If you want to be close to downtown San Diego but still by the water, check out the waterfront area of Seaport Village. This car-free area has quite a bit to offer, from shops, restaurants, activities and four miles of paths in the 90,000 square feet area.
Shop: With over 50 establishments in Seaport Village, there really is something for everyone. This outdoor property has boutiques, clothing, books, and souvenirs - a little something for everyone. Make sure you check out Crazy Shirts and get more than a t-shirt, but a story, and San Diego Surf Company, where you can pick up all your water activity needs, whether to get into the surf or be on dry land for the view.
Dine: Harbor House is one of the restaurants with a fantastic bay view. Fresh oysters are a must-try, as are the Hawaiian Fried Shrimp. Looking for something a bit more relaxed? Grab your grub to go at Greek Island Café and grab a seat at one of the picnic benches on the boardwalk. When you are ready for dessert, there are several establishments that await you, including Frosted Robin Cupcakes, with some interesting choices such as lavender, watermelon and mango.
Play: Live music is available in the food court every day from 12 - 4 pm. You can check out the list of upcoming events, including the Halloween Bash and Surfin' Santa (you read that right). Stay in the know by also reading the blogs of Boardwalk Betty, a local San Diegan who covers all things Seaport Village.
Seaport Village is an oasis of fun, shopping, eating and relaxation on the beautiful San Diego bay. Come for an hour or a whole day, but you will be glad you did.