By Jamie L. Resnik, MD
Clinical Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Director of Simulation, Department of Reproductive Medicine, UC San Diego Health Systems
Welcome to San Diego—my home since I was three years old! During your stay for ACOG’s 65th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, I hope you will visit the places that make San Diego a scenic and wonderful place to visit and live.
The San Diego Zoo, one of the world’s greatest zoos, is just minutes away from downtown. It is a beautiful place to walk around and see more than 3,700 animals and more than 700,000 plants in the botanical garden.
Sea World is another great family-friendly option, just 10 minutes from downtown.
Those looking for a little more exertion can head north to the La Jolla area. “La Jolla” means “the jewel” in Spanish, and visitors will see stunning ocean views around La Jolla Cove and quaint restaurants and shops in the Village of La Jolla. The great San Diego weather makes outdoor activities accessible year round. In my spare time, I love to walk on the beach at La Jolla and hike the trails at Torrey Pines, a familiar name to those who know about the best golf courses in the United States.
Want more beach time? Head across the bay to Coronado Island for one of the best beaches in the United States. The historic Hotel del Coronado is on the beach, and you’ll find several restaurants and shops sprinkled throughout the island.
A little closer to downtown, the USS Midway Museum along the Embarcadero and alongside the Navy Pier provides the opportunity to explore an aircraft carrier and military aircraft. Just across the trolley tracks from the convention center is Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. During the Annual Meeting, the Padres will play the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday and Saturday night andSunday afternoon, and then play the Texas Rangers Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon. You’ll be able to enjoy fireworks at and around the stadium Saturday night after the game, too!
Fashion Valley Mall has all of the leading department stores, plus many specialty shops and restaurants just a few minutes north of downtown.
When it comes to food, San Diego has plenty of options. For waterfront dining, try Island Prime in the San Diego Marina, Eddie V’s and George’s in La Jolla (Eddie V’s also has a downtown location). Seafood lovers will enjoy Oceanaire and Blue Point Costal Cuisine, both just up the street from the convention center.
Steak lovers will find their favorites at Donovan’s Steak and Chop House downtown and in La Jolla and Morton’s near the convention center.
Little Italy, just five minutes from the convention center and on the trolley line, has several great dining options, including Juniper and Ivy, Buon Appetito, Bencotto, Davnati Enoteca, and Herb and Wood. You’ll even find great fried chicken in a casual atmosphere at the Crack Shack in Little Italy.
No matter how much free time you have in San Diego, try to take advantage of it. You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your stay in San Diego!