• Discover San Diego

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Surfing | Balboa Park | San Diego ZooOld Town San Diego | Legoland | Seaworld | La Jolla | Things to do | Areas | Going Out | Eating | Events 


 

San Diego is the second largest city in California, situated beside the Mexican border. San Diego has warm, dry summers and mild winters. It’s quite a safe city. It’s a major tourist destination due to its climate, its beaches, San Diego Zoo, Seaworld and much more.

 


 


Surfing


Surfing is a way of life in San Diego, be sure to give it a go when you are here. There are plenty of safe surf spots along the many beaches.

 

Surfing San Diego

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Balboa Park


Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in North America. The park has 16 museums, is home to San Diego Zoo and the Old Globe Theatre.

 

Balboa Park

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San Diego Zoo

 

San Diego Zoo has been voted number one zoo in the world by Trip Advisor, and it really is a great day out by any standard. The pandas are a must see as well as the Polar Bears. It is a bit pricey at around €50 and parking can be hard to find so arrive early. 

 

San Diego Zoo


 

Legoland


If you have young kids bring them to the Lego theme park, north of San Diego. There is also a waterpark, and a sealife aquarium.

 

Legoland

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Seaworld


Sealife and animal shows, rollercoasters, fireworks, the world famous Seaworld is a must visit in San Diego.

 

Seaworld

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Old Town San Diego


The birthplace of California, the place to come for great authentic Mexican cuisine. Take the Old Town Trolley Tours, a fun sightseeing tour of San Diego. The Gas Lamp District is a great place to come for a day of shopping and exploring, and it really comes to life at night. It's the centre of nightlife in San Diego. 

 

Old Town San Diego

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La Jolla


Discover secluded beaches and ocean cliffs as well as high end shopping and upscale restaurants.

 

La Jolla

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Things to do

 

Watersports

 

Surfing, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, it’s a dream for any water loving tourist. 

Whale watching, California Grey Whales migrate south along the bay each February.

Hang gliding – off the cliffs overlooking the bay.

Rock climbing – some good rock climbing, and not too difficult.

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Areas

 

Downtown – Gaslamp Quarter

 

East Village – cafes and live music venues

-          September street scene – the largest music festival in California

 

Old Town (North of Downtown) – Spanish and Mexican

 

Uptown – pedestrian friendly – centre of the Gay and Lesbian community

 

Coastal Area – Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

 

La Jolla Cave – great for scuba and snorkelling                                       

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Going out


The gaslamp quarter of Downtown. Pacific Beach

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Eating


Little Italy – Italian cuisine

 

Gaslamp Quarter – excellent cuisine

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Events


June – San Diego County Fair

 

July – Annual Over The Line tournament, Annual San Diego LGBT pride parade and festival, Fourth of July dinner cruises etc etc

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Getting There | Getting Around | Safety | Weather


 

 

Getting there


Plane


San Diego International Airport is served by many domestic carriers, ie American Airlines, US Airways and Delta Airlines,  Continental Airlines and United Airlines, Jetblue, Southwest Airlines. The only international flights are to and from Mexico and Canada and one flight to London. You would most likely come through LA or San Francisco.

 

Flight times to San Diego

Dublin 10.5 hours | London 11 hours | Hong Kong 14.5 hours | New York 5 hours | Sydney 15 hours

 

Bus


Greyhound operates routes between San Diego and Los Angeles and Mexico, etc.

 

Getting from airport


It’s $15 roughly for a shuffle bus to the city.

 

Trains (Amtrak) run from the airport to downtown. Also trains come from LA. There is also a bus line running to the airport. Route 992, “the airport flyer”.

 

 

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Getting around


There is public transport, buses and the trolley run by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). It would be recommended that you rent a car however.

 

Taxi


A taxi ride costs €10 – 5 mins

 

Bus


Blue and red striped buses - €2.25

 

Tram


Trams operate 5am to midnight 7 days a week.

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Safety


San Diego is a very safe city but as in any city be aware. Keep a close eye on your possessions, don’t walk on your own at night, don’t get involved in any illegal activities and you should be fine.

 

In the water only swim where you are supervised by lifeguards as rip tides are very strong here.

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Weather


San Diego enjoys a semi-arid climate which means it is generally mild and sunny all year round.

 

Late Summer and early Autumn is the hottest time of the year, generally around 24 degrees. January to March are the coldest with average highs of 15 – 16 degrees. May and June sees a fog or a thin layer of cloud cover San Diego. It’s called May Grey or June Gloom.

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