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Getting Around San Diego

Exploring San Diego

Getting Around San Diego

The area surrounding the Catamaran conference hotel is walkable, and there are restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, and shopping centers within walking distance. 

Should you drive to San Diego or rent a car, the Catamaran offers self-parking or valet parking service. Self-parking is not allowed in the valet lot or guest registration area. 

  • For hotel guests, the self-parking rate is $26 per day, and the valet service is $32 per day, with no in-and-out privileges.
  • For non-hotel guests, the guest rate will be extended to you if you ask for a validation sticker at the conference registration table. Without validation, the parking rate is $10.00 for the first hour, and $2.00 for each additional half hour, with a maximum of $35 per day. 

Transportation Services in San Diego

Exploring San Diego

The Catamaran is a beachfront hotel and spa near the beach towns of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, featuring a beachside boardwalk, Crystal Pier, and a variety of cafes and shops. Below you'll find some nearby places to eat, drink, and shop, all accessible by foot, as well as some suggestions for a fun day or evening exploring all that San Diego has to offer.

Eating and Shopping Near the Catamaran

Places to Eat 

La Playa Taco Shop (1-minute walk)
3973 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Truckstop (4-minute walk)
4150 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Diner-style breakfast, burgers, cocktails, beer

Cafe 20/20 (2-minute walk)
4105 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
Crepes, bagels, tea, espresso drinks

Amplified Ale Works Kitchen + Beer Garden (2-minute walk)
4150 Mission Blvd #208, San Diego, CA 92109
Brewpub wtih Middle Eastern menu and ocean views

World Famous (3-minute walk)
711 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Surf, turf, & pub grub on an oceanfront patio

The Mission (8-minute walk)
3795 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Brunch, comfort food, quick bite

Arslan's Gyros (5-minute walk)
3861 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Gyros, kebabs, & other Mediterranean favorites

Rosaria Pizza (9-minute walk)
3741 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Bao Beach (9-minute walk)
3735 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Bowls, bao, & babo

Grocery, Pharmacy, and Convenience Stores

Ralphs Grocery (6-minute walk)
4315 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

CVS Pharmacy (8-minute walk)
4445 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

7-Eleven (6-minute walk)
4340 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Coffee Shops

Swell Coffee Co. (6-minute walk)
3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Better Buzz Coffee Roasters (9-minute walk)
3745 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (10-minute walk)
829 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Starbucks (6-minute walk)
4343 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109


Ocean View Shops (6-minute walk)
3881 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

Promenade at Pacific Beach (3-minute walk)
2369 Riviera Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Pacific Beach Marketplace (6-minute walk)
4305 MIssion Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
This is where Ralphs Grocery and Starbucks are located.

Seacoast Square (10-minute walk)
801-827 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Popular Places to Visit in and Near San Diego

San Diego has no shortage of fun (and lots of outdoor) activities to enjoy. Here are some ideas for you to consider if you're looking for an adventure!

  • Take a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour to see efficiently what the city has to offer.
  • Explore sea caves from a kayak.
  • Travel an hour north to sip on wine in Temecula Valley, Southern California's wine country. 
  • Gather with all the other tourists, as well as sea lions and seals, at La Jolla Cove. This small beach tucked between sandstone cliffs is a popular spot for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. 
  • Spend an entire day at Balboa Park, which includes gardens, a botanical house, hiking trails, the San Diego Zoo, and museums
  • Watch a flick on a rooftop deck with panoramic views of downtown San Diego. The Rooftop Cinema Club offers comfy chairs, movie-themed cocktails, and food. 
  • Love watching the Tour de France? Or, perhaps, you're a cyclist? You might want to check out the San Diego Velodrome!
  • Take a $5, 15-minute ferry ride to Coronado Ferry Landing, where you'll find shopping, dining, and a variety of outdoor activites. 
  • If you're looking to sit back, relax, and sip on a Mai Tai, you're in luck, as San Diego is home to many, many Tiki bars. Here are a few popular ones to get you started: Grass Skirt, False Idol, and Bali Hai Restaurant
  • Stroll the 16 1/2 block Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego to see Victorian charm blended with a modern shopping and entertainment scene. 
  • Put your arms in the air at Belmont Park, a historic oceanfront amusement park. Yes, there are rollercoasters, but the park also has restaurants, shops, an arcade, a climbing wall, and more.
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