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Beachside attitude, Big city excitement

With near perfect weather year-round, 120 km of spectacular coastline, world-class attractions, and a thriving dining and nightlife scene, San Diego has earned the name California’s beach city. Whether you love engaging with animals or thrill rides, building sandcastles or beach bonfires, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family from sun up to sun down.

Top Things To Do

Find Your Perfect Beach

Discover the best beaches for families and off-leash dogs, beaches coveted by the world’s top surfers and the best beaches for bonfires, bike rides, tide pooling and more. For more information, click here.

Find your splish-splashin’ smile

With 70 miles of sun soaked coast, calm bay waters and plenty of placid lakes, it’s easy to spend a day on or in the water. Try surfing, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, and whale watching. Escape to the bright side of San Diego, where these water adventures will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Find your adventure-seeking smile

Hike along the coast or in the backcountry, golf at 70+ courses, cycle past awesome views, zip 130 feet over giraffes and so much more. To learn how to discover your adventure-seeking smile, click here.

San Diego Zoo

Winding paths through the tropical oasis of a botanical garden bring you to more than 4,000 rare and fascinating animals, including koalas, Galápagos tortoises, leopards, roaming peacocks, and more. Explore Africa Rocks to discover penguins, baboons, the mysterious fossa, weaver birds, and others unique creatures. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting animal presentations and shows. For more information, click here.

Take time for yourself, you won’t regret it

The region offers a myriad of spa sanctuaries where you can do yoga in a eucalyptus grove, enjoy a massage in a seaside cabana, sit under a Roman waterfall, learn to meditate, walk a labyrinth, soak in a hydrotub, relax during a beer-and-pretzel pedicure and more. Click here to plan your perfect zen moment.

The perfect spot to start a cruise vacation

San Diego offers a unique and extremely convenient airport-to-seaport experience. The San Diego International Airport is only three scenic miles northwest of the cruise ship terminal. For more information, click here.

Flora and fauna

San Diego boasts more biodiversity than any other county in the nation and a great place to experience this remarkable display is by visiting local parks and gardens. From the manicured gardens of Balboa Park to the wild and rugged Anza-Borrego desert to beautiful protected lands along the coast, you’ll find amazing outdoor experiences. For more information, click here.

Fabulous food, craft beer and local wine… What else could you ask for?

Nothing caps a day at the beach quite like a cold brew or glass of local California wine, paired with an exceptional meal. And thanks to award-winning chefs, an explosion of world-class breweries, and a thriving local wine region, San Diego delivers on all three. Click here for the lowdown on what to eat and drink after a day of lounging by the sea.

Downtown & urban neighborhoods

The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian-Age buildings stand side-by-side, you’ll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.

Located only a few miles north of San Diego’s bustling downtown, the vibrant uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest stands as San Diego’s LGBTQ+ central hub, offering an array of bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques and unique shops.

Today, San Diego’s most dynamic food and drink scene is centered in Little Italy. It’s a place where the past meets the present, where Top Chef alums have set up shop next to old-school eateries that remain treasured landmarks.

Southeast of downtown and bordering Balboa Park, you’ll find the diverse and eclectic uptown neighborhoods of North Park and South Park. Catering to a local crowd, streets here are lined with coffee shops, boutiques, art galleries, diverse restaurants and craft beer pubs.

A short stroll around Old Town offers visitors access to over 100 unique retail shops. In addition to the food and shopping there are three Parks, all of which have free historic sites operated as museums and retail shops.

The Convoy Pan Asian Cultural and Business Innovation District is the heart of San Diego’s Asian community, home to a popular restaurant row and diverse mix of cultural offerings including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese, just to name a few.

Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla‘s natural beauty, abundance of activities and upscale village lifestyle ensure that it lives up to its nickname as “the jewel” of San Diego.