Start Survey Survey
Our site is best viewed in the latest version of your browser. Please upgrade for the best site experience.
Escape to San Diego for the Holidays

By: San Diego Boat Tours

San Diego is California's second largest city with a population of 1.3 million in the city proper, and almost 3 million residents throughout the county. It is the eighth largest city in the United States; the county encompasses 18 incorporated cities. The city flower is the carnation.

It has long been inhabited by native people (as early as 20,000 years ago), but the first European to set foot here was the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542.

San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate and is a major tourist destination. There are many world class attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND to mention only a few. There are also at least 40 museums, about 6,400 restaurants, 92 golf courses and a host multicultural festivals and celebrations.

In addition to various land-based activities, San Diego has much to do that is water related. With 70 miles of coastline, it supports year-round outdoor recreation, such as surfing, boating, sailing and swimming. It is a great place for a yacht charter.

More interesting facts about San Diego include:

  • The world's oldest, still working ship, the Star of India built in 1863 has her home port in San Diego. She has completed 21 circumnavigations
  • Each year over 200 cruise ships berth in San Diego harbor
  • Charles Lindbergh took off from San Diego in 1927, on the Spirit of St. Louis, headed for New York, and then non-stop to Paris and into history
  • San Diego Bay covers roughly 8 square miles and contains about 300 million cubic yards of water

The difficult thing about visiting San Diego is deciding which things to do. Whether you decide to do land based activities or to spend time on the water - you are going to have a great time. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information visit

Free Visitor Planning Guide

Free Visitor Planning Guide

Order a free visitor planning guide to help plan your San Diego vacation.

Request Guide


National University Holiday Bowl
National University Holiday Bowl

12/27/14 - 12/27/14

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

12/14/14 - 12/21/14

Morning Sail on the San Diego Bay

San Diego Sailing Tours

5/6/14 - on-going