The Place: America's Finest City - San Diego, CA!
Gringo G’s Experience
Summary: Gringo G had a quick trip to San Diego and took full advantage of his time; discovering all over again this stunning city's sights, smells, sounds and most importantly food!
Things To Do:
San Diego is packed with history and has history dating back to the Era of the Portuguese and Spanish Explorers.
San Diego Bay (next to Downtown) is very nice and Gringo G had the opportunity to sail around it on his trip. This is a great way of getting in touch with the maritime history of San Diego which is rich. There are many charters to get on boats in the hotels around Downtown as well as in the Marinas.
San Diego Bay Sailing
Sailing into Downtown
Balboa Park is a San Diego landmark. The park overlooks Downtown San Diego and is really nice for a walk. Also built into this park are major attractions including: several museums (the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Mingei Int’l Museum and the Museum of Natural History being the Gringo’s favorites), the Japanese Garden, the Old Globe Theatre (an exact replicate of the namesake in England made famous by Shakespeare himself) and the San Diego Zoo (the Zoo is not the Gringo’s thing but it is World Class). Balboa Park is a must visit if you are in San Diego.
Casa del Prado
Casa de Balboa
Real Ancient Shark Teeth Attack in the S,D. Museum of Natural History
Surfboard Exhibit in the Mingei
Old School Skateboard with Special Wheels in the Mingei
Down along the Harbor adjacent to Downtown you can check out the San Diego Martime Museum (with the Star of India claiming to be the oldest operating ship in the world … they actually take her out to sail once in a while) as well as the USS Midway Museum which is a great experience where visitors can walk around and interact in a full-blown aircraft carrier … wow!!
USS Midway Museum - A Living Museum
Control Tower of the USS Midway
The Flight Deck of the USS Midway
VIDEO: Gringo G Manning the Radar Room of the USS Midway
Navy SEALS Underwater Demolition Team - Based in San Diego Home of the Chargers
Famous WWII Unconditional Surrender Monument Next to the USS Midway
The Birch Aquarium is located on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Campus and both the Aquarium and UCSD are excellent places to visit. It is really nice to walk around the UCSD Campus and the Aquarium is small but very interesting; almost a mini-World Class Aquarium. Nearby if you are into outdoor activities Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey Pines State Beach are both very nice nature attractions where you can combine a visit to the beach with walks along pristine nature trails.
Gray Whale Monument at Birch Aquarium - Gray Whales migrates off the San Diego Coast
Feeding Time in the Kelp Forest Tank
The Famous Scripps Oceanography Pier As Seen from Birch Aquarium
Torrey Pines State Reserve - Razor Point
Torrey Pines State Beach
The Gaslamp Quarter, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and now Downtown Encinitas (Encinitas is in North County) are all places where you can find happening bars and some clubs where you can have a good night out. Gringo G did not have enough time to partake in these libations on this trip but can recommend these areas if you are looking for a fun night out in the San Diego Area.
Halloween Fun in one of the many Bars in Downtown Encinitas
Coming Next: EXTRA Travel Special PART II of II FOOD: Gringo G in America's Finest City San Diego, CA!