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San Diego, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 210
Total Sleeping Rooms 37,460
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,628
Committable Meeting Rooms* 147
Convention Center Space 2,600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 615,701 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 525,701 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $167
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $256
*Maximum for a single hotel

San Diego, CA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent’s San Diego meeting planning guide – a city guide for San Diego meeting planning professionals. With 70 miles of beaches, 92 golf courses, over 100 culturally diverse neighborhoods, 120 San Diego meeting hotels, and an abundance of San Diego event venues for groups of 10 to 30,000, San Diego meeting planning is ideal for planners. Traveling to and from the city is simple and convenient with an international airport located less than three miles from downtown proper.

San Diego is home to many legendary attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland California, Balboa Park, the Museum of Man, the Natural History Museum, and the Maritime Museum, which makes San Diego event planning all the more inviting. The city is approximately 20-minutes driving distance from La Jolla, which has been referred to as the jewel of San Diego, due to its charming down-to-earth atmosphere that combines the excitement of Southern California with the look and feel of a Southern European resort town. The Birch Aquarium, which contains the largest oceanographic display in the United States, is also located in La Jolla.

It's also terribly easy to incorporate food into San Diego event planning. San Diego offers delicious cuisine coupled with magnificent waterfront meeting spaces, countryside settings, mountain vistas and a dynamic downtown. The city's perfect temperature allows for many year-round outdoor dining opportunities including exclusive dinners aboard chartered yachts, picnics in the park, wine and cheese tasting on the beach, and many more. Popular regional cuisine is comprised of California, Pacific Rim, Elegant Continental, Contemporary French, and Authentic Mexican and Southwestern dishes. For a sophisticated dining experience with modern aesthetic appeal, try George's California Modern on Prospect Street in San Diego. Here, executive chef, Trey Foshee, has created a diverse menu that celebrates the fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients that characterize the San Diego restaurant scene.

The arts thrive in this culturally rich metropolis. The San Diego Opera performs regularly at Civic Center Plaza, ranked by Opera America as one of the top ten opera companies in the United States. Approximately fifteen musicals and plays are performed at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park every year. The California Center for the Arts serves as Northeastern San Diego's premier performing arts center with a 400-seat auditorium. Little Italy is the pulse of the city's Art & Design District. Check out "Kettener Nig" a unique event that invites visitors to gallery hop and celebrate the finest in art, urban living, home furnishings and accessories that San Diego has to offer. Other exciting annual events and festivals include Comic-Con, the Del mar Fair, and the Street Scene Music Festival. Sunny and stylish San Diego is truly a city with something for everyone.

About San Diego, CA / Additional Info

Named for the Spanish Catholic Saint, St. Didacus, in 1602, San Diego is a magnificent waterside city with a showcase of dazzling skyscrapers, glitzy modern loft developments, five-star hotels, and numerous exquisite cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Scenic views lurk around every corner-hills covered in blossoming junipers, golden stalks of pampas grass and towering palm trees enamor all who visit this vibrant metropolis. San Diego is the second largest city in California and the seventh largest city in the United States with more than 1.3 million people residing within its borders totaling 4,200 square miles.

San Diego is made up of 18 enchanting neighborhoods and communities including the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, La Mesa and Carlsbad just to name a few. While each of these neighborhoods falls under the umbrella of San Diego, each community has a unique identity, character, and geography.

The city's terrain is varied with gentle foothills to mile-high mountains and 600,000-acre Anza Borrego Desert State Park to lush wine country. Nature is San Diego's backyard - offering outdoor enthusiast the opportunity to hike, camp, fish, and explore the wildlife of the great outdoors. With a warm Mediterranean climate and more than 70 miles of Pacific coastline, San Diego also supports many water sports year-round such as surfing, boating, sailing and swimming.

Horton Plaza, a monumental architectural development built in the 1970's, is the heart of the city's lively downtown; trendy stores, modern restaurants and colorful people line the plaza's streets seven days a week. Breathtaking views of the Bay can be found by heading due west of the city to Embarcadero or jumping aboard a harbor cruise. The historic buildings of Old Town include a blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables, and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego which all help visitors take a step back in time. The streets of the 16 ½ -block historic Gaslamp Quarter are overflowing with turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture. Seaport Village offers 14-acres of shops and restaurants to choose from. With so many options, it is easy to see why exploring San Diego is an endless adventure.

San Diego is a technology powerhouse with an economy that is largely supported by biotechnology, electronics manufacturing, defense and space manufacturing, software development, and telecommunications. It is home to one of the largest players in the telecommunications industry, Qualcomm. The environmental, transportation, and international trade industries also play a significant role in San Diego's economy. In fact, one-third of the top 20 environmental design firms in the US are located in San Diego; more than 1,000 transportation companies call San Diego home; and, there are more than 600 internationally-based companies here.

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