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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. Enjoy our balmy weather, with daytime temperatures around 21 degrees Celsius year-round. And explore our gorgeous outdoors, with more than 110 kilometres of stunning coastline, numerous state parks and endless great places to bike, run, surf or just loll on the beach.

San Diego also boasts 100 unique neighbourhoods, each with its 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. Or, make your holiday a two-nation vacation by taking a day trip or tour to Tijuana, Valle de Guadalupe or Ensenada, Mexico. The International Border is just ~32 kilometres south of Downtown San Diego.

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!

Getting Here

San Diego by Air

  • Direct from London: Getting to San Diego is a whole lot easier thanks to British Airways' nonstop flights from London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) to San Diego International Airport (SAN). The flights operate daily in the winter months and twice daily from spring through fall.
  • Via Munich (MUC): Lufthansa flies to San Diego up to 5 times per week via its Munich hub. Connect via MUC 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 eighth-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 and more.

San Diego via Ground

  • BY TRAIN

    California and Points East: Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner runs between San Diego and San Luis Obispo in Central California, with stops throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties and points north. The train connects in Los Angeles to the Coast Starlight, which runs to Seattle via San Francisco, as well as to the Southwest Chief, which runs east to Chicago.
  • BY CAR

    California: San Diego is the perfect place to start or end your American holiday. Los Angeles, ~190 kilometres north, is easily accessible by car, with about a two-hour drive time depending on traffic. Plan around half a day of driving to San Francisco, ~800 kilometres north.
  • Las Vegas: If you're planning on visiting the Las Vegas Strip, ~700 kilometres northeast, plan around 6 hours of travel time by car.
  • Arizona: The capital city of Phoenix is about 570 kilometres from San Diego; plan on a drive time of about 5.5 hours.

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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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Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom!

Jul 4, 2024

The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Marina District and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 18 minutes.

Come down to the bay and enjoy the biggest fireworks show in San Diego!

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Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day

May 27, 2024

The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On this day we honor all of our fallen soldiers and remember them for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.

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San Diego French Film Festival

Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2024

San Diego Francophone Event of the Year

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San Diego County Fair

Jun 12 - Jul 7, 2024

With a nod to nostalgia and a focus on fun, the 2024 Fair will give our yesteryears another moment in the San Diego sun. Bop your way around the happy days of the ‘50s. Twist, shout, and shake it into the bewitching ‘60s. Move and groove through the disco nights of the ‘70s. Moonwalk it back to the gnarly age of big hair, shoulder pads, and parachute pants of the ‘80s. And enjoy the era of flannel and floppy drives of the ‘90s.

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