego is its immediacy to Mexico.  Because they share an international border, Tijuana and San Diego are grouped together as an international metropolitan area. Many visitors make their way south to enjoy luxury spas, beachfront resorts, golf courses, multicultural festivals and celebrations, colorful neighborhoods, and the nightlife.

San Diego also possesses a number of sports teams, ranging from college athletics to professional. The Chargers and Padres take center stage as the two professional teams in the city. The San Diego State University Aztecs and the University of San Diego Toreros are NCAA Division I teams, while the University of California, San Diego Tritons partake in the NCAA Division II athletic events.

San Diego’s economy primarily evolves are military, tourism, research and manufacturing, and biotechnology. San Diego has been heavily involved in military and defense since the days of World War II, and it currently hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. Tourism is also a major industry in the city. Annually, the city hosts more than 30 million visitors. The city is also home to several major producers of wireless cellular technology, such as Qualcomm and LG Electronics. Because of UCSD and other research institutions, biotechnology & life science has made a large presence in the county. There are more than 400 biotechnology companies in the region alone.

The only real question is whether there will be enough time to experience everything this great city has to offer. San Diego will truly be an unforgettable vacation.

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