Many of our out-of-state participants fly in the day before the pelagic trip departs, to be certain of arriving in time and possibly to do some productive local on-shore birding. The San Diego Airport (SAN) is a mere 5- or 10-minute cab ride from the Point Loma Sportfishing dock where both Grande and Searcher are located. The Ramada Inn at Fisherman's Landing (see below) has a free shuttle from the airport. Grande double-overnight trips and Searcher multi-day trips return to the dock promptly by the time on that trip's itinerary, so you can safely book a flight out anytime two hours or later than the trip's posted return time. Upon request, as we return to port on the boat, we'll coordinate shared taxis or vans.
Many of our out-of-town trip participants like the Dolphin Motel—a relatively inexpensive, yet adequate motel directly across the street from Point Loma Sportfishing and Fisherman's Landing (where both Grande and Searcher depart). The Dolphin gets good reviews on Trip Advisor. There are plenty of restaurants (see below) within walking distance of the Dolphin or Ramada (see below). There are small markets located nearby as well, but a large supermarket is farther afield (e.g., a Von’s store on the east side of Rosecrans Street over a mile to the north).
The Ramada Limited is a block north of Fisherman's Landing. Celia Condit, owner of Searcher Natural History Tours, has been making lodging recommendations for over a decade and says: I always recommend the Ramada Limited right next door to the Dolphin—a little less funky, a little more mainstream—moderate prices; they have airport shuttle pick-up and drop-off, a parking lot, and an attached bar. (619) 225-9461. Ramada Limited San Diego Airport, 1403 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106.
There are a number of additional motels and hotels within walking distance of the dock, including a Holiday Inn and a Best Western; these two also have free shuttle service to the airport.
Point Loma Seafoods A local institution! Fresh seafood plates, sandwiches, and sushi; smoked-fish specialties; counter service, lunch and early dinner (closes 7PM); beer and wine. 2805 Emerson Street (next door to Point Loma Sportfishing) (619) 223-1109
Pizza Nova Specialty pizzas, salads, and pasta dishes; casual atmosphere; wine and beer; lunch and dinner. Next door to Searcher's dock. 5120 North Harbor Drive (619) 226-0268
Old Venice Italian fare; outdoor dining patio; cozy and candlelit full bar; lunch and dinner. 2910 Canon Street (619) 222-5888
Luna Notte Mediterranean bistro; beer and wine list; intimate setting; lunch and dinner. 2833 Avenida de Portugal (619) 523-1301
Miguel's Cocina Mexican Food Large selection of Mexican specialties; full bar; lunch and dinner. 2912 Shelter Island Drive (619) 224-2401
Breakfast food is available on the boat, but if anyone would like very early morning food on-shore, there is a 24-hour Denny’s and a Winchell’s Donuts both located on Rosecrans Street just 2 to 4 blocks from the dock.
Nautical Books, Maps and Gifts
Seabreeze Limited 1254 Scott Street (619) 223-8989
Pharmacy, Toiletries and Sundries
Point Loma/Shelter Island Drug 1105 Rosecrans Street (619) 223-8181
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