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San Diego

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Country rank: 5 out of 23 Places To Visit In Usa

Sub-Region: California


Ideal duration: 3 days

Best time: March to May, September to November (Read More)

Nearest Airport: San Diego (Check Flights)


"The city of sand and sunshine"

San Diego Tourism

Home to serene white-sand beaches, San Diego is popularly called 'America's Finest City'. With incredible weather conditions throughout the year, you can never have a hard time enjoying your holiday in San Diego.

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

Hotels in San Diego

Top Hotels in San Diego

  • 1906 Lodge

    USD 249 /night onwards

  • Pantai Inn

    USD 352 /night onwards

  • Immaculate Triplex Home STEPS to Windansea Beach!

    USD 288 /night onwards

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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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. (Read More)

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