San Antonio Tourism

San Antonio or “The City of Saint Anthony” was named in 1691 by Spanish colonizers who visited the river on June 13th, the feast day of the Saint. It has a sprawling metropolitan area which is densely populated although the outer region is more sparsely populated. One of the favorite tourist destinations in the USA, San Antonio plays hosts to over 27 million tourists a year.

San Antonio is approximately 75 miles west of Austin, the Texan state capital and has typically desert and tropical climate, with humid Summers and mild Winters, although they have been known to see snowfall on and off during the Winter months. The Spring season is known for its warm rains and cool breezes.

Often called Texas Hill country, San Antonio is a city which prides itself on its heritage but also makes major steps forward towards development in Healthcare, Oil and Gas and their burgeoning tourist industry. The Alamo, The River Walk and SeaWorld are three of the top visited tourist attractions in the city which is proud to be the home of the Frito, the Cheeto and the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spanish influence is strong, given the number of Missions and Churches that are within the city, and it also influences the cultural history of the city as is apparent in the Flamenco music which is immensely popular and the San Antonio “Chili”, the world famous signature dish that originated here.

Essential travel information and San Antonio tips for your visit

  • Do try out all the local mixed heritage delicacies.
  • Do check out every place of interest along the River walk.
  • Dress conservatively when visiting any place of historical importance.
  • Take a horse drawn carriage to the Alamo at sunset.
  • Visit the Mcnay Art Center – the first modern art gallery in Texas.
  • Try to catch a San Antonio Spurs game when in town.
  • Don’t make light of the city’s history.
  • Don’t dismiss its historical landmarks publicly.
  • Don’t litter, especially the Riverwalk.
  • Don't criticize the San Antonio Spurs anywhere in the hearing of anyone.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of San Antonio

  • Know the pollution level of San Antonio before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 28.33 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 44 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 39 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 26.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.85 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 39.58 (Low)
  • How safe is San Antonio for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Antonio.

    • Burglary and Theft 47.54 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 34.02 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 49.18 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 40.52 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 43.03 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 58.2 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 52.87 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.02 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.95 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.64 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.42 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of San Antonio is 186.31 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 53.89 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 80.58 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 37.15 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.19 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.6 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 68.06 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.21 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 132.78 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in San Antonio

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.69 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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