San Diego Tourism, California

Visit San Diego - Best of San Diego

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.

San Diego Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for San Diego*

  • Pollution Statistics in San Diego

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

    • Air Pollution 22.45 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 58.54 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44.64 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.99 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.26 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.85 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 21.95 (Low)
  • San Diego: Crime and Safety

    How safe is San Diego for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Diego.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.72 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 28.35 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.96 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.65 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 34.04 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.07 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 26.81 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.69 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.63 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 26.81 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.27 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.77 (Moderate)
  • Living in San Diego - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of San Diego is 196.89 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 66.76 (High)
    • Climate Index 97.08 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 33.95 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.37 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.8 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.06 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.79 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 141.28 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in San Diego

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.51 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.68 USD

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

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