San Diego, California will be hosting one of the games in the 2017 CONCACAF Golden Cup soccer match on July 9th, 2017 in Qualcomm Stadium. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles (190 km) south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico.
With an estimated population of 1,394,928 as of July 1, 2015, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California. It covers an area 372.40 square miles with 47.21 square miles made up of water. San Diego host the largest naval fleet in the world and contains many military bases which employ 5% of the civilian jobs and military related business. Tourism is still a major industry due to the city climates, beaches and tourist attractions available. San Diego hosted more than 32 million visitors in 2012 despite the decline of the cruise ship industry since 2008. Local sight-seeing cruises are still offered in San Diego Bay and Mission Bay as well as whale watching cruises. Sport fishing is another popular tourist attraction being the home to Southern California’s biggest sport fishing fleet.
Things to do in San Diego
Balboa Park- Home to the renowned San Diego Zoo, this 1,200-acre park is the city's cultural hub. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego (about 2 miles north of the city center), Balboa Park is a great place for a stroll, a bike ride or a picnic. Wander around the park's many gardens (don't miss the beautiful Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden) while admiring the intricate Spanish-Renaissance architecture. Past visitors say this is a prime people-watching spot. But if you find yourself growing antsy, there are plenty of attractions located here (many of them free). Take in a show at the Old Globe Theatre or the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater or enjoy the arts at the Casa de Balboa — which houses three separate art museums — and the Spanish Village Art Center. If you've got the kids with you, take some time to check out the San Diego Air and Space Museum or the San Diego Model Railroad Museum (just two of the park's 17 total museums). The park is open every day of the year.
Mission Beach- Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Mission Bay Park in northwestern San Diego, Mission Beach is one of the most popular shorelines in the city. While it's not as pristine as Coronado Beach, it's just as busy thanks to all the nearby attractions. This 2-mile stretch of sugary-white sand fits the SoCal stereotype to a T: throngs of surfers and bikini-clad sunbathers crowd the shores every summer, while the nearby boardwalk is usually packed with inline skaters and bicyclists. Also, be prepared to share the beach with some of the Pacific's sea-faring critters, including seals. In Belmont Park on the northern edge of the beach, the Giant Dipper rollercoaster is a big hit with kids and adults alike. When lunchtime rolls around, head to one of the many beachside eateries that flank the boardwalk.
Coronado Beach- Compared to Mission Beach, this popular shoreline boasts fewer sunbathers and calmer waves. Just across the bay from San Diego, Coronado Beach is popular with families and couples alike thanks to its peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the "Crown City" (in Spanish, "Coronado" means "crowned one"). While you won't have access to a bustling boardwalk (like that at Mission Beach), you will have plenty of picturesque scenery to admire (besides the surf): magnificent mansions sit behind the beach on Ocean Boulevard. And the historic Hotel del Coronado — a 120-year-old National Historic Landmark — is perched just beyond the sand. When you're not bodysurfing, boogie boarding or building a sand castle, you can simply walk the 1½-mile-long shoreline.
Gaslamp Quarter- The Gaslamp Quarter's 16 blocks are peppered with Victorian-style buildings that now house a variety of shops, art galleries and trendy restaurants, not to mention some of the city's most popular nightlife venues. The best place to start your tour of the Gaslamp Quarter is the Horton Plaza outdoor shopping center. From there, you can explore the neighborhood's side streets or hop on an Old Town Trolley Tour. If you're not a night owl, the neighborhood's many patios and rooftop lounges are a great way to experience the Gaslamp Quarter's prime location.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park- This 100-acre establishment is one of the most famous zoos in the country, known for its expansive natural habitats. Nearly 4,000 critters call the San Diego Zoo home, from pandas to elephants to polar bears. You'll need plenty of energy — and a map — to see everything this zoo has to offer. Exhibits are linked by an expansive series of trails like the Monkey Trails and Forest Tales walk. On these designated pathways, you'll come face to face with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, as well as colorful African and Asian birds on the tree-top walk.
If you haven't gotten your fill of animals and the outdoors at the zoo, head about 30 miles north to the Safari Park in Escondido. Here you can see some of Africa's most beloved animals — including lions, elephants and cheetahs — roaming free (well, relatively). True to its name, the park offers a variety of different safaris, including a zip line safari and a caravan safari. Should your feet grow weary while exploring, both the zoo and Safari Park offer guided bus tours
Torrey Pines State Reserve- This 1,700-acre natural reserve houses and protects numerous types of flora, but particularly the Torrey Pine, one of America's rarest pine trees. What does that mean for you? Plenty of hiking (8 miles, to be exact) and bird-watching opportunities. Trails offer breathtaking views of the coastline and cater to a wide range of hiking abilities (most of the trails are less than a mile). Grab your hiking boots and binoculars and heed the advice of recent travelers who raved about exploring this evergreen oasis. And don't forget your swimsuit: Torrey Pines State Reserve is home to two of the city's favorite secluded shorelines, Black's Beach on the southern edge of the park and Torrey Pines State Beach farther north. Torrey Pines State Reserve borders the Pacific Ocean just north of La Jolla, and is situated about 18 miles north of downtown San Diego.
Cabrillo National Monument- Rising from the southern tip of Point Loma is where you'll find the Cabrillo National Monument. The statue depicts Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who, in 1542, was the first European explorer to navigate the Californian coast. Situated about 10 miles southwest of downtown San Diego, this statue is much more than just a memorializing effigy. From the monument — which stands 422 feet above sea level — you can enjoy amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and all the activity of the Naval Base below. You might even spot whales way out in the Pacific between December and February (the period that marks the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale). Past visitors recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes so you can make the most of the scenic (and short) hiking trails surrounding the monument, including the Bayside and Coastal Trails. While you're here, take some time to tour the nearby Old Point Loma Lighthouse and visitor center, which offers insight into San Diego's maritime and military history.
USS Midway Museum- Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard San Diego's top attraction. You'll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft.
Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, officer's country, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms. You can also visit the primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you'll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure.
Family-oriented activities for all ages abound: two types of flight simulators, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits, "Ejection Seat Theater," and much more.
Sunsets Cliffs Natural Park- You'll need a car to get here, but travelers say the breathtaking views at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park are worth the extra effort. Situated a little more than 7 miles due west of downtown San Diego, this area stretches across 68 acres and runs 1½ miles along Point Loma peninsula's western shoreline. The dramatic sandstone cliffs and untouched vegetation make for a spectacular hike.
Maritime Museum of San Diego- The Maritime Museum offers a hands-on look at San Diego's days as a bustling seaport. You can tour all types of historic vessels, from sailing ships to submarines. Recent visitors said the boat tours gave them a new understanding of the workmanship and skill required of sailors. Past travelers also note that you should plan to wear pants and sturdy shoes to easily maneuver the narrow, low corridors inside the ships. Along with the boat tours, you can also explore several permanent and visiting exhibits that detail San Diego's maritime legacy using art and artifacts. Travelers say the exhibits are fascinating, even for youngsters.
If exploring boats doesn't satisfy your craving for a nautical experience, set sail on the Californian, a former patrol boat that now offers half-day cruises.
SeaWorld San Diego- Though you can often spot plenty of wildlife in the San Diego Bay, none put on quite as good a show as the performers at SeaWorld. Here you'll spot a range of animals, including killer whales, turtles, California sea otters and even parrots. As for the rides, recent travelers said you can't miss the Manta roller coaster, but caution against the Journey to Atlantis ride if you don't want to get wet. For something a little more low-key, head to any one of the park's animal exhibits, like the shark underwater viewing tunnel or the penguin habitat, which features nearly 300 penguins.
Best place to eat
Searsucker San Diego- Searsucker is a place where you can hang out with your friends, eat great food, listen to great music, and stay for hours just having a great time. A place where you can come early and stay late, because that’s what it’s all about.
Social Dining consists of many different components, but what guests walk away with is an experience. That experience consists of high-quality, mouth- watering food and uniquely crafted cocktails. Music is also a key part of the atmosphere. Drawing upon an eclectic mix of genres, our sound is reflective of the same elements that give us our unique identity. Dishes are designed for guests to share and enjoy with each other. Good conversation, infectious laughter, soulful music, and savory scents fill the room.
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill- Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" loves Blue Water Seafood and so will you. Absolutely nothing else is on offer other than fresh seafood cooked to order. Choose your fish or shrimp, pick a marinade, and ask for a sandwich, plate or tacos. It's that simple. The no-frills ambiance of this little Mission Hills gem lets the fresh, extremely reasonably-priced food speak for itself. Locals favor the fish tacos, oysters and the market for at-home preparation.
Island Prime- Set on stilts above San Diego Bay overlooking the city’s skyline and Coronado, there is no better dining spot than Island Prime/C Level. Enjoy premier seafood, superior steaks and an extensive wine list delivered courtesy of San Diego's most celebrated chef, Deborah Scott. Island Prime highlights Chef Scott's innovative and eclectic style, which is only enhanced by the spectacular panoramic view and attentive hospitality.
In the same location, C Level offers outdoor, waterfront dining with a more casual menu and ambiance. This restaurant is open for lunch daily at 11:30 AM and stays open through dinner. Island Prime/C Level has been voted the best outdoor waterfront dining in San Diego.
Phil’s BBQ- Since opening its doors in San Diego, Phil's BBQ has served over one million gallons of Phil’s signature BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu's tank). The Phil's experience and menu still causes: long lines of anticipation, an energetic, friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, huge portions and many, many, paper towels.
Phil doesn't come from a long line of BBQ connoisseurs. Instead, he created from scratch a top-secret recipe for BBQ rubs and sauce while taking his dad's advice to only cook what he knows best and treat employees like family. Phil has been a pioneer of fast-casual dining since the opening of the first restaurant, giving San Diegans what they want - great BBQ. Taking care, satisfying cravings and supporting customers has always been #1.
Addison- The elegant, European setting features a decadently appointed bar with a richly upholstered backdrop, a commanding marble bar, intimate library and terrace seating. Framed by magnificent arched windows, the stunning main dining area affords beautiful golf course views, while the wine cellar – strategically located in the center of the room – punctuates the importance of Addison’s extensive wine collection and its world-class wine tasting environment, replete with ideal glassware, perfect wine storage and knowledgeable service.
Urban Solace- We are located in the heart of North Park near bustling neighborhoods of Hillcrest, South Park and University Heights, and just north of Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park. We are open seven days a week and feature our famous “Bluegrass Brunch” every Sunday.
We are committed to using the best products available to create our unique menu. Our meats are all naturally produced; hormone and antibiotic free; our seafood selection adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list, our Eggs are from Eben-Haezer and we love our friends at Specialty Produce for commitment to local farms, organic veggies and helping us source much of our non-produce items that broadline carriers don’t have. We hand make all of our flavored syrups for our cocktail list and have a large selection of either sustainable, organic or bio dynamic West Coast produced wines on our list. ALL of our bar and menu items are prepared without the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup and we are the first San Diego Restaurant to feature locally produced Batch Craft all natural soda on tap.
Café Coyote- From tortillas to tamales to salsa, Coyote Cafe makes everything from scratch every day on the premises. Start the day with a Breakfast Margarita, chilaquiles, menudo, or a chile relleno omelette. For lunch, try the chile verde, a quesadilla, tortilla soup, or a taco salad. If your appetite is massive by dinnertime, this is the place to go. Hearty portions of traditional and gringo favorites arrive steaming and flavorful: tamales, tequila-lime shrimp, carnitas, California burritos (huge tortilla stuffed with carne asada, cheese and French fries!), and enchiladas. This Old Town restaurants is known for good margaritas, a decent selection of tequila, pitchers of sangria, and ice cold cerveza, too.
Mexican: From tortillas to tamales to salsa, Coyote Cafe makes everything from scratch every day, on the premises. Start the day with a Breakfast Margarita, chilaquiles, menudo, or a chile relleno omelette. For lunch, try the chile verde, a quesadilla, tortilla soup, or a taco salad. If your appetite is massive by dinnertime, this is the place to go. Hearty portions of traditional and gringo favorites arrive steaming and flavorful: tamales, tequila-lime shrimp, carnitas, California burritos (huge tortilla stuffed with carne asada, cheese and French fries!), and enchiladas. They have good margaritas, a decent selection of tequila, pitchers of sangria, and ice cold cerveza, too.
La Puerta- TACOS, TUNES, & TEQUILA… that’s what we’re all about. We’ve always envisioned La Puerta as a hangout for people who want to be treated with a high level of hospitality, while enjoying quality Mexican food and drinks in a fun atmosphere. Our Sinaloa inspired family recipes demand we make nearly everything on the menu fresh daily and we never use artificial flavorings or enhancers. Our specialty drinks are made with the freshest ingredients and juices. We squeeze every lime, and while it may take a few minutes, we strive to make a damn good drink that delivers maximum refreshment. Whether you’re enjoying our Carne Asada tacos or our fresh-squeezed margaritas, you will be shown sincere appreciation for your business and a genuine good time.
At La Puerta, we’re committed to offering you an experience that would otherwise be unexpected in the downtown area of a major city. An unexpected spot; where our regular guests and daily affordability always makes for a celebratory atmosphere. You won’t find a better Mexican restaurant in San Diego, and with the tequila flowing, we won’t hold it against you if you can’t remember all the details of your own La Puerta story. We know there’ll be more to come.
Richard Walker’s Pancake House- is the ideal place for a weekend brunch or weekday treat. Featuring a fusion of traditional favorites and gourmet originals. Richard Walker’s offers everything from classic-style griddlecakes and omelets to oven-baked pancakes and crepes.
Richard Walker’s father and uncles originally opened four snack shops in Evanston, Illinois in 1948. Richard Walker later opened two pancake houses in Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, Illinois, and his gourmet pancakes soon gained a celebrated reputation across the country. Richard Walker opened his San Diego location in 2006.
Sundays is the busiest day with a line forming outside, the line moved moves quickly and a friendly hostess will usually bring menus down the line for early decision-making.
Arrive at lunchtime and enjoy a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup or a classic Caesar salad, and top your meal with a Chocolate Explosion—chocolate wrapped in a crepe and topped with strawberries and whipped cream.
We commit ourselves to excellence and demonstrate our philosophy of personal warmth and a truly “out of the ordinary” experience will greet you at Walker Bros.R The Original Pancake House. It is our constant objective and sincere wish to serve you the finest pancakes available “anywhere”. Our entire staff at all locations, takes pleasure in serving you time and again.
The Fishery- BEHIND EVERY GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT IS A WAREHOUSE STOCKED WITH FRESH SEAFOOD. The Fishery Restaurant & Market is located just a few blocks from the ocean in North Pacific Beach. The restaurant menu reflects ‘coastal cuisine’ with a simple yet serious focus on the best our coastal fisheries and local farms have to offer.
The Fishery Market showcases fresh fish, prepared seafood, salads, sauces and marinades. Wine, bread & specialty foods also available.
Fogo de Chao Brazilian- Join us at Fogo de Chão® San Diego located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, perfectly situated to serve San Diegans and visitors as they enjoy the sights, sounds and festivals held in this exuberant district.
Fogo de Chão is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse (Churrascaria) that has been setting the standard in Brazil for the past 36 years. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill and carve at tableside each of our cuts of meat like Picanha (signature sirloin), Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Fraldinha (Brazilian sirloin) Cordeiro (lamb) and more. In addition to the main dishes, enjoy our gourmet Market Table, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list. Guests can also choose to enjoy lighter seafood selections or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option.
We also offer semiprivate and private areas that can accommodate parties up to 130.
Café Seville of San Diego- Cafe Sevilla San Diego is located right in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, just steps from the convention center, Petco Park, local shops, museums and other San Diego attractions. Cafe Sevilla is proud to offer the most authentic Spanish ambiance in their tapas bar, restaurant and nightclub. Join us for live “Gypsy-King” style music seven nights a week, flamenco dinner shows on the weekends, salsa dance classes, happy hour and so much more!
Hash House a Go Go- We keep the fun in food while pulling from the experiences of farm fresh agriculture, livestock, and old recipes with a twist. We maintain a level of excitement & entertainment within the dining experience, while ensuring excellent service each & every day.