GALA 2020 Starter Kit
BeatBabel published this "GALA 2020 Starter Kit" on their website and we so liked it, that we decided to republish it on the GALA blog. Whether or not you have been to San Diego before, read what the insider team at BeatBabel recommends you do while attending GALA 2020, that is except for participating in the excellent sessions that the GALA 2020 program committee has curated for you. From bars to beaches, they cover it all. Welcome to San Diego, GALA delegates!
By: Miguel Sevener (Account Manager) and João Antunes (Project Coordinator)
It was about time GALA’s yearly spring conference landed here in sunny San Diego! BeatBabel started here 11 years ago and we simply never left, because…well, why would we? Marie and Burckhardt realized that it was extremely easy to keep Project Managers happy with the right mix of sun, sea, tacos and beer, all of which are plentiful on our little paradise bay just north of the Mexican border.
We are thrilled to have a whole contingent of localization professionals arriving to our shores in March, so our team tailor-made this starter kit for those of you visiting America’s Finest City for the first time. And if you have not already registered for the conference, you can still grab your early bird ticket here.
How Do I Get There?
Flying into San Diego
Flying into Los Angeles
- Make it fun: If you’re going to be stuck in traffic, you might as well be in a luxury electric car. Rent a Tesla for just $49 through Tesloop!
- Make it scenic: The stretch of coast between LA and SD is beautiful and best experienced from the second floor of the Pacific Surfliner, travelling right alongside the sand. This is a train ride you won’t forget. One-way LA-SD for approx. $35.
Flying into Tijuana
Where Do I Stay?
- Horton Grand: Rediscover the timeless Victorian charm with this downtown location that will allow you to walk to the conference (13 minute walk). At the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, you will be surrounded by restaurants and bars. This hotel was part of a building boom following the opening of San Diego’s transcontinental railroad in 1885 and is one of the oldest hotels in San Diego. And you might actually be able to stay in a room where the (in)famous Wyatt Earp lived…
- Andaz San Diego: a beautiful brick building with the most stunning rooftop bar and pool in a central downtown location close to the conference (15 minute walk). During Comic-Con, this sophisticated and trendy hotel hosted the cast party for The Walking Dead.
- The U.S. Grant Hotel: It doesn’t get more historical than this downtown luxury 5 star hotel listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The hotel was built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr., son of the 18th president and is another one of San Diego’s iconic places. Plan for a 20 minute walk to the conference.
- La Valencia Hotel: This hotel is by no means close to downtown or the conference, but it is so iconic it had to go on our list. This beautiful, huge pink hotel in the middle of La Jolla, San Diego’s fanciest coast town, seems straight out of a Wes Anderson film. It has one of the most stunning dining terraces and bars on this coast and you can overlook seal beach and all the trees that inspired Dr. Seuss.
- 1906 Lodge: This historic B&B is on Coronado Island, across the bay from downtown and walking-distance from the beach. A great option if you like starting your day with a coast walk!
- The Lafayette Hotel: This had to make our list because we are huge fans of the 1940s Hollywood aesthetic and the fact that this was the set for some of the scenes in Top Gun! You won’t be able to walk to the conference from here, but you will be close to the exciting neighborhoods of North Park and University Heights.
What Do I Wear?
- La Jolla Shores: This beautiful mile-long beach offers the gentlest seas for swimming, expansive views highlighted by cliffs south and north. In the summer it is very common to see harmless leopard sharks hanging out by the sea floor.
- Sunset Cliffs: For the adventurers in the group, this cliff-surrounded beach is only accessible after a steep downclimb. We recommend you come visit the cliff but stay on top and go swim elsewhere! (If you do make it down though, you will feel like you are the first person to set foot on this coast).
- Mission Beach: This is the beach to visit if you are looking for the authentic 1950s USA beach town experience. Complete with boardwalk attractions, roller coaster and roller-skating next to the beach, this swim will have you humming Beach Boys songs all day.
What Do I Eat?
- El Puesto: With so many hole-in-the-wall taco shops and grab-and-go options, it seems strange actually sitting down to have a meal. But this Mexican restaurant in Seaport Village, minutes away from the GALA 2020 venue is well worth it thanks to their award-winning tacos and Margaritas.
- ¡Salud!: People come to Salud from all over San Diego drawn by the atmosphere as much as the tacos. This taco shop in Barrio Logan, the Brooklyn of SD, will not disappoint those of you who want to have a delicious local craft beer with your taco while you listen to great music and take in the art that the neighborhood has to offer.
- Tacos Libertad: Lastly, for a less authentic, but equally delicious option, is Tacos Libertad, which put a new twist on their taco offerings with creations such as the “Duck Confit” taco. Located in Hillcrest, you will have endless entertainment and nightlife options in the neighborhood after dinner. And 100% of their profit goes to a different charity every month. Ask them about their speakeasy for a surprising after-hour evening…
What Do I Do?