San Diego (Nov. 14 -17th) Any suggestions?

  • neosyllogy

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    Oct 22, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    icon_cool.gif Any suggestions for things to do or see while in SD? And how to get around (I hear public transportation kinda sucks; I was thinking of just taking cabs.).


    Going to be in San Diego from the 14th - 17th (maybe a little longer). Going for a conference (San Diego Convention Center), but, from experience, I've learned to hone in on the relevant bits, and chillax otherwise to prevent overload.

    Not sure where I'm staying yet (most of the hotels are booked near the conference, might stay with extended family.)
    Anyway, suggestions for a not yet weary traveller much appreciated. icon_biggrin.gif


    Edit: 2nd question: is there any practical transportation (other than cab) between Encinitas and San Diego. [Trying to figure out if commuting from family's home is cheaper than a hotel icon_smile.gif Yeay, deductible expenses either way.]

    (And thanks for all the advice so far guys.)
  • Sk8Tex

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    Oct 22, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    Public transportation in my opinion is pretty sucktastic here... but in recent years they have added vast improvements with the trolley system but the buses are the same old smell harbingers they've always been. (Last time I rode a bus the only emtpy seat had a half eaten chicken leg in it...wtf people!?) Trolleys however are pretty quick and almost always on time, IF you have the fortune of living near one... otherwise its back to the good ol bus route...

    The most important thing to factor is where your going to be staying.. as San Diego county is pretty damn large. The geighborhood is known as Hillcrest if you didnt already know, and has kinda extended a bit into North Park lately.

    If your like me though it's nice to get away from the gay area from time to time and just experience other things. San Diego zoo is pretty impressive if you've never been, but if you dont like caged animals then there is also San Diego Wild Animal park, whicth can be a bit of a pain to get to for public transportation but I do believe they have like a bus taxi thing... The major difference there is all of the animals are free roaming in large outdoor areas...which is really badass if you shell out the couple extra bucks to take a truck tour through one of the pens. Got to get up close and personal with lions and giraffes there...was great.

    Downtowns gaslamp district is really interesting on fridays and weekends...especially if your a people watcher but its not exactly THE gay friendly spot to hang out...lots of great restaraunts and hang outs down there...and Seaport Village on the edge of the bay has some cool tourist shops.

    One of my favorite weekend spots is Balboa park, this is a pretty large area right next to downtown SD....lots and lots of gay men/women hang out there for sports, barbeques, tanning, ...whatever. I try to get out there at least 3 times a week if I have the time. icon_smile.gif They have all gay volleyball groups setup there next to 6th st that are private groups of friends but they really let anyone just walk up and play if they look interested. (I actually met my partner there playing vball about 7-8 years ago icon_biggrin.gif)

    Anyways when you figure out where your gonna be staying let me know, I've been all over the place in this city icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    Perhaps I should add that Sea World, Mission Beach and the neighbouring town of La Jolla are all nice. Also the trolley tram to San Ysidro on the border with Mexico (Tijuana) is worth the experience (passport needed.)

    And this is from a guy living near London, UK who has done some backpacking.

  • Oct 22, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    I would strongly recommend against going to Mexico. It's not the safest place right now, particularly for those who are travelling alone and aren't familiar with the area. Besides, there's plenty to see in San Diego proper that will keep you busy.

    If the conference is downtown, I agree that a hotel downtown is probably the best way to go - it will put you within walking distance of some great places, and keep you within a reasonable distance of Hillcrest/North Park if you want to go out there.

    Public transportation...what's that?
  • laguna07

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    Oct 23, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    Agree with everyone else's comments above. BTW, I don't live in SD...in south OC which is about an hour north, but I have gone and do go there often. Suggest you rent a car instead of think about public transportation. Southern California is very spread out unlike other big cities in the country (and world) so public transportation is really not an effecient means of transportation. And parking is not a problem like other places. Car rentals are very reasonable and then you have the freedom to go wherever you want when you want. A place I like to stay is in the Hillcrest area on Washington St. It is called Sommerset Suites. Nice homey rooms (with kitchens) within walking distance of bars, clubs, restaurants on University, which is the next street over. It only takes about 10 minutes or so to drive down to the Convention Center, which is located (downtown) on the coast. Hope this helps...have a great time!
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    Oct 23, 2010 2:33 AM GMT
    Let me guess you'll be in town for the SFN meeting hehe... .I'll be there!! I'll show you some pointers for the city icon_smile.gif

    and public transit is doable, its $5 bucks for all day rides--- that's $15 bux as opposed to an avg of $30/day with rental.... If you'll be at the conference the whole day, most of the time you'll stay downtown.

    Let me know, I've been in SD for > 1 year.

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    Oct 23, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    MikePR saidI would strongly recommend against going to Mexico. It's not the safest place right now, particularly for those who are travelling alone and aren't familiar with the area.


    I live in Tijuana just south of the border from San Diego. The claims of violence are grossly exaggerated. That being said it is preferable to be a tourist in this city with someone knowledgeable.
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    Oct 23, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    MikePR saidI would strongly recommend against going to Mexico. It's not the safest place right now, particularly for those who are travelling alone and aren't familiar with the area.


    I live in Tijuana just south of the border from San Diego. The claims of violence are grossly exaggerated. That being said it is preferable to be a tourist in this city with someone knowledgeable.



    Agreed, for a dude to cross into TJ its not a big deal, I wouldn't stay there over night unless you speak fluent spanish. With that said, my mom had her necklace stolen off her neck while going to a dentist there, the one time she went by herself. Otherwise it's not a big crime rate, I wouldn't be worried.
  • nfgsd

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    Oct 23, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    It depends on what you like to do. I lived there for most of my life and have moved to Arizona, but for me, everytime I go back, I have to make a visit to the beach. I love sitting in the sand, wearing a hoodie and listening to the waves. You can go to Mission beach and ride the coaster, and walk the boardwalk. Balboa park is pretty cool, and the science center is neat.

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    Oct 23, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    neosyllogy saidicon_cool.gif Any suggestions for things to do or see while in SD? And how to get around (I hear public transportation kinda sucks; I was thinking of just taking cabs.).


    Going to be in San Diego from the 14th - 17th (maybe a little longer). Going for a conference (San Diego Convention Center), but, from experience, I've learned to hone in on the relevant bits, and chillax otherwise to prevent overload.

    Not sure where I'm staying yet (most of the hotels are booked near the conference, might stay with extended family.)
    Anyway, suggestions for a not yet weary traveller much appreciated. icon_biggrin.gif


    Edit: 2nd question: is there any practical transportation (other than cab) between Encinitas and San Diego. [Trying to figure out if commuting from family's home is cheaper than a hotel icon_smile.gif Yeay, deductible expenses either way.]

    (And thanks for all the advice so far guys.)


    Pub trans is essentially non-existent. There is a trolley system, but it is provides limited access to areas of the city.

    Places in San Diego to check out depending on what you are in to:

    1. Hillcrest - the gayborhood and also plenty of good ethnic cuisine
    2. Northpark - more good ethnic eateries
    3. Balboa Park - cool place to check out. Cool old Spanish archictecture. Good place to just chill

    4. Downtown La Jolla - very uppity...posh...foo foo...
    5. La Jolla Shores - surfing (especially if you are a beginner)
    6. Black's Beach - if you are a pretty good surfer
    7. Gaslamp District - club scene (lol...aka wannabee LA club scene type area...complete with the groupie rejects who could not cut it in LA...LOL).
    8. Downtown - right next to Gaslamp district


    Most conferences take place in the hotels down in the convention/downtown area, which is close to #7.

    I personally would just get a rental car if even for just a day.

    www.hotwire.com offers some good rates
    also check out www.priceline.com

    Lastly: DO NOT go down to Mexico right now. Clearly that Brit has not been keeping up with what is going on down there.

    Have fun
  • neosyllogy

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    Oct 24, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Thank a lot for the input all.
    Not 100% sure what I'm going to do yet, but got a much better idea of my options. =) Rental car and commute from Encinitas sounds like best option.

    Probably going to skip Mexico this trip, seems a bit out of the way for my schedule. Some top-rate BJJ gyms in the area that I'll definitely try to drop in on (you local non-players don't know what you're missing out on icon_razz.gif ) The rest, if there's time, I'll just throw a die to decide (hmm... in which case maybe I will end up in Tijuana).

    And yeah Andre, SfN. Honestly, I've been to enough that I'd rather stay home and get work done, but will still be fun I'm sure. =) Will drop you a line.

    Thanks again, guys icon_smile.gif
  • Sk8Tex

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    Oct 24, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    orthojock said
    neosyllogy saidicon_cool.gif Any suggestions for things to do or see while in SD? And how to get around (I hear public transportation kinda sucks; I was thinking of just taking cabs.).


    Going to be in San Diego from the 14th - 17th (maybe a little longer). Going for a conference (San Diego Convention Center), but, from experience, I've learned to hone in on the relevant bits, and chillax otherwise to prevent overload.

    Not sure where I'm staying yet (most of the hotels are booked near the conference, might stay with extended family.)
    Anyway, suggestions for a not yet weary traveller much appreciated. icon_biggrin.gif


    Edit: 2nd question: is there any practical transportation (other than cab) between Encinitas and San Diego. [Trying to figure out if commuting from family's home is cheaper than a hotel icon_smile.gif Yeay, deductible expenses either way.]

    (And thanks for all the advice so far guys.)


    Lastly: DO NOT go down to Mexico right now. Clearly that Brit has not been keeping up with what is going on down there.

    Have fun


    Ditto to everything he said, especially the DONT GO TO MEXICO part...too many kidnapped, dead, and/or headless victims in Mexico for the past few years...