South of Los Angeles, bordering Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest city in the US. While it has recently emerged as a development center for healthcare and biotechnology, San Diego is most well-known for its extensive beaches, deep water harbor, mild year-round climate and a long-standing association with the US Navy.
San Diego's main economic activities consist of: manufacturing, international trade, tourism, and military and defense related activities. In addition to this, is also steeped in rich historical significance since it was discovered in 1542 and claimed for Spain.
When to visit
Due to having beautiful weather year-round, San Diego stays busy more often than not. Since school holidays are a major contributor to the absolute busiest times of year, it is no surprise that the peak seasons run from May to August, November to January and all major holidays. It is during these times that attractions are crowded and hotel rates are at their highest.
San Diego doesn't really have an off-season, however, if you're looking to have a bit of shoulder room then September, April through May and the time between spring break and summer vacation is ran hotel rates are within a reasonable range.
Featuring a mild climate year-round, San Diego, CA is one of the Farmers' Almanac's top 10 best climates. Depending on who you ask, San Diego has been classified as having either a semi-arid or a Mediterranean climate.
With low annual rainfall and more than 200 days where temperatures are above 70°F (21°C), summers are typically warm and dry while winters are generally mild with lows reaching 50°F (10°C). However, like the majority of Southern California, the San Diego climate can often very significantly over a short
distance. In general, the further inland you go, the more significant the temperature variations.
With an infinite number of attractions and activities, chances are that deciding what to do will be the hardest part of your visit to San Diego, CA. In addition to having 70 miles of sandy beaches and numerous gardens and parks, San Diego has a wide offering of award-winning restaurants, sightseeing tours, outdoor recreations, world-renowned attractions and a thriving culture and arts community, you're probably going to want to visit more than once in order to see everything.
Some of the top attractions include:
• USS Midway Museum
• Balboa Park
• Segway Tours
• San Diego Zoo
• Torrey Pines State Reserve
• Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
• Boat Tours
• La Jolla Cove
• Cabrillo National Monument
Originally home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego was first claimed by Spain, followed by Mexico in 1821 and finally became a part of the US in 1850. Due to its rich cultural history, San Diego has a wide variety of museums, landmarks and monuments that are well worth seeing.
• Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
• Whaling Station Site
• Old Point Loma Lighthouse
• Mission Dam and Flume
• Casa De Estudillo
• San Diego Museum of Man
• San Diego History Center
• Maritime Museum of San Diego
• San Diego Model Railroad Museum
• Mormon Battalion Historic Site
• Whaley House Museum
• San Diego Air & Space Museum
Tips & Recommendations
• Swimming in the Pacific can easily be ruined by rough waves and heavy tides, which is why it is always a good idea to check the surf conditions and weather before hitting the waves.
• Since there are many areas in San Diego where public transportation is scarce, you'll find that exploring the city is much easier if you have your own car.
• San Diego is host to numerous conventions and events year-round, you can avoid high hotel rate by planning your trip around these events.
• Since San Diego is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, it is always best to shop around, plan and book your trip as early as possible.
With a 3-star rating, Britt Scripps Inn can accommodate a variety of needs. San Diego International Airport is conveniently close, while distant enough for comfort. A nearby station is Santa Fe Station. The property's nearby attractions include Old Globe Theater and San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is one of the San Diego landmarks you may wish to visit. Nearby Mingei International Museum and Air & Space Museum are recommended tour stops.
Given its 2-star class, West Park Inn gives great value for the price. A practical option, as Santa Fe Station can be easily reached from the property. A stay here positions you well to access San Diego International Airport. From here, you'll be in the vicinity of Old Globe Theater, San Diego Zoo and Petco Park. Balboa Park is just one of the famous landmarks here. Cultural options in the vicinity include Air & Space Museum and Mingei International Museum.
On a budget? 2-star Corporate Suites in San Diego Downtown is an excellent choice. The nearby Santa Fe Station is a convenient transportation hub. San Diego International Airport can be reached effortlessly. The famous landmark Balboa Park is nearby. A museum visit can be fascinating; try the nearby Maritime Museum or U.S.S. Midway Museum. One of the many attractions in this popular area is Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.
Budget-friendly Hostelling International San Diego Downtown has a 1-star rating. Major transportation routes can be accessed at Santa Fe Station. San Diego International Airport is 4.2 km (2.6 miles) away. Near this accommodation you'll find Balboa Park and The New Children's Museum. Petco Park is an interesting attraction just a stroll from here. San Diego Convention Center is nearby.
ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego has a 2-star rating. This small property offers fewer than 20 rooms. For your convenience, this accommodation is very close to San Diego International Airport. From here, you'll be in the vicinity of Old Globe Theater, Petco Park and San Diego Zoo. The famous landmark Balboa Park is nearby. San Diego museums are delightful! Spend some time in Maritime Museum, or perhaps Air & Space Museum. The nearby San Diego Convention Center is a popular venue.
With no more than 20 rooms, ITH Zoo Hostel San Diego is a small boutique establishment. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). San Diego Zoo and Mingei International Museum are both within walking distance from here. San Diego International Airport is 3.9 km (2.4 miles) away. Boomers is one of the attractions near the property.
Rated 1, RK Hostel San Diego offers the basics at a price you can't beat. San Diego International Airport can be reached without difficulty. It is located 2.8 km (1.7 miles) from here. The convenient transit hub Santa Fe Station is not far. Here, you'll be close to numerous San Diego attractions, including Old Globe Theater and San Diego Zoo. You'll find Balboa Park near this property. From here, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church is 0.5 km (0.3 miles).
With no more than 20 rooms, Carole's Bed & Breakfast is a small boutique establishment. Book a comfy 3-star room here. While in San Diego, spend a few hours exploring Natural History Museum or Fleet Science Center.