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History of the Waterfront District

From Spanish Exploration to Today: History of Seaport Village

The scenic views and quaint shops found at Seaport Village have greatly contributed to the area’s status as a popular San Diego tourist attraction. However, the piece of land that Seaport Village currently sits on was not always the prosperous area that visitors can observe today.

The land that comprises Seaport Village has been used for numerous purposes throughout San Diego’s history which dates back to 1782. The area was originally used as a graveyard by Spanish explorers where they buried their comrades who died of scurvy, becoming recognized as Punta de Los Muertos which translates to Spanish for Point of the Dead. Over time, the district became a railroad yard for cargo ships which were loaded onto trains to be carried east. Following this time, Seaport Village served as a landfill for the local San Diego area.

The Seaport Village that we are able to enjoy today has greatly outgrown its gloomy past and now serves as a waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex. In 1978 the city of San Diego wanted to use the area as part of a redevelopment project of the downtown San Diego waterfront. They commissioned Morris Taubman to head the project, asking him to create a stunning district that would reflect the history of the area while giving the local community something to be proud of. The end result was stunning: 14 acres of shops and restaurants surrounded by lush greenery and views of the bay.

Enjoy a Bit of the Past in the Present

At Seaport Village, visitors can ride the hand-carved 1895 carousel, visit the more than 50 Seaport Village shops, dine at the sites dozen eateries and restaurants, and walk along its quarter mile wooden walkway.

Visitors who stay at an affordable downtown San Diego hotel near Seaport Village can readily explore the history of the city that is represented in the waterfront attraction. At the Pacific Inn San Diego, we offer our guests affordable rates, clean and spacious rooms and a central location near Seaport Village and many other San Diego attractions.

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