"Quick trip to Old Town and surrounding Areas" Old Town San Diego by DawnDesert

Old Town San Diego Travel Guide: 51 reviews and 156 photos

Old Town Historical Tourist area


We aren't into touristy stuff but did stop in at Cousins Candy Shoppe for some fresh taffy-the shop had several different candy confections for almost any taste. Traditional store candy you can still find sold currently, fudge, chocolate covered, candy canes...

Got an "olde time" portrait-ignore the dirty and worn clothes you place over your own. It is $20 dollars for one person, $5 for each additional person in the portrait. So spouse and myself received one picture for $25. The gentleman took 5 poses, you pick your favorite, or purchase additional poses for 10-15 dollars (I forget). You receive a lovely sepia-toned picture with a wooden bar background. The photographer can help dress you, asks your preferences, and hands you guns and other props. The trick is to have fun with it, and laugh. Very cute poses and clothes. Some may want to wear their own jeans, not sure if he had stirrups, spouse just barely fit into prop jeans (over his shorts).

Harney's Street Sushi
GREAT prices and a great introduction to sushi. For $30, two of us ate enough for at least 4 people.
-He got a sushi platter with 11 pieces of joy (tuna, salmon, shrimp, and some rice rolls with more tuna and vegetables), which he ate with wasabi and pickled ginger.
-I had Katsu-don, a mound of white rice with a fried pork cutlet, some broccoli, a brown sauce, and fried egg in top.
-We both had lemonaid, salad came with meal, as did miso soup, and shared a dessert with foam of strawberry, and these little dumpling-type things filled with dark chocolate.

Balboa Park and Ocean Beach

This park contains a cafe and many museums to visit, and other shows and exhibits-worth looking into if you want something specifically interesting for you or your party to do.

Ocean Beach was where we chose to experience sunset. Farmers market area little kiosks and tents and some other eateries (I grabbed a delicious basket of strawberries for $3.

Cabrillo National Monument


We picked up a t-shirt, looked at the museum areas, enjoyed the views, visited the water/tide pool area, and got one of those flattened penny souvenirs(51 cents). Entry was only $5 for the chance to visit it over and over again for a week! There is a national cemetery which also offers great photo opportunities.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Got a hotel about 3 blocks from old town so we walked off the filling food!
  • Cons:The room was next to the interstate, so we used loud a/c to drown out the traffic noise.
  • In a nutshell:Great central area to visit many San Diego hour and day-trip areas!
  • Last visit to Old Town San Diego: Nov 2012
  • Intro Updated Nov 10, 2012
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