Seaport Village on San Diego’s Embarcadero is one of the city’s best combination waterfront shopping, dinning and family entertainment experiences. Adjacent Embarcadero Marina Park is a small but very popular San Diego public park split in half by the entrance from San Diego Bay into Embarcadero Marina. You’ll find 14 acres and about 75 shops and galleries, restaurants and sidewalk eateries at Seaport Village in San Diego. Primarily targeted toward visitors, locals also enjoy the restaurants and view, especially with out-of-town company. The San Diego Pier Cafe is probably the best known restaurant at Seaport Village — because of its picturesque location out over the bay, seafood and views.

Many shops cater to tourists and feature, mostly unique, souvenirs and gift items. You probably wouldn’t want to do your home-furnishing and fashion shopping at Seaport Village. The official symbol of Seaport Village, a 45-foot-high replica of the turn-of-the-century Mukilteo Lighthouse of Everett, Washington is taller than any other building in the village. San Diego’s Seaport Village overlooks the harbor and is a great place to view Coronado and the Coronado Bridge. Sunsets here can be spectacular also.

Embarcadero Marina Park

It’s a short stroll to or from Seaport Village to the San Diego Convention Center, the downtown Hyatt (which has incredible views from its top floor lounge) and Marriott hotels, the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park. Embarcadero Marina Park is right next door. Embarcadero Marina Park takes the form of two green “arms” that reach into the San Diego Bay and wrap around the Embarcadero Marina. The entrance to the marina divides the parks. A walkway extends along the shore, around the marina and past the Marriott and San Diego Convention Center, connecting the two small parks.

You can walk right out of Seaport Village into the Embarcadero Park North. Very popular and sometimes crowded on weekends, picnicing, kite flying and enjoying the spectacular views are popular activities. Embarcadero Marina Park South has been home to the Symphony Summer Pops and the festival of restaurants, San Diego a la Carte. The South Embarcadero Park Pier (also known as the Embarcadero Marina Pier) has been a popular fishing pier since its dedication in 1980.