Situated in the southwestern portion of Downtown San Diego along the urban center’s waterfront to the San Diego Bay, the Marina District is one of the area’s priciest and most glamorous areas bordered to the north by Columbia, to the southeast by the Gaslamp Quarter, and to the southwest by the San Diego Marina. Once filled with warehouses and vacant lots, Marina District now hosts mid-rise and high-rise hotels, apartments, condominiums, offices, and retail outlets. Because residential living in the Marina District is relatively new to the area, there has been significant growth recently to cater to these new residents in the way of food service, every day conveniences, and other personal services. The beauty of the area and the views afforded to Marina District residents from several properties has attracted a somewhat wealthy clientele to the neighborhood.
Seaport Village is one of Marina District’s most popular attractions. The shopping and dining complex overlooks the brilliant San Diego Bay and is home to more than 70 shops, galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants along the waterfront. The area is comprised of several buildings connected by four miles of winding paths that connect the various buildings. The San Diego Convention Center is the cornerstone of Marina District. The facility includes 615,000 square feet of exhibit space and is currently the 24th-largest convention center in North America. Every year, thousands of conference and meeting participants pass through the center’s doors to take part in a variety of different events and exhibitions. The San Diego local trolley service connects Marina to the rest of the city, including the convention center and other attractions nearby.
The Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza is located on the eastern edge of the Marina District and is a popular community gathering place as well as a convenient place to grab a quick bite to eat or run last minute errands. Anchored by national retail giants Macy’s and Nordstrom, the 5-level mall has undergone a $140 million renovation to make it one of downtown San Diego’s premier attractions. The brightly decorated facility includes a number of different stores, shops, cafes, and even an impressive food court.