San Diego Tourism

San Diego is a pleasant and extravagant coastal city located on the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. Known for its mild and pleasant annual climate, natural harbours and beautiful beaches, the city has been a witness to a vibrant history. The original inhabitants of the area were the Kumeyaay people. The first European to visit the area was a Portuguese-born explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, who claimed the entire San Diego bay area for Spain in the year 1542. In the year 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain, and San Diego became part of the Mexican territory. This was followed by the United States going to war against Mexico in the year 1846, which resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga. Consequently, the state of California was admitted to the United States in 1850. That same year San Diego was designated the seat of the newly established San Diego County and was incorporated as a city. Today, the city is home to attractions like Legoland, the New Children's Museum, and the famous San Diego Zoo, making it one of the most Family Friendly American Cities. San Diego is one of the major tourism destinations in the world boasting an ideal climate, bio and communications technologies, long history, vibrant nightlife, outdoor cultures, ethnic diversities, pristine beaches, deep water harbours, brilliant cuisine, artisanal breweries, enchanting amusement parks, exciting museums and galleries, hypermodern architecture, numerous attractions, sights and a slow soothing atmosphere, that makes it a perfect getaway destination from the bustling and chaotic city life.

Essential travel information and San Diego tips for your visit

  • Seattle Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (UTC-08:00)
  • Currency: United States Dollar
  • Electricity:  US uses 110 Volts, 60 Hz alternating current as power. Plug sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type A) and grounded 3 pin connections (Type B)
  • Languages: Majority of the people in United States speak English.
  • Internet: 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. The city also has public Wi-Fi in some areas.
  • Security: Police: 911, Ambulance: 911
  • Tipping – Tipping in America is a thanking gesture. Tipping is not mandatory, however if your wish to tip, one can tip atleast 15% at a restaurant, $2 per bag to porters at hotels and $3-5 for valet services.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and enclosed places. It is also illegal to smoke within 20 feet of doorways or windows of government buildings.
  • Major attractions and parks have public restrooms. In downtown San Diego, most hotels and restaurants will let you use their restrooms.
  • Alcohol is no longer allowed on the beaches. Make sure to not carry alcohol to beaches.
  • Glass containers are not allowed at the beach.
  • Overnight camping and sleeping at the beach are strictly prohibited.
  • Major beaches separate surf zones from swim zones with a large black and yellow checker flag. Don’t get caught in the wrong zone.
  • Jumping from cliffs higher than 5 feet into the Pacific Ocean is not allowed.
  • Beware of where you park - check the parking lot, curbs, and signs in the area. Most parking meters are off after 6pm, and all day Sunday & holidays.

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

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

    • Air Pollution 23.25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 54.59 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44.5 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.01 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.98 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.98 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 24.49 (Low)
  • How safe is San Diego for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Diego.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.54 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.47 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.77 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 38.42 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 35.94 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45.62 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.9 (Low)
    • Drug offense 50.77 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.82 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 54.9 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.93 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.59 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.05 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of San Diego is 192.56 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 63.92 (High)
    • Climate Index 97.08 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 34.54 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.51 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.04 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.77 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.9 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 137.53 (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 Diego

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.69 USD

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

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