Conference Tips: San Diego

Planning to attend the 2019 Community Media Conference? San Diego offers much to do.

San Diego neighborhoods of note include North Park, Hillcrest, La Jolla and Ocean Beach. For an authentic San Diego cultural experience, and great Mexican food, a visit to Barrio Logan and its Chicano Park is recommended. Old Town San Diego is nearby, with historic buildings and tours. The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offer scenic views and hiking. Mission and Pacific Beach share a great boardwalk. You can rent a boat in Mission Bay, or walk the pier in Ocean Beach.

A good resource for anyone is the San Diego Reader, which contains info on happenings, entertainment, dining and much more.

The San Diego Padres host the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, June 17, at 7:10 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at 7:10 p.m. and Wednesday, June 19, at 12:40 p.m.

If you’re wanting a quick bite outside the hotel, PapaNani’s Deli is a walk between the Bay and Marina Towers. Just through the doors past the Fairbanks halls, the quaint spot has outdoor seating and is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Meal options, plus snacks and more.

Are you a craft beer connoisseur? San Diego boasts it is the “Capital of Craft.” You can download an app with local maps, events and more here.

Traffic and parking can be challenging. For those not renting a car, there are many options.

If you are flying in and are staying at the host hotel, the Sheraton Marina offers a free shuttle from the airport that runs every 15 minutes.

Google Maps supports all forms of transit. Just click on bike, car, walking, transit, etc., and it will give you route options, distances, estimated prices and times to/from anyplace. Except for the bus (exact change) and taxi, most forms of transportation require pre-registration to use them.

San Diego has Lyft, Uber, and taxis. San Diego Metro Transit System operates buses and light rail (trolley). Bus route #923 runs thru Harbor Island 6am to 6pm every 30 minutes weekdays (approx. 5 minute walk from your convention). Rides are $1.25 each and connect you to the beach, Old Town, points in between, as well as all other modes of county mass transit including bus, trolley, rail, Amtrak, and Greyhound.

For $7 you can get a daily “Compass Card” for mass transit and ride the entire bus and trolley system all day getting on and off at will. Transportation routes can change, so, check now for options, but get updated 30 days before your trip.

You can rent a scooter or a bike hourly just about anywhere. In downtown there is a free shuttle. Harbor Island is a nice safe area, but always exercise caution as a tourist in a major city.

It is relatively safe to visit Tijuana. Just take the normal precautions you would in any foreign country. You will need a passport. Locals do not recommend driving across, or even to, the border. You can take the trolley and walk across, then take a cab. Many tips are here.

To register for the conference now, go here.

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