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A Few Questions: SAN  
User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

My roommates and I are going to San Diego and Las Vegas for spring break this March. This will be all of our first times in San Diego.

We are flying MDW-SAN-LAS-MDW on WN

1.) We are renting a car from downtown. How much would a cab cost from SAN to 10th and F street?

2.) We want to spend as much time as possible in San Diego before our afternoon flight to LAS. How long will it take to get from the Convention Center to SAN and how early should we get to SAN before our flight? Is the WN counter very busy during a weekday afternoon?

3.) Is this WN route (SAN-LAS) usually a full flight during the weekdays?

4.) Southwest lists the flight (SAN-LAS) as apprx. 1:10-1:15 in length. Seems like the flight would be a little shorter if it's 230 nautical miles. How long is actual flight time?

5.) Any other tips or suggestions for someone using SAN for the very first time?

Thanks
Chi

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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6321 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3797 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
1.) We are renting a car from downtown. How much would a cab cost from SAN to 10th and F street?

Never done it, but it isn't far, so not much I would assume.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
2.) We want to spend as much time as possible in San Diego before our afternoon flight to LAS. How long will it take to get from the Convention Center to SAN and how early should we get to SAN before our flight? Is the WN counter very busy during a weekday afternoon?

Oh maybe 15 minutes...the airport is right by downtown. I'd get to San Diego about 1.25 hours before your flight if you are checking bags, 0.75 hours if you are not. The counter is ALWAYS busy, but moves fairly quickly...all kiosks. If you don't have bags, there are a few kiosks on the far left that don't often have a line.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
3.) Is this WN route (SAN-LAS) usually a full flight during the weekdays?

Usually, yes.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
4.) Southwest lists the flight (SAN-LAS) as apprx. 1:10-1:15 in length. Seems like the flight would be a little shorter if it's 230 nautical miles. How long is actual flight time?

I'd say you will be in the air about 40 minutes or so. You will shoot out over the Pacific (probably) which means you will have to turn back around, adding some minutes.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
5.) Any other tips or suggestions for someone using SAN for the very first time?

There isn't much past security, so get any eating done before that. I hate SAN, and WN's gates at SAN...it's one big open area and is a zoo, with limited seating at best.


User currently offlineSmitty747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

Here's a few answers for you:

1) Taxi fare from SAN to downtown is minimal (airport is located right next to it). If you spent more than $10-$15, I'd be surprised. TIP: sit on the left side of the plane to see downtown on your arrival in SAN-good fun.

2A) Convention center to the airport is less than 10 minutes-both on the same street actually (Harbor Dr.)
2B) An hour prior to departure should be plenty without luggage. If you have luggage plan on an extra 15 minutes.

3) Not sure of your flight time, but as a general rule weekday LAS flights are not as busy as Friday-Sunday flights.

4) Scheduled time is gate to gate time and includes taxi/takeoff/landing. Actual flight time to LAS is usually around 48 minutes

5) Make sure since you're going to be downtown and near the convention center, visit the Gaslamp District for many restaurant options. The Midway aircraft carrier museum is a nice visit and is within walking distance of downtown and the convention center.
Don't forget to try fish tacos!!! (Not as disgusting as it sounds)  Smile


User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Thanks for the comments so far....greatly appreciated

User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3735 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
2.) We want to spend as much time as possible in San Diego before our afternoon flight to LAS. How long will it take to get from the Convention Center to SAN and how early should we get to SAN before our flight? Is the WN counter very busy during a weekday afternoon?

I agree with the 15 minutes, however if there is a cruise ship just arriving or getting ready to depart, avoid Harbor Drive; take Pacific Highway to Laurel St.

Depending on the time of your flight, security can get pretty backed up for WN gates. I would agree that 90 minutes should do, just be aware of the line for security.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
5.) Any other tips or suggestions for someone using SAN for the very first time?

USS Midway Museum can take a full day if you listen to everything on the audio tour, I would plan on 2-3 hours for it, its worth doing. The south bay tour is also something that might be of interest.

Depending on what you like about aviation the Aerospace Museum is an option, however I think it is a little overpriced. If you like spotting Balboa Park or the corner of Laurel St and Harbor Drive is interesting.

If boats is an interest, the Maritime Museum is just north of the USS Midway. You can tour four boats and a Russian sub for $17. If you like baseball you can tour Petco for $10-$12.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

Hey Chi-Town, welcome in advance to San Diego!

From SAN to 10th & F should be under $20. Too bad your rental car company doesn't have a shuttle to their site!!

The convention center is just down Harbor Drive from the airport - assuming you aren't hitting heavy traffic, it should be a 5-10 minute drive from T1, if the lights are cooperative.

Get to the airport early, as you never know what kind of delay could happen. SAN has a terrific on-time record, but this is a VERY busy station for WN - there will always be a line!

Generally the usual routing for SAN to LAS is departure from 27, then a right turn and flying all the way up to the Long Beach area to join the LAX departure route (somewhat over the Queen Mary), and then a right turn to LAS. LAS to SAN is more direct.

Tell me more about your group and I'll direct you to the right places!



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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3570 times:



Quoting C767P (Reply 4):
USS Midway Museum can take a full day if you listen to everything on the audio tour, I would plan on 2-3 hours for it, its worth doing. The south bay tour is also something that might be of interest.

We are definitely going to be checking this out....

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 5):
Tell me more about your group and I'll direct you to the right places!

We are planning on visiting the USS Midway Museum. Another day we will be taking a tour of PETCO park and doing a segway tour of the city. Another day we are going kiyaking and touring some caves on the coast. We plan to hang out at the beach that day as well. Finally, we would like to hit the gaslamp district. Any good bars/restaurants that we should check out?


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4783 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3537 times:
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Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
3.) Is this WN route (SAN-LAS) usually a full flight during the weekdays?

Generally on weekdays, flights can be full in the morning with folks using LAS for connections everywhere else in the system but as the day goes on, flights become wide open. However due to the frequency of SAN - LAS flights, upon operational need they may cancel a flight, especially an evening flight booked low and combine everyone onto the next flight.

A benefit of flying to LAS from SAN is that all LAS flights (except I think the very last one of the night) are at gates 1 and 2, a separate gate area with it's own security checkpoint. Lines are generally much shorter, especially on weekdays.

[Edited 2009-02-26 09:54:49]


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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3478 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 6):
Any good bars/restaurants that we should check out?

I am not a big fan of the Gaslamp, but I like the Tin Fish just by the Omini Hotel near Petco. If you like ice cream, Ghirardelli is a must!


User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

Quoting C767P (Reply 8):
I am not a big fan of the Gaslamp, but I like the Tin Fish just by the Omini Hotel near Petco. If you like ice cream, Ghirardelli is a must!

Well, we are a younger group of guys who like to party! Where are all the girls and good bars in San Diego!?

[Edited 2009-02-26 11:11:18]

User currently offlineIrelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 9):
Well, we are a younger group of guys who like to party! Where are all the girls and good bars in San Diego!?

Well all your questions seem to have been answered already but I'll take a stab at this one.

You can cruise the Gaslamp on a Friday or Saturday but its kind of an expensive, clubby, dressed up atmosphere. If you want to hang around downtown, there is a dueling piano bar called the Shout House which is pretty cool, but can get crowded. There is also Whiskey Girl and Moose McGillicuddys, which are both pretty nice. My recommendation though, would be Pacific Beach. Its about a 20 dollar cab ride from downtown (split 4 ways or whatever, not that bad). Tell the cabbie you want to go to Garnet Ave. where the bars are. There is a strip of bars that starts at the ocean and extends about 5-6 blocks inland. This is where most of the college crowd (UCSD, USD, and SDSU GO AZTECS!) hangs out on a Friday or a Saturday (the Gaslamp is definitely an older crowd). Especially try: PB Bar and Grill, The Tavern, Moondoggies, and PB Shore Club. Usually there isn't a cover for any of these places either.

Other cool things I would do if I was a tourist:

Seaport Village

Beach (La Jolla Shores is very nice, and not too far).

Balboa Park. A lot to see. Especially the Aerospace Museum. Be sure to linger outside of it for a few minutes in the afternoon. Canyon Blue 737s will zoom right past you.

Coronado.

The Zoo (of course).

Shakespeare's Pub in Mission Hills. A fantastic view of the airport from the deck, some good beer and ale, and fish and chips.

There is also a bowling place with drinks in East Village (near PetCo) that is pretty cool.

If you find yourself in Horton Plaza (it is a mall right in the middle of downtown) proceed to the first floor and you will find a toy shop (Horton Toys), the only one in San Diego that sells diecast metal airliner models.

Also, if you are ever on 5 South going towards downtown, you will see a bunch of white hangar type buildings to your right. These are the old Convair production facilities where they used to build PBYs and B-24 Liberators in WWII. Interesting factoid.

Find at least one hole-in-the-wall Mexican place in a random part of town (there aren't many downtown). Get a California or Carne Asada burrito. Make sure to put salsa on it. I promise you won't be disappointed. This is San Diego's only culinary standout. Everything else is better elsewhere. Also try In and Out. There is one in PB, and there is also one in Mission Valley. Look up directions on their website.

By the way, I'm from Chicago also, there are lots of us out here!

Unlike Chicago, downtown is not the absolute hub of all activity. In fact its pretty much a small enclave. San Diego is a lot more spread out with respect to activities. Basically what I'm saying is, don't limit yourself to downtown, it only represents 20% or so of what there is to do.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
2.) We want to spend as much time as possible in San Diego before our afternoon flight to LAS. How long will it take to get from the Convention Center to SAN and how early should we get to SAN before our flight? Is the WN counter very busy during a weekday afternoon?

Convention center to SAN is a 10 minute cab ride, maximum. There are also airport buses which are pretty convenient. If you aren't checking bags, I usually get to the airport about 1 hour before my flight to LAS. If you are leaving from Gates 1 & 2 (a separate "concourse" if you will), which is usual for LAS flights, security is no problem, its such a small area that there is never really a line.

Enjoy your stay in San Diego. Hopefully it doesn't rain.

-IR

[Edited 2009-02-26 14:25:48]

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