Seaport Village


Kongo visited Seaport Village in San Diego last evening.  Frankly, this over hyped tourist trap has few redeeming qualities unless you’re looking for T-shirt shops, kite stores, kiosks with saccharine bumper stickers and things that stick to refrigerators, and over-priced art with a vaguely nautical theme.  The one thing it does have is some spectacular views of San Diego Bay and some great opportunities to practice nighttime photography.  So Kongo paid the outrageous ransom to park, land lugged about his tripod and camera kit to chase the lights.  Here are a few of his favorites.
_MG_3665 _MG_3690 _MG_3674The restaurants are mediocre and the cotton candy is stale but the big waterfront tourist hotels are close by so its unlikely that with all the conventions and vacation travelers visiting that this little corner of “quaint” Southern California will go away anytime soon.

Go prepared to be disappointed unless you’re looking to take some good pictures and then go at night.

Travel safe.  Have fun.



  1. The first picture reminds me of the seaside bar in the series ‘Haven’. Great shots with the low lighting.


    1. Thanks, Wendy!



    You certainly showed us the best then! Especially glowing #3 !!


  3. Loved #1 and #3! Thanks for the tip 🙂


  4. Lovely pictures.

    I visited San Diego a few times to attend conferences but that was years ago. I quite like the city and the zoo (obviously!) and I really should plan to go back once we settle back in Canada. (Suzanne)


    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I do hope you get back to visit San Diego soon!


  5. Oh well, despite the kitchiness, you did get some great photos!


  6. The village might not have much to offer but your photos are stunning!


  7. Nice series Kongo. I have yet to shoot Seaport Village at night, but it is on my list of things to do.

    My wife and I actually love Seaport Village and being tourists in our own town 🙂


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