Comfort Inn San Diego At The Harbor
5102 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 223-8171
Fax: (619) 222-7330
The San Diego Naval Training Center, as they name goes, was a naval training base that was shut down in 1997 and since has been redeveloped by public interest into the NTC Promenade. The space now accommodates military residential units, a park, large open spaces, retail centers, waterfront esplanade and a museum dedicated to maritime history and military heritage. The Promenade Center is now host to various arts and cultural programs.
Formed by the dredging of San Diego Bay in order to deepen the berths for military ships, the U.S. Navy built this recreational island in 1961. More than 12 million cubic yards of sand and mud created this mile-and-a-half long tropical island, now home to upscale hotels, restaurants and marinas. Along the bay side, you can see the view from the tip of Point Loma, across to the island of Coronado and southward to the U.S & Mexican border. This is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and a breath-taking skyline vantage point at night.
No one knows exactly where the first sea explorers met up with the inland party of Spanish explorers in their quest to conquer California, but this spot is where the city fathers decided to commemorate the historical event. On this site, now you can spot a family park with picnic areas, playgrounds, a boat launch and swimming beach. A bronze plaque honors the 1769 arrival of those who would determine the course of history in the San Diego area. It's worth a quick stop to get a flavor of the past and a great place for children to release some pent-up energy.
This university is a private college dedicated to Christian, religiously influenced higher education. It draws students from around the world. Public access is permitted to the campus so that visitors may enjoy the spectacular, panoramic ocean view that makes this one of the most beautifully situated campuses in the country. During spring and fall, whales can sometimes be observed offshore. Various events, performances and meetings are hosted on the property, many held at Crill Performance Hall or the Salomon Theater.
When you are visiting the eclectic and the most authentic town of Ocean Beach, be sure to spare a glimpse for the Newport Avenue. The main street of business—you are bound to find a host of antique stores, eating joints, hotels, bars, coffee houses and shops here. Get the ultimate high on shopping at this shopping district which is almost three blocks long and what's more? There are no parking meters!
Located in the South end of the Ocean Beach, the Municipal Pier is a great venue for providing entertainment to the public. Fishermen love fishing here, kids love playing games, adults love getting a suntan—you will find absolutely every reason to visit the Municipal Pier. So what are you waiting for? Grab your sports gear and head to this authentic and lively beach of San Diego.
Part of the National Park Service, Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city of San Diego and far beyond. It was erected in honor of Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the west coast. Also on the site is the original lighthouse, which was replaced in 1891 by the one that still steers vessels away from shore. Tidepools delight young and old, history buffs enjoy the museum, and hiking enthusiasts are challenged by the trails. Gift shop and snacks are available.
From what in 1852 was originally a military reserve, eight acres of its original 1,000 were designated as a burial site in 1934. Row upon row of white crosses mark where 65,000 people are now interred. Many of those buried here predated California's statehood. Most impressive is the Bennington Monument, a 75 ft. obelisk commemorating the 66 crew members who died in an explosion in 1905 aboard the USS Bennington. It is a sobering experience, but one well worth the sorrow. Learn more about California's history when you pay a visit here.
Built in 1797, on the same site where Juan Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer, first discovered the west coast of America, this fort was San Diego’s first defensive fortification. In Spanish, Guijarros means cobblestone; and this fort earned its name because American sailors would take cobblestones from this point, and use them as ballasts in their ships during their journeys around Cape Horn back to Boston. Today, two of the ten cannons used in the Battle of San Diego remain, one of which can be seen from Fort Stockton at the top of Presidio Park. - Erick Pettersen
Located in Mission Bay Park, Hospitality Point has an impressive capacity to awe and inspire anyone. It is a grassy field mid way between Mission and Ocean beaches. This is an ideal location for a family picnic or a fishing trip. The park is also available for you to host private occasions and special events.
In 1835, Juan Francisco built and occupied what some call the “Long House,” which is now occupied by a restaurant. In an effort to keep up with his expanding family, Francisco built additions to his home and called it “La Casa Larga” or “The Long House.” In 1846, the home belonged to Juan Matias Moreno, secretary to the last Mexican governor of California (Pio Pico). Casa De Lopez was one of the first substantial homes after Old Town became a pueblo (town). For those who would like to take a self-guided tour of Old Town San Diego’s historic sites, this is historic site No. 60. The sign that designates its status is on the West side of the right entrance to the restaurant. - Erick Pettersen
Visit the building that was utilized for San Diego's first public school. It still hosts wooden desks and old textbooks. Also on display are pictures of former schoolmarms. When visiting the school, be sure to count the lashes! A list of offenses and the number of lashings given as punishment are detailed on site. Two lashes were given for arriving at school with an unclean face. Eight lashes were the punishment for swearing. Intrigued to see the rest of the list? Catch a glimpse of San Diego's educational past at this attraction.