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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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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 29, 2020

San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at any of the libraries listed at the bottom of this page or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the cost of admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums. The San Diego Museum Month pass is free; one pass can be used at several museums* throughout the month of February.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, science or nature lover, the San Diego Museum Council has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest.

Take advantage of this annual program to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of!

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San Diego Crew Classic

Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2020

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs across the United States. Spanning ages 14 – 84, the Crew Classic is a competition for future Olympians as well as for those new to the sport. This event is often a highlight of their competitive rowing careers. The Crew Classic is not only an athletic event with competitors at the peak of physical fitness, but a social gathering for enthusiasts to enjoy great local food, a beer garden with San Diego’s famous local craft breweries, and shopping. The event is held at Mission Bay, just a mile from the Pacific beach.

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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 17 - Apr 19, 2020

La Jolla California is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on of Friday April 17th, Saturday April 18th, and Sunday April 19th, 2020 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence.

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SeaWorld Lunar New Year

Jan 11 - Feb 2, 2020

Celebrate as the sights, sounds and aromas of Asia come alive during this local San Diego festival that's fit for the whole family happening weekends January 11, 2020 - February 2, 2020 (to include Monday, January 20, 2020.)

You won't want to miss SeaWorld San Diego's one-of-a-kind Lunar New Year celebration, featuring an incredible Chinese acrobats show, local performers, and delicious culinary delights. Dig into the Asian-inspired offerings of Ramen, Lo Mein, Bao Buns, Dim Sum, rice dishes and more.

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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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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 29, 2020
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San Diego Crew Classic

Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2020
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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 17 - Apr 19, 2020
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SeaWorld Lunar New Year

Jan 11 - Feb 2, 2020
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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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