Where to Shop on Black Friday Around San Diego

Regardless of your opinion of the shopping circus known as Black Friday, there is no denying that hunting deals the day after Thanksgiving has become an American tradition. The fact is, everyone needs to shop for the things they need and want, or at least gifts for others, so what better time than Black Friday when the stores offer deals that are too good to resist? Luckily, to get excellent deals on Black Friday, you don't have to be hardcore enough to camp outside of your favorite store for that life-changing, 72-inch TV at a rock-bottom price. The places on this list offer the greatest shopping experiences that San Diego has to offer, and will have exceptional variety and phenomenal Black Friday deals for even the most casual shoppers.

Horton Plaza in the Gaslamp Quarter
If a surreal artist like Salvador Dali designed a mall, it would resemble Horton Plaza. Undeniably unique, Horton Plaza is a 5-story outdoor mall that takes up six and a half blocks directly in the Gaslamp Quarter Downtown. As you traverse the various escalators, stairs, and ramps that lead to seemingly random other locations in the mall, you may momentarily feel like you're trapped in a Doctor Seuss book, but you'll definitely find dozens of stores with tempting deals for Black Friday. One other helpful tip is to remember to validate your parking ticket to avoid a shockingly high parking fee.

Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro
Located directly across the border from Mexico just North of Tijuana is the San Diego Factory Outlet Mall. Also called the Las Americas Premium Outlets, this is not like any other factory outlet mall on the planet. For starters, it's huge. With 125 stores, some of which are large outlet facilities, you could easily drop hours there without even making it through the entire thing. More importantly, it has rare and high-quality outlet stores like J.Crew, Lacoste, and Tommy Hilfiger, among many others. Needless to say, this is a great spot for finding some top-notch gifts on Black Friday.

Seaport Village
If phenomenal scenery and views rank high on your list, then Seaport Village will be among your most memorable shopping experiences. Featuring 45 shops on 14 acres, Seaport Village is located along the San Diego bay, and has unique shops you won't find anywhere else. For example, Swings & Things has more types of hammocks than you ever thought existed, while Captain's Cove provides various nautical décor which can make a perfect gift for the sailor in your life. There are also 17 dining venues in the area for when you need a break from shopping on Black Friday.

Pangea Outpost in Pacific Beach
The beaches of San Diego are ripe with personality, and that applies to many of the businesses near the beaches as well. Pangea Outpost is located in one of the most popular beaches in San Diego, Pacific Beach. Promoting "imports from around the corner and around the block", the P.B. location of Pangea Outpost features a massive variety of products from 70 local merchants. Whether you're looking for clothing for men or women, décor, jewelry, or art, Pangea Outpost is likely to have something that grabs your attention on Black Friday.

Prospect Street in La Jolla
Another one for those who appreciate a stellar view, Prospect Street is home to dozens of specialty stores just across from the Pacific. Along with Coronado, La Jolla is one of the wealthiest districts of the San Diego area, and many of these shops will reflect the needs of upper-class shoppers. Nonetheless, Black Friday is Black Friday, so there are decent odds of getting deals on gifts that may normally exceed your price range. In the rare case you don't find anything of interest, you're just blocks away from one of the greatest places to watch seals playing around in the Pacific Ocean.

Author's bio: After a seven year career in the US Navy, Nicholas Napier completed his MBA and settled in California. He's published over 40 articles as the San Diego Fitness Trends Examiner, and regularly contributes as a freelance writer to various companies.