For those who want the Web wherever and whenever, San Diego has got you covered. With Internet hot spots popping up everywhere from Ocean Beach to Oceanside, chances are there’s one right around the corner. And they’re not just in coffee shops any more. From the San Diego International Airport to Little Italy to Balboa Park, now you don’t have to sip to surf. Following is a sampling of San Diego Wi-Fi locations and the communities they can be found in for those trying to stay connected while traveling:
The Wi-Fi signal within the Reuben H. Fleet Science museum reaches out to the surrounding area, including the fountain. Other museums at Balboa Park offer free Wi-Fi for a limited range around their locations, including the San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Natural History Museum. There is also Wi-Fi access around five informational kiosks in the park and the House of Hospitality courtyard.
Aero Club Bar, Mission Hills neighborhood
3365 India St., San Diego, 92103
An alternative to a coffee shop experience, the bar’s afternoons are quiet and laid-back with a front porch that offers plenty of natural light.
Caffe Calabria, North Park neighborhood
3933 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104
This hip North Park hangout has free wireless and modestly priced beverages and sandwiches.
Gelato Vera, Mission Hills neighborhood
3753 India St., San Diego, 92103
Overlooking the distant harbor and downtown San Diego skyline, Gelato Vero offers a free wireless connection for customers to browse the Web at outside seating or up in the spacious clubhouse on the second floor.
Influx, Golden Hill neighborhood
1948 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102
With plenty of natural light and a retro minimalist look, Influx attracts a daily influx of San Diego artists and musicians.
Krakatoa, Golden Hill neighborhood
1128 25th Street, San Diego, CA 92102
Serves coffee, breakfast and mouth-watering sandwiches, plus a large selection of smoothies. The tree-shaded wraparound porch is a great way to beat the heat.
Lestats Coffeehouse, Normal Heights neighborhood
3343 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
This coffeehouse attracts a mix of eccentric, reclusive and creative characters with its gothic atmosphere and one of the city's best open mike nights.
An antenna on the corner of India and Date provides free Wi-Fi service from Cedar to Fir, and plenty of chairs and benches line the streets near the antenna, ensuring Web users a comfortable seat near the best connection.
San Diego International Airport
3665 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Terminal 1 – 619.400.2261 and Terminal 2 – 619.231.5230
Free Wi-Fi access is available in all terminals.
Santa Fe Depot (Amtrak Train Station), Downtown
1050 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Opened in 1917, the depot is an outstanding example of the classic Spanish Mission-Colonial Revival style of architecture.
Twiggs, University Heights neighborhood
4590 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92116
An information community center for University Heights, Twiggs is a laid-back coffeehouse that serves pastries made fresh every day at their Adams Avenue bakery.
Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Seaport Village
835C West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
There’s no better combination than bookstore and coffeehouse. If you add unusual gifts, then you have the Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse in Seaport Village.
Java Earth, Pacific Beach
4978 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109
On the corner of Cass and Loring, Java Earth has a relaxed atmosphere and their free Wi-Fi signal can be picked up indoors or out.
E Street Café, Encinitas
128 West E St., Encinitas, 92024
A spacious café offering a strong wireless signal both indoors and outdoors. The E Street Cafe hosts activities and events such as live music, spoken word poetry, art exhibits and lectures.
Jitters Coffee Pub, Oceanside
510 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
A self-proclaimed "family based on Community, Love and Service", Jitters roasts their own coffee, bakes their own pastries and sweets, and use seasonal, sustainable products.
Vinaka Café, Carlsbad
300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, 92008
On the second floor of Carlsbad's Village Faire, Vinaka Café has the feeling of a living room and might be one of the most comfortable Wi-Fi spots in San Diego.
San Diego Public Libraries
All of the City of San Diego Public Libraries and many of other libraries around San Diego County offer free Wi-Fi access. Find a list of locations and hours.
Panera, multiple locations
With locations throughout San Diego, as well as Coronado, La Jolla, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Escondido, Carlsbad, you can enjoy the scent of freshly baked goods while browsing the Internet for free.
Whether you’re looking to browse or blog, search or surf, or simply get your Facebook fix, you’ll find a Wi-Fi friendly café, restaurant, bar or neighborhood corner that keeps you plugging away even when you’re unplugged.