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San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

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From sun-soaked shores to bright urban adventures, San Diego is the ultimate beach city. Explore more than 70 miles of stunning coastline, numerous state parks and 100 unique neighbourhoods, each with their own vibe. Raise a glass in North Park and discover why San Diego is considered the Craft Beer Capital of America. Fuel up in Little Italy, San Diego's buzziest foodie hub. Head to downtown's Gaslamp Quarter for the best nightlife scene on the U.S. West Coast: 16 blocks of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Hike through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Then head to Balboa Park - the largest urban cultural park in North America - to admire the gardens, museums and architecture. Experience the distinct influence of the neighbouring Mexican Baja region throughout San Diego in everything from buildings to food to art. San Diego is the perfect holiday destination for British travelers in search of sunshine and new experiences. Your next adventure awaits in San Diego, California’s ultimate beach city.

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7 Ways to make a Splash in San Diego

Dive into these 7 big, bright water-related San Diego adventures.

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Nine Arts Districts - One Vibrant City

While you might be thinking about coming to San Diego to lounge on the beach or party in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego invites you to also discover its creative side.

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Where to Surf in San Diego

If you're already a devoted surfer, you'll find a variety of different waves and conditions along San Diego's 70 miles of open ocean coastline to beacon you to paddle out. If you're a beginner, San Diego is an ideal place to learn to hang ten.

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San Diego’s Rich Maritime Heritage

Ever since Spanish ships first sailed into the natural harbor under command of Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, San Diego Bay has played welcome host to visitors.

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Find Your Perfect Beach

Discover the best beaches for families and off-leash dogs, beaches coveted by the world’s top surfers and the best beaches for bonfires, bike rides, tide pooling and more.

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7 Award-Winning Restaurants and Chefs

San Diego punches well above its weight when it comes to restaurants and chefs with heavy-hitting credentials.

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2021 U.S. Open Championship

Jun 14 - Jun 20, 2021

The 2021 U.S. Open marks the third USGA championship for the South Course and the second time it will play host to the national championship.

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The Flower Fields

Mar 15 - May 9, 2021

For more than sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.

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April 2021 Family Sunday from Home

Apr 18, 2021

To honor Earth Month, and reduce our waste we won’t be sending out physical kits for April’s Family Sunday from Home. Instead, we’ve developed a project using materials you can collect outside. The project is called, Nature Self-portraits and we’ll create them using leaves, flowers, branches and other natural materials! Join us as we focus our energies on our environment and what we can do to make it better. Reduce, reuse and recycle with this one-of-a-kind art project.

RSVP using the link below to receive instructions for making Nature Self-Portraits, our special tutorial video, and more information on our Facebook Live event. Look for leaves and fallen flowers while on a walk or stop by the park to pick up a few sticks in preparation for our Live event on April 18.

 

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The World-Famous Winery Train Tour

Jan 4 - ongoing

Enjoy the breathtaking coastal scenery as we ride up and down the San Diego coast!

Partake in guided historic strolls as we get on and off the train for visits to local urban wineries and tasting rooms.

NO NEED TO DRIVE! Travel "green" with the comfort and convenience of rail on the guided Winery Train Tour of San Diego. 

World Famous Winery Train Tour Includes:**

• Approx. 5 hour adventure by rail. Enjoy beautiful coastal scenery to stops in coastal beach towns and historic villages.
• Ample tastings at four (4) urban wineries, restaurants and/or tasting rooms (about 15 pours!).
• Beer options available (in lieu of wine).
• Entertaining commentary on local history and viticulture.
• Delicious fruit and cheese plate.
• Wine and CHOCOLATE!
• Guided historic, sightseeing walks (1 mile, about 15 min. walks at a time).
• Delicious wine pairing light luncheon (small plate appetizer portions of food).
• Wine tasting appreciation presentation, and behind-the-scenes tour.
• Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours.

 

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7 Ways to make a Splash in San Diego

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Nine Arts Districts - One Vibrant City

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2021 U.S. Open Championship

Jun 14 - Jun 20, 2021
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The Flower Fields

Mar 15 - May 9, 2021
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April 2021 Family Sunday from Home

Apr 18, 2021
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The World-Famous Winery Train Tour

Jan 4 - ongoing
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Getting Here

San Diego by Air

  • Direct from London: Getting to San Diego is a whole lot easier thanks to British Airways' daily nonstop flight from London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) to San Diego (SAN).
  • Via Frankfurt (FRA): Lufthansa flies to San Diego 5 times per week via their Frankfurt hub. Connect via FRA for ease of entry into the US, as the SAN Customs process is much faster than most other US entry points.
  • Connecting Flights: As the 8th largest city in the United States, San Diego is serviced with daily flights from all major domestic hubs including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

San Diego via Ground

  • California: San Diego is the perfect place to start or end your American holiday. Los Angeles, ~120 miles north, is easily accessible by car or train with about a two hour travel time. Plan around half a day of ground travel time to San Francisco, ~500 miles north.
  • Mexico: Make your holiday a two-nation vacation by taking a day trip or tour to Tijuana, Via de Guadalupe or Ensenada, Mexico. The International Border is ~20 miles south of Downtown San Diego.
  • Las Vegas: If you're planning on visiting the Las Vegas Strip, ~435 miles northeast, plan around 6 hours of travel time by car.

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