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Things to do in San Diego

Whether you want beach relaxation, thrilling theme parks or city culture on your holiday – you’ll find it all in San Diego. Fabulous beaches, superb shopping, world-renowned attractions and buzzing nightlife make the list of things to do in San Diego endless.

On San Diego holidays soak up the year-round sunshine on stunning beaches or hit the surf with action-packed water sports. Enjoy memorable family days out at world-class attractions like SeaWorld® and San Diego Zoo. Shop for designer labels or outlet bargains. Dine on freshly caught seafood cooked by a celebrity chef. End your evening sipping cocktails at a stylish rooftop bar.

Things to do in San Diego

San Diego beaches

San Diego beaches

Visit Imperial Beach in July and admire the incredible creations entered into the US Open Sandcastle competition. Stretch out on glistening sands and bathe in gentle surf on stunning Coronado beaches or beautiful La Jolla shores. Picnic on soft Mission Bay sands or try a variety of exhilarating water sports.

Dining and nightlife

Dining and nightlife

Sip cocktails by an infinity pool at Siren, a stylish rooftop oasis in San Diego’s thriving Gaslamp Quarter. Feast on exquisite fresh seafood washed down with locally brewed beer at the superb Searsucker restaurant. Then groove the night away to cool retro tunes at The Tipsy Crow bar and nightclub.

San Diego attractions

San Diego attractions

Immerse yourself in culture at the world-class museums and theatres found within stunning Balboa Park. Enjoy unforgettable family days out at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Get close to giraffes, rhinos and more at San Diego Safari Park. Meet playful dolphins and Shamu the famous killer whale at SeaWorld®.

Shopping in San Diego

Shopping in San Diego

Discover shopping heaven at the enormous Westfield Horton Plaza, and marvel at its striking architecture. Browse the unique shops of the quaint Seaport Village then dine overlooking the waterfront. For luxury labels head to Fashion Valley, or snap up big-brand discounts at the Premium Outlets in Carlsbad and South Bay.

Golf in San Diego

Golf in San Diego

Stay at the 5 star Grand Del Mar hotel on golfing holidays in San Diego, and practise your swing on its championship course. Take in stunning ocean views as you play on the renowned Torrey Pines green. Take advantage of world-class golf facilities and dining when you book the luxurious Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.

Exciting experiences

SeaWorld San Diego

Dive into the amazing world of marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy thrilling encounters with playful dolphins, friendly penguins and awesome killer whales. See magnificent turtles, mighty polar bears and fearsome sharks up close. Experience exhilarating rides like Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. Meet Shamu, SeaWorld’s famous killer whale, and watch the hilarious antics of sea lions and otters at the Clyde and Seamore show. Get an adrenaline rush on the new Manta roller coaster ride.

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San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

Join a whale watching cruise from San Diego for the unforgettable experience of seeing magnificent California gray whales in the wild. Glimpse these magnificent creatures on their annual journey from the Arctic to the warmer waters of the Baja coast. Here they give birth, and on their return trip young calves can frequently be seen swimming at their mother’s side. If whales are not sighted, you will receive a ‘Whale Check’, entitling you to another cruise or harbour tour.

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Tijuana Up and Down City Tour with Lunch

Discover a town that has grown to become Mexico’s fourth largest city because of its dynamic and changing environment. Journey via ‘the most crossed border in the world’ and tour vibrant Tijuana, famous for its new art community and outrageous buildings. Learn about the fascinating history of this vibrant city. Haggle for bargains at the vast array of shops on the thriving Revolution Avenue. After the tour, tuck into a delicious traditional meal showcasing the city’s famous tacos and more.

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

Explore San Diego at your leisure with a one-day ticket for this excellent tour. Take in the essential San Diego attractions at your own pace. Journey into the past and relive San Diego’s early days as the Birthplace of California. Experience early Americana, with its distinctive Spanish-influenced ‘West Coast Style’, in historic Old Town. The Hop-on Hop-Off Trolley tour is a fun, easy way to get around the city, with stops conveniently close to all popular sights and locations.

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USS Midway Museum.

Experience life at sea without leaving the port by visiting the USS Midway Museum. The Midway is a must-visit on San Diego holidays – especially for fans of the hit film Top Gun, in which it featured. This historic naval aircraft carrier museum offers a truly fascinating insight into life for one of its 4,500 crew. Children can play and learn through interactive exhibits while adults follow a self-guided audio tour through 65 locations, including the engine room and bridge.

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