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"The city of sand and sunshine"

San Diego Tourism

Home to serene white-sand beaches, San Diego is popularly called 'America's Finest City'. San Diego is the second-largest city in California, while it ranks no. 8 in the list of the largest cities in the United States. With incredible weather conditions throughout the year and over 60 beaches, the sunny and warm San Diego is perfect to travel to throughout the year..

In addition to its relaxed beach vibes, San Diego also offers entertainment, informative tours and historical sightseeing for tourists and locals. There are several museums, theme parks, historic parks and monuments which make this city a perfect destination for a pleasant holiday. The most popular attractions in the city include Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Gaslamp Quarter and the Cabrillo National Monument.

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Exchanging Money in San Diego

If you're travelling to San Diego, you'd find a lot of banks and currency exchange kiosks to get your currency changed. A better alternative is to use one of many ATMs in the city to withdraw local currency.

Daily Budget for San Diego

Travellers on a shoestring budget can limit their expenses for a day to USD 80, which sums the cost of food, water, transportation, entertainment, and a drink. Mid-ranged tourists find it easy between USD 130 - 150, while luxury travellers can estimate a budget over USD 300 per day.

Religion of San Diego

San Diego is a diversified city, and has a population following different religions such as Christianism, Islam, Judaism and an eastern faith.

San Diego Customs

People in San Diego are usually laid back and very casual. You can move around in a sundress or shorts without any problem, unless you're heading to a fine restaurants. Typical US etiquettes must be followed. You must avoid smoking in public areas. A 15-20% tip is expected by the waiting staff.

Language of San Diego

English is the most commonly used language in the city. Representing the cultural diversity, the residents of San Deigo speak more than 100 languages from all over the world.

History of San Diego

The first inhabitants in San Deigo were Kumeyaay people, which were named as the 'Diegueno' by the Spanish invadors. The land was first visited by the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cbrillo in 1542, who named it 'San Miguel' claiming it for the Spanish Empire. In 1602, Sibastian Vizcaino examined the area and renamed it as 'San Diego', which is a commonly known name for St. Didacus- a Spanish Catholic Saint. San Diego was officially entitled as a city in 1850. The city is now the second largest city in California with 1.3 million residents.

Nightlife in San Diego

San Deigo's nightlife scene thrives with numerous clubs, bars, breweries and wineries. You can find some great breweries in Downtown, Mission Valley and Old Town.The Gas Lamp Quarter boasts of many energetic night clubs and bars (some rooftop bars too!). About 100 Wineries can be spotted in the city in North and East Counties (also in the Gaslamp Quarter).

Shopping in San Diego

Some great spots for shopping in San Deigo are Old Town-Mission Valley, Downtown, Gas Lamp Quarter, Balboa Park-Hillcrest, Ocean Beach Antique district, etc. There's something for every shopper in San Deigo- branded apparels, local souvenirs, antique items, furniture, toys, and high-end products.

Currency in San Diego

As for all other cities in USA, US Dollar is the currency used in San Diego. Credit and Debit cards are accepted in most of the places, but you shall keep some cash for those without card payment facilities.

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How to Reach San Diego

How to Reach Overview

San Diego is connected to the other parts of the world by San Diego International Airport. There is no central bus stand, every inter-city operator has its own stops throughout the city.

How to reach San Diego by flight

San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh Field is the main landing point for visitors. More than a dozen airlines serve this airport.

How to reach San Diego by road

3 major interstate roads lead to San Diego making it easily accessible. It is easy to rent a car and drive on your own, or you can also hire a taxi.

How to reach San Diego by train

AMTRAK operates through San Diego connecting it to nearby cities. A commuter train is also operated by COASTER which provides limited and no services on weekends and Sunday respectively.

How to reach San Diego by bus

Operators like Greyhound, Hoang Express, InterCalifornias, LuxBus and Mexicoach allow people to traverse to other cities.

How to reach San Diego by waterways

The Cruise Ship Terminal in the city provides transportation to Los Angeles and Baja Mexico from the San Diego coast.

Local transport in San Diego

The most convenient way to get around the city is to rent a car. The streets laid on grid system are easy to navigate, you just need to keep some coins handy for metered parking. Buses and trolleys can be taken to cover some major attractions in the city, but the MTS system is not very consistent. Plenty of taxis are available everywhere, but can cost pretty high. You can also ride a ferry between Broadway Pier and Convention center and Cornado. Water Taxis are available on weekends.

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What is the best way to reach San diego?

San Diego is connected to the other parts of the world by San Diego International Airport. There is no central bus stand, every inter-city operator has its own stops throughout the city.
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What is the best time to visit San diego?

Spring (March to May) and Fall (Spetember to November) qualify for the best time to visit San Diego. During Spring, the City has a mild weather and relatively less crowds in the beginning of the season. However, as soon as May strikes, tourists rush in making the room rates to increase. June and August are the peak months when a huge influx of visitors gets into the city, causing priced-up accomodations and long lines. Autumn witnessess a lovely weather and plenty of festivals in the city. If you have a plan for September, you'll have to make the bookings atleast a few weeks before the trip. Winter hits in December until February, making the weather cool and rainy. Budget travelers can grab the opportunity of reduced hotel rates during the time.
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What is the local food in San diego?

Fish Taco is kind of San Diego's signature dish. A fried fish wrapped in a tortilla and topped with sauces and cabbage has a classic taste which you can find at Rubios, The Brigantine Bar, South Beach Bar and Grille, and Pacific Beach & Encinitas Fish Shop. The local food scene San Diego specializes in seafood, Mexican and South Asian cuisine, and California-style wood-fired pizza. Dessert lovers must definitely try 'Extraordinary Desserts' at both Union Street and Fifth Ave.
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What are the top hotels in San diego?

There are 1171 in San diego which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in San diego are Felspar Townhome, Awesomesauce beach house 2, Four Bedroom- South Mission Duplex, Seaglass Soul, Villa Magnifica, Beach and Boardwalk. You can see all the hotels in San diego here

What are the places near San diego?

The top places near to San diego are Los angeles which is 179 km from San diego, Las vegas which is located 426 km from San diego, San francisco which is located 737 km from San diego, New york city which is located 3908 km from San diego, Miami which is located 3651 km from San diego

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