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Making the Most of San Diego
Making the Most of San Diego
San Diego replaced San Pedro as the Wonder’s West Coast home port in 2014, making the city a pre- or post-cruise stop. The Wonder berths at B Street Cruise Ship Terminal or occasionally next-door at the Broadway Pier, in the tourist-friendly Embarcadero waterfront district, blocks from the heart of downtown San Diego. The USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, waterfront parks, and the Seaport Village shopping and dining district are all within a few blocks walk along the waterfront promenade. The nearest trolley stop is at the railroad station, just two blocks away at Broadway and Kettner.
Trolley and bus lines are practical for many destinations. The nearest Blue Line trolley stop is two blocks from the pier at Santa Fe Station. The Blue Line visits Old Town, and you can transfer there to the #9 bus to Sea World and the #30 to La Jolla and Birch Aquarium. The Orange Line trolley visits the Gaslight Quarter and City College Station, where you can catch the #7 bus to the zoo and Balboa Park. One-way adult fares are $2.25-$2.50, exact change only. There are no free transfers, but an unlimited ride Day Pass is just $5, available when you board and from ticket machines, ages 5 and under ride free. Taxis are metered, and can charge a maximum of $3.00 per drop and $3.20 per mile. Lower rates are possible. Car rentals: Hertz and Avis both have offices near the pier. Old Town Trolley Tour is a hop-on/hop-off tour in a trolley-styled bus that visits many points of interest. They also operate SEAL Tours, which explore the streets and harbor in an amphibious vehicle. Both depart from near the pier, and both cost $39/$19 ages 4-12. Discounted tickets at their web site http://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego. Coronado Ferry is a 15-minute scenic cruise across the harbor from Broadway Pier to Coronado Ferry Landing. Tickets are $4.75 each way, under 3 free. The same company offers harbor tours (http://www.sdhe.com, 800-442-7847).
San Diego ranks among the top 10 safest cities in the U.S. Of course, don’t throw caution to the wind. Typical safety precautions are in order. Despite the cool temperatures, don’t forget your sunscreen!
San Diego has several noteworthy shopping districts. Seaport Village is south of the pier, on the waterfront. Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp Quarter are downtown, south of Broadway, between 4th and 6th. Old Town is three miles nortwest of the pier. Coronado Ferry Landing is across the harbor (take the ferry).
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