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Mar 11th, 2004, 02:27 PM
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Off to San Diego/ Coronado Island -- restaurants & transportation questions

We're staying at El Cordova, arriving mid-evening. My questions are as follows:

What's the best way to get from the San Diego airport to Coronado Island -- about how much would a taxi run for example?

Restaurant recommendations in WALKING DISTANCE of El Cordova [which is sort of next to the "Del"]

What's the best way [without an automobile] to get to Seaworld and back from Coronado island?
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Mar 11th, 2004, 04:38 PM
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unless you're travelling alone, take a cab. fare should be about $20.
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Mar 11th, 2004, 06:10 PM
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I should have mentioned that there are 3 of us -- so a cab does make a lot of sense Thanks as I was getting confused with all the shuttle companies listed on the airport website??

Best way to get to Seaworld??
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Mar 12th, 2004, 06:47 AM
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A cab would be the easiest, but you can take a bus. Catch one in Coronado to downtown San Diego, then transfer to one that goes to Seaworld. You'll have to call them for the details.

There is a nice mexican restaraunt in the El Dordova- Miguels out in the patio area.
Down a few doors is the Brigantine. sort of a 60s steak and seafood place.

Asian Bistro, down a block on Orange and B (or is it A?)is new and interesting. Some of my family loved it, but I found the stir fried things mushy and the spices a bit odd for my Hawaii taste.

another nice place is the Italian place next door to Bistro. The name escapes me at the moment, but it is up the grand staircase. Sort of formal italian, and not cheap.

I like Tent City in the Historical Society building. another block down on the opposite side of Oarange. Small place, very fresh and tasty.

Breakfast is good at Primavera on Orange before 10th.

If you want to walk a lot more (maybe 20 minutes..Peohes down at the bay is great. Also in the area, on Orange right before it ends at 1st street is Mexican Village. They just finished a major remodel. My husband ate there on Saturday and said the food was really nice and very generous. Fun Atmosphere.
After years of decline, its a good place to be.

For getting around easier, Holland's Bikes on Orange rents bikes. This is a perfect way to get around the island. The neighborhoods are cute and you'll fell like a local. You can even take them across the foot ferry and ride in San Diego. I have actually gone to Seaworld many times on a bike, but its a 30 minute ride on some busy streets. (Take the cab)
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Mar 12th, 2004, 09:37 AM
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Thanks so much for the great advice! We can walk, no problem, but we'll leave the biking to our son I think
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Mar 12th, 2004, 10:48 AM
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I know it's not walking distance but, I believe there may be a free/cheap shuttle you can p/u in "dowtown" Coronado that takes you south and down to the Loews' Coronado Resort Azzura Point restaurant.

Mrs Kal and I had a fantastic meal there last June. Nice view of the Bay and city.
Coronado is still so cool.

Your son may want to rent a bike and pedal south to see the Marine Corp obstacle course on the way to The Silver Strand Beach.

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Mar 12th, 2004, 11:37 AM
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the azurra point restaurant is fantastic. Peohe's is also incredible.

Also, why aren't you renting a car? You can find ridiculously inexpensive deals on car rentals, and it will make your trip to san diego much more convenient.
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Mar 13th, 2004, 03:54 AM
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Thanks for the great tips

About the car: We have contemplated it and we may rent one for a day. The only thing that we want to see that we really need it for is Seaworld -- the rest of the time we'd have to figure out where to park it and pay $$$ -- it's a personal preference, but driving a car in a strange city isn't my idea of a vacation.
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Mar 13th, 2004, 07:33 AM
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There's a sightseeing tram (hop on/off) that goes all around SD (Coronado, La Jolla, Balboa Park, downtown SD etc.) I think it's $24/person (not sure about kids) Not sure if it goes to Sea World but might be worth checking. I sympathzie about driving ina strange city but SD is farily easy to navigate.

Fodorite Calamari's family owns Il Fornaio (Italian)-2 locations-1 on Coronado. I haven't gotten there yet but supposedly very good-even just pizza (& she won't promote it here).

If you've never been, don't miss Balboa Park. It's really beautiful & houses a bunch of great museums, the botanical garden and, ofcourse the zoo. The Prado rest. there is also quite nice (Mexican).
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Mar 14th, 2004, 08:47 PM
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Has the Prado switched to doing Mexican food? When we were there it was more California cuisine.
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Mar 14th, 2004, 08:58 PM
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Wow! I didn't realize Calamari's family owned Il Fornaio! It's one of my favorites; we have reservations to go again this Friday. sfowler, if you go, be sure to sit out on the back patio for a fantastic view of the city.
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Mar 14th, 2004, 08:59 PM
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It's not Mexican food, there's a kind of South American influence, but it does seem pretty Californian.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 06:50 AM
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RE the Prado, Underhill, I had a margarita, chicken empanadas & fish tacos at lunch there so thought of it as Mexican. On their website they call it Latin & fusion Italian. Here's a link to the menus

http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/cohn/cohnrestaurants/
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Mar 15th, 2004, 05:06 PM
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We had hummus and pita bread to start with and then lovely grilled fish and chicken--not Mexican atall, atall.
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Mar 15th, 2004, 05:14 PM
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I can't recall what we had for appetizers but if you "hummus" a few bars we can fake it.
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You really don't want me to try to anything musical--words, yes; notes, no.
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hmmmm
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