San Diego Harbor Tour
Once known as mainly a home to a large Navy base, San Diego has developed as an important center for culture and recreation in California’s southwest. Now famous attractions, beaches, parks, shops, museums and beaches make San Diego a dreamed destination for a relaxing vacation.
San Diego waterfront
When you are visiting San Diego, and you just simply want to stroll, a pleasant place is the San Diego waterfront. San Diego Bay , 12 miles long and from one to three miles wide, is considered by mariners to be one of the finest natural harbors in the United States. Here you can pass by a few interesting historical ships that have been transformed into museums. The Star of India, one of the museum sailboats in San Diego with it's 100 feet tall masts and still sails is one of the oldest active ship in the world. The HMS Surprise, another ship transformed in a museum, is a replica of a Royal 18th century frigate made famous by the movie “Master and Commander”. Launched in 1945, The USS Midway was at that time the largest ship in the world. It served as aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, in the first Gulf War, Vietnam War and in Operation Desert Storm. Now it is the most recent attraction of the harbor, as part of the museum.
San Diego Harbor’s famous Hotel del Coronado
San Diego is very diversified and has many unique areas, ranging from the pristine coastal waters off La Jolla or Coronado Island, which is home to the world famous Hotel Del Coronado. Coronado’s, small “island” town in San Diego Bay , is in fact a peninsula connected to San Diego at the east end, by the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and to Imperial Beach to the south, by State Highway 75. One of the most unique and beautiful beachfront cities in the world, Coronado is blessed with white sandy beaches, superb restaurants, beautiful historic turn-of-the-century homes, delightful shopping plaza, and an 18-hole championship golf course.
Convention Center, Marina Park and Visitor Center
Other San Diego harbor attractions include the Embarcadero, Marina Park, San Diego Visitor Center and the San Diego Convention Center. The harbor is not only a place for the kids to run around, but it offers some of the best views of San Diego. Also, at the visitor center located at the corner of Harbor and Broadway you can get 24-hour visitor information.
A great opportunity to admire San Diego, land and sea, is to take a tour with Harbor Excursion. This is the most established San Diego Harbor tour company on the bay and it is a must for the visitor who wants to discover San Diego. A fully narrated, one hour harbor cruise is really a high priority on the list of beautiful things to do here.
The North Bay Tour offers you a View of North Island Naval Air Station, Harbor and Shelter Islands, the Naval Sub Base and the Cabrillo National Monument. This is a one hour narrated tour of 12 miles. The South Bay Tour Offers tours of the Star of India, the U.S. Navy surface fleet, and the Coronado Bay Bridge. the Full Bay Tour – is a two hours narrated tour - covering Harbor and Shelter Islands, Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, North Island Naval Air Station, the Submarine Base, the Coronado Bridge, and much more.
New, old or in between, San Diego offers something for everyone , and the harbor is a fun place to experience some of San Diego’s culture. The city’s dedication to its museums, from those grouped together in Balboa Park to the ones aboard ships docked in the harbor, offers a chance to experience a wide range of areas and interests.