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Flights to San Diego

Year-round sunshine, surf and stunning scenery makes San Diego one hot Californian destination.

San Diego is fantastic for family holidays, thanks to famous attractions like SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and the vivid flowering gardens of Bilboa Park, but some lesser-known parts of the city like the Birch Aquarium and Harbour Seals Children’s Cove play area are also wonderful to visit.  Mile upon mile of immaculate, soft white sand extends San Diego’s playground right out to the coast, for picnicking, swimming, sunbathing, surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, whale-watching and sailing. 

Hikers everywhere flock to enjoy San Diego’s almost perfect climate and incredible walking trails that stretch away deep into the interior of the Californian landscape. Paths can be walked and cycled while adrenalin junkies can get their kicks from outdoor rock climbing, available for all levels of ability. 

A jumble of cultural influences, from Spanish to English, give San Diego a quirky, community feel. The Old Town is filled with preserved buildings and icons of Spanish heritage and the Old West, from 19th century cannons to haunted Whaley House. San Diego Maritime Museum and USS Midway Museum give further insights into the area’s past. Point Loma Lighthouse gives the perfect panoramic view of San Diego’s historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy with their hip restaurants, bohemian shops, and cutting edge art galleries.  The view stretches as far as the distant mountains that frame it. 

Laid back and easy going, locals stroll San Diego barefoot and bikini-clad, clutching healthy juices, enjoying afternoon’s in soulful cafes, coffee houses and microbreweries and watching baseball games at PETCO Park. As dusk falls, people pour out of live music venues to walk along the soft sand before admiring a fiery San Diego sunset. 

The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

San Diego International Airport is located just 2 miles from the centre of San Diego and can be reached by car in approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic. The Flyer Route 992 bus also runs between the airport and the city centre taking just 20 minutes while plenty of taxis, shuttles and limousines offer alternative transport to the city cente. 

What you need to know

Currency: The US Dollar ($)

Visas: Most nationalities, including UK citizens, require a visa to enter the United States if NOT in possession of a machine-readable passport. If travelling with a machine readable passport then no visa is required as this comes under the Visa Waiver Program. A valid passport is essential for the duration of stay and 3 months beyond.

Laws: The legal age for consuming and purchasing alcohol varies across the United States. In California it is 21. Smoking is limited in public spaces and banned in most public places such as malls, taxis, plazas, stadiums and enclosed areas in restaurants and cafes. As an aside, if planning to leave Christmas lights up past February on a public property, a fine of up to $250 is likely!

Best Time to Visit

San Diego has plenty of sun from June through to early November but the rest of the months can often be a little cloudy – though not too cold. Most of the rain arrives in the winter months with summers usually hot and long. Summer season is the peak tourist time primarily due to school holidays. 

It is worth visiting San Diego any time of year as it has plenty of festivals and events on offer such as Restaurant Week in January – where many high end eateries offer discounts and set menus. There is also a marathon in January for those getting fit in the New Year! February sees the wildflowers bloom in the surrounding desert, which is really a must-see while March brings the San Diego Cup, Mardi Gras, the Latino Film Festival, Indie Music Festival and lively St Patrick’s Day celebrations. There are horse shows, regattas, flower festivals, folk music and Iron Men in April, village fairs and Sicilian festivals in May, Shakespeare and food fairs in June, summer symphonies in July, surf championships in August and beer festivals in September; before Christmas becomes the theme from November through to December with musicals, Goose Parades, whale watching and more!  

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