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Why visit San Diego, USA

San Diego is a bustling city in California, on the Pacific coast, that is well known for its beaches, parks and other outdoor areas, its theme parks, and its temperate climate.

A fun fact about San Diego is that it has a deep habour that is home to a large active naval fleet.

Things to do in San Diego

Visitors to San Diego can’t miss a trip to SeaWorld San Diego; LEGOLAND California; Seaport Village (a waterfront dining, shopping and walking area); San Diego Zoo; the Maritime Museum of San Diego; the cultural hub that is Balboa Park (a 1,200-acre park which contains no less than 15 museums, plus galleries, restaurants, gardens and trails); and the USS Midway Museum, a historic aircraft carrier with a variety of exhibits.

Best time to visit San Diego

A good time to visit San Diego is between March and May or September and November when the crowds have thinned out but the weather is still pleasant.

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Expect to pay

The currency in San Diego is the US dollar.

You can expect to pay about AUD$5.24 on average for a regular cappuccino when you’re in San Diego.

Arriving in San Diego by plane

The San Diego International Airport (also known as Lindbergh Field) services the city of San Diego. It is located approximately 5km from the city centre, or a 10-15 minute drive away.

Many airlines operate flights from Australia to San Diego, including Delta, China Southern, Air Canada, Fiji Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia and Japan Airlines.

Visa requirements

Australians travelling to San Diego have to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) on the ESTA website.

Transportation to city centre

A taxi from the airport into the city costs around $15 to $20 on average. If you’re keen to use another transport option though, you can book car hire or airport transfers online.

Where to stay in San Diego

When staying in San Diego you might arrange accommodation in the Gaslamp Quarter, which takes up 16 blocks peppered with Victorian-style buildings (now housing trendy galleries, shops, restaurants and nightlife venues); or stay in Little Italy, which hosts an array of events throughout the year. Alternatively, there is the walkable area of La Mesa, which is a peaceful suburban spot with urban culture mixed in (including antique stores and boutique shops); Carmel Valley, which is close to the beach; East Village in the downtown area, which is quite new and boasts many art and design spots; or the food district of Mission Hills.

If you’re after value-for-money accommodation in San Diego, it pays to book a hotel online.

For more information about visiting San Diego, please head to Smart Traveller, the trusted source of information for tourists.

 

Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.

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