Bay Park

Bay Park is the hotspot for couples that like activities! Walk to breweries, cafes, shopping and local nightlife. Close to the airport and featuring a trolley stop, go hiking or biking through a scenic park on Mission Bay, tour nearby Old Town San Diego and catch an amazing sunset.
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When it was first established in 1887, Bay Park — then known as Morena Subdivision — was nothing more than a 1,200-acre subdivision situated high up on a hilltop. Since then, however, it has flourished into San Diego’s #1 most livable neighborhood, offering expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon from its sweeping vistas above.

Bay Park is somewhat of a hidden treasure in San Diego. Its proximity to the Interstate-5 freeway makes it easily accessible, yet, not many people know about it. The restaurants, shops and boutiques that line Bay Park’s main streets offer residents and visitors a lot to do, but without the crowds of nearby downtown. Though the neighborhood boasts many of the same amenities that you would find in other more bustling neighborhoods, it’s managed to remain under the radar of even local San Diegans and, therefore, able to retain much of its charm. That may be rapidly changing, however, as more people discover the gem’s hidden value.

The businesses that make up Bay Park are largely locally owned. As a result, the ambiance is as San Diego as you can get. Though you can find everything from nurseries to appliance stores to antique stores in Bay Park, the neighborhood is best known for its restaurants.

West Morena Boulevard and Morena Boulevard are the two main drags in Bay Park and boast an impressive collection of eateries. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican, Cuban, Italian or American — fish, burgers, Shepherd's pie, ribs or jerk chicken — you can find it all along one of these two streets. Both of these restaurant rows are also home to microbreweries, wineries, bars and lounges that are beginning to attract sophisticated crowds that don’t want to battle for parking spots or entry at more popular destinations, such as Little Italy and Hillcrest.

The other three main streets — Sherman, Knoxville and Lovelock — are not without their fair share of things to do, either. Along these streets, you’ll find more locally-owned restaurants, nurseries, grocery stores, fish markets, breweries, museums, galleries and even a year-round Christmas store.

Of course, you don’t have to spend money to enjoy all that Bay Park has to offer. Its proximity to outdoor recreation areas such as Mission Bay Park and Tecolote Canyon mean that residents and visitors are just minutes away from outdoor fun.

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Why you'll love Bay Park
Bay Park is great for couples! Visit Old Town San Diego, hike, check out local breweries & sidewalk cafés or stroll through a local park as you watch a sunset.

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What to See & Do

If you’re a foodie, Bay Park should top your list of neighborhood destinations during your San Diego vacation. As indicated above, the two main drags and other three side streets boast an eclectic collection of restaurants and bars. However, because you can’t eat all day, you may want to check out these other hotspots while you’re in town:

Bird’s Surf Shed

Owned by local legend and lifelong surfer, Eric “Bird” Huffman, Bird’s Surf Shed is a living, breathing museum filled to the rafters with hundreds of rare and collectible surfboards and surf memorabilia. The collection is housed in an 1,800 square-foot Quonset hut, which has become a go-to venue for hosting concerts, fundraisers, film premieres and everything in between.

City Light Collectibles

Remember, when you were a kid, wishing that it was Christmas every day? Well, at City Lights, located off of Knoxville, it can be. The store, which was originally only supposed to be opened seasonally and for three days a week, now sells Christmas gifts, décor and collectibles year-round.

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Coronado Brewing Company
Visit one of the best local breweries in San Diego. The Coronado Brewing Company has multiple locations in San Diego. At the Bay Park Tasting Room you can drink a beer at the bar and watch the brewmasters hard at work creating their unique beer. This brewery is well worth the visit.

Reusable Finds

This antique store is on a mission to keep reusable materials out of landfills by recycling and repurposing them. If you’re in the market for something old yet new and completely unique, stop in to say hi.

Armstrong Garden Centers

Over the past 130 years, this nursery has flourished into an attraction in and of itself. Whether you’re in the market for native San Diego plants, terracotta pottery, arbors or yard art, or whether you just want to visit another Bay Park landmark, this garden center will not disappoint.

Bay Park Coffee

Get your day started with freshly brewed, organic coffee and an acai bowl at this snug coffee shop that boasts a welcoming and purely San Diego vibe.

Nearby Attractions

Bay Park overlooks some of San Diego’s hotspots and is just a short drive or trolley ride away from others. When you’re in the neighborhood, branch out and check out some of the following:

Mission Bay Park

If you’re in the mood for some outdoor adventure, you’re in the right spot. As the largest manmade marine waterpark in the United States, Mission Bay Park in San Diego is an aquatic playground for visitors and residents alike. Within its impressive 4,235 acres — 54% of which is water — you’ll find the resources to try your hand at a number of watersport and land activities, including paddle boarding, kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, skating, jogging, skateboarding, biking and walking.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park & Nature Center

This park is a hidden gem next to Bay Park. The Canyon boasts approximately 6.5 miles of trails on which you can bike, jog or walk. It also offers a number of recreational and educational opportunities, including exhibits of the Canyon’s plant and animal life.

Belmont Park

As an almost 100-year-old amusement park, Belmont Park is another popular attraction. Located in Mission Beach, this park boasts thrilling rides and attractions.

Old Town San Diego

Hop on the trolley to Old Town San Diego — 230 acres of shopping, dining, Mexican heritage, historical sites, museums and more.

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Where to Stay near Bay Park

While Bay Park does not have any hotels, it does have some hotels that are very close and they also overlook Mission Bay. These bayfront hotels are the perfect place to stay and explore Mission Bay and all the surrounding areas.

The San Diego Mission Bay Resort is a four-star resort that is the perfect location to enjoy Mission Bay and all the other attractions around San Diego like Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego.

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San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Exterior view, San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Bayfront
Bayfront
Breweries
Breweries
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Families
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Comfy rooms, a coastal chic style, and the best amenities can all be found at San Diego Mission Bay Resort. Book your stay for a relaxing vacation or business trip.
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Amazing Sunsets
Amazing Sunsets
Breweries
Breweries
Cafes
Cafes
Parks
Parks
Shopping
Shopping
Trolley Stop
Trolley Stop
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Walkable

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Bay Park is visible from the I-5 and I-8 freeways, which means that it’s also easily accessible by both. If you exit off either, you’ll drop right into the heart of the neighborhood, along Morena or West Morena Boulevard.

If you don’t have a vehicle, or if you would rather take public transportation, you’re in luck. As an up-and-coming neighborhood, Bay Park residents and visitors have access to the Amtrak, which rolls through several times a day, the San Diego Trolley and city buses.

If you want to experience a true San Diego vacation but without all the hustle and bustle that comes with Downtown San Diego adventures, put Bay Park on your itinerary. From diverse dining options to great shopping to a cultural education, you can find it all in this hidden gem of a community. And, if you want to get moving or see other sites, you don’t have far to travel, as Bay Park is truly in the heart of it all.

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Breweries
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego
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Sidewalk Cafés
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Sunsets
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Hiking
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Nightlife
Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego
Parks
Parks
Walkable
Walkable
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