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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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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2019

Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.

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Gray Whale Migration Winter/Spring 2020

Dec 1, 2019 - ongoing

Over 20,000 gray whales migrate annually from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons, and back again, along the Southern California coast.

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec 8 - Dec 15, 2019

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

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San Diego International Auto Show

Jan 1 - Jan 5, 2020

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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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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Where to Surf in San Diego

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San Diego’s Rich Maritime Heritage

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Find Your Perfect Beach

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7 Award-Winning Restaurants and Chefs

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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2019
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Gray Whale Migration Winter/Spring 2020

Dec 1, 2019 - ongoing
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec 8 - Dec 15, 2019
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San Diego International Auto Show

Jan 1 - Jan 5, 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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