At first the city started as a small Spanish township, in the early 18th century, and developed slowly, up to the 1940s, when the city increased in size rapidly. San Diego bay is fabulous for sailing, and San Diego boasts a proud naval heritage. The city is the base for the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy.
Nowadays San Diego mixes modern urban design with traditional Spanish buildings, blue ocean views on the west with barren, rocky countryside to the east , and haute cuisine eateries, standing next to authentic Mexican restaurants.
The San Diego Cruise Port is located off North Harbor Drive at the B Street and Broadway Piers, close to downtown San Diego.
Each pier now has its own terminal, both with a complete variety of facilities for passengers. Both B Street and Broadway Piers can cater for 2 large cruise ships, making a total capacity of 4 for the port.
For a schedule of cruises leaving San Diego, see cruises from San Diego.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Tour the interesting Maritime Museum, one of the country's finest collection of historic ships, including Steamship Berkeley, Medea, the Star of India, Californian and Pilot.
USS Midway Museum
It's a short walk on North Harbor Drive from the cruise ship terminal in the direction of the large aircraft carrier ship, the USS Midway, docked at Navy pier. Tour around the USS Midway Museum to learn about San Diego's long navy heritage.
Shopaholics will enjoy Seaport village. To reach the village, hike or take a cab for around three-quarters of a mile in a southerly direction from B street pier along the shoreline . Waiting for you are over sixty trendy stores, making it a perfect spot to purchase a souvenir from San Diego.
The growth of Balboa Park began in 1916, when a series of Spanish style buildings were planned and built for the Panama-California show. Nowadays the park has become the biggest city cultural park in the United States. Fifteen museums and galleries are located in the twelve hundred acre park. The best known is the zoo, however other notable museums are the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Plus Balboa Park has wonderful flora, particularly the Inez Rose Parker Memorial Rose Garden and the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Port website at Port of San Diego.