Post # 1
San Diego Bees, I need help!
Fiance and I had our hearts set on a San Diego honeymoon for our July 2013 wedding. Turns out that the week we would be spending in SD (July 15th-July 20th) overlaps with ComicCon. While I’m not totally against the idea, I’m a little worried about the craziness.
What sort of crazy amount of people are around? How much of an increase on prices would we see? Is it impossible to move around the city? If we stay clear of the convention center, is it manageable?
We were hoping to do the zoo, La Jolla, maybe a Padres game and general city hanging out. And I’m not against staying further out to avoid some of the crowds.
Is it still worth it or should we start looking at some other ideas?
Post # 4
No suggestions, SO and I are total geeks so we’d probably be AT Comicon, lol, if you think about it, it might be fun! I think accomodations would probably be more scarce :S not sure if it would affect other activites though.
Post # 5
San Diego is CRAZY during this time. I have gone the past 3 years and there really is no way around it. You should expect that pretty much every restaurant will be packed for dinner. But the atmosphere really is fun. If you’re goodnatured about it, it’ll be great. Besides, it’s only 2 days of chaos. Friday and Saturday are the hectic days. Sunday is not so bad. Actually… Last year Sunday was pretty busy. But it usually isn’t. Also, Sunday is free so you could take thopportunity to check it out. Better yet, go in costume! I never in a million years thought it would be fun but it really is 🙂
ETA: The closer you are to the convention center, the more chaos you’ll experience. Also hotel/rental prices definitely skyrocket during this time. However, if you are looking to rent a house, there are several homeowners who refuse to rent to comic-con goers. Those houses are generally priced lower. You may be able to find some on homeaway.com.
Post # 6
The downtown area is definitely crazy, but there is so much more to San Diego than just downtown (rent a car to give you flexibility). For example, the beautiful beaches in LaJolla and Sunset Cliffs, etc. Focus on the northern parts of the area and you should be fine. There are great restaurants in Encinitas, Carlsbad and La Jolla, and you can spend the day biking on beautfiul Coronado Island, which should be pretty much immune to the ComiCon craziness (locals don’t like it). You can do things like take a day trip up the coast on 101 with ocean views most of the way, visit the Safari Park in San Pasqual (about 40 minutes from downtown), etc. San Diego is a sprawling metropolis, so just avoid the downtown area.
And as another poster said, it’s only a few days overlap. Plan one of those days to do the trip up the coast, and another to visit the Safari Park (I like it better than the zoo), or something like that.
Post # 7
I was there last year for my birthday and I didn’t know comic con was going on. Just be prepared for the airport to be more crowded than usual and try to get there early
Post # 8
I used to live in SD, and I never knewwhen comic con was happening. There is always a convention of some sort happening! If it is summer, everything will be busy. So allow plenty of time for everything and don’t stay downtown!
Post # 9
Thank you so much ladies! Obviously, I’ve never been there, so if it’s super crazy busy, I won’t even know the difference, right!? 🙂
We were looking at staying somewhere outside of the city, so we could definitely avoid the crowds that way. And as long as I know which days are going to be the busiest, we could maybe plan to do some of our relaxing on those days.
We’re also looking at San Fran and Seattle. Now I’m just not sure which to choose!!