Where / How
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition is on the ‘B’ Street cruise ship terminal pier on the Big Bay in downtown San Diego. Address of the cruise ship terminal is 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
How to get here by Transit
Take the Coaster®, trolley or the bus . . . loads of fun without the fuss. Families living or staying anywhere in the County can take MTS buses or Orange and Green Line trolleys or COASTER® trains, which all stop at Santa Fe Depot, just a couple of blocks away from the Cruise Ship Terminal Beach (ummm . . . Pier). Bonus: Show your MTS ticket or pass at our ticket booth and take $2 off adult admission. (Not valid for seniors, kids or active military, who already get in cheap.) If you’re coming from Orange County or L.A., take Amtrak and you too will end up at Santa Fe Depot. If you’re coming from Coronado, take the ferry. Look left when you get off. You’re here.
From North County, take the 5 freeway south to exit 17 (Front St./Civic Center). Stay right onto Front St. Take Front St. to Broadway, then turn right. Take Broadway West until you’re near the Bay. Find a place to park. See below.
From South Bay, take the 5 freeway north to exit 15B (‘B’ Street/Pershing Drive). Turn left onto ‘B’ Street. Go straight under the City College overpass, then go to 10th Ave. and turn left (or make a left on 8th or 6th or 4th). Go 2 blocks to Broadway and turn right. Take Broadway West until you’re near the Bay. Find a place to park. See below.
From East County, take the 8 freeway to the 163 South. Freeway ends and becomes 10th Ave. Turn right at Broadway and head toward the Bay.
The beauty of the City is the street grid system. There are many streets and many pay parking lots. Though there is some construction near the North Embarcadero / ‘B’ Street Pier area, you should be able to park within a few blocks of our location. Parking meters must be filled on Friday and Saturday. You need not pay the meters on Sunday or Labor Day Monday. Do not park at curbs painted yellow (commercial plates only are okay) or green on Friday or Saturday. You may park at curbs painted yellow or green for as long as you like on Sunday or Monday. Do not park at curbs that are painted red or white at any time. Blue curbs are designated for handicapped parking only.
Access for handicapped
Harbor Drive southbound is open in the ‘B’ Street area. You may pull in to the “parking” area along the bay adjacent to our pier to let off handicapped passengers. (If you won the Lottery, you might even find a parking space there. Nah.) Our event is handicap accessible.
There’s enough to do downtown for the whole weekend. C’mon down and play!
Harbor Drive is home, not only to our international sand sculpture and art expo extravaganza, but also to the Maritime Museum’s Festival of Sail to our North, and to events at the Broadway Pavilion, U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier museum and world-famous Seaport Village and brand new Headquarters complex to our South. (The latter is a wonderful recreation of San Diego’s old police headquarters, with great shops, restaurants and, of course, a jail for you to enjoy, if only briefly.)
Little Italy is 3 blocks East and 4 or 5 blocks North of our event. The Gaslamp Quarter is a dozen short blocks East and 2 blocks South. Walk a little. It’s good for you. Then replace the calories with all the great food in all these great places. (Or eat first, then walk. Or walk and eat and walk. Or . . . .)
Where to Stay
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition has two Official Hotels: the wonderful boutique Sofia Hotel on Broadway between Front St. and First Ave. (a pretty 8-block walk from the event site) and the beautifully renovated Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, diagonally across Harbor Drive from the event. Our staff and world master sand sculptors stay at these hotels. Both have a limited number of rooms set aside for event-goers at significantly reduced rates: the Sofia starting at $129 and the Wyndham at $169 per night.