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San Diego Bay—the Big Bay—is San Diego’s biggest attraction, hosting many big events all year round.

There’s something for everyone—families, couples and singles, history buffs and art aficionados, nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.

With 34 miles of waterfront dotted with restaurants, shops, parks and attractions, San Diego Bay is an ever-changing destination filled with new things to discover.

The Big Bay has an educational appeal with its landmarks, interactive public art, harbor and airport tours and maritime attractions. Further enhancing the Bay are natural spaces including designated wetlands, wildlife reserves and river estuaries.

Environmental enthusiasts will be delighted with opportunities to view several types of rare and endangered species in the surrounding areas, including the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Several locations around the Bay have been listed as ideal locations to spot some of the 215 species of California’s native birds including eight on the endangered list.

In addition to the natural wonders, there are several man-made structures enhancing the beauty of the region. San Diego is home to the world’s oldest seaworthy ship, the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast, the sweeping expanse of Coronado Bridge, more than 75 United States Naval vessels.

All the many features and attractions of San Diego Bay—natural or man-made—contribute to some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern California.