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Seaport Village is a charming little neighborhood on the waterfront section of the San Diego Bay. It has over 90,000 square feet of great shopping, dining and entertainment all in a beautiful setting. Seaport Village is a pedestrian area where no cars are allowed. Instead there are about four miles of cobblestone walking paths connecting the various shops and buildings to each other.
Seaport Village is said to be built on top of a landfill called Punto de Los Muertos which means, Point of the Dead. This is where the Spanish buried all those who died of the scurvy disease during their1782expedition. Later, it became a railroad yard where ships loaded and unloaded their goods and services. Seaport Village didn't open until 1980.
Seaport Village is a great place to spend the day and there is always tons of activity going on. If you like shopping, then you'll have a wonderful time browsing the fifty plus shops scattered around the neighborhood. Here you won't find your typical national chain stores, but rather little stores bursting with character and local flavor. Check out Mystic Mermaid, Crazy Shirts and Del Sol for unique clothing choices. If you want to look at some beautiful jewelry, then Tamara G, Silver Crossing, and Seaport Village Shell Co. are just the places to go to. Be sure to stop by American Nostalgia, Apple Box and the Bay Company for great gift items and souvenirs; and check out Seaport Oil & Vinegars and Hot Licks which has over two walls full of different varieties of hot sauce.
When you get tired of shopping, Seaport Village has some delicious places to eat no matter what you're craving. If you want to eat at a fine restaurant while getting unparalled views of the harbor and the water then stop by the Edgewater Grill, Harbor House and the San Diego Pier Café. There are also eateries selling everything from pizza, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and ice cream. Check out Margarita's Kitchen & Cantina for great Mexican food and Marion's Fish Market for delicious seafood. Don't forget to get homemade fudge at Seaport Coffee and Fudge.
Seaport Village is so much more than just shopping and dining. If you're into art, you can browse artwork at the galleries spread around the neighborhood, for example Exclusive Collections and Wyland Galleries. Seaport Village also has tons of outdoor entertainment featuring magicians, musical bands, balloon sculptors, singers and dancers. Check out the schedule at the Village Seaport website before heading out so you can see what events are scheduled for that day.
There are also many attractions that kids will love at Seaport Village such as the Carousel which was handcarved in 1895. Also you can check out the Cinderella Carriage Company which can take you around in horse-drawn carriage ride around the harbor. Kids will also enjoy Betty Lovegren, who paints faces and draws beautiful henna tattoos and Keith who makes great caricature drawings.
Seaport Village is a great place to spend a relaxing day just walking around and browsing, whiletaking in the Victorian and Mexican architecture, the many fountains and green lush landscaping.
Seaport Village is located at 849 West Harbor Drive in San Diego.