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Things to Do in San Diego

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#5. Take a Harbor Cruise
Things to Do in San Diego

Taking a San Diego Harbor Cruise

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Water plays a prominent role in San Diego. Downtown faces it. Point Loma and Coronado surround the large, calm bay. There's a lot to see along its shores and much of it is best explored by boat.

Everyone love the views of downtown you can get from a San Diego harbor cruise, but you'll also get a peek at the Pacific Fleet - and a harbor cruise is the best way to get a feel for just how tall the Coronado Bridge really is. The bay is well protected and the water seldom rough.

The cruises make two out-and-back trips, one toward Point Loma and the other past the Coronado Bridge, the Navy Seals Training Base and military ships. The boat stops at the dock in between, making it easy for you to take just one leg or both. Opt for a brunch or dinner cruise and you can see it all while having a nice meal.

Harbor cruises leave from the waterfront near downtown, near the big cruise ship terminal. If you're getting there from somewhere else, the San Diego Trolley stops three blocks away at the Santa Fe Depot.

Pros and Cons

We like the unique views and interesting sights the harbor cruises can show you, but if you're on the boat at the wrong time and unprepared, it can get uncomfortably cold faster than you can say: "This jacket isn't warm enough."

More About San Diego Harbor Cruises

If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to San Diego Harbor Cruises. It will tell you about hours, how to get tickets, where the cruises go and how to stay comfortable.

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