San Diego Tourism Authority



What COVID-19 safety measures are being taken in the city of San Diego?

San Diego is doing everything possible to keep you healthy and safe during your visit. Our tourism and hospitality businesses are all following the best-in-class public health practices so visitors can feel confident whilst enjoying all that is on offer. Hotels are currently open and welcoming guests. Many of San Diego’s beautiful parks, beaches and outdoor spaces are currently open, and outdoor dining is available to protect both visitors and locals, all open businesses must follow the Safe Reopening Plan laid out by the County of San Diego.

Where is San Diego?

San Diego is the USA’s 8th largest city, and is located at the south end of the Californian coast, and the city’s metropolitan area is immediately adjacent to the US-Mexico border.

How far is Downtown from the airport?

San Diego International Airport is conveniently located, approximately 5kms from the heart of the downtown area. A typical taxi fare from the airport to downtown would range from $12 to $15 dollars. The airport is also served by the Metropolitan Transit System bus route #992. Most rental car agencies have airport facilities and/or provide service to arriving visitors.

How long does it take to drive to various places around the San Diego region?

A lot of people say that everything is “20 minutes away” in San Diego. While that’s not exactly true, most everything is conveniently located in San Diego. The table below will give you an idea of travel times from the city centre that can be expected under normal circumstances.

Coronado – 7 minutes
Escondido – 30 minutes
Hotel Circle – 10 minutes
La Jolla – 20 minutes
Mission Bay – 15 minutes
Oceanside – 45 minutes
San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) – 10 minutes
Tijuana – 30 minutes
Ensenada – 2 hours

How long does it take to get to San Diego from Los Angeles?

San Diego is 2 hours south of Los Angeles. When normal travel resumes, from LA you can fly, get the Amtrak train from Union Station or Anaheim, drive or organise private transportation. Please be sure to check local regulations and travel advice.

How do I travel to Tijuana and Baja California, Mexico from San Diego?

Tijuana is approximately 16 miles (25 kilometres) south of downtown San Diego. Once international travel resumes, the recommended method to travel to Tijuana is to take the trolley to the border and walk across. Crossing the border by car generally takes longer, with long lines at the border crossing. You will need a valid passport to travel across the border. Check this page for more information on crossing the Mexican border.

How many different neighbourhoods are there within San Diego, and which one best suits which kind of trip?

With 100 distinct neighbourhoods in San Diego, here is a breakdown of the county:

  • Mission Beach & Bay Area – Home to Seaworld, beaches and a laid back vibe.
  • Mission Valley & Old Town – lots of shopping and history! A great central location to use the trolley/Light Rail to get around.
  • Downtown – the centre of the action with easy walking access to the Gaslamp quarter known for great bars and nightlife.
  • Coronado – its home to the famous grand Victorian Hotel Del Coronado a fabulous place for couples or if you have clients who are on a friends’ trip.
How far is LEGOLAND from San Diego downtown area?

LEGOLAND is 40 minutes from downtown located in Carlsbad. It’s best to do it either on your way to or from San Diego.

What does the GO San Diego card include?

The Go San Diego Card includes admission to more than 35 top attractions for one low price! Attractions include the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California, all the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Harbor Excursions, Birch Aquarium, USS Midway Museum and many more!

Do what you like at your own pace on an unlimited basis. Cards are available in 1-, 2-, 3-, 5- and 7-day increments and a guidebook is included for free. The 3-, 5- and 7-day passes also include admission to SeaWorld San Diego.

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How long are the GO San Diego cards valid for?

Due to current circumstances, all passes will be valid for 2 years from date of purchase.

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October 2020
  • Bahia Resort Hotel Brings a Touch of Morocco to Mission Bay, with a Recent Multimillion-Dollar Renovation
    In June 2020, the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay completed a multi-million-dollar renovation. The hotel’s 313 guest rooms received major upgrades with new design improvements complementing the Bahia’s beach-meets-Morocco theme. In addition to reimagined guest accommodations, the renovation included upgrades to Bahia’s dining areas and grounds. Guests can relax in style on the Bahia’s private beach, which was refreshed with upgraded beach cabanas and an additional seating area with lounge beach chairs and umbrellas.
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  • Roast Your Own S’Mores at San Diego’s Coolest New Outdoor Restaurant (Once we can Travel!)
    Opened in July 2020, The Presley is a spacious outdoor restaurant and bar in historic Liberty Station. The Presley features more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor dining space, three bars, swing seating, and fire pits. The restaurant serves elevated American classics like lobster roll sliders, grilled pork prime rib and wood-fired veggie skewers. No meal is complete without the restaurant’s “Roast Your Own S’mores” or house-made ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
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July 2020
  • San Diego Safe Destination Pledge - Businesses are committed to keeping visitors healthy and safe
    Our Safe Destination Pledge is designed to let you know how are hotels and hospitality businesses are ensuring your health and well-being during every phase of your visit—from the airport to the hotel to dining out to visiting our beaches and other attractions.
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June 2020
  • Face Masks With San Diego Style
    As communities across the globe continue to practice social distancing, protective face masks are highly recommended. Whether for donation, gift or personal use, here are a few local San Diego businesses and organizations offering up unique face coverings for purchase to both local San Diegans and those ordering from afar.
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