So Abbey and I just got back from the San Diego International Boat Show that will be running down in Harbor Island near the Sheraton Hotel all weekend! We had a great time checking out all the cool new toys and gadgets, touring million dollar yachts and grubbing down on some food truck yummies. If you’re planning on heading down this weekend, here are a few things to know before you go! For all other info about times, tickets and general stuff, check out my post here.
1. Parking is a Nightmare
The best place to park is the first immediate right dirt parking lot. It’s a $12 flat fee and very similar to fair parking. You then need to walk out of the dirt lot, down the side walk toward the hotel, and through the adjacent parking lot to the back to get to the Boat Show. I have NO IDEA why it’s like this and we wandered for at least 30 minutes before giving up and going through the hotel and walking the boardwalk around to the event. If you can find parking in the nearby park that works too, but the entrance to the event is on the other side and would require a significant bit of walking to get to. If all else is full, park in the hotel parking lot but it’s $8 for the first hour and $4 every hour after that.
2. Bring Cash
Though most booths are equipped to take cards, cash is much easier for playing for small stuff, like drinks, food and parking. Don’t forget to bring smaller bills so you’re not stuck with having to break larger ones. With the long lines for things like that having cash on hand will make everything go that much faster.
3. Wear Sunscreen!
There is very little shade and shady areas in the event, so expect to be in the sun A LOT. I brought a light kimono coverup to keep me out of the sun, and a bottle of 50 SPF too. Dress light because it’s going to be a warm day and the tents block most if not all of the ocean breeze you’d normal feel in the harbor.
4. Don’t Forget the In Water Display Area
With all the booths and cool new toys and gadgets, don’t forget to head down to the marina and peruse the docks. There are tons of boats you can board and snoop around in – and trust me, it’s really fun to fantasize that these gorgeous yachts are your own. We were assigning each other rooms and beds! There are also some amazingly cool personal water crafts to check out that make you wish you had an extra cool $90K laying around unspoken for.
5. Wear Comfortable Shoes
If you plan on boarding any of the boats, be prepared to remove your shoes – so don’t wear anything uncomfortable or hard to take off and on because it will become annoying and you’ll want to give up. Plus, you will be on the docks, that float and thus move with the tide, so they are not the most stable surfaces to walk on. Bottom line, leave the ankle strap stilettos at home.
So there you have it! A few of my tips for making the most out of your day at the San Diego International Boat Show! The show is totally kid friendly! And kids are free with paying adults! Tickets are $12 each and with your wrist band you have in and out privileges. There is food there for purchase, as well as a food truck! If you go, share your photos on social media using hashtag #SDBoatShow!
A huge thanks for letting me come in early and check it out so I can share all this info with my readers!