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SamandWill1921
08-14-2012, 04:42 PM
DCL told me we would be docking at the "B Street Cruise Terminal" in San Diego. Where is the nearest beach? We didn't schedule any excursions because we just want to spend a few hours enjoying the sand and surf (Colorado natives). I tried google maps but to no avail.

Debers17
08-14-2012, 04:53 PM
Your terminal will be very close to the Ferry dock, which would drop you off at the Coronado Ferry landing, which has a little beach area there and/or from there you can catch a taxi to Hotel del Coronado, which has a gorgeous beach. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes. Another option is you could grab a taxi from Terminal B and ask them to take you down to Shelter Island, which is not far at all. There are actually SEVERAL beaches within a short distance from the port, including right along Harbor Drive where the port is at. Ask your cab driver and they will know what is the best beach area to take you to. Also make sure to ask for a business card so you can call for pick up. Beaches here do not have taxi stands as I believe they do in FL. Of course this is assuming you would take a cab as I don't think renting a car would be ideal for such a short amount of time that the boat is docked. Have fun and we are awaiting the day we get to finally see a Disney boat in our bay!!!

GromMom
08-14-2012, 05:19 PM
I'd recommend Coronado over shelter island, shelter island, while a lovely walk does not have very much beach in the traditional sense. I walk on shelter island all the time, and while people can sit in the sand, I'd call the atmosphere more park like than beachy.

ImDMous
08-14-2012, 05:52 PM
I also would definitely recommend taking the ferry to Coronado and going to the beach at the Hotel Del. There is a bus that goes between the ferry stop and the hotel. The beach is gorgeous, the hotel is gorgeous, there's food, drink and restrooms. I think it's probably the closest beach to downtown as the city goes right up to the water with docks and sidewalks, not sand.

Debers17
08-14-2012, 05:53 PM
I'd recommend Coronado over shelter island, shelter island, while a lovely walk does not have very much beach in the traditional sense. I walk on shelter island all the time, and while people can sit in the sand, I'd call the atmosphere more park like than beachy.

Exactly! This is why I suggested Coronado first. Plus I believe it would be easier/cheaper to take the ferry across than to have a taxi take them around. Once across to Coronado, I believe there is a form of public transportation (a trolley car if I remember correctly) that can get them to Hotel del, which has the most gorgeous beach! Plus they can walk around that area to shop or just site see.

SamandWill1921
08-14-2012, 06:10 PM
awesome! thank you! is the ferry free?

debdreamsofdis
08-14-2012, 10:39 PM
We're doing the California coastal cruise in October and are thinking about speniding some time on Coronado beach. Is the water going to be warm enough for swimming then?? Do they have lifeguards on the beach?

momjeeps
08-14-2012, 10:58 PM
I'm a San Diego native and would not plan on really warm beach swimming weather. Coronado is very pretty and there will be plenty to keep you busy even if the weather isn't perfect for swimming. There is a cost for the ferry but I'm not sure how much. I'm sure you could google it. Another enjoyable option would be the Harbor Excursion. Very enjoyable and close to the terminal I believe. Have fun!

gunka
08-14-2012, 11:33 PM
We're doing the California coastal cruise in October and are thinking about speniding some time on Coronado beach. Is the water going to be warm enough for swimming then?? Do they have lifeguards on the beach?

October can go any direction weather wise,it could be in the 70's or the 60's. Either way the water will be like always cold, mid to high 60's. Which doesnt seem to slow the kids down as much as it does the adults.

For more of a boardwalk atmosphere you can check out Mission Beach, most likely would be a cab ride, although public transportation might be an option.

LBYC-19
08-14-2012, 11:34 PM
I agree with everyone above- last summer we visited Coronado Island and Hotel Del- gorgeous beach and breath-taking hotel. We had lunch outside overlooking the ocean. There is also a great cream parlor inside the hotel. It was beautiful!

Macmaro
08-15-2012, 06:45 AM
We're doing the California coastal cruise in October and are thinking about speniding some time on Coronado beach. Is the water going to be warm enough for swimming then?? Do they have lifeguards on the beach?

I call San Diego home though I live in Texas right now. The water is never warm but I always found it swimmable. I second (or third) the Coronado suggestion. My favorite beaches are closer to La Jolla but that would be a long trip in a cab.

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Chilly
08-15-2012, 08:12 AM
I went to Coronado earlier this year and loved it, its a beautiful beach.

Tired mom of 3 boys
08-15-2012, 08:26 AM
I'd agree on going to Coronado, but I love the La Jolla beaches... Water will be cold....

j2tyco
08-15-2012, 11:02 AM
I would look into hiring a water taxi to take you to and from Coronado and not deal with the ferry..here is why- in my research with the ferry times and the shuttle times a little jaunt over to Coronado can take up to 2 hours doing the ferry and shuttle (matching up drop off times with shuttles pick ups etc) and then taking the same amount of time to get back to the ship means you have to leave the beach by 230 or 3pm if you want to get back on the ship for an early dining..so depending on when you get off the ship you end up spending more time waiting for ferrys and shuttles then on the beach itself.

With a water taxi it is $7 per person each way but you schedule the pick up times and it takes you right to the hotel coronado dock (just google san diego water taxi)--the ferry is less expensive as it is $8.50 round trip per person..but lacks the flexibility plus you need to buy a San Diego transit pass for $5 each to use the shuttle...I did a cab far estimator on the san diego .org site and it estimated about $30 one way

The other popular beach would be Mission where the old wooden roller coaster is and the cab estimator says approx. $23 each way

We will be on the Sept 23rd Cali coast Pixar cruise and I am trying to figure out exactly how much if anything we will do while in San Diego Port as well. Good Luck!!

woody73
08-15-2012, 12:05 PM
When we go to a beach in San Diego, we go to Coronado.

Woody

crzy4dals
08-15-2012, 12:36 PM
I would look into hiring a water taxi to take you to and from Coronado and not deal with the ferry..here is why- in my research with the ferry times and the shuttle times a little jaunt over to Coronado can take up to 2 hours doing the ferry and shuttle (matching up drop off times with shuttles pick ups etc) and then taking the same amount of time to get back to the ship means you have to leave the beach by 230 or 3pm if you want to get back on the ship for an early dining..so depending on when you get off the ship you end up spending more time waiting for ferrys and shuttles then on the beach itself.

With a water taxi it is $7 per person each way but you schedule the pick up times and it takes you right to the hotel coronado dock (just google san diego water taxi)--the ferry is less expensive as it is $8.50 round trip per person..but lacks the flexibility plus you need to buy a San Diego transit pass for $5 each to use the shuttle...I did a cab far estimator on the san diego .org site and it estimated about $30 one way

The other popular beach would be Mission where the old wooden roller coaster is and the cab estimator says approx. $23 each way

We will be on the Sept 23rd Cali coast Pixar cruise and I am trying to figure out exactly how much if anything we will do while in San Diego Port as well. Good Luck!!

We are doing the 23rd cruise as well. We are thinking about a quick jaunt to Tijuana then head back up .. In all of the trips we have made over the years to San Diego we never went to the Hotel Del. Since this trip will be just DH and I - I think we should do that. Now to figure out the logistics.

debdreamsofdis
08-15-2012, 02:39 PM
Thanks for all the replies! This is great information to know!

kindsoul73
08-15-2012, 06:13 PM
How exciting! What day is the ship here? I want to take my kids to go see it!
About beaches, I am also a native, and I love Coronado as well. La Jolla beaches are beautiful- idyllic, really, but a drive.
Mission Beach is fun, but there are a lot of partiers and homeless people.

SamandWill1921
08-15-2012, 06:37 PM
We will be in San Diego on Friday Sept 21st from 8:30am - 7:30pm according to my DCL documents.

Pinkandproud
08-15-2012, 07:02 PM
I live in San Diego. Coronado would be your best bet and the easiest and most affordable to get to. You can do the ferry, the water taxi or you could do the Trolley. The trolley goes through out San Diego and you can see the whole city and get off and on all day. It's like $30. We do this as locals, it's alot of fun. You could go to Coronado this way too. Regular taxis really aren't an option as they are very expensive. It would cost you a lot to get to any of the beaches.

Someone mentioned Mexico, I definitely WOULD NOT do this. It is very dangerous over there as of late and crossing the border could be very time consuming. It just really isn't safe. Us San Diego people don't even go there! Being on a cruise ship you leave yourself wide open for missing the ship if you get into any trouble over there. They have their own rules in Mexico. Basically, they make them up as they go!

woody73
08-15-2012, 07:12 PM
. . . Someone mentioned Mexico, I definitely WOULD NOT do this. It is very dangerous over there as of late and crossing the border could be very time consuming. It just really isn't safe. Us San Diego people don't even go there!
We Los Angeles people don't go there either. I've heard many horror stories of theft and corruption -- and that's the police!

Woody

crzy4dals
08-18-2012, 08:13 PM
Shelly and Woody

The mexicans have always had thier own rules. My parents lived in San Diego for years and moved back east 10 years ago. We always went down there and enjoyed walking through the shops and eating tacos in the area. Is it just recently that you do not go down there or have you never been a fan?

We never had any issues coming and going - some times it took longer than others but we have never been hassled - I think it took us longer if we drove in rather than parking on the US side and going through the gates.

Thanks

GromMom
08-18-2012, 09:12 PM
I too would urge you to skip tj....I went there 9 years ago when it was safer, but recently there have been so many murders, it is just not worth it for some street tacos. I live in San Diego, and the only people I know who go to tj have relatives there. There are tons of spots for great tacos in San Diego that it really makes it a moot point to go to tj

crzy4dals
08-18-2012, 09:50 PM
I too would urge you to skip tj....I went there 9 years ago when it was safer, but recently there have been so many murders, it is just not worth it for some street tacos. I live in San Diego, and the only people I know who go to tj have relatives there. There are tons of spots for great tacos in San Diego that it really makes it a moot point to go to tj


Ok thanks - we will not make that trip .. going to Ensenada after the stop in SD any way. Will head to Coronado and Gas Lamp area for eats!

SamandWill1921
08-18-2012, 09:52 PM
Yeah i had never planned on crossing the border to go to the beach.....

Yokelridesagain
08-18-2012, 09:59 PM
Coronado is IMO the prettiest beach in the United States outside of Hawaii.

However, the water is cold. Not cool, not lukewarm, cold. Most people who swim in it are surfers wearing wetsuits. I have swum in it in regular swimming trunks, but it is not for the faint of heart.

This is true of all beaches in the San Diego area, however.

woody73
08-18-2012, 11:22 PM
Shelly and Woody

. . . Is it just recently that you do not go down there or have you never been a fan?
Living in L.A., I've been to Mexico many, many times.

I stopped going when the drug cartels started killing tourists.

Woody

gunka
08-18-2012, 11:35 PM
There has been murders in TJ, but it has been drug cartel members killing each other, not tourist. Very similar to the gang killings in SD and LA. Tourist are just as safe in TJ as they are in Ensenada. Now, am I going? No, nothing there I need to see or want.

BAT
08-18-2012, 11:37 PM
Kindsoul, here is the Port schedule, the Wonder will be there for several Fridays in September and October. Oops, not allowed yet to post links...just google San Diego Port cruise ship schedule.

For the locals. What we want to do in San Diego is Sea World, but the ship's excursion is too expensive for us.

I was thinking of taking a taxi but it seems that they are outrageously expensive from what is described in PP. The reason we thought of taxi was to save time, but any type of public transportation is good, but how long would it take?

Thanks for the tips!

sdflipside
08-19-2012, 08:55 AM
SD native here. Unfortunately public transportation is not the best here for many of the tourist places you would want to visit, especially if you are tight on time. Your docking near the trolley station, but taxi would be the best bet.

Coronado is beautiful. Ferry ride over is nice, and it is easy to get around the island when you are there. There are also plenty of tours from your drop off location that can take you to the tourist locations. You will be very close to our historic Gas Lamp section with plenty of good eats. Hope this helps.

woody73
08-19-2012, 10:22 AM
. . . Tourist are just as safe in TJ as they are in Ensenada.
Really!?!

In November 2011, Fox News reported that U.S. citizen deaths in Mexico were at an 8-year high, saying,

"The majority of U.S. citizen deaths in Mexico were concentrated in the northern parts of the country,
especially in the violence-plagued cities of Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana." FOX News (http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/11/03/us-citizen-deaths-at-8-year-high-in-mexico/)

I would also avoid Puerto Valarta. In February 2012, 22 Carnival Cruise passengers were robbed at gunpoint while on an excursion. ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/02/carnival-cruise-passengers-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-mexico/)

Woody

gunka
08-19-2012, 11:23 AM
Willing to bet I could find similar articles for Ensenada or Cabo, but that's not want I want to do, I was just trying to point out that anywhere in Mexico can be dangerous or safe. You just have to be smart where ever you are, stay in the tourist areas, dont got out at night unless you are sure where you are, and dont get drunk and/or be stupid.

kindsoul73
08-19-2012, 11:38 AM
Kindsoul, here is the Port schedule, the Wonder will be there for several Fridays in September and October. Oops, not allowed yet to post links...just google San Diego Port cruise ship schedule.

For the locals. What we want to do in San Diego is Sea World, but the ship's excursion is too expensive for us.

I was thinking of taking a taxi but it seems that they are outrageously expensive from what is described in PP. The reason we thought of taxi was to save time, but any type of public transportation is good, but how long would it take?

Thanks for the tips!

Bat,
Thanks- definitely going to check it out. As for Sea World- how much is the Disney excursion? A daily pass is $63 adult/ $55 kids if you buy on their website. There are buses that go from the terminal to Sea World, but it may be confusing.

BAT
08-19-2012, 11:42 AM
Bat,
Thanks- definitely going to check it out. As for Sea World- how much is the Disney excursion? A daily pass is $63 adult/ $55 kids if you buy on their website. There are buses that go from the terminal to Sea World, but it may be confusing.

$109 for kids and $129 for adults!

Now I can add the link.... http://www.thebigbay.com/san-diego-cruise-ship-schedule.html

jlmarr
08-19-2012, 04:12 PM
This sounds like fun, and it looks like the Midway is very close to the dock DCL will be using.

http://www.midway.org/exhibits-and-activities

http://www.midway.org/files/TourMap.pdf

RweTHEREyet
02-19-2013, 12:19 PM
Bumping to the top to see if anyone has more suggestions for things to do in San Diego.

We will sail out of there on a Monday and may fly in on Saturday, so that would give us a good day and half for sightseeing, eating, etc. Wonder how far the Wild Animal Park is from the port area.

Will also be looking for a hotel in the port area.

jkp1024
02-19-2013, 12:44 PM
Also SD resident here. The USS Midway tour is a great experience, my DH, DDs (6 & 10), and I all really enjoyed the tour. It's self guided with audio for each stop, along with people to answer questions along the way.

To the PP who asked about the Wild Animal Park, that's not close to the port at all (at least an hour drive away). However, the SD Zoo, and Balboa Park with lots of museums is not that far from the port, maybe a 15 min drive.

gunka
02-19-2013, 12:47 PM
Bumping to the top to see if anyone has more suggestions for things to do in San Diego.

We will sail out of there on a Monday and may fly in on Saturday, so that would give us a good day and half for sightseeing, eating, etc. Wonder how far the Wild Animal Park is from the port area.

Will also be looking for a hotel in the port area.

Wild Animal Park is at least one hour from Downtown San Diego, the San Diego Zoo is 5 min away.

Lots of good hotels in the area. Personal favorite is the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. Great views of the waterfront, Coronado, and Ocean.

gunka
02-19-2013, 12:50 PM
The Gaslamp Area in Downtown - which is right next to the port (Or a block or two away) has great shops and restaurants. Very nice to walk around.

If its baseball season - The Padres play at Petco Park - which is in the same area.

RweTHEREyet
02-19-2013, 01:00 PM
Also SD resident here. The USS Midway tour is a great experience, my DH, DDs (6 & 10), and I all really enjoyed the tour. It's self guided with audio for each stop, along with people to answer questions along the way.

To the PP who asked about the Wild Animal Park, that's not close to the port at all (at least an hour drive away). However, the SD Zoo, and Balboa Park with lots of museums is not that far from the port, maybe a 15 min drive.

Thanks, I knew it was a bit of a drive, but have done the photo safari there once before and thought that my SIL might really enjoy that as well.

Zeppelin
02-19-2013, 01:02 PM
Pacific Beach!!!