Downtown San Diego is one of the newest dynamic metropolitan areas in the country, drawing visitors and residents alike with the tantalizing sights and sounds of a unique sophisticated city center. Framed by inland mountains and one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world, downtown San Diego's dazzling cityscape is a testament to years of redevelopment and urban revitalization.
During the night, guests can party away in the eclectic Gaslamp Quarter, a 16.5 block historic district, ablaze with over 100 restaurants, 40 nightclubs and bars, entertainment, and retail opportunities galore. During daylight, they can visit the new 42,000-seat PETCO Park and cheer on the hometown Padres, or climb aboard the USS Midway Museum to explore the city's rich Navy heritage.
The Marina District
The Marina district is home to the San Diego Convention Center, Embarcadero and Seaport Village, a 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, consisting of 16 1/2-blocks around Fourth and Fifth Avenues, grand Victorian-era buildings are home to more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, 35 pubs and nightclubs and 100 retails shops, as well as theaters, art galleries, offices and residential/work lofts. When the sun sets, this downtown neighborhood attracts thousands of diners, shoppers, theatergoers, and nightclub patrons.
Downtown's largest neighborhood encompassing 130 blocks, East Village burst into life in the past two years. The revitalization of this once blighted warehouse district was fueled primarily by the building of PETCO Park, the San Diego Padres' new state-of-the-art baseball stadium which opened in April 2004. Today, visitors can enjoy luxury hotels and restaurants, rooftop bars, cafes, boutique shops, galleries, and live music venues scattered throughout the neighborhood.
Occupying 15 blocks, the neighborhood is named after its main resident, Horton Plaza, a multi-level, outdoor shopping and entertainment center. Opened in 1985, Horton Plaza offers 130 specialty shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, and performing arts theatre. Well known for its whimsical and vibrantly colored design, Horton Plaza was created to resemble a European market place and function like an amusement park with colorful pathways, bridges and staggered levels.
Central Business District
The Core is downtown's central business district, home to government and arts-related venues like City Hall, the World Trade Center, Copley Symphony Hall, and the Civic Theatre.
Located along Broadway and stretching towards the Broadway Pier on San Diego Bay, Columbia is comprised mostly of commercial development with residential condos dotted throughout the neighborhood.
Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafes, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park.